Is This The Refreshed 2018 Range Rover?
Modest exterior changes hide big updates insideby Mark McNabb, on
A leaked promotional video supposedly from Land Rover shows a heavily updated 2018 Range Rover. While information regarding the video is absent and Land Rover silent, there is plenty of information we can gather just by watching the 48-second commercial.
The front fascia carries the biggest change for the exterior. The headlights are new and feature a redesigned LED pattern. The bumper has a slightly different arrangement of the familiar vents and grilles, now with the small, upper air inlets now connected to the long, horizontal grille. The upper grille is new, too, having a flat mesh rather than the creased mesh that formed a three-bar look as before. No noticeable changes can be seen on the sides and rear of the big Range Rover.
As mentioned, the biggest changes happen inside. The dash retains its familiar shape, but the technology is far more advanced. The designers have takes heavy inspiration from the new Range Rover Velar, sculpting in the Touch Duo Pro system with its dual, 10-inch monitors. We’d bet the lower screen not only controls the HVAC system as seen in the video but also the Terrain Response 2 system and other vehicle functions, just as in the Velar and the newly updated 2018 Range Rover Sport. The main gauge cluster has an updated user interface on its fully digital screen. The gauges are still configurable, but the driver appears to have more say in what information is displayed – a welcomed improvement from the current Range Rover. Accordingly, the steering wheel controls are updated with touch-sensitive buttons, replacing the hard-key buttons of yesteryear.
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What’s Under The Hood?
We’d also bet on the Range Rover getting a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, too
Range Rover has been quiet about everything regarding its upgraded flagship, including what powers the thing. However, we’d bet big money the current trip of engines will return. This includes the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, and the new 3.0-liter Td6 V-6 turbodiesel.
However, we’d also bet on the Range Rover getting a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, too. This will likely be the same gasoline-electric hybrid system that just debuted on the 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e. It combines a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery and an 85-kW electric motor. The result is an impressive 404 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque while having a fantastic all-electric range of 31 miles and an estimated combined fuel economy of 101 MPGe on Europe’s NEDC test cycle. That roughly translates to 84 MPGe here in the U.S. Though the numbers don’t match up, the Range Rover seen in the video gives a clue about its fuel economy. Pause the video at 34 seconds in, and you’ll see the Rover getting 7.24 liters per 100 km, which translates to 32.4 mpg. That’s far better than even the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 can muster, which is rated at 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined by the EPA for the 2017 model year.
Needless to say, the Range Rover is one of the most capable and technologically advanced SUVs on the market
Of course, the Range Rover will retain its wonderful off-road capabilities thanks to its adjustable air suspension, available low-range transfer case, its full-time 4WD system, and the lovely Terrain Response 2 system that controls everything. Add to that the watertight door seals, the engine’s innovated snorkel system integrated into the hood and fenders, and the Range Rover can ford 35.4 inches – just under three feet of water! The aluminum-intensive unibody SUV is also capable of towing up to 7,716 pounds on its receiver hitch.
Needless to say, the Range Rover is one of the most capable and technologically advanced SUVs on the market. Thankfully Land Rover isn’t resting on its laurels.
What do you think? Is this the updated 2018 Range Rover? Do you like the updates or should Land Rover have done more to improve its flagship model? Let us know in the comments below.
Read our full review on the current Land Rover Range Rover.
Read our full review on the 2018 Land Rover Velar.