• 2018 Land Rover Range Rover

    A well-deserved update
  • Simplified design cues
  • Six new wheel designs
  • Redesigned rear bumper and tailights
  • Optional "Graphite Atlas" design with chrome inserts
  • 39% less body weight
  • More interior space
  • New entertainment systems... The 2019 Range Rover P400e offers an optional 10-inch rear seat entertainment display with touchscreens offered for the first time.
  • InControl Touch Pro Duo system...
  • All-new dash design
  • A heavily revised center stack
  • Up to 18 plug-in connections
  • 47 inches legroom that is 7 inches more than the previous generation!
  • All-new door panels

Land Rover’s luxury off-roading icon takes a step into the future

The Range Rover is Jaguar Land Rover’s flagship SUV, offering surprising off-road capability wrapped up in a luxurious, premium package. The latest model year smartly keeps these basics intact, while also adding a dash of tweaked exterior styling, a heavy dose of the latest infotainment and driver assist tech, and most importantly, a brand-new plug-in-hybrid powertrain. If you prefer power rather than efficiency, a supercharged V-8 is on hand as well, as is a diesel option and a gas-powered V-6. Inside, the rear seat gets as much as 7.3 inches in extra legroom, which works wonders while relaxing in the high-end long-wheelbase iteration. Leather upholstery and wood trim pervade throughout. Read on for more.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover.

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Exterior

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Hard to differentiate between the previous generation (left) and the new one (right) from a profile...

Smartly, JLR didn’t make any dramatic changes to the highly successful Range Rover formula, and that includes the exterior styling. The same simplified design cues are present, with lots of straight lines and broad, flat surfaces. The details are made up of horizontal contours that add a sense of beefiness to the vehicle, a good complement to the squared-off, long-reaching rooflines and rear hatch.

“Our approach was to find ways of enhancing the Range Rover’s traditional appeal without making too dramatic a change,” says Gerry McGovern. “We therefore set out to create an uncluttered graphic that embodied a cleanliness and quality of design, with flush detailing and a greater emphasis on overall cohesion.”

Exterior equipment and styling upgrades vary between the various trim levels. For example, the high-powered SVAutobiography stands out thanks to the inclusion of a new mesh grille using a “Graphite Atlas” design with chrome inserts.

Meanwhile, all models in the range get an updated rear bumper with integrated exhaust tips, plus a reshaped front bumper with wider vent blades. Up top, you’ll find a new shape for the clamshell hood as well, which also gets longer dimensions than before.

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Each new Range Rover comes standard with 24 LEDs, which includes the signature daytime running lights. Options include a high-beam assist feature.

In front, you’ll notice headlight housings that are more pointed and thinner than before, with LEDs used as the primary lighting element. In fact, each new Range Rover comes standard with 24 LEDs, which includes the signature daytime running lights. Options include a high-beam assist feature.

Moving to the flanks, we find new lower side elements that gain fresh accents and new vent graphics. Various hues offered include a Satin Body-Colored look and an Atlas Accent Finish. Six new designs for the alloy wheels are also on hand, which, depending on the trim level, get sizing up to 22 inches in diameter.

Two exterior colors were added to the lineup, now including Rossello Red and Byron Blue. Further exterior customization can be had with the optional design packs, the first of which is the Black Exterior Pack. Opt into this and you’ll get Narvik Black coloring for the lettering front and back, grille insert, front tow eye cover, side view mirror covers, side vent graphics, and more. There’s also the Shadow Exterior Package, which applies upgrades to the same areas, but in a Shadow Atlas color, rather than black.

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Tail lights and rear bumper are the most obvious part of the 2018 gen facelift.

Finally, the body panels were made from aluminum in order to keep weight down, resulting in a body that’s 39-percent lighter than before. The styling changes also affect how the SUV moves through the atmosphere, with the coefficient of drag reduced to 0.34.

Interior

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The redesigned cabin (right) is finally up to par with the competition in this price range.

Step into the Range Rover’s cabin, and you’ll find even more space than what was offered before. This includes a redesign for the rear bench as well, where a substantial amount of legroom was added – up to 7.3 inches, bringing the grand total up to 47.5 inches of legroom total in long wheelbase variants. JLR even managed to accomplish this without putting a dent in the rear cargo room. The rear seats are wider as well, and they get a recline function. With one touch, the rear bench will fold flat to accommodate larger objects you might wanna move. A 60/40 split for the rear bench offers other cargo arrangement options, while smaller storage bins were added here and there.

As for the passengers, ambient road noise sees a decline thanks to 20-percent thicker glass. Rear-seated passengers will also enjoy the power-deployable center console, which enables easier ingress and egress for those climbing in and out. When deployed, the center console provides soft touch leather surfaces and additional storage. It’s all part of the Range Rover’s Rear Executive Seating feature, which essentially turns the SUV into a premium limo, especially when folding down the front passenger seat for ever more rear legroom.

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47 inches legroom
that is 7 inches more than the previous generation!
Rear-seated passengers will enjoy the power-deployable center console, which enables easier ingress and egress for those climbing in and out.

Speaking of seats, there are 16-way adjustable units as standards, while options toss in either 20-way or 24-way adjustable units. Hard-button controls were added to the arm panels. The seat frames were made wider and now get deeper foam, plus there’s a heating function and cooling function. Heating can also be found on the armrests, feet rest, and calf rest. The seats also get 25 different massage programs and even eight different settings for the headrests. All of these various settings can be customized via the Range Rover smartphone app.

In terms of materials, expect copious leather upholstery, with grained leather as standard, plus oxford leather and semi-aniline leather as available options. There are also seven different options for interior veneers, four of which are new for this latest model year.

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All-new door panels
In terms of materials, expect copious leather upholstery, with grained leather as standard, plus oxford leather and semi-aniline leather as available options

That’s all to be expected though, right? What about this technology JLR is boasting about?

Well, long story short, the new Range Rover gets the “most advanced infotainment system yet created by Jaguar Land Rover.” Providing the platform is an InControl Touch Pro Duo system with two 10-inch HD touchscreens in the center console, offering smartphone-esque operation (pinch, swipe, etc.) and a high degree of customizability for whatever features you need to control.

Providing the instrumentation is a 12-inch Interactive Driver Display, plus a heads-up display that projects info onto the windshield. In back is an optional 10-inch display.

Expect the usual array of app support, plus a 4G Wi-Fi connection for up to eight devices. There are also 17 connection points, with normal power sockets, USB connections, HDMI ports, and 12-volt sockets.

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Up to 18 plug-in connections
Expect the usual array of app support, plus a 4G Wi-Fi connection for up to eight devices.

Meridian provides the audio equipment. Standard spec is a 13-speaker system with 380 watts, 19 speakers with 825 watts, and 29 speakers with 1,700 watts. Each options includes a dual-channel subwoofer.

Further technology upgrades include a full suite of safety and driver’s assists. Kicking it off is stuff like adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, emergency braking, and more. Even more can be had with the optional Drive Pack, which adds a Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Speed Limiter, and a Driver Condition Monitor, among others. There’s also a Park Pack that adds a 360-degree parking aid, Reverse Traffic Monitor, Clear Exit Monitor, and other things.

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Further technology upgrades include a full suite of safety and driver’s assists.

More luxury-oriented options include a cooler box and refrigerator in the center console capable of holding four 16.9-ounce bottles. There’s also a new cabin air ionization system, plus LED ambient lighting divided into three distinct “zones” in 10 different colors.

Finally, passengers will enjoy the gesture control for the sunblind – just swipe your hand in front of the rearview mirror to open or close the blinds, although normal button operation is also in place if desired. A smart function will automatically close the blinds after passengers get out, keeping the cabin cool in hot, sunny climates.

Drivetrain

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One of the most important headlines with this latest update is the addition of a new PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) powertrain

Let’s kick off this section with the range-topping Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic, offered as the most powerful Range Rover model ever made. Equipped with the same all-aluminum supercharged V-8 as the Range Rover Sport SVR, peak output is rated at 557 horsepower, which is enough to propel the large SUV to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds.

That said, one of the most important headlines with this latest update is the addition of a new PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) powertrain. This latest electrified Land Rover makes solid progress towards Land Rover’s goal to offer an electric powertrain option with every new model released after 2020.

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The hybrid starts with a 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder internal combustion engine making 296 horsepower. It then adds a single electric motor making 114 horsepower.

Dubbed the Range Rover P400e, the hybrid starts with a 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder internal combustion engine making 296 horsepower. It then adds a single electric motor making 114 horsepower. The ICE is mounted longitudinally under the hood, while the electric motor is placed inside the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Total output for the hybrid system is rated at 398 horsepower and a stout 472 pound-feet of torque. With output reaching the pavement through a permanent 4WD system, acceleration from 0-to-60 mph takes 6.4 seconds for short-wheelbase variants, while top speed is pegged at 137 mph. What’s more, the eight-speed gearbox is adaptive, changing its shifting patterns to better suit your particular driving style. For example, if you like driving with bit more enthusiasm, the gear changes will compensate with quicker cog swaps.

Mounted under the floor in the rear of the vehicle is a 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery. Charging it up is a 7-kW charger, connected via a charge point placed just behind the grille. Plugged into a standard household outlet, JLR says a full charge can be achieved “overnight.” There’s also an included public charger cable, and the option for pulling power from the grid during off-peak hours. The current charge status is indicated via light strips placed next to the socket behind the grille. Buyers can also monitor the charge status via the Range Rover smartphone app.

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As you probably expect, there are multiple driving modes to suit the conditions at hand

As you probably expect, there are multiple driving modes to suit the conditions at hand. The first of these is the default Parallel Hybrid mode, which kicks in both the gas and electric power sources. Then there’s the SAVE function, which maintains a specific battery charge based on your stated destination and onboard GPS navigation data, creating a smart efficiency plan to make the most of the available energy, maximizing mpg as a result. For example, the system will save electric power to help navigate through stop-and-go traffic.

Then of course there’s the EV mode, which draws motivation exclusively from the battery pack. Top speed while in all-electric mode goes down to 85 mph, while max range before the ICE kicks in is 31 miles.

Drivers can select their preferred mode via a button on the console. Regenerative braking also helps to keep the battery pack at full.

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In addition to a supercharged V-8 and hybrid four-cylinder, the Range Rover is also offered with a few powerplants to fill the gap, including a diesel option and a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in two states of tune

In addition to a supercharged V-8 and hybrid four-cylinder, the Range Rover is also offered with a few powerplants to fill the gap, including a diesel option that makes 254 horsepower from a turbocharged V-6, returning 28 mpg on the highway. Finally, there’s a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in two states of tune, either with 340 horsepower or 380 horsepower.

Chassis And Handling

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In addition to providing more economic driving options, the new electric powerplant provides the Range Rover with enhanced off-roading chops as well

In addition to providing more economic driving options, the new electric powerplant provides the Range Rover with enhanced off-roading chops as well. It uses something called the Land Rover Terrain Response system, which will precisely distribute the available 0 rpm torque from the electric motor across all four corners, enhancing traction as a result.

Further grip is provided by the low-traction launch mode, which is ideal for surfaces like wet grass, gravel, or snow. Hill Descent Control comes as standard. There’s also plenty of ground clearance and a smooth underfloor, and if necessary, Land Rover says the Range Rover can wade into water up to 35.4 inches (nearly 3 feet) deep.

Hill Descent Control comes as standard. There’s also plenty of ground clearance and a smooth underfloor, and if necessary, Land Rover says the Range Rover can wade into water up to 35.4 inches (nearly 3 feet) deep.

Further improvements to the new model include an optimized chassis thanks to improved stiffness, plus a refined variable-ratio, speed-sensitive steering system. The construction utilizes aluminum for the construction, which keeps it as lightweight as possible. The set-up is independent at all four corners, with double wishbones in front and a multi-link in the rear.

The Range Rover comes standard with air suspension components, which allows it to automatically lower or raise the ride height by as much as 3.5 inches. This is particularly useful when adapting to certain driving situations, for example, lowering for high-speed freeway cruising, or rising up for off-roading adventures. Max ride height is also great for hitching up to a tall trailer. Further towing capabilities are provided by optional Advanced Tow Assist, which will automatically countersteer as necessary to guide the trailer where intended.

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The Range Rover comes standard with air suspension components, which allows it to automatically lower or raise the ride height by as much as 3.5 inches.

A Dynamic Response system allows drivers to fine tune their suspension set-up, with independent front and rear axle control and an active roll system. An active rear-locking differential and Adaptive Dynamics system with variable damping rounds out the handling equipment.

Various drive modes make the most of it. There’s a Comfort mode for cruising, as well as a Dynamic mode for spirited driving, plus modes like Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, or Rock Crawl. There’s even an Eco mode, which will provide feedback and tips for eking out more mpg, while also softening the throttle response, short shifting the transmission, and deactivating the heating function for the side view mirrors, steering wheel, and seats.

Finally, ducts in the front bumper help to keep the brakes nice and chilly.

Prices

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Order books for the Land Rover Range Rover are open now, with deliveries scheduled for the end of 2017, depending on the market in question. Meanwhile, buyers interested in the Range Rover P400e won’t get availability until the 2019 model year.

Pricing for the base model SE starts at $87,350, while the turbodiesel option will run you $89,350. Step up to the V-8 and you’re looking at $104,850, while the range-topper SVAutobiography gets a price tag of $177,200. Go for the long wheelbase iteration and prepare to dish out $207,900.

Land Rover declined to announce pricing for the P400e, but if we were to guess, a figure of $95,000 feels about right.

TRIM POWERTRAIN - OUTPUT MSRP
SE 3.0L S/C V6 Gas – 340hp $87,350
HSE 3.0L S/C V6 Gas – 380hp $94,050
SE Td6 3.0L T/C V6 Diesel – 254hp $89,350
HSE Td6 3.0L T/C V6 Diesel – 254hp $96,050
Supercharged 5.0L S/C V8 Gas – 518hp $104,850
Supercharged LWB 5.0L S/C V8 Gas – 518hp $108,895
Autobiography 5.0L S/C V8 Gas – 518hp $141,995
Autobiography LWB 5.0L S/C V8 Gas – 518hp $148,295
SVAutobiography Dynamic 5.0L S/C V8 Gas – 557hp $177,200

Other Options

Lexus LX

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When it comes to boldly styled luxury SUVs, the Japanese-brand Lexus makes a tempting offer with its LX model line. Introduced for a third generation in 2007, the last refresh was shown at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Outside, the LX advertises itself with an utterly unique exterior. The look is quite different from that of the Range Rover, with sharp cuts, many geometric forms, and highly angular features. Chrome lines the surrounds for the grille and windows, while the proportions are classic SUV in their appearance.

Mercedes-Benz GLS Class

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If you’re looking for high-end luxury in a big SUV package, the Germans definitely have the right stuff. Mercedes-Benz offers the GLS Class to scratch that particular itch, available in three individual trim levels. Kicking it off is the GLS 450, which gets 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque from a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. Next is the GLS 550, which throws in another two cylinders and 1.7 liters for 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. At the top of the heap is the AMG GLS 63, which mounts a 5.5-liter V-6 good for 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. Pricing starts at $69,550 for the 450, and ranges up to $125,300 for the AMG.

Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class.

Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid

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Volvo has been making significant moves in the hybrid space as of late, with the XC90 T8 SUV offering both high-end interior luxury and powerful (yet fuel-efficient) technology under the hood. Big screens, leather upholstery, and wood trim are in the cabin, complemented by the latest safety and assistance features. A twin-charged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is mounted in the nose. Assisting the ICE is a pair of electric motors, which boost output to 400 horsepower. At the same time, return figures are estimated at an impressive 53 MPGe in the city.

Read our full review on the 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid.

Conclusion

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I’ll be perfectly honest, no one is gonna buy a $95,000 luxury SUV to save on gas, even if it does get a hybrid powertrain under the hood. Rather, the electrification of the Range Rover is a clear indicator that Land Rover is expecting some pretty big changes in the future, and when they happen, the automaker will have the experience needed to continue offering its most iconic model.

That said, the rest of the Range Rover line looks as good as always. The interior luxury and features are all top-notch, whether you’re behind the wheel or in the back seat relaxing. Premium SUV motoring is very much in effect here, and by all accounts, the off-roading chops are as strong as ever. It’s a solid foot forward for the nameplate, and we expect it to carry the JLR torch for quite some time to come.

  • Leave it
    • * Can get very, very expensive very, very quickly
    • * Will folks really care about the hybrid?
    • * Will folks really go off-roading?

References

Land Rover Range Rover

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A Range Rover with a pigtail

Read our full article on the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover P400e.

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Read our full article on the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport P400e.

Press release

More than ever, Range Rover represents the pinnacle of luxury travel, making every journey a treasured experience whether driving or being driven.

Today, technology drives the next major step for the Range Rover, with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain providing sustainable luxury with new levels of efficiency and capability complementing its refinement and desirability.

Comfort-enhancing functions transform the travelling experience for the 2018MY Range Rover driver and passengers. The front seats feature an optional 24-way movement thanks to the new seat frames, with wider and deeper foams as well as heated arm rests. In the rear a completely redesigned cabin and seating layout create a tranquil sanctuary with no compromise to the rear load space.

If you’re working while being driven, up to 17 connection points including domestic plug sockets, USB, HDMI and 12-volt are all available; a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot7 for up to eight devices and convenient storage are all designed for the business traveler. The cabin is tailored for relaxation with luxurious seats offering up to 25 massage programs thanks to Hot Stone massage technology within the seat backs.

Wider, softer seats offer sumptuous comfort. Reclining by up to 40 degrees, they make the most of the additional 7.3-in (186mm) legroom (now 47.5-in/1,206mm in total) and can be deployed at the touch of button. The exemplary comfort extends to heated and cooled seats, plus heated arm, foot and calf rests. For additional convenience and personalization, all seat functionality can be controlled via a smartphone app, whether inside or outside the vehicle.

“Our customers are very clear about what they want from any new Range Rover. ‘Don’t change it, just make it better,’ they tell us, so everything we’ve done has been about enhancing our flagship SUV,” said Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover. “After nearly 50 years the fourth generation Range Rover is the finest so far, ensuring the original luxury SUV remains the choice for discerning customers the world over.”

The elegance of the interior has been elevated by the seamless integration of the most advanced infotainment system yet created by Jaguar Land Rover. InControl Touch Pro® Duo, combines two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens on the center console working in perfect harmony6. Information can be swiped from one screen to the other, making the layout highly intuitive and engaging to operate.

The new Range Rover has been enhanced with further technologies for greater comfort and convenience:

Gesture sunblind: opened and closed by an advanced gesture control system that senses an occupant’s hand movement. All it takes to open the blind is a rearward swipe in front of the rear view mirror, and forwards to close
Activity key: customers can securely lock and unlock their vehicle without the need to carry a conventional key fob

To experience tailored Range Rover luxury and performance in its most dynamic form, customers can now savor the enhanced Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic – the most powerful production Range Rover to date. The output from its supercharged V8 gasoline engine is up to 557hp delivering 0-60mph time of 5.1 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds)5. Striking design revisions include an exclusive Graphite Atlas mesh grille design with chrome inserts and a revised rear bumper with integrated metal tailpipe finishers.

2019 MODEL YEAR RANGE ROVER PHEV

Following the announcement of the new Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) last week, the brand’s ICE to ACE journey continues, moving from conventional internal combustion engines to connected and electrified vehicles. The Range Rover PHEV and Range Rover Sport PHEV models represent the first steps for Land Rover on the path that will see all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles launched from 2020 offering an electrified powertrain option.

The efficient new Range Rover P400e provides sustainable performance by combining a 296hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine with a 114hp (85kW) electric motor. The 398hp total available power output4 – available through the permanent four-wheel drive system – delivers 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds) and a maximum speed of 137mph (220km/h)5.

With an impressive 472-lb. ft. of torque, the new powertrain delivers dynamic performance with traditional Range Rover capability, comfort and refinement.

The Range Rover P400e provides an all-electric range of up to 31 miles (51km)3 without the Ingenium gasoline engine running. For the first time, customers choosing the flagship Land Rover SUV can experience zero-emission driving.

Drivers of the new PHEV model can choose from two driving modes:

Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) – combines gasoline and electric drive. The driver can optimize battery charge or fuel economy by utilizing one of two charge management functions:
SAVE function – prevents the battery charge dropping below a pre-selected level
Predictive Energy Optimization (PEO) function – entering a destination in the navigation system enables the feature, which utilizes in built GPS altitude data for the selected route, to intelligently combine the electric motor and petrol engine to maximize fuel economy
EV (Electric Vehicle) mode – enables the vehicle to run solely on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery, the ideal solution for quiet, zero-emission journeys

The powertrain’s precision and control make for serene progress in various conditions and terrains. The Land Rover Terrain Response® 2 technology has a unique calibration to intelligently and precisely distribute torque from the electric motor, which has no creep speed and is able to deliver maximum torque from zero rpm, to all four wheels. This gives greater control during low-speed off-road maneuvers, confirming the Range Rover brand’s outstanding breadth of effortless capability.

The Range Rover 2.0-liter Ingenium gasoline engine is longitudinally mounted, with the 85kW electric motor housed in the ZF® automatic eight-speed transmission at the center of the vehicle alongside the 7kW on-board charger. The access point for the cable is at the front of the vehicle, while the prismatic cell lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the trunk floor.

Designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced at the company’s Solihull production facility and is available to order now, with first deliveries from the end of 2017 (market dependent).

RANGE ROVER

TECHNICAL PRESS PACK CONTENTS

1. SUSTAINABLE LUXURY

1.1 Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

1.2 Charging

1.3 Functionality

2. DESIGN

2.1 Enhanced exterior

2.2 Interior refinements

2.3 Executive seating

3. TECHNOLOGY

3.1 Touch Pro Duo

3.2 Driver Interface

3.3 Convenience features

3.4 Driver assistance technologies

3.5 Meridian audio systems

4. ENGINEERING

4.1 Capability

4.2 Lightweight and aerodynamic

4.3 Powerful, refined and efficient engines

4.4 Safety and the environment

5. RANGE ROVER SVAUTOBIOGRAPHY DYNAMIC

1. SUSTAINABLE LUXURY

Unrivalled capability and peerless refinement meet sustainable luxury with the introduction of plug-in gasoline-electric power to the 2019 MY Range Rover1. The first Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powertrain available from Jaguar Land Rover is capable of up to 31 miles (51km)2 with zero tailpipe emissions when driven in all-electric mode, providing sustainable performance like never before.

1.1. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

The 2019 PHEV model, badged P400e, combines an advanced 296hp four-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine with a 114hp (85kW) electric motor. This transformational technology is powered by an advanced 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery giving a total available power output of 398hp3 from the permanent four-wheel drive (4WD) system.

Together they drive the brand’s performance SUV from 0-60mph in just 6.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds) for SWB variants and to a top speed of 137mph[iv]. With an impressive 472-lb. ft. of torque, the new powertrain mixes dynamic and sustainable performance with traditional Range Rover capability, comfort and refinement.

The combination of Ingenium gasoline and electric power can be used in two driving modes: Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) and EV (Electric Vehicle) mode.

In Parallel Hybrid mode the 2019 PHEV model can intelligently and seamlessly combine the two power sources to deliver efficient performance. By using its electrical energy reserves intelligently the P400e is able to offer the power and capability customers demand from a Range Rover.

On longer journeys, customers can use the SAVE function to deploy the EV-only range for a specific part of their journey, for example, when entering congested urban areas, while the Predictive Energy Optimization function uses the vehicle’s Navigation system to enhance fuel efficiency.

In EV mode the P400e can be driven up to 31 miles (51km)3 with zero-emissions when fully charged. This driving mode is manually selected using a button on the console and gives the new PHEV model a top speed of 85mph (137km/h)5 when using only EV power.

The intelligent system can also capture and store the energy generated when braking to help recharge the battery.

The 2.0-liter Ingenium engine can be found under the clamshell hood, with the 85kW electric motor housed on the transmission, at the center of the vehicle.

The access point for the 7kW on-board charging socket is located behind the Land Rover badge to the right of the grille, at the front of the vehicle, while the 13.1kWh prism-shaped lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the trunk floor.

1.2 Charging

The new 2019 Range Rover PHEV model features a plug-in charge point behind a discreet panel on the grille, a 7kW on-board charger, and a charging cable. Based on market and type of hardware used, the Range Rover P400e is suited to deliver full battery charging overnight using a domestic plug socket.

The PHEV model is available with three types of cables and includes a home charging lead, which connects to domestic power supplies, as standard.

The public charging cable, which is compatible with AC wall boxes installed at domestic and business premises and service stations, makes it ideal for charging on the move.

Timed charging is also available via the vehicle’s infotainment system, which allows owners to choose the most appropriate time to begin charging – perfect for customers who want to plug in when they return home, but want to wait until a less costly energy price is available.

Owners can monitor the charging status via two illuminated strips that sit either side of the charging socket behind the grille. A white light signifies the vehicle is connected but indicates that charging has not started, while a blue light shows that timed charging is set but not underway. A flashing green signal shows the car is charging, while a solid green light indicates the battery is fully charged.

When customers are away from their vehicle, they can use the InControl Remote™ app to monitor the charge status, as well as receive an alert if there is an error, or the cable has been removed forcibly.

1.3 Functionality

The gasoline engine and electric motor of the P400e have been calibrated to work in harmony regardless of the state of battery charge, with two charge management functions available when driving in Parallel Hybrid mode:

Predictive Energy Optimization helps to make the most of both power sources and is activated when the driver enters a destination into the navigation system. By analyzing factors such as traffic conditions, gradient of the route and whether it is an urban or rural environment, the PHEV system will seamlessly combine electric and Ingenium gasoline engine power to optimize efficiency.
The driver-selectable SAVE mode is accessed through the Touch Pro Duo system and maintains battery charge at the point of activation. At this point, the vehicle will only use the electric motor once it has replenished enough energy via regenerative braking or charging, allowing customers to conserve electric power to be used on a specific part of their journey.

The operation of the PHEV powertrain is supported by the latest ZF8P75XPH eight-speed automatic transmission, which combines lightweight construction and highly efficient operation to reduce fuel consumption while delivering the supreme refinement and assured responses Range Rover customers expect. The advanced transmission adapts to individual driving styles, so dynamic driving is automatically accompanied by quicker gear changes.

2. DESIGN

In almost 50 years of Range Rover history there has been one constant – exceptional design. The new Range Rover represents a sophisticated evolution of the SUV’s effortlessly elegant exterior and luxurious interior.

2.1 Enhanced exterior

Subtle exterior design changes give the flagship Land Rover SUV an even more prestigious appearance and presence.

The updated grille incorporates a Gloss Black surround and Atlas mesh (varies by model) to provide a more modern appearance while the all-new front bumper features widened vent blades. The hallmark clamshell hood is both physically and visually longer, giving the driver a cleaner view ahead.

“Our approach was to find ways of enhancing the Range Rover’s traditional appeal without making too dramatic a change,” said Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover. “We therefore set out to create an uncluttered graphic that embodied a cleanliness and quality of design, with flush detailing and a greater emphasis on overall cohesion. The result is the best looking Range Rover yet.”

Refreshed lower side accents and vent graphics incorporate two alternative design schemes – Satin Body-Colored and Atlas Accent Finish – that further highlight the vehicle’s distinctive profile.

At the rear the updated bumper integrates the exhaust tailpipes across all Range Rover powertrains. In addition, six new alloy wheel designs are available alongside two new metallic paint colors; Rossello Red and Byron Blue.

Two design packs are also available:

The Black Exterior Pack changes key components to Narvik Black, including the hood and tailgate lettering, grille mesh and inner surround, front tow eye cover, door mirror caps, side vent graphic and accent graphic, the tailgate finisher, and the door handle upper and lower on HSE and Autobiography
The Shadow Exterior Pack features a similar set of upgrades (less the door mirror caps and tow eye cover) but uses Shadow Atlas as its accent color

The introduction of LED headlight technology gave the Land Rover design team greater flexibility and the opportunity to develop a sharper, thinner new headlight design and provide superior illumination.

The standard Premium headlight package features 24 LEDs per vehicle, with Signature Daytime Running Lights and optional Auto High Beam Assist8.

2.2 Interior refinements

The interior of the new Range Rover is more luxurious, adaptable and beautifully crafted than ever. Each sumptuous detail has been carefully designed and precision engineered with the comfort and enjoyment of its occupants in mind.

Demonstrating the luxury and comfort evident throughout the vehicle are the striking new seats, which provide greater recline, legroom and foot space than before. The driver and front passenger seats are now asymmetrically wider on the outside to enable easier access to the vehicle. The richly luxurious designs feature lines, leathers and layers of deep cushioning that create a cosseting lounge-style environment.

The front seat frame has evolved to provide a wider foundation, while the foams are deeper and new comfort interlayers enrich driver and passenger comfort. High quality leathers have been specially selected to ensure customers always experience world-class comfort.

Convenience has also been enhanced with the controls for the seats relocated to the new door panels. The shift is designed to accommodate the wider seat bases and make it even easier and more intuitive for customers to make adjustments.

“The new interior provides a more refined and spacious cabin than ever, with a focus on improving the customer experience from the very first contact,” said Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover. “With this in mind, we have used higher quality materials to create a truly luxurious experience. The wider seats and enhanced stowage are obvious changes, but it is the little touches throughout that combine to make this such a compelling design.”

New functionality has also been embedded into the Grained Leather 16-way electronically-adjustable front seats to further improve the passenger experience with heating and memory functions.

For the next level in comfort, the optional 20-way Oxford Leather front seats are upholstered even more luxuriously and provide greater personalization opportunities. The leg cushions extend to support the thighs, while adjustable bolsters support occupants and can be equipped with cooling and massage functions.

With 24-way adjustment, the top-of-the-range Semi-Aniline Leather front seats are the most advanced option, providing upper shoulder support for total comfort, alongside integrated climate and massage settings, and the option of a stress-relieving Hot Stone Massage function.

This high-end functionality extends to the rear, where the seats feature a 60:40 split-fold design. Wider and offering substantial legroom, they also have power recline controls moved to the door for greater convenience.

Customers can choose powered reclining seats in Oxford or Semi-Aniline Leather with Intelligent Seat Cargo Mode. This allows for effortless folding of the flexible 60/40 seats and access to the load space.

The powered rear seats can be folded using the infotainment touchscreen, providing load-through access and enabling the vehicle to offer comfort and refinement without compromising practicality.

To reduce sound intrusion, the Range Rover also now features 0.2-in (6mm) thick glass – 20 percent thicker than previously fitted – to ensure road, engine and wind noise does not disturb occupants, whether they’re working or relaxing.

2.3 Executive Seating

New Executive Seating is standard on Autobiography derivatives, elevating front and rear seat luxury with Semi-Aniline Leather and additional functionality.

New wider seat frames, deeper foams and plush comfort interlayers combine with a seat cushion that leads into a premium C-pillar treatment to create the impression of a luxurious wraparound lounge-like interior.

This sensation is enhanced by a new power-deployable center console. Previously extending the full length of the rear cabin and permanently fixed, the new console is now available at the touch of a button and features a break at the center footwell to enable rear passengers to easily exit from either side of the vehicle. When the center console is stowed, the rear cabin is still able to accommodate three passengers in comfort so versatility is uncompromised.

When in use the powered rear center console envelops occupants in luxurious leather providing an elegant location for personal items in a standout example of the evolution of the vehicle’s interior. Passengers using the Rear Executive Class Seating can also recline their seatbacks further than ever, up to 40-degrees, and make the most of the additional 7.3-in (186mm) legroom (47.5-in/1206mm in total) provided by the long wheelbase model. The cosseting headrests have eight different settings to deliver optimal comfort.

The front passenger seat can be moved forwards to maximize space and a heated arm, calf and foot rest provides ergonomic support when reclined for a more immersive, relaxing experience.

The most comfortable position in the rear can be achieved by a single button push, which moves the front seat forward and folds the headrest for forward visibility, reclines the rear seat and folds down the footrest (found in the rear of the front seat) and raises the calf rest, as well as deploying the center console.

Rear seat passengers have control of the front seats, when unoccupied, from switches found on the door for the ultimate in comfort and convenience.

The sense of serenity can be taken to new heights for front and rear passengers with the new massage function. With 14 cells in each seat, the system can deliver more varied and relaxing massages than ever before.

The new optional Hot Stone Massage function focuses heat into the four central heated massage elements while retaining a cool or ambient temperature throughout the rest of the seat, so passengers enjoy a more intense and effective experience. The seats produce continuous rolling waves across the back and gently apply heat to the spine.

The seat position, massage functionality, temperature of the seats and rear cabin climate control can all be managed from brand’s new Comfort Controller smartphone app, which gives passengers control of the executive rear seats.

Not only does it allow users to control the massage type and intensity of vibration, it also enables customers to set a temperature and fan speed for the rear cabin. Heating and cooling functionality within the seats can also be controlled, as can the position – ideal if you’re fully reclined and the door controls are out of reach. The finishing touch to the tranquil cabin of the new Range Rover is the integration of heating into all armrests, front and rear.

The richly relaxing environment now includes four new veneers among a choice of seven, the latest enhancements provide a luxury experience with tailored comfort like never before.

The rear bulkhead in Rear Executive Seat allows passengers to recline without compromising the loadspace.

Innovative storage

The new Range Rover is more luxurious than ever but the pursuit of perfection here doesn’t come at the expense of practicality. Passengers benefit from a series of flexible new storage solutions, including front cup holders that can be slid forward to reveal a deep storage area, up to 274.6-cu.in. (4.5-liter), in the center console with a dedicated USB charging port.

In addition, the 481.5-cu.in (7.89-liter) console features a new double-level hinged tray when open, perfect for keeping wallets and mobile phones secure and out of sight.

The lockable glove box provides enhanced security, while customers can specify an optional cooler compartment or a new refrigerator in the front center console, to provide the luxury of cooled drinks on demand. The fridge holds four 16.9-oz (500ml) bottles and chills to 41⁰F (5⁰C) with the ability to perform a rapid cool.

The front and rear door pockets are re-shaped to hold larger (1.5-liter) bottles than before and in long wheelbase models, a rear cubby box has 170.9-cu.in (2.8-liters) of additional storage, while the rear of the central console houses a domestic plug socket. A second domestic socket can be found in the load space, making it possible to keep laptops charged on the move.

Air quality

A new cabin air ionization system, called Nanoe™, is central to the increased focus on passenger comfort. The system ionizes particles in the air, allowing them to attach to surfaces thus helping to cleanse the cabin air. It can be switched on or off via the Climate screen.

Gesture sunblind

Convenient technology is at the heart of the new Range Rover, exemplified by the powered roof sunblind, which can be opened and closed using an advanced gesture control system capable of sensing hand movements.

All it takes to open the sunblind is a rearward swipe in front of the rear-view mirror, while a simple forward motion will prompt the blind to close. Comfortable and convenient for passengers, this intuitive system also assists in reducing potential distraction of the driver.

In addition, an intelligent function can close the blinds automatically when all passengers have disembarked and the vehicle is locked keeping the interior cool in warm weather. When the driver opens the door, the sunblind will automatically and smoothly slide open. Customers can still operate the sunblind using conventional buttons, if preferred.

Ambient lighting

The new Range Rover gives customers even greater control over the cabin environment thanks to new three-zone ambient lighting.

Occupants can tailor the atmosphere to create a calm, relaxing and stress-free environment by configuring the color (from a choice of 10) and intensity of lighting via fully controllable tri-color LEDs.

Lighting elements are split across the upper zone, with uplighters in the B-pillars. The mid-layer controls content in the doors and center console, while the lower level manages the soft, diffused light in the footwells.

3. TECHNOLOGY

The Range Rover has always been the pioneer of new and innovative technologies. The new model maintains this rich pedigree with the introduction of Land Rover Touch® Pro Duo™ infotainment6.

3.1 Touch Pro Duo

Two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens form the centerpiece of the minimalist cabin of the Range Rover as part of Touch Pro Duo, the most advanced infotainment system created by Jaguar Land Rover to date. Fast and intuitive, it combines finely engineered physical controls and a beautiful digital interface to deliver a truly connected driving experience[v].

The system looks simultaneously futuristic and elegant with its interlinked 10-inch touchscreens providing superior clarity and ease of operation with familiar tap, swipe and pinch-to-zoom control gestures on the upper screen. The customizable home screen also allows customers to create shortcuts to preferred features6.

Touch Pro Duo can dual-task for the driver, keeping the mapping information displayed on the upper touchscreen, while providing easy access to further features on the secondary lower screen. By dividing information and controls logically between the two screens, the new Range Rover achieves a more intuitive user experience.

The upper screen on the central console can be angled to counter glare and improve visibility while the fixed lower 10-inch display manages more functional tasks such as the climate control, seat and vehicle settings. This screen can also be used to manage media and phone functionality via specialist widgets when the upper screen is in use.

Key to its design are two rotary Dynamic Dials within the lower screen, which can be used to control the cabin temperature, fan speed, seat climate and massage functions, as well as Terrain Response® settings6.

3.2 Driver interface

The drive for enhanced customer convenience extends to the instrumentation, which is provided by an all-new 12-inch high-resolution Interactive Driver Display with dual dial, single dial and extended mode views available. Other frequently used features – including phone, navigation and media settings – can also be managed using this innovative new cluster.

In addition, a next-generation head-up display system puts vital information just where the driver wants it, using 10-inch full-color projection with superior clarity and definition. It presents essential information on the windshield, keeping vehicle speed and navigation directions in view at all times. Other updates can also be shown, including adaptive cruise control settings and Advanced Driver Assistance alerts such as signals from the traffic sign recognition system8.

The graphics appear to hover beyond the windshield thanks to an increased perceived projection distance, to help prevent the driver’s eyes from having to constantly refocus.

The full-color image is generated using four super-bright LEDs and a high-resolution TFT LCD screen. The image is sharp, bright and is large in size, allowing customers to adjust the layout, height and brightness of the display.

3.3 Convenience features

Connectivity and convenience are integrated at every step. Even the steering wheel controls feature intuitive new capacitive switches with dynamic illuminated icons to make operating various vehicle features from behind the wheel simpler.

The user-friendly switches provide full control of the instrument cluster, including media playback, phone, cruise control and heated steering wheel settings, plus a shortcut to a feature of the driver’s choosing. The capacitive surface also allows users to scroll through menus by finger or thumb.

The Range Rover now also benefits from the available Remote Intelligent Seat Fold technology, allowing customers to reconfigure the front passenger and second-row seats remotely via the InControl Remote smartphone app.

The new Range Rover also provides passengers in the second row with an optional 10-inch rear seat entertainment display that includes touchscreens for the first time, offering enhanced clarity and ease of use. Powered by an advanced quad-core processor, the system is linked by an ultra-fast Ethernet network and elevates the travelling experience for rear passengers.

With up to 17 (18 on the LWB) connection points integrated discreetly throughout the cabin, the new Range Rover is perfectly equipped as a mobile workspace and entertainment hub.

This is thanks to two USB ports, an HDMI port and a 12V connection point in the front console cubby box – there is also a 12V socket in the glove box and a USB point in the storage area underneath the cupholders.

For rear passengers, two 12V charging ports, a domestic plug socket, two USB ports and HDMI points are available, while customers can also specify a12V and a second domestic plug socket in the loadspace to keep laptops and other devices charged.

In long wheelbase models, an additional USB charge point can be found in the storage box at the rear of the center console.

In addition, there is provision for up to eight 4G Wi-Fi connections, which ensures continuous connectivity on the move6.

The latest online media functionality from Land Rover now allows for the aggregation of numerous content providers and their personalized content – such as Deezer and TuneIn – giving customers access to more than 40 million music tracks and four million on-demand programs and podcasts. For the first time, these can be accessed directly from the vehicle without the need for a smartphone – providing a seamless and integrated experience.

For extra convenience, the brand’s innovative Activity Key wristband is available on the Range Rover Sport for the first time, allowing customers to lock and unlock the vehicle without using the standard key fob. Perfect for runners, swimmers or cyclists who don’t want to carry a traditional key while exercising, the durable Activity Key is fully waterproof to depths of 59ft (18m).

To lock or unlock the vehicle, the Activity Key must be held within 1.2-in (30mm) of the second “R” of the Range Rover badge on the tailgate and, once activated, the main vehicle fob is disabled and can be left safely inside the cabin.

3.4 Driver assistance technologies

The suite of driver assistance features on the Range Rover have been restructured to be even more intuitive for owners with a series of feature-rich packs that can be specified as needed.

Core features such as Rear Camera, Lane Departure Warning, Emergency Braking, Front and Rear Park Distance Control, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter are all fitted as standard[vii].

The optional Drive Pack adds features to inform and equip customers for any journey. Central to this are Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Speed Limiter and Driver Condition Monitor, while Traffic Sign Recognition features enhanced accuracy in its ability to read roadway signage8.

The optional Drive Pro Pack adds High Speed Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keep Assist. There is also an improved Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist, which uses a forward-looking camera and improved radar system8.

In addition, there is the option of the Park Pack, which includes a 360-degree Parking Aid, Reverse Traffic Monitor and Clear Exit Monitor, which alerts passengers exiting from the rear doors to any hazards approaching from behind. If a vehicle is detected, a light flashes on the door to notify those attempting to disembark8.

The optional Park Pro Pack includes all of the Park Pack features, in addition to Park Assist. This is a suite of advanced parking features that aid parallel and perpendicular parking8.

3.5 Meridian Audio Systems

Meridian again provides a suite of leading audio systems. These are available with three levels of functionality from the 380W, 825W surround or 1700W Signature Sound Systems, providing 13, 19 and 29 speakers respectively and including a dual channel subwoofer in each.

All three have been designed with meticulous attention to detail and a focus on finding optimum positions for every speaker around the cabin to deliver three-dimensional sound quality.

4. ENGINEERING

Central to any Range Rover has always been its ability to handle various types of journeys. Thanks to the vehicle’s construction, lightweight suspension and advanced technologies, the new Range Rover provides confident and serene performance in various situations.

4.1 Capability

Exceptional ride quality, over various terrain and conditions, is a core part of the Range Rover experience. The advanced suspension system combines poise and stability with exceptional ride isolation for flat, confident cornering and a natural and intuitive feel behind the wheel.

Comprising a lightweight front and rear design, the suspension layout complements the advanced aluminum construction of the car perfectly. It is a fully independent layout featuring a wide-spaced double wishbone arrangement in the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear.

In order to achieve the perfect balance of agility, composure and comfort, Land Rover engineers focused on optimizing chassis stiffness and fine-tuning the steering system to deliver the exhilarating driving experience demanded of the Range Rover.

The chassis can be managed via a number of advanced technologies. Dynamic Response enables a driver to independently control the front and rear axles with an enhanced active roll control system8, which allows for low-speed agility and increased stability at speed.

This is complemented by an Active Rear Locking Differential to further optimize traction and stability in corners, while Adaptive Dynamics provide continuous variable damping for a supple, absorbent and composed ride8.

Electric Power Assisted Steering utilizes variable-ratio speed-sensitive assistance to deliver a relaxed, natural and intuitive character with a faster steering ratio. The result is a luxury SUV with excellent stability and a relaxed character at higher cruising speeds.

All-terrain capability

The legendary off-road capability of the Range Rover is taken to new heights with the introduction of the gasoline-electric P400e hybrid model2, as its electric motor offers greater control of torque from a standstill. This facilitates improved low-speed control and superior pull-away on low-grip surfaces. The low range transmission can also be operated in pure EV mode for all-terrain journeys.

The Land Rover Terrain Response® 2 technology has been retuned to intelligently and precisely distribute torque from the electric motor, which has no creep speed and maximum torque from zero rpm, to all four wheels, giving greater control during low-speed off-road maneuvers, reaffirming its outstanding breadth of capability8.

Handling and performance across the model range can also be managed via a series of Terrain Response 2 programs. Featuring a new Comfort mode, which calibrates the suspension settings to optimize ride comfort, while the Dynamic setting gives the driver a more dynamic ride.

These modes exist alongside Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, Rock Crawl and Eco settings.

In Eco mode, the driver receives instantaneous feedback and guidance on driving more efficiently, while minimizing electrical power consumption and highlighting the effects of certain features on fuel efficiency. It also softens the throttle pedal response, modifies the automatic transmission shift pattern and switches off heating for the door mirrors, steering wheel and seats to optimize fuel efficiency9.

The new Range Rover also benefits from the Jaguar Land Rover Low Traction Launch System, which helps to exploit all available traction when pulling away on low friction surfaces. Unlike All-Terrain Progress Control, the company’s all-terrain cruise control technology, Low Traction Launch relies on the driver by initiating a unique throttle map to provide a more usable torque curve. The system is specifically designed to help drivers pull-away from a standstill on low friction surfaces such as wet grass, loose gravel and snow8.

Hill Descent Control (HDC®) is also fitted as standard, while excellent ground clearance and a smooth underfloor help the new model negotiate rough terrain8.

Wading capability for the P400e is also uncompromised with a maximum depth of 35.4-in (900mm) shared with the rest of the Range Rover line-up. For deep water wading, it is recommended that the Ingenium gasoline engine is running to prevent water entering the exhaust system8.

Four-wheel drive

The four-wheel drive capability of the new Range Rover is managed by a new transfer case design, which has a smart actuator rather than a separate motor and ECU. This results in a 3.3-lb (1.5kg) reduction in weight and is controlled via a multi-plate clutch. Together with the bevel gear center differential it provides a 50:50 torque split.

Using wheel slip information from a range of sensors, the clutch distributes torque evenly between all four wheels, while a ‘shift on the move’ system allows selectable high and low gears up to 37mph (60km/h). The Active Rear Locking Differential can also be optimized to assist with cornering stability and traction8.

Ride height versatility

All 2018 Range Rover models come as standard with air suspension.

When cruising at a sustained speed of 65mph5 or above, the suspension can lower the vehicle by 0.6-in (15mm) to reduce drag.

Access Height lowers the vehicle by up to 2.0-in (50mm) to help passengers enter and exit the vehicle in another example of technology enabling customer convenience. This feature can also lock the suspension at this low level, enabling the Range Rover Sport to travel at speeds of up to 25mph in locations with restricted height, such as multi-story parking garages.

Conversely, the ride height can be increased to cater for demanding off-road scenarios, with two bespoke options:

Off-Road Ride Height 1 lifts the vehicle by as much as 1.6-in (40mm) up to 50mph (80km/h) and is ideal for driving at a quicker pace on less extreme off-road conditions, such as deeply rutted dirt roads.
Off-Road Ride Height 2, intended for more extreme landscapes or wading through water, takes the car up to 3.0-in (75mm) above its usual height at up to 31mph (50km/h).

Owners can also control the height of the vehicle’s rear to help with loading and towing. Using switches in the rear load space it is possible to reduce rear ride height by 2.0-in (50mm). In this instance, the front will drop by just 0.8-in (20mm), resulting in a hitch height reduction of 2.4-in (60mm).

Conversely, the rear can also be raised by as much as 3.5-in (90mm) to assist in the hitching of trailers and the adjustment of trailer inclination while stationary. The suspension can be levelled by holding the up and down buttons simultaneously until the vehicle returns to normal.

The user-friendly set-up can also be managed using the new key fob, which is particularly effective when the load space is in use and the switches are inaccessible.

Advance towing options

The new Range Rover also benefits from the optional Advanced Tow Assist system which allows the driver to plot their trajectory when guiding trailers or caravans into position. This is managed via the central touchscreen and uses the rotary Terrain Response selector to steer the vehicle8.

When in use, the driver will not be required to counter steer at any stage because the rotary dial is always turned in the direction the driver wants the trailer to go. The system automatically performs any counter steering to articulate both the vehicle and trailer along the path projected by the reversing camera on the central touchscreen8.

Hitch Assist is also available to guide the vehicle and tow ball together via the same screen when attaching a trailer8.

4.2 Aluminum and aerodynamics

The Range Rover features an all-aluminum body structure, which is 39 percent lighter than the steel equivalent and has been subjected to one of the most extensive optimization processes Jaguar Land Rover has undertaken. Its development required use of computer simulation and a staggering 1,000 years of processor time.

Multi-dimensional optimization tools were also used to minimize weight while simultaneously delivering outstanding stiffness and refinement.

Advanced aerodynamics allow the body to cut through the air with greater precision, thanks to flush glazing and sharp separation on the D-pillar and rear lights, that create a drag coefficient from 0.34.

This has been optimized for high-performance brake cooling via a new front bumper design with a dedicated duct in the lower aperture. This feeds air directly onto the disc itself, which means new low dust brake material can be used, helping to keep the alloys cleaner for longer.

Front wheel deflectors are also used to reduce drag, while the robust and multifunctional undertray has a large aluminum component that improves aerodynamic performance.

4.3 Powerful, refined and efficient engines

The diesel Td6 powertrain continues to be available for 2018MY featuring a 254hp turbocharged V6 engine offering customers an extended range of up to 658 miles per tank and an EPA certified fuel economy of 28mpg highway[viii].

The diesel sits alongside the next-generation 5.0-liter supercharged V8 gasoline engine, which offers improved performance and an increase in horsepower from 510hp to 518hp, and the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 gasoline engine with a choice of 340hp or 380hp outputs and 332-lb. ft. of torque.

4.4 Safety and the environment

The new Range Rover boasts a comprehensive portfolio of passive safety features engineered to meet the most stringent global standards. The aluminum body was extensively tested by computer simulation tools to test the crash structure in order to minimize intrusion and maximize protection.

This is complemented by a system of airbags – including for the driver, passenger, side curtain and thorax[ix] – and seat belt pretensioners linked to the emergency brakes.

Pedestrian safety has also been prioritized with a front-end designed to minimize potential injury. This includes an energy-absorbent raised hood A-surface and bumper profiles, as well as, the careful coupling of surface parts.

By using virtual tools for design and simulation, there has also been a dramatic reduction in the need for physical prototyping.

5. RANGE ROVER SVAUTOBIOHRAPHY DYNAMIC

Created by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, the new Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic complements the core models while giving drivers even more of what they want from the world’s ultimate SUV.

The output from its potent 557hp supercharged V8 engine is up from 550hp, with 516-lb. ft. of torque available. That’s enough to deliver 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds)5. SVO engineers have even developed a chassis calibration to optimize performance, which will be available as an alternative to the standard Comfort mode. This lowers the ride height by 0.3-in (8mm) and is designed to heighten driver engagement without compromising comfort.

Striking design revisions that identify the most performance-focused Range Rover include an exclusive Graphite Atlas mesh grille design with chrome inserts at the front. The front bumper and lower air intake finisher get the same treatment, along with modified side and rear accents. At the back, the modified rear bumper integrates metal tailpipe finishers, while an optional 22-inch wheel design joins the 21-inch standard wheel.

The five-color palette of options features Firenze Red, which is exclusive to the SVO performance flagship. Customers will also benefit from a unique SVO-branded key fob with a dark brushed aluminum finish that complements new rear badging.

Sporting the ‘SVAutobiography’ emblem, a visible red flash signifies the dynamic nature of this potent model and communicates its performance-driven design.

The cabin design reiterates this message with a series of exclusive updates. The Executive Class Seating configuration, in particular, transforms the rear passenger compartment and is finished in exclusive Quilted Perforated Semi-Aniline Leather trim.

The purposeful nature of the SVAutobiography Dynamic interior is evident in the quartet of sporty colorways available; Ebony, Ebony/Pimento, Ebony/Cirrus and Ebony/Vintage Tan. The SVO model also debuts two new veneer choices, Steel Weave Carbon Fiber and Grand Black, with finishers in Dark Brushed Aluminum also available.

This luxurious appeal also extends to the leather-wrapped lower pillars, SVAutobiography-branded illuminated treadplates and exclusive start-up graphic in the instrument cluster. The front center console has also been updated to use the SVAutobiography logo.

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