Range Rover steps up

Once the undisputed leader in the luxury SUV class, the Range Rover has been under pressure from rivals and is seriously upping its game with the new model, due for launch in November.

Executive Class rear seats and long wheel base body ensure this SUV represents the pinnacle of luxury.

Range Rover PHEV Media Drive, March 2018

With the option of a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain that delivers 51 km of emission-free driving without any loss in performance, alongside the heightened luxury of the SVAutobiography, Range Rover is also improved with the addition of Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go. This is available alongside Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist.

This system helps keep the vehicle centred in its lane by applying moderate steering interventions with the driver’s hands on the wheel. The technology uses lane markings and, or where no lane markings can be detected, the path of the vehicle in front. Switching lanes or braking deactivates the system.

The interior of the Range Rover is luxurious, adaptable and beautifully crafted where the seats, which provide generous recline, legroom and foot space feature lines, leathers and layers of deep cushioning that create a cosseting lounge-style environment, with controls located on the door panels for customers to make adjustments.

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Heating and memory functions are embedded into the Grained Leather 16-way electronically-adjustable front seats to further improve the passenger experience.

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 offer a 60:40 split-fold design. Wider and offering substantial legroom, their power recline controls are also located on the door for greater convenience.

The powered rear seats can be folded using the infotainment touchscreen, providing load-through access and ensuring the Range Rover’s peerless comfort and refinement does not come at the expense of practicality.

There is a power-deployable centre console that is available at the touch of a button and features a break at the centre footwell to enable rear passengers to easily exit from either side of the vehicle. When the centre console is stowed, the rear cabin can still accommodate three passengers in comfort, meaning versatility is uncompromised.

A cabin air ionisation system, Nanoe, uses charged water particles to help remove harmful substances, cleanse the air and eliminate allergens, viruses, bacteria and odours. The advanced purification system can be switched on and off using the climate screen on the infotainment system.

The powered roof sunblind 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 motion in front of the rear-view mirror, while a simple forward motion will prompt the blind to close. Comfortable and convenient, the intuitive system also reduces potential distraction to the driver.

In addition, the blinds can be closed automatically when all passengers have disembarked and the vehicle is locked. This keeps the interior cool in warm weather and minimises the need for air-conditioning when passengers return. When the driver unlocks the door, the sunblind will automatically slide open.

The P400e is the most efficient Range Rover and combines an advanced 221 kW four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 85 kw electric motor. This technology is powered by an advanced 13,1 kWh lithium-ion battery giving a total available power output of 297 kW through the permanent all-wheel drive (AWD) system.

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Together they drive the Range Rover from 0-100 km/h in 6,8 seconds and to a top speed of 220 km/h. With an impressive 640 Nm of torque, the powertrain mixes dynamic and sustainable performance with traditional Range Rover capability, comfort and refinement.

The P400e delivers CO2 emissions of 72 g/km and fuel economy of up to 3,1 l/100 km on the NEDC combined cycle. The intelligent system can also capture and store the energy generated when braking to aid recharging of the battery.
A full charge can be achieved in approximately 7,5 hours (10 amp; varies by market, location and the type of hardware used), which makes the Range Rover P400e ideal for overnight battery top-ups using a domestic plug socket.

With up to 17 connection points integrated discreetly throughout the cabin, the Range Rover is perfectly equipped as a mobile workspace and entertainment hub. This is thanks to two USB, an HDMI and 12V connection points in the front console cubby box – there is also a 12V socket in the glove box and a USB point in the deep stowage area underneath the cupholders.

For rear passengers, there are two 12V charging points, a domestic plug socket, and two USB and HDMI points. The load space provides a further 12V and a second domestic plug socket to keep laptops and other devices topped up.

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

There is also provision for up to eight 4G Wi-Fi connections, which ensures continuous connectivity on the move.

Comprising a lightweight front and rear design, the suspension layout perfectly complements the advanced aluminium construction. Its fully independent layout features a wide-spaced double wishbone set-up at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear.

Range Rover PHEV Media Drive, March 2018

In order to achieve the perfect balance of agility, composure and comfort, Land Rover’s engineers focused on optimising chassis stiffness and fine-tuning the steering system to deliver the peerless 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 system, which allows for low-speed agility and increased stability at speed.

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

Electric Power Assisted Steering utilises 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 high cruising speeds.

The Range Rover benefits from Jaguar Land Rover’s Low Traction Launch System, which helps to exploit all available traction when pulling away on slippery surfaces. Unlike All-Terrain Progress Control, the company’s all-terrain cruise control technology, Low Traction Launch initiates 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 slippery surfaces such as wet grass, loose gravel and snow.

Hill Descent Control is also fitted as standard, while excellent ground clearance and a smooth underfloor

The Range Rover SVAutobiography – available exclusively in long wheelbase – has range of powertrain options that includes the 297 kW plug-in hybrid electric-petrol, a 250 kW 4,4-litre diesel and a 416 kW V8 supercharged petrol engine.

Range Rover PHEV Media Drive, March 2018

The Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic is the most powerful production Range Rover to date and offers 416 kW and 700 Nm from its V8 supercharged engine and can can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in only 5,4 seconds.

The Range Rover lineup will be available in South Africa from November and will include the following variants:

SWB:
3.0 Diesel 190 kW Vogue
4.4 Diesel 250 kW Vogue SE
4.4 Diesel 250 kW Autobiography
2.0 PHEV 297 kW Vogue
2.0 PHEV 297 kW Vogue SE
2.0 PHEV 297 kW Autobiography
5.0 Petrol 386 kW Vogue SE
5.0 Petrol 386 kW Autobiography
5.0 Petrol 416 kW SVAutobiography Dynamic

LWB:
4.4 Diesel 250 kW Vogue SE
4.4 Diesel 250 kW Autobiography
4.4 Diesel 250 kW SVAutobiography
2.0 PHEV 297 kW Vogue SE
2.0 PHEV 297 kW Autobiography
2.0 PHEV 297 kW SVAutobiography
5.0 Petrol 386 kW Vogue SE
5.0 Petrol 386 kW Autobiography
5.0 Petrol 416 kW SVAutobiography

Range Rover PHEV Media Drive, March 2018

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Author: Colin Windell

Colin Windell is an apprentice retiree, petrolhead, rock music addict, lover of fine food and has been writing about cars for more than 40 years.

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