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PostHeaderIcon 2019 BMW X7 vs 2019 Land Rover Range Rover

A heavily revised center stack

Big SUVs are as popular as ever, with buyers flocking to dealers to get the very latest in tall-riding, high-end utility vehicles. The latest from BMW is the X7, which sits above the X5 in terms of size and passenger capacity, arriving as a brand-new model line for the Bavarians. By contrast, the Land Rover Range Rover is well-established as the go-to model for a combination of functionality and luxury, like a penthouse suite on wheels that you can drive through a mud puddle. Both are mighty impressive, but how do they compare? To find out, we took an in-depth look at both, including a rundown on the exterior styling, interior design, features, drivetrain, performance, technology, and price. Read on for all the important info you need to know!

PostHeaderIcon The Range Rover Sport P400e Plug-In Hybrid Can Drive Using Electricity Alone

As expected, even Land Rover had to go all hybrid with its luxurious Range Rover offering. For the new model year, the British producers of awesome SUVs revealed the 2019 Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid. It is a car capable of traveling on hybrid power or using electric-only propulsion. Now available in the U.S., the Range Rover Sport P400e Plug-In Hybrid price comes at $78,300 which falls right in between the HSE Td6 and the HSE Dynamic.

PostHeaderIcon Next-Gen Range Rover Will Set its Sights on Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan

A well-deserved update

The arrival of the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan has put the Range Rover on the sidelines, but the old guard is about to put up a fight, and the Bentayga and Cullinan are in its crosshairs. The next-gen Range Rover is scheduled to arrive in 2021, and according to reports, it’s going to be a significant improvement over the current-generation model, in large part because the bar in the super-luxury SUV segment has been raised by Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

PostHeaderIcon The Worlds Best Super SUVs

The term “super SUV” is relatively new in the automotive lexicon, but its use has exploded in popularity with the rush of high-end models that have filled its ranks. From the Bentley Bentayga to the Lamborghini Urus, we’ve seen no shortage of super SUVs hit the market in recent years. Super SUVs are the most extravagant breed of SUVs you can find on the market. They have interiors that can rival those that are found in luxury cars, and they have performance capabilities that border on supercar levels. They also have premium price tags, something that we should expect given their status. This is our list of the best super SUVs in the market today, and, who knows, you might end up in the market for one sooner than you think.

PostHeaderIcon Which is Better: The Audi Q8, The BMW X6, or The Range Rover Sport?

Audi just extended its SUV lineup to include the Q8, essentially a sportier proposition to the utilitarian, wagon-like Q7. The new crossover marks Audi’s entry in the coupe-style market, a playground dominated by the BMW X6 since 2007. The segment also includes the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and the boxier Range Rover Sport.

With a new player on the market, it’s natural to ask yourselves which one is better. We’re here to answer this question by comparing the Audi Q8 against the BMW X6 and the Range Rover Sport. We left the GLE Coupe out of the game simply because it’s based on a model that was launched all the way back in 2011 and a new-generation model is just around the corner.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Jaguar Land Rover goes Off-Road with its Autonomous Technology

Although Jaguar Land Rover seems to be silently developing its autonomous technology, it is actually leading itself into the no-tarmac region. Forget about getting ferried driverless on the highways; with an investment of $4.9 million, JLR plans to take you off-road without one! Why use your technology on the roads when you can go off the beaten path?

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Land Rover Range Rover

39% less body weight

As Land Rover’s flagship SUV, the Range Rover has quite a billing to live up to. It should come as no surprise that as its flagship it can be had on a regular wheelbase or a longer wheelbase – the latter of which offers an astounding 7.3-inches of extra legroom in the rear. We’re still not sure why you would choose to ride instead of drive, but to each their own, we suppose. Either way, it’s offered with a number of drivetrains that include a supercharged V-8, a plug-in hybrid, and there’s even a diesel engine up for the taking if you prefer the oil burners. Power offerings range anywhere between 254 horsepower and 557 horsepower In the Range Rover Sport SVR. More important, though, is the fact that this baby is off-road capable as well. Even if you don’t have one in your driveway, you can have it on your desktop free of charge. We’ve hand-picked our favorite Range Rover wallpaper, but if it’s not good enough for you, we’ve included a nice little gallery for you to choose from as well.

PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Did the Range Rover Sport Just Take the Tianmen Road Record from the Ferarri 458 Italia?

Remember when the Range Rover Sport SVR managed to climb up Heaven’s Gate in Tianmen, China? Well, it looks like the SUV’s adventures in the Chinese locale isn’t done. Not content with its first achievement, the most powerful Range Rover in history had a go at tackling the infamous road’s 99 twists and turns. The goal was to beat the current record, which is held by the Ferrari 458 Italia after posting a time of 10:31 earlier this decade. So did the Range Rover Sport SVR do it? Let’s just say that you’ll be surprised by the result.


“To make the SUV’s feat more impressive, it actually managed to drive around the length of the road at an average speed of 42.8 mph”

We’ll give away the ending and tell you that the Range Rover Sport SVR not only beat the Ferrari 458 Italia’s record, it absolutely obliterated it. Unofficially, the Range Rover Sport SVR, with Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung behind the wheel, clocked in a time of 9:51. You don’t need to be a genius in math to figure out that the Range Rover Sport SVR posted a lap time that’s 40 seconds faster than the time posted by the 458 Italia. ‘Incredible’ isn’t even the proper word to describe it. What the Range Rover Sport SVR did is beyond words.

To make the SUV’s feat more impressive, it actually managed to drive around the length of the road at an average speed of 42.8 mph, or roughly 68.8 kmh, by comparison. It may not sound like much, but imagine tackling the 99-turn Tianmen Road at speeds that are slightly over the speed limit of most American highways. Pretty scary, right? The man behind the wheel of the SUV thought so.


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“The Range Rover Sport SVR posted a lap time that’s 40 seconds faster than the time posted by the 458 Italia”

“I am used to the high speeds of racing, but this was even more demanding,” Tung said. “Maintaining concentration was the biggest challenge, as the road twists and turns constantly with huge drop-offs to the side. The consequences of getting it wrong would have been really serious, so I focused on establishing a rhythm. The Range Rover Sport SVR made this easy – it may be an SUV, but it has the performance and agility of a supercar and can take you to places a supercar can only dream of.”

The Range Rover Sport SVR’s new achievement is another testament to its abilities. We already know that it’s the most powerful Range Rover in history. Land Rover made sure of that with its constant reminders that the SUV packs 567 horsepower out of its supercharged V-8 engine. But it’s become more than just that, too. The SUV has become a crowning achievement for Land Rover. In a lot of ways, Tung is right. The Range Rover Sport SVR is a supercar in SUV clothing.

References


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PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Aims to Take on the Bentley Bentayga with a Two-Door Range Rover

The auto industry has become increasingly competitive in recent years, and it seems that a lot of carmakers are set on launching the “world’s first” anything. With so many niches and technology around, this mission is becoming harder and harder each year, but some companies still find ways to brag about introducing something entirely new. Land Rover is the latest to join the pack with the Range Rover SV Coupe. Launched at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, it’s essentially a two-door version of the big Range Rover, and it’s described as the “world’s first full-size luxury SUV coupe.” Yey marketing!


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“The new model has heavily raked C-pillars and a slightly inclined roofline”

Created by the folks over at JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division, the SV Coupe reminds of the Range Rover Classic from the 1970s. It also had only two doors and significantly longer rear windows that made it look like a shooting brake on stilts. But, unlike its predecessor, the new model has heavily raked C-pillars and a slightly inclined roofline. Granted, it’s not exactly a coupe, but it’s definitely sportier than its spiritual predecessor. The SV Coupe also sports unique grille and side vent designs and its the first Range Rover available with 23-inch wheels.

The two-door SUV is also about enhanced luxury, as it features semi-aniline leather front seats with a unique diamond quilt design. Customers can choose from four front-to-rear contrast interior color, or a range of single-tone interior hues. Both are complemented by a choice of three wood veneers. This model also marks the debut of Nautica, a new trim that brings together walnut and sycamore.


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“Customers can choose from four front-to-rear contrast interior color, or a range of single-tone interior hues”

Unlike the regular Range Rover, the SV Coupe is available with the supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 engine exclusively. The unit is rated at 565 PS and 700 Nm of torque (557 horsepower and 516 pound-feet) and enables the SUV to hit 60 mph from a standing start in just five seconds, to go with a top speed of 165 mph. These figures make the SV Coupe the fastest full-size Range Rover ever. The suspension was also retuned to provide a more driver-focused experience than the standard Range Rover, with the ride height lowered by 8 mm (0.3 inches).


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“The coupe-style SUV will be assembled by hand at the SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, and only 999 examples will be made”

The coupe-style SUV will be assembled by hand at the SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, and only 999 examples will be made. It will be available globally, but for the time being, there’s no pricing information for the U.S. market. It the U.K., it will retail from £240,000. That’s around £60,000 more than the most expensive model to date, the SVAutobiography LWB. I guess Land Rover is aiming the SV Coupe at the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, and the upcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

References

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PostHeaderIcon The Range Rover Sport Seriously Climbed Heaven’s Gate

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport has already established itself as a do-it-all SUV that can tackle the roughest of terrains. Still, the folks over at Land Rover probably didn’t feel too confident about adding its ability to conquer China’s daunting Dragon Road in Tianmen Mountain in any one of the SUV’s brochures. Nobody’s done the challenge before because it’s thought to be impossible. The road itself is notorious for its 99 turns, but if that isn’t enough, it culminates with a 999-step, 45-degree angle concrete staircase that leads to the absolutely mesmerizing Heaven’s Gate rock formation. Eager to prove everyone wrong, Land Rover went to China to see if it could make history. Well, it was either that or disaster. Either way, it made for quite the stunt.


To achieve the impossible feat, Land Rover tapped Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung to sit behind the wheel of the Range Rover Sport and drive it up the perilous seven-mile Tianmen Mountain Road. The SUV was also outfitted with reinforced tires in order to withstand the punishment they were going to take, not only on the mountain road but also on that uphill ascent up the 999 steps that led to Heaven’s Gate. If the stunt itself wasn’t dangerous enough on the surface, Tung also had to deal with the distinction of being the first person to ever climb up the steps that led to Heaven’s Gate in a car. It certainly didn’t help that the steep incline meant that the smallest of errors would’ve sent Tung and the SUV crashing down the steps with a high probability that the SUV would turn into a heap of metal once it reached the base.


Then again, Land Rover wouldn’t perform this stunt if it didn’t think it would accomplish it. Against all odds, Tung managed to complete the mission, driving the car up the perilous mountain road and up the 999-step staircase in 20 minutes and 47 seconds. More importantly, it achieved the feat without any incident, turning it into a record run in the process because nobody’s ever done it before. It’s hard to imagine any automaker trying to make a run at Land Rover’s time given how dangerous the stunt was. If you don’t believe it, consider listening to Tung’s reaction when he completed the stunt. ”I’ve experienced Formula E, Formula 1 and won at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but this was, without doubt, one of the most demanding driving challenges I’ve ever faced,” he said. Hard to argue with the man.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe

First introduced in 1970 under the British Leyland brand, the Range Rover was initially offered exclusively in a two-door body style, with a four-door version arriving much later in 1981. Now in its fourth generation, the Range Rover is about to get back to its two-door roots with a new limited edition called the SV Coupe. Created as a joint effort between Land Rover Design and Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the Range Rover SV Coupe brings unique exterior style matched with superlative interior comfort and a serious wallop under the hood – for a price, of course.

Updated 03/14/2018: We’ve added the latest pictures and info on the new Range Rover SV Coupe!

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe Exterior

  • Exclusive two-door body style
  • Still looks like a Land Rover should
  • Unique side vents and grille designs
  • First time 23-inch wheel option
  • Well over 100 paint colors for the body panels

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“The aesthetic is most definitely an upgrade, however, it’s still unquestionably a Range Rover.”

The first thing you’ll notice about the Range Rover SV Coupe is obviously the two-door body style, which graces the traditionally boxy Land Rover exterior styling with a pair of extended doors that reach back towards the tail. The door crease breaks up an otherwise solid profile that angles down as it approaches the rear, with straight lines and big blocky shapes throughout. The aesthetic is most definitely an upgrade, however, it’s still unquestionably a Range Rover.

“The signature floating roof, continuous waist and tapering tail are instantly recognizable Range Rover DNA, yet are expressed in a unique way for this exclusive addition to the Range Rover family,” says the automaker.

Highlights include power-closing doors, frameless glass for the windows, and a top panoramic roof that lets in a good deal of ambient lighting. There’s also unique side vents and grille designs on offer, and the SV Coupe is the first Range Rover to come with a simply enormous 23-inch wheel option from the factory.


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“The SV Coupe is the first Range Rover to come with a simply enormous 23-inch wheel option from the factory.”

Further options include well over 100 paint colors for the body panels. The various color combinations throw in a new Contour Graphic with four two-tone selections, and there are additional paint finishes on the table, such as Liquesence, which gives the SUV’s skin a liquid metal look. Finally, Land Rover says it’ll also provide a “match to sample” color, if desired.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe Interior

  • Seats four comfortably
  • Loads of infotainment goodies front to back
  • High-end materials and opulence
  • Variety of color combinations
  • Wood trim and semi-precious metal badges

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“Land Rover says it was shooting for “accommodation comparable to private jets and yachts,” and to our eyes, it looks like it managed to accomplish exactly that.”

As you might expect from an SUV like the Range Rover SV Coupe, the interior is top-shelf in every respect.

Let’s start with the basics. While there are just two doors provided for ingress and egress, the Range Rover SV Coupe has seating for up to four passengers total. A large center tunnel runs down the spine of the vehicle, with storage compartments, climate controls,
and infotainment controls scattered in various locations.

In terms of infotainment, were expecting the same system as the Range Rover Velar, packing in the goodies like a Touch Pro Duo platform with a set of 10-inch screens. The gauges behind the steering wheel are also totally digital. The whole shebang will integrate with your smart device for remote features like remote start and climate control, remote door lock/unlock, navigation, and more.

Space is ample both front and back, with high-end luxury found at every turn. Land Rover says it was shooting for “accommodation comparable to private jets and yachts,” and to our eyes, it looks like it managed to accomplish exactly that.

For example, the materials on hand are all quite nice. The front seats are covered in a semi-aniline leather, and sport a unique gradated diamond quilting that looks quite good. The quilting also helps the SV Coupe stand out from its less regal brethren.


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“Buyers will get plenty of opportunities for personalization in the interior in terms of materials and colors.”

Buyers will get plenty of opportunities for personalization in the interior in terms of materials and colors. There are four unique contrasting interior color combinations on the table, splitting the rear and front seats with different hues and emphasizing the coupe-ness of the two door. There is a variety of single-color schemes as well. Trim options include no less than three unique wood veneers to choose from.

For the first time, Land Rover is also offering an interior theme dubbed Nautica, which, according to the automaker, “carefully balances heritage craftsmanship with new technology, fusing walnut and sycamore.”

Further options include a bevy of different contrast stitching selections, new headrest embroidery selections, engravings for the door handles and kick plates, and even semi-precious metal badges.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe Drivetrain

  • Supercharged all-aluminum 5.0-liter V-8
  • 557 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Permanent 4WD system
  • 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds
  • Top speed of 165 mph
  • Fastest and most powerful full-size Range Rover ever

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Note: Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography pictured here.

“Under the hood you’ll find JLR’s go-to power plant for making loads of go – a supercharged all-aluminum 5.0-liter V-8.”

In addition to looking good and coddling its passengers, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe also has what it takes to bring the hurt in the performance department as well.

Under the hood you’ll find JLR’s go-to power plant for making loads of go – a supercharged all-aluminum 5.0-liter V-8, producing upwards of 557 horsepower and 700 Nm (516 pound-feet) of torque. It’s the same engine equipped in the Range Rover SVAutobiography, so naturally we can assume it brings with it an eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time 4WD system.

All that supercharged muscle makes the SV Coupe the fastest full-size Range Rover ever built, as well as the most powerful full-size Range Rover ever built. Not bad, if you ask us. Plant the right pedal, and you’ll sprint up to 60 mph in just 5 seconds, while top speed clocks in at 165 mph.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe Chassis And Handling

  • Dropped ride height
  • Still has off-roading chops
  • Can wade through 35 inches of water
  • 7,716 pounds of towing

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“The ride height was also lowered by 8 mm (0.3 inches). And that’s really what you want when you’ve got over 550 ponies under the hood.”

With such an over-the-top opulence-stuffed interior, it wouldn’t be totally out of line if JLR turned the SV Coupe into a comfort-oriented street cruiser. However , thanks to that high-powered V-8 engine waiting under the hood, the suspension bits are upgraded for performance, striking a balance between comfort and sportiness in the process.

JLR claims the suspension also gets a “more driver-focused edge” as compared to the standard Range Rover. We assume that means a slightly stiffer ride, while the ride height was also lowered by 8 mm (0.3 inches). And that’s really what you want when you’ve got over 550 ponies under the hood.

Despite its uprated sporting ambitions, the Range Rover SV Coupe also boasts that inimitable all-terrain capability the nameplate is known for, and can still wade through water up to 900 mm (35.4 inches) deep. What’s more, the V-8 has enough grunt to give the machine a towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes (7,716 pounds).

2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe Prices


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“Basically, this thing is aimed squarely at collectors looking to spice up their garage.”

Limited at 999 units worldwide, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe is a limited-edition model framed as a celebration of Land Rover’s 70th anniversary. Basically, this thing is aimed squarely at collectors looking to spice up their garage.

“Each SV Coupe will be hand-assembled to the client’s personal specification by the fastidious experts at the SVO Technical Center in the U.K. – a first for Range Rover,” the brand states.

Unsurprisingly then, the price tag is rather steep. Pricing starts at 240,000 pounds in the U.K. That’s $335,388 at current exchange rates (03/14/2018).

Orders are now open at the Land Rover website. Deliveries are expected by the end of 2018

2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe Competition

Bentley Bentayga


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Land Rover is clearly swinging for the fences with the new Range Rover Coupe, but if it’s superlative swankiness that the brand is after, it’s gonna need to deal with the Bentayga first. Packing 600 horses under the hood thanks to a 6.0-liter W-12, this first from the British luxury brand is quick, reaching 60 mph in just 4 seconds flat. Not only that, but its practically dripping with over-the-top luxury in the cabin, and at just under $230,000 a pop, it’s a surefire way to separate yourself from the common rabble.

Read our full review on the 2017 Bentley Bentayga.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan


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Not to be left out of the luxury SUV race, Rolls-Royce is rising to the challenge presented by the Bentley Bentayga with its very own first-ever SUV. Currently in development under the code name Cullinan, the high Roller has been spotted under the cover of camouflage out on public roads and doing flying laps at the Nurburgring. We’re expecting a Phantom-inspired interior and a V-12 under the hood, with two turbos and 6.75 liters of displacement conspiring to create as much as 563 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Pricing should trump all challengers at $350,000.

Read our full review on the 2018 Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

Conclusion


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“When you break it down, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe is a segment-topping exercise in excess.”

With so many high-end luxury SUVs hitting the market lately, it makes sense for Land Rover to step up its game with this new flagship model. The two-door coupe body style should serve as a good reminder that when it comes to comfort and style mixed with off-roading capability, Land Rover is one of the originator brands.

The last time we saw a production two-door Range Rover was in 1994, followed by the concept-only Range Stormer in 2003. With this latest production model framed as the “the most distinguished, luxurious and exclusive Range Rover ever built,” as well as the “world’s first full-size luxury SUV coupe,” we don’t see JLR having any problems quickly moving all 999 units.

When you break it down, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe it a segment-topping exercise in excess, packing the best equipment, the highest output, and the largest price tag ever attached to the nameplate.

And you know that counts for something.

  • Leave it
    • * How hard is it to get in those rear seats?
    • * Insanely expensive
    • * Competition is fierce and getting fiercer

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PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

The Land Rover Range Rover’s ultimate trim level, the SVAutobiography, is getting a healthy update for 2018. Of course, many of these same updates are found on the standard 2018 Range Rover, too, having undergone a welcomed refresh. The 2018 SVAutobiography is available on the long-wheelbase Range Rover. It comes with ultra-premium levels of luxury fittings and first-class accommodations for rear passengers. Airline-style reclining seats with massaging, folding aluminum tray tables, power-operated doors, twin 10.2-inch entertainment monitors, and a refrigerated compartment are just some of the highlights.

As part of the Range Rover’s 2018 update, the dashboard now features the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10-inch touchscreens in the center stack and another 10-inch screen for the fully digital gauge cluster. Other tech features include 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for eight devices, plenty of USB and 12-volt ports, a household power plug. Land Rover’s Connect Pro brings smartphone connection and remote controlling of the vehicle’s systems. The app allows for operating door locks, setting climate control temperatures, and remotely starting the engine. And for those times when having keys for a phone on your person isn’t feasible, the available Activity Key wristband doubles as the key fob.

Of course, that’s just scratching the surface, so let’s dive into what’s new.

Continue reading for more on the updated 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography.

What’s New on the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography


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“While there’s plenty to cover, the heart of the Range Rover SVAutobiography is is rear-seat comfort”

While there’s plenty to cover, the heart of the Range Rover SVAutobiography is is rear-seat comfort. The long-wheelbase Range Rover provides a whopping 1.2 meters (four feet!) of legroom. Power-raising leg rests and reclining seatbacks make long trips completely comfortable, while customizable massaging rubs out a sore back and heating and ventilation keep backside temperatures regulated. Of course, rear passengers can control their own HVAC settings, too. The new seats are more padded than before while offering more power adjustments and memory settings. If breaking out a bottle of Champaign feels right, a refrigerator between the seatbacks will keep two bottles chilled. The luxury life is so hard, isn’t it?

New colors and stitching patterns for the leather upholstery appear for 2018, giving customers more choices and combinations. Up front, the steering wheel has been update with invisible-until-touched backlit controls. The updated digital gauge cluster now has more customizable configurations to choose from. The Touch Pro Duo screens offer better and more intuitive controls. The upper screen is still the main hub for radio, navigation, and various vehicle menus, but the lower screen now holds the HVAC controls and doubles as the Terrain Resonse 2 control center for off-road settings. Remember, even though the Range Rover SVAutobiography is basically a private jet for the ground, it can still traverse over nearly any terrain thanks to its adjustable air ride suspension, full-time 4WD, locking differentials, and various drive modes that include settings for sand, snow, mud, and rocks.


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“And speaking of the greasy bits, the updated 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography is also available with Land Rover’s new plug-in hybrid drivetrain”

And speaking of the greasy bits, the updated 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography is also available with Land Rover’s new plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Called the P400e model, it features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder combined with an electric motor good for a combined 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The system offers an all-electric range of 31 miles and will charge on both public quick chargers or at home with a standard wall outlet and its included charging cable.

The supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 carries over, too, so those who enjoy big power will be happy. The all-aluminum engine makes 557 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Both the PHEV and V-8 come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and that full-time 4WD system.


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“The 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography starts at $208,200 and comes with just about everything as standard”

Naturally, the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography is pretty pricy. It starts at $208,200 and comes with just about everything as standard. Land Rover does offer a few accessories like the $5,815 “tailgate event seating” with leather-wrapped seats and metal stirrups. There’s also a $5,455 power-deployable loadspace floor extender, which basically does nothing but move fore and aft to help getting heavier items into the cargo area.

Despite the Range Rover’s bones continuing unchanged, the 2018 updates and the major upgrades to the SVAutobiography edition make this SUV one of the swankiest (yet still most capable) on the market today. Even with its hefty price tag, the SVAutobiography represents a good deal when compared with other vehicles in its ultra-luxury class.

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    • * A good deal, but still very expensive
    • * Choosing between driving and riding in back

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PostHeaderIcon The Range Rover SVAutobiography Is JLR’s Answer to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Judging by what vehicles it has created since its inception, you’d be tempted to believe that Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operation division is all about blistering performance and race-inspired looks. But it’s capable of more than that and the Range Rover SVAutobiography is the perfect proof. Although the name isn’t exactly inspired (maybe we’re supposed to read it Svautobiography?), this new model takes the Range Rover SUV to new heights in terms of luxury. Wait, is that even possible? This car is already packed with the best Land Rover has to offer. Well yeah, because it turns the performance-rated SUV into a comfortable lounge for rear seat passengers.

Available exclusively in long-wheelbase specification, the SVAutobiography comes with Executive Class Rear seats. Combined with the longer wheelbase, it results in rear legroom of over 3.9 feet (1.2 meters), so it’s by far the most comfortable Land Rover you can buy. The seats also feature deep foams that enhance comfort during long trips, as well as 40-degree recline capability, a hot stone massage function, heated calf and footrests, and 22-way adjustment. There’s also a revised center console that extends in the rear compartment to give passengers access to control for the power-close rear doors, electronically deployable tables, and a small refrigerator that’s large enough for four 20oz bottles, or two 750mL bottles and two glasses.

Two 10-inch integrated rear entertainment screens and 4G WiFi connectivity keeps the passenger connected and allows them to work or relax while driving. But wait, there’s more!

Continue reading for the full story.

A Rolls-Royce-spec SUV


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“While it may seem like the SUV is all about rear-seat passenger comfort, the front-row gets its fair share of tech too”

While it may seem like the SUV is all about rear-seat passenger comfort, the front-row gets its fair share of tech too. The InControl Touch Pro infotainment system and its twin 10-inch display provides access to navigation and apps, as well as climate control, seat functions, and Terrain Response settings. A new seat design in Poltrona Frau leather is available alongside the exclusive aluminum sill plates, new veneers, and five upholstery colors.

An exclusive new Zenith clock with a knurled bezel, placed on the center console, complements the finish of the start/stop button, gear shifter, and pedals. Convenience is further enhanced by a folding right-hand rear seat in order to accommodate long items in the trunk. Additionally, the SUV can be equipped with a power-deployable load space floor for easier loading and unloading. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that the SVAutobiography is actually the Rolls-Royce Cullinan we’re so anxious so see…

Unique Exterior


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“The front grille is unique, sporting chrome inserts, while the front and rear fascias, as well as the sides, have accents in Bright Atlas”

While the package focuses on the cabin, there are few new exterior bits to talk about as well. The front grille is unique, sporting chrome inserts, while the front and rear fascias, as well as the sides, have accents in Bright Atlas. The rear bumper was revised and now includes metal tailpipe finishers. Finally, this Range Rover rides on a set of new, exclusive 22-inch wheels.

Pricing starts from a whopping $207,900, making it the most expensive Land Rover available. Sales will begin in early 2018.

References

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A well-deserved update

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.

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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“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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“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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“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.

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Only a few days after Land Rover announced its heavily updated 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e, the British automaker is adding that same plug-in hybrid powertrain to its revised 2019 Range Rover. The gasoline-electric system provides a very impressive all-electric range of 31 miles thanks to a 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery and an 85-kW electric motor. Once depleted, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder kicks on to recharge the battery and power the Range Rover through the familiar ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Thankfully, the P400e is no slouch. It boasts a combined output of 398 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque good enough for a 0-to-60 mph run of 6.4 seconds and to a top speed of 137 mph. In other words, the Range Rover doesn’t lose any of its class-leading capabilities due to its new hybrid powertrain.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about hybrids from Range Rover. In fact, not only does the 2019 Range Rover P400e follow the Range Rover Sport P400e, it follows Jaguar Land Rover’s official promise to offer a hybrid powertrain in every one of its models by 2020. We had also seen camouflaged Range Rover test mules trudging through the snow with a slightly reshaped front end. Now, the P400e is only one member of the Range Rover lineup. There’s the 3.0-liter gasoline V-6 and the 5.0-liter V-8 – both of which are supercharged. Then there’s the newer 3.0-liter Td6 V-6 turbodiesel. All Range Rovers are undergoing a mid-cycle refresh for the 2018 model year. The changes include the new front fascia and some extensive technology improvements within the dash. Those wanting the P400e powertrain will have to wait until the 2019 model year, however. Still, it should be well worth the wait.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Range Rover P400e.

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“The headlights are also new and feature a different LED pattern and both low and high beams are now LED”

For 2018 the Land Rover Range Rover is getting a welcomed mid-cycle refresh. These same changes will be found on the 2019 P400e, as well, though you’d have to be a true Range Rover fan to spot the differences. Most of the changes happen up front. The main grille now has a flat mesh insert rather than the three-part wavy mesh grille. The headlights are also new and feature a different LED pattern and both low and high beams are now LED. Down low, the tall air inlets below the headlights now integrate with the horizontal lower grille. Like we said, the changes are small.

The Range Rover P400e does have a trick up its sleeve. Engineers and designers teamed up to incorporate the charge port within the new grille. It’s hidden behind the green Land Rover oval. Two doors – an outer and an inner – are used to keep the charge port clear of water, dust, or mud.

Interior


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“The interior of the 2018 Range Rover (and consequently the 2019 Range Rover P400e) has a heavily reworked dashboard and center stack”

While the outside didn’t get much more than a massage, the interior of the 2018 Range Rover (and consequently the 2019 Range Rover P400e) has a heavily reworked dashboard and center stack. The overall look hasn’t changed all that much, but Range Rover has given the 2018/2019 model the same dual, 10-inch screens found on the 2018 Range Rover Velar and the 2019 Range Rover Sport. The main gauge cluster also gets a welcomed graphic interface with updated icons and displays.

The two new screens in the center stack are part of Range Rover’s “Touch Pro Duo” system. Both screens have high definition resolution and touch capability. The upper screen even recognizes multi-gesture inputs. The lower screen is where the fun really happens. In normal operation, the screen shows the HVAC controls with the rotary dials operating vent speed and dual-zone temperature controls. But when it’s time to adjust the Terrain Response 2 system, the entire lower screen and the digital faces of the knobs change into the controls for the off-road modes. It’s a fantastic double use of space and keeps the console free from extra buttons and dials.

The Range Rover offers 17 connection ports in the standard wheelbase model and 18 in the long wheelbase version, all placed around the cabin for easy use. These connections include 12-volt plugs, a household plug, and HDMI and USB ports. The 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot also has slots for eight connections, meaning four passengers can have two devices online at the same time.

Adding to the tech is the addition of Jaguar Land Rover’s Activity Key. Like in other JLR products, the driver can simply wear a wristband that acts as the key. The waterproof band means no more lost or water-soaked key fobs.


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Audiophiles will love having a choice between three sound systems in the Range Rover. There’s the base 380-watt system with 13 speakers, an 825-watt surround sound system with 19 speakers, and the 1,700-watt Signature Sound System with a whipping 29 speakers. All three systems come from Meridian. Having experienced the 1,700-watt system in several Range Rovers, we can vouch for its absolute movie theater-quality sound and thunderous bass.

“There’s the base 380-watt system with 13 speakers, an 825-watt surround sound system with 19 speakers, and the 1,700-watt Signature Sound System with a whipping 29 speakers”

Another new trapping inside the updated Range Rover is the gesture-controlled sunshade for the panoramic moonroof. Rather than pushing a button, the driver or front passenger can simply wave a hand to open or close the blind. Motion rearward for the shade to open and wave forward for the shade to close. While it sounds cool, we’ll reserve judgment until we can see how responsive and accurate the system works.

Drivetrain


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“The P400e uses a gasoline-eclectic hybrid system that operates normally as a parallel hybrid with the engine and electric motor working together”

The 2019 Range Rover P400e is nearly identical to the gasoline and diesel-drinking Range Rover. Of course, the big difference is its powertrain. The P400e uses a gasoline-electric hybrid system that operates normally as a parallel hybrid with the engine and electric motor working together. In higher load driving situations, the engine kicks on to supply power to the wheels and when coasting or during light acceleration, the battery powers the electric motors, which in turn, powers the wheels.

So what are the specifics?

The gasoline engine is Range Rover’s 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder tuned to produce 296 horsepower and mounted longitudinally within the engine bay. It mates to the familiar ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, but with an 85-kW, 114-horsepower electric motor sandwiched between. The electric power comes from a 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack stored under the rear load floor. A 7.0-kW onboard charger feeds the battery pack when plugged into a power source.


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Speaking of charging, the P400e can be charged both on the go and when stopped. In motion, the hybrid system will use the engine and regenerative braking to help replenish the battery. When stopped, the plug-in charge port will recharge the battery in as little as 2.75 hours with a public charging station or with the optional high-power AC wall box. On the typical household plug, the P400e will change in 7.5 hours. Naturally, Range Rover allows the driver to monitor and control charging via the InControl smartphone app.

The system provides a combined output of 398 horsepower and an impressive 472 pound-feet of torque. Despite the power, the Range Rover P400e has an all-electric range of 31 miles when driven conservatively. That’s a marvel considering the Chevrolet Volt, a ground-up designed hybrid, has an electric-only range of 53 miles. The Range Rover even out-performs the Toyota Prius Prime, which only has an electric-only range of 25 miles. Of course, the Nissan Leaf and every Tesla product have greater ranges. Still, this is a fantastic first stab at a gasoline-electric hybrid system.

At the time of this writing, the EPA has not tested the Range Rover P400e for its fuel economy.

“The system provides a combined output of 398 horsepower and an impressive 472 pound-feet of torque”

Despite having a fuel-friendly powertrain, the Range Rover P400e remains a capable SUV. It will hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and will achieve a top speed of 134 mph. Not only that but when the road turns sloppy, the Range Rover falls back on its heritage. The full-time 4WD system remains in place, sending power to all four wheels. The electronically controlled transfer case and center differential send power where it’s needed and the traction control system will deliver power to whatever wheel has traction. Both the center and rear differentials can be locked, providing a 50:50 torque split between the front and rear axles and a between the rear wheels, affording the Range Rover the maximum level of traction.

Managing the 4WD system is Land Rover’s famed Terrain Response 2 system. As mentioned, it now lives in the Touch Pro Duo’s lower screen and uses the HVAC knobs to adjust the terrain modes and other settings. The driver can select between Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, and Rock Craw modes to suit the trail at hand. The system also has modes for on-road driving, too. These include Comfort, Dynamic, and Eco, with each recalibrating the power delivery of the engine, electric motor, and transmission shift points.


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The Range Rover P400e continues to utilize Land Rover’s adjustable air suspension. Not only does it provide a smooth ride, the suspension offers multiple ride heights for different situations. These include Access Height, which lowers the vehicle by two inches to ease getting in and out. Then there is the normal ride height, though it will automatically drop by 0.6-inches when traveling over 65 mph to increase stability and reduce drag. When its time for getting dirty, two off-road ride heights provide extra ground clearance of 1.3 and 3.0 inches, respectively. These ride heights are limited to speeds under 50 mph and 31 mph, as well.

Interestingly, the air suspension can also be used to help with loading cargo and hitching a trailer. The rear suspension will lower up to two inches for a shorter lift height for heavy items. This can also be used when backing under a trailer coupler. Once aligned, the air suspension will raise up to 3.5 inches, taking the weight off the tongue jack for easy stowage.

Drivetrain Specifications

Gasoline engine 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder
Horsepower 296 HP
Electric motor 114 HP
Combined output 398 HP
Combined torque 472 LB-FT
Tranmission ZF eight-speed automatic
Battery 13.1-kWh lithium-ion
All-electric range 31 miles
0 to 60 mph 6.4 seconds
Top speed 134 mph

Safety


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“The Range Rover continues to offer a suite of driver assistance technologies”

The Range Rover continues to offer a suite of driver assistance technologies. These include Lane Departure Warning, Emergency Braking, Front and Rear Park Distance Control, and a driver-selectable speed limiter. There is also a rear backup camera as part of the standard package.

Optionally, customers can get the Drive Pack. It comes with Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Speed Limiter, Driver Condition Monitor, and Traffic Sign Recognition. Above that is the Drive Pack Pro, which includes High Speed Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and an upgraded version of the adaptive cruise control that includes Queue Assist, which keeps the Range Rover moving in a stop-and-go line of traffic.

For those who don’t like parking, the Park Pack offers the 360-degree camera system, Reverse Traffic Monitor, and the Clear Exit Monitor. The Park Pack Pro goes beyond that to actually park the Range Rover by itself, with the driver only operating the pedals.

Pricing


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Land Rover has not relapsed pricing for the 2019 Range Rover P400e model at this time. However, pricing for the updated 2018 Range Rover models was announced. The base SE with the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 starts at $87,350. Moving to the turbodiesel will move the price to $89.350, while the supercharged V-8 starts at $104,850. Graduating into the range-topping SVAutobiography Dynamic trim with the 557-horsepower tune of the 5.0-liter V-8 costs $177,200 and the long-wheelbase version starts at $207,900. That’s a seriously wide range of prices.

We suspect the P400e will slot between the turbodiesel and the V-8, meaning its starting price could be around $90,000 to $100,000. Needless to say, people won’t be buying the Range Rover P400e to save money on fuel costs. This is just Land Rover keeping up with the times and offering a model that customers living near gasoline-free city centers can still have.

Land Rover didn’t give a specific timeline for the P400e’s arrival in the U.S., but will be sometime for the 2019 model year.

Competition

Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid


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The XC90 is a beautiful SUV worthy of any luxury buyer’s attention. Its classy and reserved appearance is only surpassed by its leather-lined and wood-accented interior. Large screens for the infotainment and driver’s gauge cluster keep information and controls handy, while three rows offer seating for seven. The Volvo might not have the Range Rover name or cache, but it definitely rivals the Range Rover in terms of fit, finish, and comfort.

The range-topping powertrain also happens to be the most efficient. Called the T8 Twin-Engine Plug-in Hybrid, the powertrain uses Volvo’s 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder mated to an 87-horsepower AC motor driven by a 9.2-kWh battery pack. Another electric motor, a 46-horsepower unit, is sandwiched between the engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission. Total output is up from the XC90 T6 model’s 316 horsepower to an impressive 400 horses and 472 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 53 MPGe city and 25 MPGe highway.

Pricing for the XC90 T8 starts at $67,800. The “base” trim for the T8 Plug-in Hybrid is the trendy R-Design. The luxury-minded Inscription trim starts at $68,900, while the range-topping Excellence trim starts at $104,900.

Read more about the 2018 Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid.

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid


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Focused more on sport, the Cayenne E-Hybrid lives up to the Porsche name, while delivering improved fuel economy and 416 horsepower. The two-row SUV has a swanky interior that should fool the front occupants into thinking they’re flying a military aircraft. High-tech features abound, as does comfort.

Power comes from a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 mated to a 10.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which powers a 95-horsepower AC motor. The gasoline engine makes an impressive 416 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque by itself. Combined with the AC motor’s 229 pound-feet of torque, the Cayenne makes 435 pound-feet. That’s enough to push the two-row SUV to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 151 mph. An eight-speed automatic does the shifting. The EPA estimated the Porsche will achieve 46 MPGe combined between city and highway.

Prices for the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid start at $78,700, while the Platinum Edition starts at $81,600.

Find out more about the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid.

Conclusion


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Land Rover’s acceptance and adoption of gasoline-hybrid technology is a huge milestone in automotive history. What’s more, its exciting and relieving to see an automaker with such a rich history in off-roading manage to retain that capability while still providing a more fuel-efficient powertrain with an impressive 31-mile, all-electric range. This is no small task and Land Rover deserves some serious credit here.

We can’t wait to see the 2019 Range Rover P400e is like in person and what the future holds for Jaguar Land Rover’s other models. The future is certainly exciting.

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References

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

Land Rover Velar


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Read our full review on the 2018 Land Rover Velar.

PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Range Rover Sport P400e

The Range Rover Sport is getting a facelift and thorough update for the 2018 model year, along with an all-new gasoline-electric hybrid variant called the P400e. In addition to the new exterior and swanky updated, technology-laden interior, the 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e will offer 31 miles of all-electric driving from its 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery paired with a 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder. But this isn’t some slowpoke Prius. Rather, the P400e packs 404 combined horsepower and 472 pound-feet of combined torque to shoot this all-aluminum SUV to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 137 mph while also being able to squeeze out 101 MPGe on the European scale when driving conservatively.

The 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s recent promise to have an electrified variant of each of its vehicles by 2020. The P400e joins the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace crossover as the second member of JLR’s new-age lineup. Obviously, we can expect many more JLR vehicles coming with similar hybrid powertrains in the near future, especially since 2020 is only two model years away. While we have no insider information on the subject, it would be a safe bet JLR will use hybrid systems very similar to the P400e’s in the majority of its vehicles. The range will include everything from the sporty Jaguar F-Type to the luxury-minded Range Rover. Until then, let’s take a look at the 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e, its hybrid drivetrain, and its updated aesthetics and technology.

Continue reading for more information.

Exterior


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“The Range Rover Sport’s new face is more aggressive than ever.”

The Range Rover Sport’s new face is more aggressive than ever. The previous design featured much more surface area on the bumper with a relatively tiny lower air inlet. Now, even the non-SRV Range Rover Sports have a huge, three-part lower grille. The design doesn’t impact the SUV’s ability to clear off-road obstacles, however, especially when combined with its adjustable air suspension. The lower chin still retains that skid-plate look that’s designed not to catch on things. The upper grille and leading edge of the hood, however, look almost unchanged.

Looks can be deceiving, though.


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“The P400e’s grille hides this plug-in hybrid’s charge port”

The P400e’s grille hides this plug-in hybrid’s charge port. It’s hidden under the Land Rover badge near the headlight. And speaking of headlights, those are new, too. In fact, they incorporate a new technology Land Rover calls “intelligent Matrix Pixel LED headlights.” While the tech is new for Land Rover, we’ve seen other automakers use this in Europe for a few years now. Basically, the headlights are super bright, but avoid “dazzling” oncoming cars by blocking the light aimed in the moving car’s direction. Pretty neat. Sadly, unless legislation changes here in the U.S., we won’t get them. (Call your representatives, folks!)

Things out back are new, too. The 2018 Range Rover Sport has an updated rear fascia that, like the front, is far more sporty and aggressive. Integrated rectangular exhaust tips and an accent piece help differential the 2018 model from its predecessors.


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“The 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e carries the same basic design as the 2014 Range Rover Sport”

Beyond those changes and some updated wheel deigns, the 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e carries the same basic design as the 2014 Range Rover Sport. That’s not a bad thing, though, as the SUV’s untouched parts still look fresh.

Interior


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“The 2018 Range Rover Sport, including the P400e model, has an updated interior with vastly updated in-dash technology”

The 2018 Range Rover Sport, including the P400e model, has an updated interior with vastly updated in-dash technology that’s modeled after the 2018 Range Rover Velar. The most noticeable change is the HVAC controls on the center stack. Like the Velar, these controls are touch-sensitive and feature intuitive airflow controls. JLR calls the system Touch Pro Duo. The dual-zone temperature settings are adjusted by the rotary knobs. What’s more, these controls also double as the Terrain Response 2 system, with the HVAC layout changing to the 4WD settings and the knobs change to operate the different drive modes.

The other big changes include a new, larger main infotainment screen. It’s now a 10-inch touchscreen and runs the latest software from JLR. A second 10-inch screen replaces the analog gauges with a full complement of digital gauge and vehicle parameters. The driver can also configure the display to his liking.

The rest of the interior is updated with new leather upholstery with intricate stitching and piping. There are now 12 power ports for charging a variety of personal electronics. Two of those pugs are household plugs for charging larger devices like laptops. These plugs change depending on the market. And like other JLR products, the new Range Rover Sport comes with JLR’s Activity Key. This wristband is fully waterproof and allows the wearer to leave the traditional keyfob behind. It means no more lost keys or waterlogged keys after getting wet.

Last but not least is an interesting new feature that allows gesture controls to operate the sunblind over the panoramic moonroof. Simply motion backwards with a hand near the rearview mirror to open the shade and motion forward to close it.

Drivetrain


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“At the heart of the system is an all-aluminum 2.0-liter four-cylinder from JLR’s Ingenium engine family”

Of course, the big news with the 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e is its gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. At the heart of the system is an all-aluminum 2.0-liter four-cylinder from JLR’s Ingenium engine family. The engine is mounted longitudinally within the engine bay and is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Integrated into the transmission are the new 85-kW electric motor and a 7-kW on-board charger for the main 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which takes the place of the spare tire under the cargo area floor.

Total system output is rated at 404 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. That’s combined from the 300-horsepower 2.0-liter and the 116-horsepower electric motor. As mentioned, the P400e isn’t slow. It will hit 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and onto a top speed of 137 mph.

“The P400e isn’t slow. It will hit 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and onto a top speed of 137 mph”

The Range Rover Sport P400e offers an impressive 31-mile range of all-electric driving in optimal conditions. That’s rather good considering the Range Rover’s size and relatively small 13.1-kWh battery pack. Of course, the P400e two main drive modes that manage the hybrid powertrain. First is the normal parallel hybrid mode. This has both the engine and electric motor powering the vehicle, with the computers determining when to run the engine and when battery power is sufficient. Top speed on battery power is 85 mph. The second mode is EV. This keeps the engine turned off and runs solely on the battery. This mode is critical for Europe’s urban areas that have recently been deemed EV-only.


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“With a regular household plug emitting 10 amps, the P400e will change in seven hours and 30 minutes”

Between these two main modes are two other sub-settings that allow the driver to tailor how the powertrain operates. The SAVE function will run exclusively on the gasoline engine in order to preserve the battery’s charge. The second mode, Predictive Energy Optimization, works when a destination is keyed into the GPS system. The navigation uses road data to “intelligently optimize the switch between electric motor and engine use.” In other words, the GPS system suggests to the powertrain when to run the gas engine and when to use batteries based on altitude, hill grade, and other variables.

Charging happens quickly and in a variety of ways. First, the on-board charger uses the gasoline engine to recharge the battery on the go. Of course, the P400e is primarily designed as a plug-in hybrid. It can charge in as little as two hours and 45 minutes on a 32-amp charging system. With a regular household plug emitting 10 amps, the P400e will change in seven hours and 30 minutes.

Despite the P400e’s hybrid powertrain, the Range Rover Sport remains a capable off-roader. It features Land Rover’s full-time 4WD system and a specially calibrated version of Terrain Response 2. The electric motor is especially handy when off-roading thanks to its instant torque from zero rpm.

Price


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The ordering books are already open for all versions of the 2018 Range Rover Sport, which includes the P400e, standard gasoline and diesel variants, and the performance-minded SVR. Prices start at £61,315, or $81,248 at current exchange rates with the U.S. Three trim levels are available with the P400e. The “base” HSE version starts at £70,800.00 ($93,810), the HSE Dynamic starts at £73,800.00 ($97,792), and the Autobiography Dynamic starts at £84,400.00 (111,830). Naturally, the most expensive version of the Range Rover Sport is the SVR, which starts at £99,680.00, or roughly $132,000.

The updated Range Rover Sport will begin arriving in U.S. showrooms in early 2018 and a 2018 model, but the P400e won’t be available until the summer of 2018 as a 2019 model.

Competition

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid


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Hybrid SUVs aren’t as ironic as they used to be, much like how a Porsche SUV has become commonplace rather than comical. Porsche’s latest big, green, off-roading machine is the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. It’s based on the regular Cayenne platform and for the most part is hard to tell apart. That means this luxury SUV has room for five people and their cargo, can tackle winter weather and mild trails and can blend in with the other high-end metal at the local country club. What sets it apart is its powertrain.

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid uses a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and paired with a 10.8-kWh lithium-ion battery and a 95-horsepower electric motor. The total system output is 416 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to get this 5,300-pound monster to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. When driving green, the S E-Hybrid has 14 miles of all-electric range and will travel up to 78 mph. Like the Range Rover and most other hybrids, the Cayenne can hold its charge until the driver wants to run solely on the battery. On the U.S.’ EPA testing scale and using U.S. gallons, the 2017 Cayenne S E-Hybrid averages 46 MPGe in combined driving.

Pricing is up there with the Range Rover Sport, too. The 2017 model starts at $79,750. Of course, Porsche will let you spend as much money as you’d like upgrading your Cayenne, so costs can quickly soar past $90,000.

Read our full review on the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid.

Volvo XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid


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The Volvo XC90 might not have the brand cache enjoyed by Porsche and Range Rover, but the Swedish automaker is turning out some impeccably brilliant and refined products these days. One of the premiere examples is the XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid. While it shared the same aesthetics and interior niceties as other XC90 models, the Plug-In Hybrid trim offers the most horsepower and the best fuel economy. How’s that for a conundrum? And the XC90 boasts seating for seven.

The Volvo uses its 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is both supercharged and turbocharged mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Though it’s AWD, the engine and transmission only power the front wheels. The electric motor is what turns those rear tires. This 87-horsepower motor generates 177 pound-feet of torque, that when combined with the gasoline engine’s 313 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, equate to 400 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. That’s respectable. The electric motor is fed by a 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery mounted within the transmission tunnel where the driveshaft would normally be. Volvo claims an all-electric range of 14 miles and a Level 2 charge time of 2.5 hours. Straight-line performance is excellent, with a 5.0-second sprint to 60 mph. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 53 MPGe combined.

The Volvo is hardly cheap, but it’s certainly less expensive than the others. The T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid can be had for $64,950 when paired with the “base” Momentum trim. That is an $18,050 jump in price over the XC90 Momentum’s least-expensive powertrain option, the T5 FWD Five Passenger. However, Volvo also offers the T8 powertrain on the sporty R-Design and the luxurious Inscription trims, while making it standard on the range-topping Excellence trim. Prices for those T8 versions start at $68,950; $70,050; and $104,900 respectively.

Read our full review on the Volvo XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid.

Conclusion


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The Range Rover Sport’s 2018 updates are a welcomed addition to an already capable and lust-worthy SUV. Not only does it look more aggressive and its interior comes with high-end electronics, the new P400e package adds a dose of futurism to the powertrain. This marks Land Rover’s first hybrid, as well as a good step forward for JLR’s goal of offering a hybrid variant of each of its models.

The P400e isn’t just a great first-step for JLR, though. It’s a solid contender in its segment. With an impressive 31 miles of electric range, 404 horsepower, and a quick-charge time of 2.75 hours – all without sacrificing its off-road capabilities – the P400e should be one of the most desirable yet practical versions of the new Range Rover Sport.

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References

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PostHeaderIcon This Was America’s First Taste of Range Rover

It was 1987 when Range Rover first invaded America’s shores. But unlike any previous British invasion, this luxury SUV offered comfort and convenience for citizens brave enough to associate with anything related to The Crown. And brave they would have to be – the Range Rover cost $30,000 in 1987, a hefty sum back in those days. Range Rover didn’t expect to find many of these brave souls, either, as only 5,000 examples were initially allotted to the U.S. each model year. What’s more interesting is how novel the concept of a premium SUV was at the time. MotorWeek’s host, John Davis, opens this segment by saying, “It seems no one though a luxury 4×4 could succeed in the U.S.” Boy, how times have changed.

The times have also changed the definition of luxury. Compared to a modern Range Rover, or even the least-expensive compact car from 2017, this SUV is downright spartan. It has cloth seats, laughably basic gauges, and low-buck plastic panels covering nearly every inch of the interior. The “luxury” touch consisted of wood trim on the door panels. Despite the relativity of luxury, the Range Rover was far cushier than most SUVs of the 1980s. Only the Jeep Grand Wagoneer could really compete.

But like modern Range Rovers, the 1987 model was far more capable off-road than its competition. Coil-spring suspension and solid axles gave it good articulation while its full-time 4WD system with low range kept all four wheels turning. Power came from a Buick-derived, all-aluminum 3.5-liter V-8 with an electronic fuel injection system. The old V-8 made a then-respectable 150 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Of course, that’s nothing compared to Range Rover’s current 510-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. Power was routed through a four-speed automatic transmission.

Despite its flaws, the 1987 Range Rover started a trend that continues today. Luxury SUVs are definitely ingrained into modern car culture and won’t likely be going anywhere anytime soon.

References

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PostHeaderIcon TopSpeed’s Top 5 Physics-Defying Performance Crossovers And SUVs

Technology has a very strange habit of turning the impossible (or at the very least, the improbable) into reality. This is especially true in the automotive world, where seemingly contradictory attributes manage to find a happy middle ground with surprising regularity. Case in point – the performance crossover and SUV segment. Once a body style relegated to utility, the modern tall-bodied, cargo-tastic crossover or SUV can now be had with a heavy dose of speed as well, apparently defying the laws of physics with mammoth grip and absurd levels of power. These days, it doesn’t matter if a model is heavy and huge – add the right parts, and it’ll be quick as well.

It’s a combination that seems to be growing in popularity, with a nice assortment of options available across the market. As such, we’ve collected five of the best right here for your perusal. Each offers a decent amount of cargo space, high levels of luxury, and the option for performance as well, all for a price tag around $70,000 (give or take). Our picks look like this – BMW X3 M, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, Mercedes-AMG GLC63, Porsche Macan Turbo, and Land Rover Range Rover Sport. We’ve got the lowdown on each right here, so read on for more info. And don’t forget to post your favorite in the comments section below!

Continue reading to learn more about TopSpeed’s Top 5 Physics-Defying Performance Crossovers And SUVs.

PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Sets Sights On Competing Against The Bentley Bentayga

Land Rover has been around long enough that nobody should ever question the automaker’s SUV pedigree. But as it is in the auto industry, there’s enough room for even Land Rover to improve on its current status. That appears to be what the company is thinking about these days with the explosion in popularity of the ultra-luxury SUV segment. While the market is still in its infancy, the Bentley Bentayga has been killing it, and Land Rover appears to be keen on joining in on the fun with its own ultra-luxury SUV.

Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern even alluded to this, telling Automotive News Europe that the company is open to the idea of developing a legitimate range-topping model of the Range Rover that can compete directly with the Bentayga. McGovern even points out that the Range Rover sub-brand has a “big expanse across its price range,” making it easy to step up its game with a model that falls in the range of the extremely popular Bentley SUV. A look at the price disparity between the top-of-the-line Range Rover LWB (starts at $140,995) and the Bentley Bentayga ($229,100) and it’s easy to see why Land Rover is so intrigued by the idea of an ultra luxury Range Rover. The question now is whether the U.K.-based automaker will follow through on these perceived plans. A business case can certainly be made considering how the ultra-luxury SUV market is shaping up to be, and if there’s one company that can legitimately say it has the tools and the pedigree to make it happen, it’s Land Rover.

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PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Range Rover SVO Design Pack

Land Rover is already regarded as one of the best SUV brands in the world. It’s a distinction the British automaker earned over years of being the standard-bearer of its segment. It comes as little surprise, then, that even with its status, Land Rover continues to find ways to give its customers more reason to come back for more. The latest hint of that comes by way of the new exterior Design Pack, which was developed and created by the brand’s in-house personalization arm, SVO.

The new Design Pack is available to all standard wheelbase Range Rover models built after 2013, and true to form of upholding the finest in British luxury, SVO shunned away from making any overbearing additions to the mighty SUV. If a customer is looking for an outlandish wide-body kit of some sort, best go somewhere else because the Design Pack isn’t going to cut it. (Kahn Design, perhaps?) The Design Pack is all about the subtle nuances with bits and pieces of new components added to give the Range Rover a more refined look compared to what it already has. The pack also comes with an assortment of new gizmos and gadgetry of the functional variety, the kind that would be of great use to owners of the SUV.

Continue after the jump to read more about the new Land Rover Range Rover SVO Design Pack


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