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2018 Range Rover on-sale here from $190,000+ORC in March

Practical Motoring logo Practical Motoring 12/10/2017 Isaac Bober

2018 Range Rover Front Left Quarter: For 2018, Land Rover’s flagship SUV, the Range Rover, sees some mild exterior changes and more interior upgrades for a comfier, luxurious ride. Gallery: 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Photos Slideshow provided by New York Daily News

The Range Rover will be on-sale here next March (2018) from $190,000+ORC and will be available with either as a plug-in hybrid, or with V6 and V8 petrol and diesel engines. The refreshed Range Rover borrows heavily from the recently launched Range Rover Sport’s playbook offering a more luxurious interior, improved infotainment system and up to 17 connection points scattered throughout the vehicle, including USB, 12V, HDMI and domestic outlets.

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Jaguar Land Rover Australia boss, Matthre Wiesner said: “The new 2018 Range Rover takes our luxury SUV to new heights, delivering enhanced refinement, luxury and all-terrain capability. The new PHEV powertrain isn’t simply a no-compromise solution – it builds on the traditions of our flagship SUV and delivers heightened refinement and comfort with impressive performance and efficiency.”

Range Rover has always been about passenger comfort and there are new front seat frames offering 24-way adjustment and up to 25 massage programmes while the back seats can be reclined by 40 degrees with 186mm extra legroom (totalling 1206mm). The seats can be heated and ventilated with heated arm, foot and calf rests with deployment possible by a smartphone app.

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Like the RR Sport, the plug-in hybrid Range Rover is also called P400e and makes 221kW and up to 640Nm of torque. The base petrol engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium mated to an 85kW electric motor. It can travel up to 51km on electric power only and offers two driving modes, including pure electric which, as the name suggests, sees the electric motor draw from the energy stored in the battery pack, and a Parallel Hybrid that allows the system to use both petrol and electric whereby the petrol engine keeps the electric motor topped up, or based off a sat-nav destination uses whichever powertrain will deliver the maximum fuel economy.

At the other end of the spectrum is the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic which is the most powerful Range Rover to date, offering 416kW from its supercharged V8. The refreshed variant makes 12kW more than the old model and features, amongst other tweaks, a Graphite Atlas mesh grille with chrome inserts and a tweaked rear bumper with integrated metal tailpipe finishers.

The new Range Rover is available to order now with more details available closer to the local release next year.

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