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Land Rover Unveils Updated 2018 Range Rover, P400e Plug-In Hybrid

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2018 Land Rover Range Rover© Motor1.com 2018 Land Rover Range Rover

The consummate luxury SUV from Land Rover gets a minor refresh for 2018 that includes a variety of tech updates and a power boost for SV Autobiography Dynamic models, which now offers up 557 horsepower from its 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Ordinarily, that would be headlining news, but the scoop this time around is a brand new Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid, which will follow in 2019. More on that in a bit.

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Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern says Range Rover customers don’t want the flagship model to change, just get “better,” which is why the 2018 Range Rover looks much like the outgoing model. Discerning observers will spot a revised grille with various mesh inserts, new LED headlamps, and a new front bumper with widened vent blades. Refreshed side accents down low are similarly subtle, with a pair of design schemes available in either Satin Body-Colored or Atlas Accent finish.

A tweaked rear bumper with integrated exhaust tips rounds out the exterior updates, save for six new alloy wheel choices and a pair of new color options. For some added variety, a pair of accent packages will change the color of various exterior trim and lettering bits to either Narvik Black, or Shadow Atlas.

Changes are a bit more noticeable inside, with new front seats that are wider and deeper and feature 24-way adjustability on range-topping models. Land Rover says the new seat designs also allow for more recline, foot room, and legroom for a more comfortable experience, whether you’re in front or back. Seat controls have been relocated to new door panels, and there are insane levels of heating, cooling and massage functions that can be controlled via a new smartphone app.

Drivers have a new 12-inch high-resolution driver display with various modes available for displaying vehicle info, including a nifty heads-up display. Considerable attention has been given to passengers as well, with a range of new trims and design options throughout the interior. Worker bees – or those who just want to stay connected to the outside world – will enjoy no less than 17 connection points for USB, HDMI, and 12-volt plugs. A power-deployable rear center console provides back seat passengers with added functionality, and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot is available for connectivity of up to eight devices. For those literally on the go, the Range Rover’s Activity key lets drivers lock and unlock the vehicle without needing a traditional key fob.

This is all in addition to the company’s InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which uses two 10-inch touchscreen displays on the center console for driver and passengers to interact. And yes, information can be swiped from one screen to another, just like Tony Stark does when building new Iron Man suits.

That’s all well and good, but the company’s new plug-in hybrid is something of an attention-getter as well. Slated to debut for the 2019 model year, the Range Rover P400e pairs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine making 296 hp with a 114 hp electric motor, turning all four wheels. The combined horsepower rating is 398, which Land Rover says is enough to send the big hybrid SUV to 60 miles per hour in 6.4 seconds. Top speed is said to be 137 mph, and for those more interested in the eco-side of this hybrid, the P400e can travel 31 miles on electric power alone.

The new 2018 Range Rover starts at $87,350 and will be in dealerships by the end of the year. Folks wanting the hybrid model will have to wait a bit longer, though Land Rover isn’t specific on exactly when the 2019 P400e will be available, nor how much it will cost when it does arrive. 

Source: Land Rover

2018 Land Rover Range Rover

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