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Range Rover 2018 revealed ahead of March debut

Range Rover 2018 revealed ahead of March debut

In terms of green vehicle capabilities, the P400e uses as little as 2.8L/100km, while claiming an all-electric range of up to 51 kilometres from its 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Since these are Range Rovers, expect them to be capable off-road.

Designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover in the United Kingdom, the PHEV announcement comes with confirmation of a 2018 update for the flagship Land Rover offering. In this mode, the Rover can chug along for 31 miles without the help of the gas engine, although top speed is just 85 mph.

Replenishing the Range Rover hybrid's batteries takes 7.5 hours from a conventional socket, although fast chargers and home-installed wallboxes running at 32 amps can bring this time down to just two hours and 45 minutes.

Our favourite RX combines a V6 petrol engine with electric motors for low emissions, so it makes a lot of sense as a company vehicle.

This is the latest plug-in from the company following the revelation last week of the Range Rover Sport PHEV.

Combined output for the PHEV is 297kW, with acceleration across the 0-100km/h sprint taking a claimed 6.8 seconds.

The SUVs get a new cabin with the same technowizardry as the Velar.




While final pricing and specifications are yet to be confirmed, we do know that the MY18 Range Rover will kick off at $190,000 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australia next March.

There are also wider, softer seats, which can recline by up to 40 percent for increased passenger comfort. Other new available features include 24-way adjustable front seats with massage functions and a gesture-controlled sunblind.

These options are largely unchanged, but the range-topping SVAutobiography Dynamic model - which is powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine - gets a small power hike to 557bhp.

Gerry McGovern is the Chief Design Officer at Land Rover, he says the update is all about making the Range Rover that little bit better.

Technology upgrades extend to JLR's dual 10.0-inch "Touch Pro Duo" touchscreen multimedia system, "Nuance" voice control, a 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.0-inch full-colour head-up display, two 10.0-inch second-row entertainment touchscreens, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices, and up to 18 connectivity points (LWB).

Standard safety and driver assistance technologies include a reversing camera, lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and speed limiter.

The Discovery Sport will receive a petrol-hybrid powertrain that's based on a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine, shared with the upcoming Range Rover Evoque plug-in hybrid.