The legendary Range Rover takes its next evolutionary step with a plug-in hybrid electric model, fittingly revealed at the Design Museum in London, driving onto a catwalk in EV mode – in silence.
The evening included a panel discussion chaired by Jon Briggs, the voice of Siri on UK Apple phones. He was joined by Grace Gould, founder of the School of the Digital AgeDylan Jones, editor of GQ and Industrial Designer, Marc Newson. They discussed sustainable luxury, the value of ‘Britishness’ in a global marketplace and the changing nature of status.
Music was provided by pianist and composer Okiem, who has played with Prince, Tinie Tempah and John Legend. Okiem’s signature sound combines piano, synthesizers and orchestral instruments and has been described as ‘cinematic classical’.
The new PHEV now combines a powerful electric motor with a high-performance Ingenium petrol engine to offer sustainable luxury with new levels of efficiency and capability, complementing its legendary refinement and desirability. For the first time, customers choosing Land Rover’s flagship SUV can experience zero-emission driving.
“Our customers are very clear about what they want from any new Range Rover. ‘Don’t change it, just make it better,’ they tell us, so everything we've done has been about enhancing our flagship SUV. After nearly 50 years the fourth generation Range Rover is the finest so far, ensuring the original luxury SUV remains the choice for discerning customers the world over.”
Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover
The efficient new Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) combines a 300PS (221kW) 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 116PS (85kW) electric motor. The 404PS (297kW) total available power output is capable of 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds) and a maximum speed of 137mph (220km/h). Thanks to its electrified powertrain, the Range Rover P400e has a range of up to 31 miles (51km) in electric vehicle (EV) mode. The lithium-ion battery can be fully charged in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes.
“The new 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.”
Nick Collins, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar Land Rover
Comfort-enhancing functions transform the travelling experience for the driver and passengers. The front seats feature 24-way movement, while in the rear a completely redesigned cabin, and wider, softer seats, reclining by up to 40 degrees and offering 25 massage programmes thanks to hot stone massage technology create a tranquil and luxurious sanctuary.
If you’re working while being driven, up to 17 connection points including domestic plug sockets, USB, HDMI and 12-volt are all available; 4G Wi-Fi hotspots for up to eight devices and convenient storage are all designed for the business traveller.
Following the introduction of the new Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) last week, Jaguar Land Rover’s ICE to ACE journey continues, moving from conventional internal combustion engines to autonomous, connected and electrified vehicles.
Designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced at the company’s Solihull production facility and is available to order now, with first deliveries from the end of 2017 (market dependent).
The new Range Rover’s latest technologies:
• Gesture sunblind: opened and closed by an advanced gesture control system that senses an occupant’s hand movement. All it takes to open the blind is a rearward swipe in front of the rear view mirror, and forwards to close
• Air Cabin Ionisation: uses nano-sized charged water particles to cleanse and purify the air for enhanced passenger wellbeing
• Pixel-laser LED headlights: advanced technology is brighter and yet intelligently blanks sections of LEDs to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers
• Activity key: customers can securely lock and unlock their vehicle without the need to carry a conventional key fob
Two driving modes:
- Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) – combines petrol and electric drive. The driver can optimise battery charge or fuel economy by utilising one of two charge management functions:
- SAVE function – prevents the battery charge dropping below a pre-selected level
- Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) function – entering a destination in the navigation system enables the feature, which utilises in built GPS altitude data for the selected route, to intelligently combine the electric motor and petrol engine to maximise fuel economy
- EV (Electric Vehicle) mode – enables the vehicle to run solely on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery, the ideal solution for quiet, zero-emission journeys
Range Rover Timeline:
1970 Original two-door Range Rover (the Classic) goes on sale
1972 Range Rover crosses Darien Gap on the 18,000-mile British Army Trans-America expedition. It took 99 days to cover 250 miles of dense jungle
1977 Range Rover wins 4x4 class in the 30,000km (18,750-mile) London-Sydney Marathon – the longest ever speed-based car rally
1979 A Range Rover wins the inaugural Paris-Dakar rally (and again in 1981)
1981 First production four-door Range Rover appears along with the first factory limited edition – the 'In Vogue'
1982 Automatic transmission introduced on Range Rover
1985 Diesel-powered 'Bullet' Range Rover breaks 27 speed records
1987 Range Rover launched in North America
1989 Range Rover is world's first 4x4 to be fitted with anti-lock brakes
1992 Range Rover is world's first 4x4 to be fitted with electronic traction control and automatic electronic air suspension
1994 Second-generation Range Rover introduced
2001 Third-generation Range Rover introduced
2002 500,000th Range Rover produced at the Solihull plant
2012 Fourth-generation Range Rover introduced – the first all-aluminium SUV
2015 Exclusive Range Rover SVAutobiography launched in New York
2016 Land Rover announces its most powerful Range Rover, the 550PS SVAutobiography Dynamic
2017 Range Rover P400e PHEV debuts
The B-Roll will include the following:
- IV Gerry McGovern (Chief Design Officer, Land Rover)
- IV Finbar McFall (Global Product Director, Jaguar Land Rover)
- IV Nick Collins (Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar Land Rover)
- GVs Range Rover PHEV Global Reveal
- GVs Range Rover PHEV