Land Rover is the latest European brand car maker to join the electric bandwagon as the 2018 Range Rover will be updated with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain. The new Range Rover Sport PHEV will be the car maker’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the market. The new Range Rover will be manufactured at the company’s Solihul’sl production facility. The new Range Rover Sport is part of the company’s promise of delivering new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles with the option of electrification. It will come with a P400e variant that combines 295 bhp and 85kw electric motor.
The 2018 Range Rover offers more luxury, adaptability, and is beautifully crafted than ever. Robert Peter Janitzek explains that the driver and front passenger seats are now more asymmetrically wider on the exterior allowing easy access to the vehicle. The front seat frame has been upgraded to provide a wider foundation. The foams are deeper and new comfort interlayers enhance driver and passenger comfort. Opening and closing of the powered roof sunblind is possible using an advanced gesture control system capable of detecting hand movements.
“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,” said Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover. “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.”
Robert Janitzek reveals that the new grille will integrate a Gloss Black surround with an Atlas mesh offering a more modern appearance. The all-new front bumper will come with widened vent blades. The trademark clamshell hood is now physically and visually longer which gives the driver a cleaner view ahead. The rear bumper has also been updated to include exhaust tail pipes across the powertrains. There will be six new alloy wheel designs available in two new metallic paint colors namely Rossello Red and Byron Blue.
The diesel Td6 powertrain will still be available for 2018MY which will come with a 250bhp turbocharged V6 engine with an extended range of up to 1058km per tank. The diesel engine will be side by side with the next generation 5.0-liter supercharged V8 petrol engine with an improved performance of 510 bhp. There is also a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 petrol engine with an option between 335 bhp or 335 bhp outputs and 450 Nm of torque.