Facelifted Range Rover to offer silent running and 31 miles of emission free motoring

Range Rover have taken the wraps of their 2018 model with the big news being it is available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time.

The original luxury SUV now comes with an 85kW electric motor which will work alongside a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine to produce a total of 296bhp.

Called the P400e PHEV it is the first Land Rover to come with an electric drive train alongside the Range Rover Sport which was announced the week before.

The combined powerplants will give it a total output of 398bhp plus a claimed combined economy of 101mpg and an electric only range of 31 miles. Rapid charging of the batteries will take 2 hours 45 minutes

A new flagship 558 bhp Range Rover SVAutobiography with a V8 supercharged petrol engine will offer blistering performance with 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds.

The original luxury SUV has slight alterations front and rear

Side vent details are different on the new model

There are four LED headlight options available

That is a power increase of 15bhp over the outgoing model. It will be distinguished by an exclusive Graphite Atlas mesh grille design with chrome inserts and a revised rear bumper with integrated metal tailpipe finishers.

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Other engines include a 3.0-litre V6 diesel with 254bhp and a 4.4-litre V8 diesel developing 334bhp. Or you can choose from petrol 3.0-litre supercharged V6 unit with 335bhp.

After almost 50 years of production Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, said: “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.

Your average car fan will have to look close to see the differences but they include a new rear integrated bumper, a different grill similar to the Velar and the choice of four new LED headlight options. The are also subtle changes to the side accents and vents.

The interior has received significant upgrades

On the road the Range Rover can be even quieter with electric power

Two new colours and six new wheel designs will also be on offer as well as exterior styling packs offering either glossy black or Shadow Atlas highlights.

The inside has received a more through overhaul with more tech and more luxury.

A Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10-inch twin high-definition touchscreen controls in the centre console carries over the cutting-edge tech from the Velar.

The unit in the hybrid features a Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) function which enables it to work out the best route to combine the electric motor and petrol engine to maximise fuel economy.

New dual touch screens are carried over from the Velar

It also boasts up to 17 connection points including domestic plug sockets, USB, HDMI and 12-volt are all available. On-board 4G Wi-Fi hotspots mean you can run up to eight devices on the internet while on the move.

To be really pampered the heated seats offer 25 massage programmes based on Hot Stone massage technology. The front seats are wider with more cushioning and they can be controlled via a smartphone app either outside or inside the vehicle.

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Opulence if further enhanced by sunblind that work by hand gesture control in front of the rear view mirror. While Cabin Air Ionisation uses nano-sized charged water particles to cleanse and purify the air.

All models are still as capable as ever with Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 technology controlling low-speed off-road manoeuvres.

New Range Rover Sport will also be available with battery power

Just a couple of weeks ago the firm also announced their first Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid.

Rapid charging the 13.1kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery, a full charge can be achieved in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated 32 amp wall box. The battery can be fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes using the 10 amp home charging cable supplied as standard.

The Range Rover’s battery is covered by an eight-year, 100,000-mile, 70 per cent state of health warranty.

Range Rover Sport can do a identical 31 miles on electric alone

With identical economy and charging times to its big brother customers can also chose from four-cylinder, V6 and V8 petrol and diesel engines.

There is also a new top of the range 575hp Range Rover Sport SVR which can sprint to 60mph sprint in 4.3 seconds.

All models are available to order now, from £79,595 to £141,580 for the standard wheelbase. Customers should visit www.landrover.co.uk for more information.

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