07.11.2017 by Rovertune
The New 2018MY Range Rover was classed upon its release in October 2017 as SILENT LUXURY. Its announcement comes hot on the heals of the new 2018MY Range Rover Sport and follows the same format line-up with a brand new petrol hybrid version which in our opinion is a great improvement on the previous diesel hybrid version released some 4 years ago, but never really took off in the eyes of the buying public.
We set out below a summary of the main updates for the 2018MY Range Rover, followed by an in depth technical review as released by Land Rover to give potential customers just what they can expect should they decide to purchase this excellent new model.
The 2018MY Range Rover offers:
Now, more than ever, Range Rover represents the pinnacle of luxury travel, making every journey a treasured experience whether driving or being driven.
Conceived nearly 50 years ago for the country set to use on the estate and then drive to the townhouse, Range Rover has continuously evolved to lead the world around it, remaining the peerless luxury SUV.
Today technology drives the new Range Rover’s next major step, with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain providing sustainable luxury with new levels of efficiency and capability complementing its refinement and desirability. The exterior design has evolved, while heightened comfort and new consumer technologies have been added to the cabin.
Comfort-enhancing functions transform the travelling experience for the driver and passengers. The front seats feature 24-way movement thanks to the new seat frames, with wider and deeper foams as well as heated arm rests. In the rear a completely redesigned cabin and seating layout create a tranquil sanctuary with no compromise to the rear load space.
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. The cabin is tailored for relaxation with luxurious seats offering 25 massage programmes thanks to Hot Stone massage technology within the seat backs.
Wider, softer seats offer sumptuous comfort. Reclining by up to 40 degrees, they make the most of the additional 186mm legroom (now 1,206mm in total) and can be deployed at the touch of button. The exemplary comfort extends to heated and cooled seats, plus heated arm, foot and calf rests. For additional convenience and personalisation, all seat functionality can be controlled via a smartphone app, whether inside or outside the vehicle.
The elegance of the interior has been elevated by the seamless integration of the most advanced infotainment system yet created by Jaguar Land Rover. Touch Pro Duo, codenamed ‘Blade’, combines two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens on the centre console working in perfect harmony. Information can be swiped from one screen to the other, making the layout highly intuitive and engaging to operate, with unrivalled functionality.
Following the recent introduction of the new Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), Jaguar Land Rover’s ICE to ACE journey continues, moving from conventional internal combustion engines to autonomous, connected and electrified vehicles.
The efficient new Range Rover P400e provides sustainable performance by combining a 300PS (221kW) 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 116PS (85kW) electric motor. The 404PS (297kW) total available power output – available through the permanent four-wheel drive system – delivers 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds) and a maximum speed of 137mph (220km/h).
With an impressive 640Nm of torque, the new powertrain combines to deliver dynamic performance with traditional Range Rover capability, comfort and refinement.
Thanks to its electrified powertrain, the Range Rover P400e emits only 64g/km on the NEDC combined cycle and provides an all-electric range of up to 31 miles (51km) without the Ingenium petrol engine running. For the first time, customers choosing Land Rover’s flagship SUV can experience zero-emission driving.
The P400e provides whisper-quiet refinement with uncompromised off-road capability as well as enabling entry into areas with restrictions for air quality, including most congestion charging zones
Drivers of the new PHEV model can choose from two driving modes
1. 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:
o SAVE function – prevents the battery charge dropping below a pre-selected level
o 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
2. 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
The powertrain’s precision and control make for serene progress in all conditions and across all terrains. Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 technology has a unique calibration to intelligently and precisely distribute torque from the electric motor, which has no creep speed and is able to deliver maximum torque from zero rpm, to all four wheels. This gives greater control during low-speed off-road manoeuvres, confirming Range Rover’s outstanding breadth of effortless capability.
When 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.
The Range Rover 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine is longitudinally mounted, with the 85kW electric motor housed in the ZF automatic eight-speed transmission at the centre of the vehicle alongside the 7kW on-board charger. The access point for the cable is at the front of the vehicle, while the prismatic cell lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the boot floor. The P400e is available in both standard and long wheelbase body styles.
The new Range Rover has been enhanced with further technologies for greater comfort and convenience:
• 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
To experience tailored Range Rover luxury and performance in its most dynamic form, there is now the enhanced SVAutobiography Dynamic – the most powerful production Range Rover to date. The output from its V8 supercharged petrol engine is up to 565PS (a 15PS increase), which delivers 0-60mph in only 5.1 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds). Striking design revisions include an exclusive Graphite Atlas mesh grille design with chrome inserts and a revised rear bumper with integrated metal tailpipe finishers.
Now follows a more detailed technical specification of the many new facets of this great vehicle
1.1 PHEV: sustainable performance without compromise
1.2 First-class functionality
2.1 Peerless exterior
2.2 Tranquil sanctuary
2.3 Executive class seating
2.4 Interior refinements
3.1 Information at your fingertips
3.2 Exceptional clarity
3.3 The most connected Range Rover
3.4 Comprehensive driver assistance technologies
4.1 An SUV for all seasons
4.2 Lightweight and aerodynamic
4.3 Powerful, refined and efficient engines
4.4 Safety and the environment
SPECIAL VEHICLE OPERATIONS
1. SUSTAINABLE LUXURY
Unrivalled capability and peerless refinement meet sustainable luxury with the introduction of plug-in petrol-electric power to the Range Rover. Jaguar Land Rover’s first Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powertrain is capable of up to 31 miles (51km) with zero tailpipe emissions when driven in all-electric mode, providing sustainable performance like never before.
1.1. PHEV: Sustainable performance without compromise
The new PHEV model, the P400e, is the most efficient Range Rover and combines an advanced 300PS (221kW) four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 116PS (85kW) electric motor. This transformational technology is powered by an advanced 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery giving a total available power output of 404PS (297kW) through the permanent all-wheel drive (AWD) system.*
Together they drive the Range Rover from 0-100km/h in just 6.8 seconds (0-60mph in 6.4 seconds) (SWB variant) and to a top speed of 137mph. With an impressive 640Nm of torque, the new powertrain mixes dynamic and sustainable performance with traditional Range Rover capability, comfort and refinement.
The P400e uses both the Ingenium petrol engine and electric motor to deliver CO2 emissions of 64g/km and fuel economy of up to 101mpg (2.8 l/100km) on the NEDC combined cycle. The intelligent system can also capture and store the energy generated when braking to aid recharging of the battery.
The combination of Ingenium petrol and electric power can be used in two driving modes: Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) and EV (Electric Vehicle) mode.
In Parallel Hybrid mode the P400e can intelligently and seamlessly combine the two power sources to make efficient progress. When driven in this way, the new powertrain delivers the best of all worlds. By using its electrical energy reserves intelligently the P400e always has the power and capability customers demand from a Range Rover.
On longer journeys, owners can use the SAVE function to deploy the EV-only range for a specific part of their journey, for example, when entering congested urban areas. The Predictive Energy Optimisation function uses the vehicle’s advanced Navigation system to maximise fuel efficiency (except China).
In EV mode the P400e can be driven up to 31 miles (51km) with zero tailpipe emissions when fully charged. This driving mode is manually selected using a button on the console and gives the new PHEV model a top EV speed of 85mph (137km/h) while its generous range will allow drivers to complete many journeys without even engaging the Ingenium petrol engine**.
Whatever the conditions, the new Range Rover’s exceptional performance and capability are undiminished while customers benefit from reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, along with entry to areas with restrictions on combustion engine-only vehicles.
Land Rover’s engineers have maximised interior space and provided the ideal weight distribution. The 2.0-litre Ingenium engine can be found under the trademark clamshell bonnet, as in standard derivatives, with the 85kW electric motor housed on the transmission, at the centre of the vehicle.
Looking at the front of the vehicle, the access point for the 7kW on-board recharging socket is located behind the Land Rover badge on right of the grille, while the 13.1kWh prismatic cell lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear, beneath the boot floor.
* Peak internal combustion engine and electric power not delivered at same engine speed
** In 2014 the proportion of car driver trips under 8km (five miles) was 56 per cent.
Source: Road Use Statistics Great Britain 2016, Department for Transport, 7 April 2016
Charging made simple
The new PHEV model is equipped with a plug-in charge point behind a discreet panel on the grille, a 7kW on-board charger and cable. A full charge can be achieved in approximately 7.5 hours (10 amp) (varies by market, location and the type of hardware used) so the Range Rover P400e is suited to overnight battery top-ups using a domestic plug socket.
The PHEV model is available with three types of charging cable and includes a home charging lead, which connects to domestic power supplies, as standard.
For faster recharging, a multi-function cable is available for use at higher power 32 amp commercial charging locations and suitably equipped homes. This can reduce the charge time to as little as 2 hours 45 minutes.
The same charging performance is achieved with a public charging cable, which is compatible with AC wall boxes installed at domestic and business premises and service stations, making it ideal for charging on the move.
Timed charging is also available via the Range Rover’s state-of-the-art infotainment system, which allows owners to choose the most appropriate time to begin charging – perfect for customers who want to plug in when they return home, but wait to charge until a cheaper energy tariff is available.
Owners can easily monitor the charging status by looking at the two illuminated strips either side of the charging socket, behind the grille. A white light signifies the vehicle is connected but that charging has not started, while a blue light shows that timed charging is set but not underway. A flashing green signal shows the car is charging, while a solid green light indicates the battery is fully topped up.
When owners are away from their vehicle, they can use the InControl smartphone app to monitor the charge status, as well as receive an alert if there is an error, or if the cable has been removed.
1.2 First-class functionality
The petrol engine and electric motor of the P400e have been calibrated to work in perfect harmony whatever the state of battery charge, with two charge management functions available when driving in Parallel Hybrid mode:
The operation of the PHEV powertrain is supported by the latest ZF8P75XPH eight-speed automatic transmission, which combines lightweight construction and highly efficient operation to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions while delivering the supreme refinement and assured responses Range Rover customers expect. The advanced transmission adapts to individual driving styles, so dynamic driving is automatically accompanied by more urgent gear changes.
2. ELEVATED DESIGN
In almost 50 years of Range Rover history there has been one constant – peerless design. The new Range Rover represents a sophisticated evolution of the SUV’s effortlessly elegant exterior and luxurious interior.
2.1 Peerless exterior
Subtle exterior design changes give Land Rover’s flagship SUV an even more prestigious appearance and presence.
The updated grille incorporates a Gloss Black surround and Atlas mesh (varies by model) to provide a more modern appearance while the all-new front bumper features widened vent blades. The hallmark clamshell bonnet is both physically and visually longer, giving the driver a cleaner view ahead.
Refreshed lower side accents and vent graphics incorporate two alternative design schemes – Satin Body-Coloured and Atlas Accent Finish – that further highlight the vehicle’s distinctive profile.
At the rear the updated bumper integrates the exhaust tailpipes across all Range Rover powertrains. In addition, six new alloy wheel designs are available alongside two new metallic paint colours; Rossello Red and Byron Blue.
Two design packs are also available:
Lighting the way
The introduction of LED headlight technology gave Land Rover’s design team greater flexibility and the opportunity to develop a sharper, thinner new headlight graphic and provide superior illumination.
More energy efficient and designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle, the light they produce is much closer to daylight which helps make night driving less tiring for the driver. Standard features include Signature Daytime Running Lights, automatic headlights and power wash.
The new technology delivers four LED headlight options:
The standard Premium headlight package features 24 LEDs per vehicle, with Signature Daytime Running Lights and optional Auto High Beam Assist.
With 52 LEDs, the state-of-the-art Matrix LED system offers the next level of functionality by splitting the beam into vertical strips that can be individually controlled and allow for the use of the high and low beam at the same time. This is achieved by casting up to four vertical shadows in front of the vehicle to prevent it dazzling approaching road users without the need to dip the main beam. The advanced set-up can be optimised for town, country and motorway driving, as well as bad weather.
Pixel LED lighting delivers precise control of 142 individual LEDs, maximising the amount of light the new Range Rover projects onto the road by splitting the main beam pattern vertically and horizontally. This enables up to four higher definition shadows to avoid dazzling multiple vehicles ahead. This headlight option incorporates Bending Lights, which operate at higher speeds to direct the main beam pattern according to the direction of steering.
The Pixel LED set-up is complemented by a new Pixel-Laser High Beam option, which projects a precise and constant light more than 500 metres ahead of the vehicle thanks to 144 LEDs and four laser diodes. For night driving and at speeds of 80km/h or more, the powerful system provides exceptional forward visibility and advanced warning of potential obstacles. The intelligent system automatically dims when it detects other vehicles.
2.2 Tranquil sanctuary
The interior of the new Range Rover is more luxurious, adaptable and beautifully crafted than ever. Each sumptuous detail has been carefully designed and precision engineered with the comfort and enjoyment of its occupants in mind.
More comfortable than ever
Typifying the sustainable luxury and comfort evident throughout are the striking new seats, which provide greater recline, legroom and foot space than before. The driver and front passenger seats are now asymmetrically wider on the outside to enable easier access to the vehicle. The richly luxurious designs feature lines, leathers and layers of deep cushioning that create a cosseting lounge-style environment.
The front seat frame has evolved to provide a wider foundation, while the foams are deeper and new comfort interlayers enrich driver and passenger comfort. High quality leathers have been specially selected to ensure customers always experience world-class comfort.
Convenience has also been enhanced with the controls for the seats relocated to the new door panels. The shift is designed to accommodate the wider seat bases and make it even easier and more intuitive for customers to make adjustments – ensures the uncluttered interior adheres to a minimalist design ethos.
New functionality has also been embedded into the Grained Leather 16-way electronically-adjustable front seats to further improve the passenger experience with heating and memory functions.
For the next level in comfort, the 20-way Oxford Leather front seats are upholstered even more luxuriously and provide greater personalisation opportunities. The leg cushions extend to support the thighs, while adjustable bolsters support occupants and can be equipped with cooling and massage functions.
With 24-way adjustment, the top-of-the-range Semi-Aniline Leather front seats are the most advanced option, providing upper shoulder support for total comfort, alongside integrated climate and massage settings, and the option of a stress-relieving Hot Stone massage function.
This high-end functionality extends to the rear, where the seats feature a 60:40 split-fold design. Wider and offering substantial legroom, they also have power recline controls moved to the door for greater convenience.
Customers can choose powered reclining seats in Oxford or Semi-Aniline Leather with Intelligent Seat Cargo Mode. This allows for effortless folding of the flexible 60/40 seats and access to the load space.
The powered rear seats can be folded using the infotainment touchscreen, providing load-through access and ensuring the Range Rover’s peerless comfort and refinement does not come at the expense of practicality.
To reduce sound intrusion, Range Rover now features 6mm thick glass – 20 per cent thicker than previously fitted – to ensure road, engine and wind noise does not disturb occupants, whether they’re working or relaxing.
2.3 Executive Class Seating
New Executive Class Seating is available on Vogue SE models and standard in Autobiography derivatives, elevating front and rear seat luxury with Semi-Aniline Leather and additional functionality.
New wider seat frames, deeper foams and plush comfort interlayers combine with a seat cushion that leads into a premium C-pillar treatment to create the impression of a luxurious wraparound lounge-like interior.
This sensation is enhanced by a new power-deployable centre console. Previously extending the full length of the rear cabin and permanently fixed, the new console is available at the touch of a button and features a break at the centre footwell to enable rear passengers to easily exit from either side of the vehicle. When the centre console is stowed, the rear cabin is still able to accommodate three passengers in comfort so versatility is uncompromised.
When in use the powered rear centre console envelops occupants in luxurious leather providing an elegant home for drinks and personal items in a standout example of the evolution of the Range Rover’s peerless interior. Passengers using the Rear Executive Class seating can also recline their seatbacks further than ever, up to 40-degrees, and make the most of the additional 186mm legroom (1206mm in total) provided by the long wheelbase model. The cosseting headrests have eight different settings to deliver optimal comfort.
The front passenger seat can be moved forwards to maximise space and a heated arm, calf and foot rest provides ergonomic support when reclined for a more immersive, relaxing experience.
The most comfortable position in the rear can be achieved by a single button push, which moves the front seat forward and folds the headrest for forward visibility, reclines the rear seat and folds down the footrest (found in the rear of the front seat) and raises the calf rest, as well as deploying the centre console.
Rear seat passengers have control of the front seats, when unoccupied, from the switchpack found on the door for the ultimate in comfort and convenience.
The sense of serenity can be taken to new heights for front and rear passengers with the new massage function. With 14 cells in each seat, the system can deliver more varied and relaxing massages than ever before.
The new Hot Stone massage function focuses heat into the four central heated massage elements while retaining a cool or ambient temperature throughout the rest of the seat, so passengers enjoy a more intense and effective experience. The seats produce continuous rolling waves across the back and gently apply heat to the spine.
The seat position, massage functionality, temperature of the seats and rear cabin climate control can all be managed from Land Rover’s new Comfort Controller smartphone app, which gives passengers control of the Executive rear seats.
Not only does it allow users to control the massage type and intensity of vibration, it also enables customers to set a temperature and fan speed for the rear cabin. Heating and cooling functionality within the seats can also be controlled, as can the position – ideal if you’re fully reclined and the door controls are out of reach. The finishing touch to the Range Rover’s tranquil cabin is the integration of heating into all armrests, front and rear.
The richly relaxing environment now includes four new veneers among a choice of seven, the latest enhancements provide a luxury experience with tailored comfort like never before.
The rear bulkhead in Rear Executive Seat allows passengers to recline without compromising the loadspace.
The new Range Rover is more luxurious than ever but the pursuit of perfection here doesn’t come at the expense of practicality. Passengers benefit from a series of flexible new stowage solutions, including front cup holders that can be slid forward to reveal a deep storage area, up to 4.5-litres, in the centre console with a dedicated USB charging port.
In addition, the 7.89-litre cubby box features a new double-level hinged tray when open, perfect for keeping wallets and mobile phones secure and out of sight.
The lockable glove box provides enhanced security, while customers can specify an optional cooler compartment or a new refrigerator in the front centre console, to provide the luxury of cooled drinks on demand. The fridge holds four 500ml bottles and chills to 5⁰C with the ability to perform a rapid cool.
The front and rear door bins are re-shaped to hold larger (1.5-litre) bottles than before and in long wheelbase models, a rear cubby box has 2.8-litres of additional storage, while the rear of the central console houses a domestic plug socket. A second domestic socket can be found in the load space, making it possible to keep laptops charged on the move.
2.4 Interior refinements
A series of comfort-enhancing functions transform the travelling experience for both the driver and passengers.
Air quality refined
A new cabin air ionisation system, Nanoe™, is central to the increased focus on passenger wellbeing. The system uses nano-sized charged water particles to help remove harmful substances, cleanse the air and eliminate allergens, viruses, bacteria and odours. The advanced purification system can be switched on and off using the climate screen on the infotainment system.
Convenient technology is at the heart of the new Range Rover, exemplified by the powered roof sunblind, which can be opened and closed using an advanced gesture control system capable of sensing hand movements.
All it takes to open the sunblind is a rearward swipe motion in front of the rear-view mirror, while a simple forward motion will prompt the blind to close. Comfortable and convenient for passengers, this intuitive system also reduces potential distraction to the driver.
In addition, an intelligent function can close the blinds automatically when all passengers have disembarked and the vehicle is locked. This keeps the interior cool in warm weather and minimises the need for air conditioning when passengers return. When the driver unlocks the door, the sunblind will automatically and smoothly slide open.
Customers can still operate the sunblind using conventional buttons, if preferred.
The new Range Rover gives customers even greater control over the cabin environment thanks to new three-zone ambient lighting.
Occupants can tailor the atmosphere to create a calm, relaxing and stress-free environment by configuring the colour (from a choice of 10) and intensity of lighting via fully controllable tri-colour LEDs.
Lighting elements are split across the upper zone, with uplighters in the B-pillars. The mid-layer controls content in the doors and centre console, while the lower level manages the soft, diffused light in the footwells.
3. STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY
The Range Rover has always been the pioneer of new and innovative technologies. The new model maintains this rich pedigree with the introduction of Jaguar Land Rover’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment. With twin high-definition touchscreens the highly intuitive system is a digital butler fit for the 21st century with industry-leading voice recognition and extensive connectivity.
3.1 Information at your fingertips
Two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens form the centrepiece of the minimalist cabin with Touch Pro Duo, called ‘Blade’ by its developers, the most advanced infotainment system created by Jaguar Land Rover. Fast and intuitive, it combines finely engineered physical controls and a beautiful digital interface to deliver a truly connected driving experience.
The system looks simultaneously futuristic and elegant with interlinked touchscreens providing superior clarity and ease of operation, and familiar tap, swipe and pinch-to-zoom control gestures on the upper screen. The customisable home screen also allows customers to create shortcuts to preferred features.
Touch Pro Duo can dual-task for the driver, keeping mapping information displayed on the upper touchscreen, while providing easy access to further features on the secondary lower screen. By dividing information and controls logically between the two screens, the new Range Rover achieves a more intuitive user experience.
The upper screen on the central console can be angled to counter glare and improve visibility while the fixed lower 10-inch display is the control panel and manages more functional tasks such as the climate control, seat and vehicle settings.
Key to its design are two rotary Dynamic Dials within the lower screen, which can be used to control the cabin temperature, fan speed, seat climate and massage functions, as well as Terrain Response settings. This screen can also be used to manage media and phone functionality via specialist widgets when the upper screen is in use.
3.1 Exceptional clarity
The drive for enhanced customer convenience extends to the instrumentation, which is provided by an all-new 12-inch high-resolution Interactive Driver Display with dual dial, single dial and extended mode views available. Other frequently used features – including phone, navigation and media settings – can also be managed using this innovative new cluster.
In addition, the Range Rover’s next-generation Head-Up Display system puts vital information just where the driver wants it, using 10-inch full-colour projection with superior clarity and definition. The cutting-edge technology presents essential information on the windscreen, keeping vehicle speed and navigation directions in view at all times. Other updates can be shown without causing unnecessary distraction, including information relating to the Adaptive Cruise Control settings and Advanced Driver Assistance alerts such as signals from the Traffic Sign Recognition system.
The graphics appear to hover beyond the windscreen thanks to an increased perceived projection distance, preventing a driver’s eyes from having to constantly refocus and helping to reduce the possibility of fatigue on longer journeys.
The full-colour image is generated using four super-bright LEDs and a high-resolution TFT LCD screen. The image is sharper and more than twice the size of other systems, allowing customers to adjust the layout, height and brightness of the display.
3.3 The most connected Range Rover yet
Connectivity and convenience are integrated at every step. Even the steering wheel controls feature intuitive new capacitive switches with dynamic illuminated icons to make operating the Range Rover’s various features from behind the wheel simpler and safer.
By only allowing the driver to adjust elements specifically related to the infotainment media being used, the switches provide increased functionality while maintaining the minimalist quality of the interior and enhancing the driving experience.
The user-friendly switches provide full control of the instrument cluster, including media playback, phone, cruise control and heated steering wheel settings, plus a shortcut to a feature of the driver’s choosing. The capacitive surface also allows users to scroll through menus by finger or thumb.
Working closely with Nuance, a global leader in voice recognition technology, the Range Rover system is stored in a solid-state drive to ensure instant responses. The voice recognition system can also deal with more conversational interaction in English (UK and US) and Chinese Mandarin, as well as offering helpful error feedback.
Range Rover also benefits from Jaguar Land Rover’s pioneering Remote Intelligent Seat Fold technology, allowing customers to reconfigure the first- and second-row seats remotely via a smartphone app as part of the InControl Touch Pro Services. The innovative feature allows owners to rearrange the seats from inside a shop while they queue to pay for large or bulky items, ensuring the vehicle is perfectly configured to accommodate their purchases.
The new Range Rover also provides passengers in the second row with larger 10-inch rear seat entertainment display that includes touchscreens for the first time, offering enhanced clarity and ease of use. Powered by an advanced quad-core processor, the system is linked by an ultra-fast Ethernet network and elevates the travelling experience for rear passengers.
With up to 17 (18 LWB) connection points integrated discreetly throughout the cabin, the new Range Rover is perfectly equipped as a mobile workspace and entertainment hub.
This is thanks to two USB, an HDMI and 12V connection points in the front console cubby box – there is also a 12V socket in the glove box and a USB point in the deep stowage area underneath the cupholders.
For rear passengers, there is two 12V charging, a domestic plug socket, and two USB and HDMI points, while the load space also provides a 12V and a second domestic plug socket to keep laptops and other devices topped up.
In long wheelbase models, an additional USB charge point can be found in the storage box at the rear of the centre console.
In addition, there is provision for up to eight 4G Wi-Fi connections, which ensures continuous connectivity on the move.
Land Rover’s latest online media functionality allows for the aggregation of numerous content providers and their personalised entertainment – such as Deezer and TuneIn – giving access to more than 40 million music tracks and four million on-demand programmes and podcasts. For the first time, these can be directly streamed from the vehicle without the need for a smartphone – providing a seamless and integrated experience.
For extra convenience, Land Rover’s innovative Activity Key wristband is available on Range Rover for the first time, allowing customers to lock and unlock the vehicle without using the standard fob. Perfect for runners, swimmers or cyclists who don’t want to carry a traditional key while exercising, the durable Activity Key is waterproof to depths of 18m and designed to withstand temperatures from -50C to +85C degrees.
To lock or unlock the vehicle, the Activity Key must be held within 30mm of the second “R” of the Range Rover badge on the tailgate. Once activated, the main vehicle fob is disabled and can be left safely inside the cabin.
3.4 Comprehensive driver assistance technologies
Range Rover’s suite of driver assistance features has been restructured to be even more intuitive for owners with a series of feature-rich packs that can be added as required.
Core features such as Rear Camera, Lane Departure Warning and Emergency Braking, Front and Rear Park Distance Control, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter are all fitted as standard.
The Drive Pack adds features to inform and equip customers for any journey. Central to this are Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Speed Limiter and Driver Condition Monitor, while Traffic Sign Recognition now reads more complex signals, such as Stop or No Entry signs.
The Drive Pro Pack adds High Speed Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keep Assist. There is also an improved Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist, which uses a forward-looking camera and improved radar system.
In addition, there is the option of the Park Pack, which includes a 360-degree Parking Aid, Reverse Traffic Monitor and Clear Exit Monitor, which alerts passengers exiting from the rear doors to any hazards approaching from behind. If a vehicle is detected, a light flashes on the door to notify those attempting to disembark.
The Park Pro Pack includes all of the Park Pack features, in addition to Park Assist. This is a suite of advanced automated parking features that aid parallel and perpendicular parking.
Meridian again provides a suite of industry-leading audio systems. These are available with three levels of functionality from the 380W, 825W surround or 1700W Signature Sound Systems, providing 13, 19 and 29 speakers respectively and including a dual channel subwoofer in each.
All three have been designed with meticulous attention to detail and a focus on finding optimum positions for every speaker around the cabin to deliver three-dimensional sound quality.
4. WORLD-CLASS ENGINEERING
Central to any Range Rover has always been its ability to handle anything a journey can throw at it. Thanks to its state-of-the-art construction, lightweight suspension and advanced technologies, the new Range Rover provides confident and serene performance in all situations.
4.1 An SUV for all seasons
Peerless ride quality, regardless of the terrain or conditions, is a core part of the Range Rover experience. A class-leading suspension system combines poise and stability with exceptional ride isolation for flat, confident cornering and delivers a natural and intuitive feel behind the wheel.
Comprising a lightweight front and rear design, the suspension layout perfectly complements the advanced aluminium construction. Its fully independent layout features a wide-spaced double wishbone set-up at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear.
In order to achieve the perfect balance of agility, composure and comfort, Land Rover’s engineers focused on optimising chassis stiffness and fine-tuning the steering system to deliver the peerless driving experience demanded of the Range Rover.
The chassis can be managed via a number of advanced technologies. Dynamic Response enables a driver to independently control the front and rear axles with an enhanced active roll control system, which allows for low-speed agility and increased stability at speed.
This is complemented by an Active Rear Locking Differential to further optimise traction and stability in corners, while Adaptive Dynamics provide continuous variable damping for a supple, absorbent and composed ride.
Electric Power Assisted Steering utilises variable-ratio speed-sensitive assistance to deliver a relaxed, natural and intuitive character with a faster steering ratio. The result is a luxury SUV with excellent stability and a relaxed character at high cruising speeds.
Range Rover’s legendary off-road capability is taken to new heights with the introduction of the electric-petrol P400e hybrid model, as its electric motor offers greater control of torque from a standstill. This improves low-speed control and superior pull-away on low-grip surfaces. The low range transmission can also be operated in pure EV mode for near silent all-terrain journeys.
Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 technology has been retuned to intelligently and precisely distribute torque from the electric motor – which has no creep speed and maximum torque from zero rpm – to all four wheels. This gives greater control during low-speed off-road manoeuvres, reaffirming Range Rover’s outstanding breadth of capability.
Handling and performance across the model range can also be managed via a series of Terrain Response 2 programs. Featuring a new Comfort mode, which calibrates the suspension settings to optimise ride comfort, while the Dynamic setting will give the driver a more dynamic ride.
These programmes exist alongside the familiar Grass Gravel Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, Rock Crawl and Eco settings.
In Eco mode, the driver receives instantaneous feedback and guidance on driving more efficiently, while minimising electrical power consumption and highlighting the effects of key features on fuel efficiency. It also softens the throttle pedal response, modifies the automatic transmission shift pattern and switches off heating for the door mirrors, steering wheel and seats to optimise fuel efficiency.
The new Range Rover also benefits from Jaguar Land Rover’s unique Low Traction Launch System, which helps to exploit all available traction when pulling away on slippery surfaces. Unlike All-Terrain Progress Control, the company’s all-terrain cruise control technology, Low Traction Launch initiates a unique throttle map to provide a more usable torque curve. The system is specifically designed to help drivers pull-away from a standstill on slippery surfaces such as wet grass, loose gravel and snow.
Hill Descent Control is also fitted as standard, while excellent ground clearance and a smooth underfloor help the new model negotiate rough terrain.
Wading capability for the P400e is also uncompromised with a maximum depth of 900mm. For deep water wading, it is recommended that the Ingenium petrol engine is running to prevent water entering the exhaust system.
The Range Rover’s four-wheel-drive capability is managed by a new transfer case design, which has a smart actuator rather than a separate motor and ECU. This results in a 1.5kg reduction in weight and is controlled via a multi-plate clutch. Together with the bevel gear centre differential it provides a 50:50 torque split.
Using wheel slip information from a range of sensors, the clutch distributes torque evenly between all four wheels, while a ‘shift on the move’ system allows selectable high and low gears at up to 60km/h. The Active Rear Locking Differential can also be optimised for cornering stability and traction.
Ride height versatility
When cruising at a sustained speed of 65mph and above, the suspension lowers the vehicle by 15mm to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency.
Access Height lowers the vehicle by up to 50mm to help passengers enter and exit the vehicle in another example of technology enabling customer convenience. This feature can also lock the suspension at low level, enabling the Range Rover to travel at up to 25mph in locations with restricted height, such as multi-storey car parks
Conversely, the ride height can be increased to cater for demanding off-road scenarios, with two bespoke options:
Owners can also control the height of the vehicle’s rear to help with loading and towing. Using switches in the rear load space it is possible to reduce rear ride height by 50mm. In this instance, the front will drop by just 20mm, resulting in a hitch height reduction of 60mm.
Conversely, the rear can also be raised by as much as 90mm to assist in the hitching of trailers and the adjustment of trailer inclination while stationary. The suspension can be levelled by holding the up and down buttons simultaneously until the vehicle returns to normal.
The user-friendly set-up can also be managed using the new key fob, which is particularly effective when the load space is in use and the switches are inaccessible.
Advance towing options
The new Range Rover also benefits from Advanced Tow Assist – one of the industry’s most advanced trailer reversing aids – which allows the driver to plot their trajectory when guiding trailers or caravans into position. This is managed via the central touchscreen and uses the rotary Terrain Response selector to steer the vehicle.
When in use, the driver will not be required to counter steer at any stage because the rotary dial is always turned in the direction the driver wants the trailer to go. The system automatically performs any counter steering to articulate both the vehicle and trailer along the path projected by the reversing camera on the central touchscreen.
Hitch Assist is also available to guide the vehicle and tow ball together via the same screen when attaching a trailer.
4.2 Aluminium and aerodynamic
Range Rover was the first SUV to benefit from an all-aluminium body structure, which was 39 per cent lighter than the steel equivalent and was subjected to one of the most extensive optimisation processes Jaguar Land Rover has ever undertaken, requiring unprecedented use of computer simulation tools and a staggering 1,000 years of processor time.
Multi-dimensional optimisation tools were also used to minimise weight while simultaneously delivering outstanding stiffness, refinement and safety.
Advanced aerodynamics have optimised the body to cut through the air with greater precision, thanks to flush glazing and sharp separation on the D-pillar and rear lights, that create a drag coefficient from 0.34.
This has been optimised for high-performance brake cooling via a new front bumper design with a dedicated duct in the lower aperture. This feeds air directly onto the disc itself, which means new low dust brake material can be used, helping to keep the alloys cleaner for longer.
Front wheel deflectors are also used to reduce drag, while the robust and multifunctional undertray has a large aluminium component that improves aerodynamic performance.
4.3 Powerful, refined and efficient engines
Engine Power (PS) Torque (Nm) CO2 (g/km)
3.0L TDV6 258 600 182
4.4L SDV8 339 740 219
2.0L Si4 PHEV (P400e) 404 640 64
3.0L V6 S/Charged 340 / 380 450 248
5.0L V8 S/Charged 525 625 294
5.0L V8 S/Charged SVAutobiography Dynamic 565 700 294
Following the addition of the P400e, the SDV6 Hybrid Diesel powertrain is no longer available. Customers have the option of two established diesel powertrains in the form of the powerful 258PS 3.0-litre TDV6 and powerful 339PS 4.4-litre SDV8 engine.
These sit alongside the next-generation 5.0-litre V8 Supercharged Petrol powerplant, which offers improved performance and an increase from 510PS to 525PS, and the 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged petrol engine with 340PS or 380PS and 450Nm of torque.
4.4 Safety and the environment
The new Range Rover features a comprehensive portfolio of passive safety features engineered to meet and exceed the most stringent global standards. The aluminium body has been extensively tested by computer simulation tools to minimise intrusion and maximise protection in the event of a collision.
This is complemented by a system of airbags – including for the driver, passenger, side curtain and thorax – and seat belts linked to the emergency brakes.
Pedestrian safety has also been prioritised with a front-end designed to minimise potential injury. This includes an energy-absorbent raised bonnet A-surface and bumper profiles alongside the careful coupling of surface parts.
By using virtual tools for design and simulation, there has also been a dramatic reduction in the need for physical prototyping.
5. SPECIAL VEHICLE OPERATIONS
The new Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic is the most powerful production Range Rover to date.
Created by Jaguar Land Rover’s experienced Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, the new Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic complements the core models while giving drivers even more of what they want from the world’s ultimate SUV.
The output from its potent 565PS V8 supercharged engine is up from 550PS, with 700Nm of torque available. That’s enough to deliver 0-60mph in only 5.1 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds). SVO’s engineers have even developed a chassis calibration to optimise performance, which will be available as an alternative to the standard Comfort mode. This lowers the ride height by 8mm and is designed to heighten driver engagement without compromising comfort.
Striking design revisions that identify the most performance-focused Range Rover include an exclusive Graphite Atlas mesh grille design with chrome inserts at the front. The front bumper and lower air intake finisher get the same treatment, along with modified side and rear accents. At the back, the modified rear bumper integrates metal tailpipe finishers, while a unique 22-inch wheel design joins the 21-inch option.
The five-colour palette of options features Firenze Red, which is exclusive to SVO’s performance flagship. Customers will also benefit from a unique SVO-branded key fob with a dark brushed aluminium finish that complements new rear badging.
Sporting the SVAutobiography emblem, a visible red flash signifies the dynamic nature of this potent model and communicates its performance-driven design.
The cabin design reiterates this message with a series of exclusive updates. The Executive Class seating configuration, in particular, transforms the rear passenger compartment and is finished in exclusive Quilted Perforated Semi-Aniline Leather trim.
The purposeful nature of the SVAutobiography Dynamic interior is evident in the quartet of sporty colourways available; Ebony, Ebony/Pimento, Ebony/Cirrus and Ebony/Vintage Tan. The SVO model also debuts two new veneer choices, Steel Weave Carbon Fibre and Grand Black, with finishers in Dark Brushed Aluminium also available.
This luxurious appeal also extends to the leather-wrapped lower pillars, SVAutobiography-branded illuminated treadplates and exclusive start-up graphic in the instrument cluster. The front centre console has also been updated to use the SVAutobiography logo.