The grandaddy of the luxury SUV segment is splitting in two with a fuel-sipper and a supercharged hot rod.
Just days after Land Rover unveiled its first plug-in hybrid model, the Range Rover Sport P400e that rounded off a segment better known for outlying supercharged V8s than variants for the eco conscious, the automaker has dropped its second signal that it plans to move its lineup towards more sustainable forms of kinetic motivation. For that, we now turn to the newly updated Land Rover Range Rover, which gets upgrades needed to stay comparative in the segment its predecessors invented.
Keeping design original, Land Rover’s flagship SUV now gets an exterior freshened by LED headlights as well as a more technologically advanced cabin. The aim of the interior upgrades were to change up the experience using a Touch Pro Duo infotainment system and 24-way adjustable seats with massaging functions. Air Cabin Ionization and Land Rover's Gesture Sunblind can be operated by the gesture control system and if work or entertainment are priorities for passengers, there’s an onboard WiFi connection along with 17 connection ports including USB, HDMI, and 12-volt power outlets. The real meat and potatoes of the upgrade, however, goes into the new plug-in hybrid Range Rover and the SVAutobiography model.
Both SUVs are tailored for ultimate luxury and performance but with two unique approaches to getting there. The latter of the two models gets a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 making 557 horsepower and comes in Dynamic or Long Wheelbase versions. With all that power, 0-60 mph is dealt with in 5.1 seconds, making it hard for onlookers to spot the distinguishing exterior features like the Graphite Atlas mesh grille design along with the chrome inserts, new rear bumper, and metal tailpipe finishers. For those looking to put the brakes on climate change in style, the new Range Rover P400e is up to the task. For that, Land Rover mated a 296 horsepower 2.0-liter Ingenium engine to a 114 horsepower electric motor for a total output of 398 horsepower.
When that's sent through the permanent four-wheel drive system, 0-60 mph goes by in 6.4 seconds before the P400e tops out at 137 mph. Thanks to a full electric mode that drivers can select in lieu of the default hybrid mode, the Range Rover P400e can make a 31-mile commute using nothing but electricity collected in a battery located underneath the trunk floor. If that isn’t enough, drivers can even use the navigation system’s Predictive Energy Optimization mode to pick a route that makes the most efficient use of the hybrid drivetrain. For luxury SUV buyers looking to dip their toes into electrification before going all in on a Jaguar I-Pace and whatever Range Rover equivalent will follow, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e is the way to go.