Land Rover has unveiled its all-new plug-in hybrid Range Rover, which it describes as “silent luxury”.

Called the P400e, it takes the world-renowned luxury off-roader and adds electric technology. The car has also been facelifted on the outside and has had a cabin update, too.

Most important is the fact this plug-in can achieve an impressive 101mpg and has an electric-only range of 31 miles. That’s better than a Volkswagen e-Golf.

Combined power comes from an electric motor and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. Together they produce 398bhp, and this combined with more than 640Nm of torque propels the car from 0-60mph in just 6.4 seconds – not bad for a car that weighs more than two tons.

Exterior changes include a redesigned front grille that resembles that of the Velar and slightly tweaked rear lights.

The front and rear aprons have also been modified and feature LED fog lighting and rectangular chromed exhaust tips for the rear.

Most of the changes are on the inside, however, with two large 10-inch infotainment touchscreens being added, one for the sat nav and infotainment and the other to control the temperature and vehicle settings, again like the one found inside the Velar.

Gone are the fiddly controls and buttons, and indeed the single slot CD-player on the outgoing model, in favour of a much more minimalist look that freshens up the hole cabin.

Other changes include the addition of 4G WiFi, and luxurious seating that offers 25 massage settings including one that apparently replicated a hot stone massage.

Chief design officer at Land Rover Gerry McGovern 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.

“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.”

Aidan Rennie-Jones


October 11, 2017