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New Range Rover facelift revealed - introduces PHEV to the range

Stuart Gallagher
10 Oct 2017

The full-size Range Rover receives the same interior tech and PHEV powertrain as its smaller Sport sibling

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You will need to trust us when we say this is the new Range Rover. New for 2018, the big Rangie follows it little brother the Sport for a model year uplift, which also includes the introduction of a new petrol-electric hybrid model, the P400e PHEV.

Changes are subtle for the Range Rover’s makeover, after all if it ain’t broke… The interior has been given the most attention, borrowing much from the new Velar, including its Duo Touch Pro infotainment system and updated interior graphics and materials.

> Click here for more on the latest Range Rover Sport  

Taking the headlines of the new Range Rover is the first plug-in model. Powered by a 296bhp 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine, the P400e PHEV is also equipped with an 114bhp electric motor, although the peak power for the powertrain is capped at 398bhp due to the peak outputs of the internal combustion engine and the electric motor arriving at different engine/motor speeds. The P400e PHEV will still sprint to 60mph in 6.4-seconds and run on to 137mph.

If you are unsure about joining the hybrid revolution just yet, the full fat Range Rover is still available with a choice of V6 and V8 diesel engines and V6 and V8 supercharged petrol engines, topping out with the 557bhp SV Autobiography Dynamic, all £141,580 of it. The entry point TDV6 Vogue lists at £79,595, the P400e PHEV will set you back at least £86,965 with long wheelbase variants starting from £112,900 for a SDV8 Autobiography. 

Externally the revisions are minor for the new RR. There’s a new updated grille and an all-new front bumper, LED headlights and wider vent blades and the trademark clamshell bonnet is longer, too. There are also new, lower side accents and vent graphics, and the updated rear bumper now incorporates the exhaust tips. There are also six new alloy wheel designs and two new colours to chose from: Rossello red ad Byron blue.

> Click here for our review of the Range Rover Velar First Edition

Inside is where the big changes have taken place. There’s new front and rear executive seats with every possible adjustment you could require, a new cabin air ionisation system and a gesture sunblind control. And, of course, there’s the new infotainment system that now features two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens as found in the Velar and new Range Rover Sport. Not only does it control the sat-nav, radio and air-conditioning but you can also select the desired driving mode, too.

Of course, being the original go anywhere luxury off-roader, the 2018 model year Range Rover is still equipped to do just that and could transport you across the Atlas mountains in supreme comfort. Or more importantly, to Waitrose in a snow-storm. 

The 2018 Range Rover Model Year line-up at a glance:

Short wheelbase models

TDV6 3.0L V6 turbodiesel 281bhp/442lb ft 0-60mph: 7.5-sec, from 2249kg

  • Vogue: £79,595
  • Vogue SE: £86,195
  • Autobiography: £98,5995

SDV8 4.4L V8 turbodiesel 334bhp, 546lb ft 0-60mph: 6.5sec, from 2504kg

  • Vogue: £86,700
  • Vogue SE: 93,300
  • Autobiography: £105,700 

2.0L P400e PHEV 398bhp, 332lb ft, 0-60mph: 6.4sec, from 2509kg

  • Vogue: £86,965
  • Vogue SE: 93,465
  • Autobiography: £105,865

3.0L V6 supercharged petrol 335bhp, 332lb ft, 0-60mph: 7.1sec, from 2256kg

  • Vogue SE: £86,565

5.0L V8 supercharged petrol 518bhp, 461lb ft, 0-60mph: 5.1sec, from 2383kg

  • Autobiography: £109,530 

5.0L V8 supercharged petrol 537bhp, 516lb ft, 0-60mph: 5.1sec, 2497kg

  • SVAutobiography Dynamic: £141,580

Long wheelbase models

SDV8 4.4L V8 turbodiesel 334bhp, 546lb ft 0-60mph: 6.6sec, from 2592kg

  • Autobiography: £112,900
  • SVAutobiography: £167,850

2.0L P400e PHEV 398bhp, 332lb ft, 0-60mph: 6.5sec, from 2603kg

  • Autobiography: £113,065
  • SVAutobiography: £168,850

5.0L V8 supercharged petrol 518bhp, 461lb ft, 0-60mph: 5.2sec, from 2451kg

  • Autobiography: £116,730

5.0L V8 supercharged petrol 537bhp, 516lb ft, 0-60mph: 5.2sec, 2497kg

  • SVAutobiography Dynamic: £177,030

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