New luxury Range Rover is a SUV for all seasons

Brian Joss – Reflecting its unrivalled heritage, Range Rover is as striking on the outside as it is refined within, taking design, comfort and craftsmanship to extraordinary new heights while still delivering the performance and capability customers expect.

The original luxury SUV has defined the market since 1970 with an iconic design that has evolved over nearly half a century at the top of the 4×4 class. A mix of luxurious, sustainably-sourced interior materials furnish the cabin alongside the latest consumer technologies to deliver the perfect blend of modern-day convenience and timeless luxury.

Composed and refined, no matter the conditions, Range Rover excels in all environments. Clever stowage solutions throughout the cabin are joined by a generous rear loadspace and versatile split tailgate, while Executive Class rear seats and long wheel base body ensure this SUV represents the pinnacle of luxury.

With the option of a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain that delivers 51km of emission-free driving without any loss in performance, alongside the heightened luxury of the SVAutobiography, Range Rover embodies the Land Rover spirit of above and beyond.

The effortless performance and driver comfort of Range Rover is improved with the addition of Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go. This enables the vehicle to maintain a set distance from the car in front and to follow it to a stop and pull away again, if stationary for less than three seconds.

This is available alongside Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist.

This system helps keep the vehicle centred in its lane by applying moderate steering interventions with the driver’s hands on the wheel. The technology uses lane markings and, or where no lane markings can be detected, the path of the vehicle in front. Switching lanes or braking deactivates the system.

The interior of the Range Rover is as luxurious, adaptable and beautifully crafted as ever. Typifying the sustainable luxury and comfort evident throughout are the seats, which provide generous recline, legroom and foot space. The richly luxurious designs feature lines, leathers and layers of deep cushioning that create a cosseting lounge-style environment, with controls located on the door panels for customers to make adjustments.

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.

The Hot Stone massage function focuses heat into the four central 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.

A series of comfort-enhancing functions transform the travelling experience for both the driver and passengers.

A cabin air ionisation system, NanoeT, uses 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.

The powered roof sunblind 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, the intuitive system also reduces potential distraction to the driver.

The P400e is the most efficient Range Rover and combines an advanced 221kW four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 85kw electric motor. This transformational technology is powered by an advanced 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery giving a total available power output of 297kW through the permanent all-wheel drive (AWD) system.

Together they drive the Range Rover from 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds and to a top speed of 220km/h. With an impressive 640Nm of torque, the powertrain mixes dynamic and sustainable performance with traditional Range Rover capability, comfort and refinement.

In Parallel Hybrid mode the P400e can intelligently and seamlessly combine the two power sources to make efficient progress. By using its electrical energy reserves intelligently, the P400e always has the power and capability customers demand from a Range Rover.

On longer journeys, customers 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.

In EV mode the P400e can be driven up to 51km with zero tailpipe emissions when fully charged. This driving mode is manually selected using a button on the console and will allow drivers to complete many journeys without engaging the petrol engine.

Two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens form the centrepiece of the minimalist cabin with Touch Pro Duo. 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 thanks to the interlinked touchscreens that provide superior clarity and ease of operation with 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.

The 12-inch high-resolution Interactive Driver Display includes dual dial, single dial and extended mode views. Other frequently used features – including phone, navigation and media settings – can also be managed using this cluster.

In addition, the Range Rover’s next-generation Head-Up Display system puts vital information just where the driver wants it, using a 10-inch full-colour projection with superior clarity and definition. It presents essential information on the windscreen, keeping vehicle speed and navigation directions in view at all times. Other updates include information relating to the Adaptive Cruise Control settings and Advanced Driver Assistance alerts.

Meridian 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.

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.

Range Rover’s legendary off-road capability is taken to new heights by the P400e, 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 re-tuned 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 programmes. This includes a Comfort mode, which calibrates the suspension settings to optimise ride comfort, while the Dynamic setting will give the driver a more dynamic ride. These 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 Range Rover’s four-wheel-drive capability is managed by a 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.

The 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.

The 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, it complements the core models while giving drivers even more of what they want from the world’s ultimate SUV.

With outputs of 416kW and 700Nm from its V8 supercharged engine the SVAutobiography can accelerate from 0-100km/h in only 5.4 seconds. SVO’s engineers have even developed a chassis calibration to optimise performance, which is 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.

The five-colour palette 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 the rear badging.

Sporting the SVAutobiography emblem, a visible red flash signifies the dynamic nature of this potent model and communicates its performance-driven design.

Both the Range Rover SVAutobiography and SVAutobiography Dynamic are hand-finished exclusively at the Jaguar Land Rover SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, UK.

CAPTION: The new Range Rover: the “spirit of above and beyond”. Picture: Motorpress

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