Range Rover facelift brings all-new P400e plug-in hybrid variant

The new Range Rover is powered by a 300PS, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine.

There are so many different Range Rover models on offer these days that it's easy to forget about the original, big Rangie that continues to occupy the throne at the very top of the line-up.

Along with the refreshed lower side accents and vent graphics, there are six new alloy wheel designs and two new metallic paint colours - Rossello Red and Byron Blue - are available.

As before, the Range Rover is also available with supercharged V6 and V8 petrol engines and a V6 turbodiesel. On the combined cycle, it emits 64g/km of Carbon dioxide and achieves 101mpg. With permanent four-wheel drive, it promises 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds and a 137mph top speed.

A mid-range Vogue SE P400e hybrid is £93,465, while the range-topping long-wheelbase SVAutobiography is £177,030.

"JLR vehicle line director Nick Collins said: "[The PHEV] isn't simply a no-compromise solution. It will go up to 31 miles on electric power alone with zero tailpipe emissions, and drivers have a choice of two driving modes.

A SAVE function prevents the battery charge from dropping below a pre-selected level, and when juices are low, it commands the vehicle to use the electric motor only once enough energy has been recuperated through regenerative braking or charging.

The Range Rover PHEV also features a Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) function that activates when you enter a destination, using Global Positioning System data to decide where best to employ the electric propulsion. Charging cable access is behind the Land Rover badge on the right of the front grille.

The PHEV's 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery can be fully charged as soon as two hours and 45 minutes when using a dedicated 32-amp wall box, and offers 51km of pure-electric driving range, according to NEDC standards.

The Range Rover plug-in hybrid sits alongside the existing V6 and V8 diesel and petrol engine options. Land Rover has also redesigned the rear cabin and the back seats can now recline by up to 40 degrees.

The most dramatic overhaul is inside, with equipment now more in step with the Velar.

There's 17 connection points including domestic plugs, USB, HDMI and 12V plus 4G wifi hotspots for up to eight devices.

Other additions include a "Nanoe" cabin air ionisation system, a gesture-controlled sunblind and three-zone ambient lighting.

Finishing the triple-digit run in 5.4s, the spiciest Range Rover variant picks up several exclusive flourishes inside and out to distinguish itself from its more discrete siblings. The interior has a dual touchscreen in the dash, the same system that turned up on that Range Rover video that leaked this week. The P400e is priced from £86,895 and the SVAutobiography Dynamic costs £141,580 - £21,120 less than the W12 Bentayga.

Prices for the facelifted Range Rover start at £79,595, which is a rise of £2800 compared with today's vehicle.

Vanessa Coleman

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