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Electric Range Rovers in SA: Super luxury hybrids – got R2.2-million?

  • Plug-in hybrid Range Rover / Range Rover Sport at last
  • Each has 297kW/640Nm along with 50km battery-only range
  • Range Rover Sport PHEV or ultra-lux Range Rover PHEV
2019 RANGE ROVER: Image: Jaguar Land Rover
2019 RANGE ROVER HYBRID: Image: Jaguar Land Rover

PRETORIA, Gauteng – The 2019 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport in South Africa have each been joined by high-tech sisters bearing the credentials of a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and the badges of both and (for some) scary prices.

They identify with a P400e logo/badge which refers to the 400hp (297kW) drivetrain that unifies a two-litre, 221kW, four-cylinder, Ingenium petrol engine and an 85kW electric motor. Combined torque is 640Nm from the drivetrain that, the automaker says, ”mixes dynamic and sustainable performance with traditional Land Rover capability, comfort and refinement”.

We’ll get to the awesome prices just now…

2019 RANGE ROVER: Image: Jaguar Land Rover
2019 RANGE ROVER HYBRID: Image: Jaguar Land Rover

The petrol engine is mounted longitudinally under the bonnet, the 85kW electric motor lives in the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission at the centre of the vehicle next to a 7kW on-board charger whose cable, in turn, lives behind the vehicle’s grille.

TWO DRIVE MODES

The lithium-ion battery pack, however, relegated to hang out under the boot floor.

On the move, Land Rover’s Terrain Response2 technology can precisely distribute torque from the electric motor, which has no creep speed, but can deliver maximum torque from zero rpm to each wheel. ”This,” Landy tells us, ”gives greater control during low-speed, off-road, driving.”

The driver has a choice of two drive modes… no, wait, prices just now…

2019 RANGE ROVER: Image: Jaguar Land Rover
2019 RANGE ROVER HYBRID: Image: Jaguar Land Rover

• Parallel Hybrid (default mode) combines petrol and electric drive. The driver can optimise battery charge or fuel economy by using one of two charge management functions:

• SAVE  prevents the battery charge dropping below a pre-selected level.
• Predictive Energy Optimisation reads the GPS altitude data to select the route that will combine the battery/petrol power to maximise fuel economy.
• EV mode (Electric Vehicle) – only the electric motor. You might make 50km.

Rapid-charging will top off the high-voltage, lithium-ion, 13.1kWh, batteries  in just under three hours using a (extra-cost option) 32 amp wall box. Or  fully charge them in less than eight hours with (supplied) 10 amp home-charging cable.

2019 RANGE ROVER: Image: Jaguar Land Rover
2019 RANGE ROVER HYBRID: Image: Jaguar Land Rover

The drive batteries in each model will be covered by an eight-year or 160 000km, 70% ”state-of-health, warranty.

More about the Range Rover PHEV

Thanks to its electric drive the Range Rover P400e emits only 64g/km on the NEDC combined cycle and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.8sec. Top speed is 220km/h.

The wagon will be available in standard or long-wheelbase body but each, Land Rover says, ”have been enhanced with further technology for greater comfort and convenience”. That means…

• Gesture-controlled sunblind: a rearward swipe in front of the rear-view mirror, will deploy, forwards will close.
• Cabin air ionisation: Microscopic charged water particles are said to clean and purify the air.
• Diode headlights: Brighter – but intelligently blank sections of the LED array to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers.
• Activity key: Lock/unlock the vehicle without carrying a conventional fob.

2019 RANGE ROVER: Image: Jaguar Land Rover
2019 RANGE ROVER HYBRID: Image: Jaguar Land Rover

For these big-bucks (…no, wait) the front seats have either 20- or 24-way movement under deeper foam padding and heatable armrests. A completely redesigned rear section of the cabin, Landy says, ”is a tranquil sanctuary with no compromise to luggage space. All seat functions can be controlled through a smartphone app from the seats or even outside the vehicle.

READ MORE Land Rover features here

For passengers using computers as many as 17 connection points (including domestic plug sockets), USB, and 12V) will be installed along with  4G wi-fi hotspots for up to eight devices. ”The luxurious seats,” Landy says, ”have 25 massage programmes that include ‘Hot Stone’ massage in the seat backs.”

The wagons also have seamless integration of the most advanced infotainment system yet from Jaguar Land Rover: Touch Pro Duo combines two high-definition, 25cm, touchscreens which can work together. Information can be swiped from one screen to the other.

and the Range Rover Sport PHEV

This big guy also emits only 64g/km on the NEDC combined cycle and can reach 220km/h and, at 6.7sec, is slightly faster than its sister.

”The exterior has evolved,” Landy says, ”to harmonise and modernise the design to make vehicle look more dynamic. Up front are also all-new diode headlights, alongside a redesigned grille complemented by a new bumper with a more assertive profile.

The cabin has up to 14 power points,  matches is sister with a domestic plug point, but adds an ‘Activity Key” so drivers can lock/unlock also without a key fob.

2019 RANGE ROVER: Image: Jaguar Land Rover
2019 RANGE ROVER HYBRID: Image: Jaguar Land Rover

The same blinds and info system are installed but there’s a ”tow assist” function to help with reverse counter-steering of a trailer – just spin the rotary controller on the Terrain Response2 system.

…AND SO TO THE PRICES

And you’ve been patiently waiting for the prices (unless you cheated and scrolled down first. So… the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEVs are available in South Africa from R2 207 300 and R1 639 300 respectively. Go chat to your local dealer to find out what all the extras cost.

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