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Get revved up for the new Range Rover

Posted on: January 10, 2018 by Tim McClare

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It’s official, there’s a new Range Rover about to hit the streets. Arriving in Australia in March, it’s sexier, smoother to drive and more energy efficient than ever. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come.

“Don’t change it, just make it better”

And that’s precisely what Range Rover have done. A new gloss black surround grille design, LED head and tail lights and a longer bonnet mean the new Range Rover doesn’t look markedly different, but savvy, snazzy changes mean it’s an entirely different beast.

Front brakes get more air thanks to a revised lower bumper, allowing for new, minimal dust producing hardware, while six new aluminium wheel designs help things look cleaner for longer. On the engine side of things, the 5.0 litre V-8 gains some grunt with a shift to eight horsepower (375kW to 386kW), and diesel will be available in both 190kW 3.0 litre TDV6 and 250kW 4.4 litre TDV8.

Energy efficient features

New energy efficient headlights are designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle and will be standard in all models. However, the big highlight is the new P400e variant, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) that will replace the previous model’s diesel-electric hybrid offering. Using as little as 2.8L per 100km and with an all-electric range of up to 51 kilometres from the 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack, it can be charged in as little as two hours, 45 minutes with a dedicated 32-amp wall box. Two driving modes also allow for a combination of petrol and electric power or electric power only.

Terrific new tech

Interior changes across the range include a reconfigured 12.0-inch instrument cluster with more customisable displays and five mode massage (including simulated hot stones) built into thicker, wider backrests. And if that’s not comfortable enough, Remote Intelligent Seat Fold Technology allows passengers to fold their seats via a smartphone app.

To ensure you travel in serious comfort, LED ambient lighting creates three separate ceiling, door and footwell zones, while 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, a 10-inch rear entertainment system and thicker window glass ensure a driving and passenger experience like no other.

Autonomous emergency braking (AEB), rear-view camera, lane departure warning and rear parking sensors will also be fitted as standard.

Australian arrival

2018 Range Rovers will be available from March 2018 and will be priced from $190,000 plus on-road costs. However, full pricing and specifications are yet to be finalised so keep your eye out for updates closer to the release date.

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