This is the new Range Rover – complete with plug‑in power
The world’s most expensive 2.0-litre four-cylinder car? Ever. In the world. We think it must be this new Range Rover: it’s yours for £168,015.
There are two things we have to add to that: one, that this considerable sum buys the flagship long-wheelbase Autobiography version; the entry-level four-pot Range Rover costs from £87,000. And two, that as you will have guessed the petrol engine is only half the story.
A week ago we told you about the new P400e version of the Range Rover Sport – read the story here. Well now, and as expected, the P400e is the badge on the back of the full-size Range Rover – putting into place another piece of JLR’s electrification programme that will see hybrid or full electric versions of all models in both Jaguar’s and Land Rover’s ranges by 2020.
“Silent luxury” is the firm’s tagline for the newest model. Like the Sport it can travel up to 31 miles on electric power alone. In fact, the Range Rover P400e is like its Sport equivalent in lots of ways – not just the 398bhp combined petrol/electric drivetrain and (official, but still theoretical in the real world) 101mpg, but in its interior makeover with new touchscreens and smart new infotainment system.
So much alike are they that we won’t repeat it all here. Instead here’s a whirlwind by-numbers look at the P400e – first Range Rover with zero tailpipe emissions after almost half a century of production, and surely destined to appear on official duty in Downing Street soon…
Range Rover P400e by numbers…
£168,015 – price of flagship long-wheelbase Autobiography version
100,000 miles (or eight years) – how long the lithium-ion batteries are guaranteed for
£86,965 – price of entry P400e Vogue
1206 mm – front legroom now, up 186 mm
472 lb ft – combined torque output
398 bhp – theoretical combined power output
296bhp – output of 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium engine
253 kg – extra weight over V6 Range Rover
137 mph – maximum speed
114 bhp – output of the electric motor built into the transmission
101 mpg – official NEDC rating on combined cycle
85 mph – maximum speed on battery power alone
64 g/km – its CO2 rating for tax purposes
31 miles – maximum electric range
25 – massage programmes to choose from in new front seats
24 – available seat adjustments
17 – number of connection points in the cabin
13 kWh – capacity of lithium-ion battery pack
10 – programmed choices for interior tri-colour LED lighting
8 – devices that can connect to the 4G wi-fi hotspots