Fifth Gen Ranger Rover to Herald First Flagship BEV

The fifth generation of Land Rover’s flagship luxury SUV will be the first Range Rover to offer a full battery electric powertrain by 2024.

Meanwhile, the iconic vehicle offers electrified options among its powerful six- and eight- cylinder ICE powertrains. The new Range Rover provides electrified performance with a choice of new extended range PHEV powertrains, the P440e and P510e with 440PS and 510PS, and the latest mild-hybrid P400 Ingenium gasoline and D300 and D350 diesel engines. A new gasoline flagship, in the shape of the BMW derived 4.4-liter P530 Twin Turbo V8, promises refinement and performance and is 17% more efficient than the previous Range Rover V8 while claiming a 0-62mph sprint time of 4.6s.

The new Extended-Range PHEVs combine Land Rover’s in-line six-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine with a 38.2kWh lithium-ion battery, with usable capacity of 31.8kWh, and a 105kW electric motor integrated with the transmission. Together, the powertrain claims up to 62 miles of pure-electric driving. Thanks to its electric torque, the P510e accelerates from 0-62mph in 5.6s.

These PHEVs can reach up to 87mph in electric only mode with overall CO2 emissions lower than 30g/km. The automaker says its typical customer will be able to complete up to 75% of trips using electric power only if they begin each journey with a full charge. Packaging of the battery, beneath the vehicle and within the wheelbase, ensures both luggage space and all-terrain capability are maintained. The use of eHorizon navigation data also allows the hybrid system to manage energy use across a journey, to provide silent arrival at a destination on electric power, while also making the most of EV use for travel in low emissions zones.

The six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines feature the latest 48-volt MHEV technology which harvests energy usually lost under deceleration and braking to boost fuel efficiency. The system’s belt-integrated starter motor assists response of the stop-start system and provides extra assistance to the engine when accelerating.

Thierry Bolloré, chief executive officer, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The new Range Rover is a superb manifestation of our vision to create the world’s most desirable luxury vehicles, for the most discerning of customers. It writes the next chapter in the unique story of pioneering innovation that has been a Range Rover hallmark for more than 50 years.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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