Rikus Grobler | Jan 16, 2018 | 0
Smooth new Range Rover heading to southern Africa
Designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover in the United Kingdom, the new Range Rover is enhanced with latest technologies to provide comfort for both the driver and passenger and will soon be produced in South Africa.
The efficient new Range Rover P400e provides sustainable performance by combining a 221kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor.
Comfort-enhancing functions transform the travelling experience for the driver and passengers. The front seats feature 24-way movement thanks to the new seat frames, with wider and deeper foams as well as heated arm rests.
If you’re working while being driven, up to 17 connection points including domestic plug sockets, USB, HDMI and 12-volt power are all available; 4G Wi-Fi hotspots for up to eight devices and convenient storage are all designed for the business traveller.
The cabin is tailored for relaxation with luxurious seats offering 25 massage programmes thanks to Hot Stone massage technology within the seat backs.
Wider, softer seats offer sumptuous comfort. Reclining by up to 40 degrees, they make the most of the additional 186mm legroom (now 1,206mm in total) and can be deployed at the touch of button. The exemplary comfort extends to heated and cooled seats, plus heated arm, foot and calf rests.
For additional convenience and personalisation, all seat functionality can be controlled via a Smartphone App, whether inside or outside the vehicle.
“Our customers are very clear about what they want from any new Range Rover. ‘Don’t change it, just make it better,’ they tell us, so everything we’ve done has been about enhancing our flagship SUV. After nearly 50 years the fourth-generation Range Rover is the finest so far, ensuring the original luxury SUV remains the choice for discerning customers the world over,”Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover said
The elegance of the interior has been elevated by the seamless integration of the most advanced infotainment system yet created by Jaguar Land Rover. Touch Pro Duo, codenamed ‘Blade’, combines two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens on the centre console working in perfect harmony.
Additionally, information can be swiped from one screen to the other, making the layout highly intuitive and engaging to operate, with unrivalled functionality.
For the first time, customers choosing Land Rover’s flagship SUV can experience zero-emission driving.
Drivers of the new PHEV model can choose from two driving modes:
Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) – combines petrol and electric drive. The driver can optimise battery charge or fuel economy.
EV (Electric Vehicle) mode – enables the vehicle to run solely on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery, the ideal solution for quiet, zero-emission journeys.
The Range Rover 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine is longitudinally mounted, with the 85kW electric motor housed in the ZF automatic eight-speed transmission at the centre of the vehicle alongside the 7kW on-board charger. The access point for the cable is at the front of the vehicle, while the prismatic cell lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the boot floor. The P400e is available in both standard and long wheelbase body styles.
The new Range Rover has been enhanced with further technologies for greater comfort and convenience:
Gesture sunblind: opened and closed by an advanced gesture control system that senses an occupant’s hand movement. All it takes to open the blind is a rearward swipe in front of the rear-view mirror, and forwards to close.
Air Cabin Ionisation: uses nano-sized charged water particles to cleanse and purify the air for enhanced passenger wellbeing.
Pixel-laser LED headlights: advanced technology is brighter and yet intelligently blanks sections of LEDs to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers.
Activity key: customers can securely lock and unlock their vehicle without the need to carry a conventional key fob.
Pricing and launch dates will be announced soon.