2019 Range Rover P400e: A New Age Of Range

An automotive icon that has lived through decades is in a precarious situation. If it changes too much, the faithful could turn on it. But if it doesn’t change much at all, it risks losing touch. The Range Rover has walked that tightrope in America since the late 1980s, and so far it has been successful. Now, for 2019, Land Rover skews slightly farther whence it came by introducing its first electrified Range Rover, the P400e plug-in hybrid.

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With 472 lb-ft of torque reaching the ground via a permanent four-wheel-drive system, Land Rover claims the P400e can reach 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and tops out at 137 mph when using the default Parallel Hybrid mode. Personal settings allow drivers to specify a minimum amount of electric power they want to keep stored, and Predictive Energy Optimization uses GPS data to adapt and determine how to most efficiently deploy the power sources. In Electric Vehicle mode—which is perfect for urban zones restricted to zero-emission vehicles or perhaps for quietly sneaking up on mountain goats—Land Rover claims a top speed of 85 mph with a fully charged battery pack.

While fiddling with the new gadgetry, the driver and front passenger experience all-new seats. Rover says wider cushioning makes the SUVs easier to get into, and improved packaging makes them more comfortable while providing greater legroom and better space for reclining. Seat controls have moved to the door panel and operate up to 24-way power adjustments, depending on the trim level. To better isolate the refined cabin, Range Rover increased glass thickness by 20 percent. Additional new features include cabin air ionization, gesture control for the sunshades, and a Fitbit-esque Activity Key wristband that can supplant the key fob for locking/unlocking and starting the vehicle.

The new 2018 Range Rovers should start arriving at dealerships later this year, with the P400e sometime next year. There’s no word just yet on how much the hybrid will cost, but we don’t expect it will be cheap.

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