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Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Facelifted 2018 Range Rover gets hybrid tech and more luxury

Facelifted 2018 Range Rover gets hybrid tech and more luxury

The range is available to order now, from £79,595 to £141,580 for the standard wheelbase and £112,900 to £177,030.

The slight camouflage on the front bumper of the model being tested here implies mild aesthetic changes to that area. The front grille has been tweaked to bring it into line with the new Velar, while four new LED headlight systems are available.

"The new PHEV powertrain isn't simply a no-compromise solution - it builds on the traditions of our flagship SUV and delivers heightened refinement and comfort with impressive performance and efficiency".

But the biggest changes are reserved for the inside. The interior has a dual touchscreen in the dash, the same system that turned up on that Range Rover video that leaked this week. Called Touch Pro Duo, it has two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens that control most of the car's functions, while a 12-inch Interactive Driver Display sits in the instrument panel.

Among other new features created to make this Range Rover even more comfortable to drive are 24-way electrically adjustable front seats, heated arm rests and an array of 17 connection points for USB and HDMI devices.

Land Rover's so-called activity key allows drivers to lock and unlock their cars using a wristband, while the car's sunblind can now be operated using gestures rather than buttons. Buyers can choose from six new alloy wheel designs and two new paint colours. The rear also gets updates with an updated bumper.

Seats have 24-way movement, heated arm and foot rests and hot stone massage technology. Numerous functions can be controlled via an app, which can also be used to fold the seats electrically. While Land Rover says the system has been created to be intuitive to operate, we've found the lower screen distracting to use on the move in the Velar. Plus, 20 per cent thicker glass aims to reduce noise intrusion. It's essentially a smaller version of the 2.0-litre petrol-based drivetrain that will be used in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEVs, which are due later this year.

The Range Rover PHEV has a total power output of 404PS (about 400hp) and 640Nm (472 lb-ft) of torque, which is the same output of the Range Rover Sport. That's enough to haul the Range Rover to 60mph in 6.4sec, with a top speed of 137mph.

The Range Rover PHEV also features a Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) function that activates when you enter a destination, using Global Positioning System data to decide where best to employ the electric propulsion. Both the SUVs are using same petrol-electric hybrid powertrain that works on two driving modes - Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) and EV (Electric Vehicle) mode.

While full local specifications and pricing will not be confirmed until closer to launch, the revised Range Rover line-up will kick off from $190,000 before on-road costs, which is $6700 dearer than its current starting price.

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