Range Rover P400e Becomes Newest Plug-In Hybrid SUV

OCT 29 2017 BY C SMITH 14

The plug-in hybrid SUV will appear later as a 2019 model.

The consummate luxury SUV from Land Rover gets a minor refresh for 2018 that includes a variety of tech updates and a power boost for SV Autobiography Dynamic models, which now offers up 557 horsepower from its 5.0-liter supercharged V8.

Ordinarily, that would be headlining news…for other outfits, but the scoop this time around is a brand new Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid, which will follow in 2019. More on that in a bit.

Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern says Range Rover customers don’t want the flagship model to change, just get “better,” which is why the 2018 Range Rover looks much like the outgoing model. Discerning observers will spot a revised grille with various mesh inserts, new LED headlamps, and a new front bumper with widened vent blades. Refreshed side accents down low are similarly subtle, with a pair of design schemes available in either Satin Body-Colored or Atlas Accent finish.

Range Rover P400e

Changes are a bit more noticeable inside, with new front seats that are wider and deeper and feature 24-way adjustability on range-topping models.

Land Rover says the new seat designs also allow for more recline, foot room, and legroom for a more comfortable experience, whether you’re in front or back. Seat controls have been relocated to new door panels, and there are insane levels of heating, cooling and massage functions that can be controlled via a new smartphone app.

Range Rover P400e

Drivers have a new 12-inch high-resolution driver display with various modes available for displaying vehicle info, including a nifty heads-up display. Considerable attention has been given to passengers as well, with a range of new trims and design options throughout the interior. Worker bees – or those who just want to stay connected to the outside world – will enjoy no less than 17 connection points for USB, HDMI, and 12-volt plugs. A power-deployable rear center console provides back seat passengers with added functionality, and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot is available for connectivity of up to eight devices. For those literally on the go, the Range Rover’s Activity key lets drivers lock and unlock the vehicle without needing a traditional key fob.

This is all in addition to the company’s InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which uses two 10-inch touchscreen displays on the center console for driver and passengers to interact. And yes, information can be swiped from one screen to another, just like Tony Stark does when building new Iron Man suits.

Range Rover P400e

That’s all well and good, but the company’s new plug-in hybrid is something of an attention-getter..

Slated to debut for the 2019 model year, the Range Rover P400e pairs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine making 296 hp with a 114 hp electric motor, turning all four wheels. The combined horsepower rating is 398, which Land Rover says is enough to send the big hybrid SUV to 60 miles per hour in 6.4 seconds. Top speed is said to be 137 mph, while the P400e can travel 31 miles on electric power alone (NEDC – think 23 miles/37km in the real world/EPA-estimated).

The new 2018 Range Rover starts at $87,350 and will be in dealerships by the end of the year, but for those of us wanting the new plug-in hybrid model, we will have to wait a bit longer, as Land Rover isn’t specific on exactly when the 2019 P400e will be available (Fall of 2018 with the other 2019 model year vehicles? Or actually launching in calendar year 2019), nor how much it will cost when it does arrive.

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Priced competitively against the Model X, but otherwise not. Except that HDMI input. Whatever that is for.


Can you pleas write about the marginal cost per kwh vs the average cost per kwh?

E. g. the averrage cost per kwh in Austria is around 20 cent per kwh. The marginal cost (the cost per additional kwh) is only 13 cent.

Nevertheless many people still calculate with the avverage cost and not with the marginal cost.

Pleas! : If the average cost is $USD 0,20 per kwh and the marginal cost is 0,13 – then that sounds like a huge fixed cost.

What is your typical electricity bill structured like, and do you pay once a month as we do in the states, or twice a month as in parts of the UK?

Looks like another “industry meeting” to limit range to 20 real world miles. Like the “successful” Ford CMAX and the Prius Prime. We don’t want these vehicles becoming popular or useful.

why don’t we want these becoming popular or useful? Isn’t this better than pure ice? And for a pretty sizable percentage of the population, including myself, 20 miles per trip will cover 80 to 90 percent of driving. And at 2.5 hours to charge with 220, it’s ready for multiple trips a day. I like to think of it as a gate way drug. It gets people in to electric vehicles and craving more. Also, for people like me, there is no reason to have a 50+ kwh battery to lug around and increase cost when I don’t need that kind of range. All electric is coming but taking an all or nothing stance isn’t helping the cause.


I mean, Toyota is selling pretty much every Prius Prime as soon as it hits the lot, but otherwise definitely not popular. Or maybe you have the Prime confused with the regular Prius, which has seen a massive drop in sales this year?

Cool, another antiquated level (ala 2011) vehicle design. “Here’s your token battery you idiots!”

Honestly, enough of the barely-electric roll-outs already. GM produced the Volt in 2011 and mine regularly gets 40 miles of electric range. The car’s 6 years old. The Volt was a bridge car, to close the gap between daily short distance electric driving and long-range road travel. The technology exits now to go 300+ miles and recharge in minutes, yet companies like Land Rover are still rolling out this garbage out of fear of commitment. I’m sure there’s idiots who will throw down huge cash so they can impress their buddies with an electric plug, just not this guy..

Same response from me. My 2011 Volt is great. 100 plus MPG in real world driving. 34 miles on pure elect & then switches to gas.

Well if this car was as small and light as a volt, it would probably get 30 miles AER. And when in hybrid mode, it beats the acceleration of a Volt when needed.

How about a more affordable Land Rover PHEV?

Shame; I was really hoping for full EV with “range extender” (RX) for those longer trips. For those new to the concept, RX use a small optimised combustion engine to generate electricity to either top-up the main battery, or save the current battery charge for the city later.
Typically a motorcycle engine running at the perfect revs for electricity generation. Yes still needs fuel and exhaust but at least avoids need for clutches, gear box, extra differentials etc.
More importantly most users will rarely use the RX (so running 100% emission free EV mode), verses this parallel hybrids that will fire up most days so will still need maintenance etc.
I thought Land Rover, of all brands, would get this right; big Vehicles with space for batteries and customers who will happily pay tge premium so they are still profitable in the near term.

so that means I have seen prototype on motorway, M20, near London, not a real thingy. Thanks god.
have enough of Mitsubishi Taxlanders hogging the chargers and bays for a whole day, so we will have another group of yetis having the “right” to park in EV bays for a whole day

Thanks for information and i appreciate for this Range Rover