Land Rover’s gambit into the full-size luxury hybrid SUV niche, the Range Rover PHEV P400e arrives for 2018 as part of full model line revision. An efficiency-minded counter point to traditionally Euro-centric diesel Range Rovers and the thirsty supercharged V8 petrol models popular in the Middle East, the P400e should do particularly well in more price-sensitive parts of the region with steep fuel prices and electrified vehicle tax incentives.
|Engine||2.0-liter / 4-cylinder|
|Power||410 Hp / 640 Nm|
|Top Speed||220 km/h|
If it lacks some of the supercharged V8’s psychological cache for some, the P400e will however appeal to many more Middle East clients for whom its frugal claimed 2.8l/100km combined fuel efficiency, 64g/km CO2 emissions and 51km electric-only range make it an enticingly accessible prospect. In fact, the plug-in hybrid route is particularly well-suited to the Range Rover, and at just 5kg heavier than a turbo-diesel V8, the P400e’s additional weight doesn’t much affect an already hefty vehicle.
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Meanwhile, the P400e’s huge, immediate and ever-present electric motor torque reservoir is exactly what a large luxury vehicle and off-roader needs to make effortless progress. Sandwiched between a 296HP 2-litre 4-cylinder engine and smooth 8-speed automatic gearbox, the P400e’s electric motor develops 114HP for total system output of 410HP and 640Nm torque.
Brisk despite its 2509kg, the P400e covers 0-100km/h in 6.8-seconds and is smooth and refined in the city and cruising. Sounds slightly strained at high rpm, one is however very unlikely to drive it at sustained full throttle long enough to drain its batteries, while electric charge is recovered from regenerative braking and petrol engine. Meanwhile, Land Rover claim 7-hour, 30-minute conventional charging time, and 2-hours, 45-minutes with a high capacity charger.
With electric motor positioned for within wheelbase weighting, the P400e’s four-wheel drive system remains the same as a regular Range Rover. With its driveline hardware unchanged and without resorting to trick part-electric four-wheel-drive, the P400e boasts the same high level of off-road ability, and benefits from low-gear ratios, locking differentials, adjustable ride height to increase off-road angles and clearance, and Terrain Response adaptive off-road driver assistance system.
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Capable of near silent electric off-road driving, the P400e’s combustion engine should however remain on when water fording (up to 900mm) to avoid flooding the exhausts. Little altered visually bar grille design, faux side vents and lighting elements, the revised Range Rover receives more comfortable seats and improved cabin trim and tech. Smooth and comfortable, its’ air suspension takes the edge off big alloy wheels, while high seating and upright design allow good visibility for a vehicle so large.
- Silent electric off-roading
- Refined driving
- Generous torque
- Strained high rpm engine note