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Range Rover updated with Velar touches


With the covers having come off the facelifted Range Rover Sport exactly a week ago (4 October), Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has now unveiled the updated full-size Range Rover due to go on sale next year.

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Mirroring its smaller sibling the exterior now incorporates styling elements from the Velar such as the new headlights with square integrated daytime running LEDs, revised grille with optional gloss black surrounds and a Atlas coloured mesh, new bonnet and side vents, redesigned front and rear bumpers, six new alloy wheel designs and two new metallic colours; Rossello Red and Byron Blue.

Like the Sport, a new Black Exterior Pack consisting of Narvik black finishes on the bonnet, tailgate, grille, mirrors, side vents and door handles can be speificied as option, while the Shadow Exterior Pack boasts the same upgrades, albeit in a colour dubbed Shadow Atlas.

Further mimicking the Sport is a choice of four lighting options all with front and rear running indicators. Made up of 42 LEDs, the standard Premium setup comes with optional Auto High Beam Assist, while the next step-up Matrix consists of 52 LEDs that can split the beam into vertical strips individually.

Sitting in the middle, the Pixel arrangement is made up of 142 LEDs and apart from including a optional adaptive swivel function, can split the main beam horizontally and vertically. At the top end, the Pixel Laser High Beam adds two extra LEDs and four laser diodes, providing a light projection of more than 500 metres and dimming the lights automatically.

More significant than the exterior, the interior is said to typify "sustainable luxury" with new seats, the fronts offering 24-way power adjustment with a optional hot stone massage function, new door panels, six millimetre thicker glass, a choice of ten ambient lighting colours, Gesture control sunblind, up to 17 connections points being Aux, USB, HDMI or 12 volt power sockets and new storage areas.

Vogue SE and Autobiography models meanwhile also feature a so-called Executive Class rear seating, which, according to Land Rover, resembles a wraparound lounge-like interior complete with a powered centre console, reclining seats, a 186 mm increase in legroom compared to the standard Range Rover, a new massage function and adjustable headrests.

Like the Sport and Velar, Land Rover's new 10-inch Touch Pro Duo displays comes fitted as standard to top end models, and be customised to suit driver preference. It also comes with a new voice recognition system and allows for online streaming from apps such as Deezer and TuneIn.

Additional in-car tech includes a new multi-function steering wheel, dual 10-inch rear screens, a new Heads-Up Display system and a choice of three Meridian sound systems; a 13-speaker unit with 380 watts, a 19-speaker setup with 825 watts and 29-speakers with 1 700 watts.

Driver assistance features, either optional or standard, includes Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor, Semi-autonomous Braking, Lane Keep Assist, 360 degree camera, Rear Traffic Assist, Park Assist, Driver Condition Monitor, updated Adaptive Cruise Control, front and rear parking sensors, Clear Exit Monitor and Traffic Sign Recognition.

In terms of power, the line-up of diesel engines remains unchanged with the 3.0-litre TDV6 still producing 190 kW and 600 Nm of torque, and the 4.4-litre TDV8 250 kW and 740 Nm. While the 3.0-litre supercharged petrol V6 continues to churn out either 280 kW and 450 Nm, the 5.0-litre supercharged receives a bump in power from 375 kW to 386 kW with torque again pegged at 625 Nm.

Range Rover PHEV

Like in the Sport, the new P400e plug-in hybrid replaces the previous SDV6 hybrid diesel and mates JLR's 221 kW 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine with a 85 kW electric motor for a total system output of 297 kW and 640 Nm of torque.

Linked to a permanent four-wheel drive system, the 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack allows for a all-electric range of 51 km, and 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 220 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 2.8 L/100 km and emissions at 64 g/km. Like the Sport, top speed is limited to 137 km/h in all electric mode, with a claimed charging time of 7.5 hours using a 10 amp socket or 2 hours 45 min from a 32 amp unit.

Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic

Again serving as the flagship Range Rover model, the SVAutobiography Dynamic features the same exterior upgrades as the standard model, but with the option of 21 or 22-inch alloy wheels, Graphite Atlas grille and a bespoke Firenze Red paint option.

Retaining the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 as before, power for the SVAutobiography Dynamic however now sits at 416 kW as opposed 404 kW, while torque remains unchanged at 700 Nm. The upgrade means a 0.1-sec improvement in acceleration with 0-100 km/h now taking 5.4 seconds.

No local pricing or launch date has yet been announced.  

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