What is it?
Since the first-generation Range Rover entered production back in 1970, the nameplate has come to signify a vehicle synonymous with luxury and refinement; so much so that today it wouldn’t be unreasonable to label the big SUV as the benchmark against which all other high-end cars are measured. Well, all cars this side of a Rolls-Royce Phantom or Bentley Mulsanne, perhaps.
As such, if you consider the market position Range Rover now occupies - and the associated connotations - Jaguar Land Rover’s decision to introduce a plug-in hybrid model is backed by some pretty solid logic, and that’s not necessarily referring to the environmental benefits that electrified powertrains are claimed to bring about.
You see, as important as a coveted badge, plush interior and classy, stately styling may be in this segment, there’s one thing that’s equally if not more important than all of these traits: the capacity for silent, refined motoring. And let’s be honest, if it’s silence you want, an electrified powertrain is a great way to go about getting it.
Admittedly, the powertrain fitted to this latest Range Rover - model name P400e - isn’t purely electric. It combines Jaguar Land Rover’s 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine (found in everything from the Jaguar F-Type to the Land Rover Discovery) with an 85kW electric motor, which is in turn powered by a 13.1kWh battery. So while an internal combustion engine is present, the 2509kg P400e still has the ability to travel as far as 31 miles on electricity alone, at speeds of up to 85mph.