2019 Range Rover P400e

Style

The Range Rover has a distinctive style that’s commonly described simultaneously as elegant, classy, and extravagant—as well as sporty and rugged.

The design of the latest Range Rover maintains the same opulent persona while receiving several key style updates. The 2019 version—the first one available with a plug in the United States—was updated with a longer hood, slimmer grille, and new LED headlights and taillights. The view of the rear now integrates the exhaust tailpipes with a flush treatment.

On the inside, a dual-screen dashboard layout—featuring JLR’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment package—now adds to the plush seating and comforts of the Range Rover cabin.

Performance

The 2019 Range Rover P400e combines a 270-horsepower gas engine and an 85 kW (114 horsepower) electric motor to produce a whopping 400 ponies. This plug-in Range Rover is an all-wheel-drive beast, which beats diesel and V-6-powered variants on a pure horsepower basis—despite carrying a 350-pound battery pack.

The P400e’s motor is positioned between the engine and refined eight-speed automatic transmission. Torque is estimated at 472 foot-pounds. Acceleration from a standstill to 60 miles per hour is just over six seconds. The top speed is 137 miles per hour.

For 2019, there’s a new wade-sensing feature that determines the depth of stream that you might want to traverse in the plug-in hybrid Range Rover. The maximum depth is nearly three feet after raising the air-suspension to its highest perch. The wade-in-the-water feature adds to the brand's Terrain Response system that provides modes for grass, gravel, mud, sand, and rocks. Based on the selected mode, the throttle, steering, suspension, and transmission are adjusted for a compliant ride through rough landscapes.

2019 Range Rover P400e

The P400e also offers an EV mode for nearly silent off-road experiences. While in EV mode, there’s no creep.

EV purists might not like how easily the gas engine is brought into service. It wakes up when you call for more power by stepping into the accelerator pedal. The P400e is as efficient as possible considering its aggressive performance. But the goal here is to use both sources of energy for max power. Drivers can toggle to Sport mode to activate the engine, which then runs to use gas for charging the battery pack. Reviewers heap praise on the Range Rover for its outstanding ride quality on any surface.

Range and Efficiency

The 31 miles of all-electric range in the P400e is supplied by its 13.1-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. As long as there’s juice in the pack, the 5,500-pound SUV runs at surprising efficient basis of around 75 miles-per-gallon equivalent. (Official E.P.A. numbers are not yet available.)

Ideally, you can plug in throughout the day. If that’s not possible, you can push the Save button to hold back the battery power for later use. Regardless, when the 13 kilowatt-hours are used, the efficiency returns back to earth at around 20 miles per gallon. In effect, the Range Rover P400e is a large, stylish, and very efficient SUV for trips near in the city or while mired in stop-and-go traffic. However, for longer trips, the P400e is not exactly a fuel-sipper. The capacious gas tank holds 24.1 gallons of gasoline.

2019 Range Rover P400e

Charging

The plug-in hybrid Range Rover utilizes a 7-kW onboard charger. It’s accessible via a charging port hidden behind the Land Rover badge on the front grille. A full charge via a Level 2, 240-volt charging station should take between about two and three hours.

Passenger and Cargo Space

The impeccable interior of the Range Rover P400e uses the finest quality materials. It seats five people. In the larger Range Rover model, the 32 cubic feet of cargo room behind the seats stores plenty of gear. The capacity expands to 68.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. That’s reduced to 24.8 cubes in the Range Rover Sport variant, which has 56.8 cubic feet of caro with the rear seats folded.

Price

The P400e is offered in one trim level—the well-equipped HSE level that provides leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an 19-speaker Meridian sound system, panoramic roof, large alloy wheels, and a battery of high-tech features such as 360-degree parking sensors and blind spot monitoring.

2019 Range Rover P400e

The smaller Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid starts at $78,600, excluding a $1,295 destination charge. The bigger version starts at $95,450. Either way, the long list of add-on features like the $2,375 Signature Entertainment Package, $1,785 Vision Assist Package, and $1,085 Towing Package can add up fast—increasing the price by $10,000 or more.

A federal tax credit of $7,087 brings the price back down.

In England, where the P400e has been on sale for more than a year, the plug-in hybrid represents about 20 percent of the model’s sales. It goes on sale in the United States in summer 2019.

Range Rover P400e specifications

Availability: Now
Base MSRP: $79000
Est. tax credit: $7100
Technology: Plug-in Hybrid
Body type: SUV
Seats: 5
EPA Range: 31 miles electric + gasoline
Battery size: 13 kWh
Charging rate: 7.0 kW

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