Land Rover is getting ready to take the electric range rover brand into the fully electric era. And it plans to do it with an SUV that reflects the luxury experience that has been its hallmark since the 1970s.
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It will be available in two wheelbases and with four, five or seven seats. It will use a platform that can adapt gas, plug-in hybrid and electric propulsion for the first time.
There are a couple of mild hybrid models, as well as the full-fledged plug-in hybrid P440e, and we expect to see an all-electric version in 2024.
The PHEV model is the most impressive of the range, combining an electric-only driving range with quiet and relaxing ride that is also capable of off-road driving in low-range mode. And the interior is as modern and luxurious as you would expect.
A range of intelligent driving aids, including a lane-centering steering system, are standard. The sat nav system is also top-notch, offering clear and concise directions and easy connectivity to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
What’s more, there’s no range anxiety with the PHEV, meaning you can set the journey in advance and drive through EV-only zones without feeling that your battery is going to run out before you reach your destination.
Despite the bad rap that plug-in hybrids get, we think that Land Rover will be able to make these hybrids appealing to those who want to experience pure EV. The combination of a sophisticated and quiet ride, as well as the luxury and opulence that is the Range Rover brand, will help the PHEV stand out from the crowd.