Critics may conclude that the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover PHEV is for those with deep pockets. However, that fact is adding a motor to any flagship SUV such as this one a great option for buyers in major cities across the world. After all, an SUV isn’t meant to be driven off-road all the time. The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover PHEV is expected to hit the US market next summer, and it will come with a 13.1kWh battery running on the Lithium-ion technology, to complement its 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine. This hybrid variant will have a total of 398 horsepower, and a total range of 31 miles when relying on its batteries powered motor. However, there still isn’t any news from Land Rover about its fuel economy.
This Range Rover comes at a time when cities such as London are in advanced stages of implementing tailpipe emission-free zones to protect their populations. Land Rover’s release of this new vehicle will help it retain their market by providing an alternative for models such as the Tesla Model X. It’s battery can be charged with 3 hours using a Level 3 charger, which will allow it to be driven for 31 miles on electric power alone. Land Rover also plans to use the same powertrain on its 2019 Range Rover Sport. That means that it’s investing more of its resources in perfecting this powertrain in order to comply with any emission requirements elsewhere in the world, especially in the US.
Furthermore, it’s the first time that Land Rover is making full use of this new 2.0-liter turbo-4 in a full-sized Range Rover. The engine supplies this SUV with 295 pound-feet worth of torque, which allows it to go from zero to 60 mph in less than 6.4 seconds, and achieve a top speed of close to 140 mph. Unlike the upscale burble that comes from the V-8 engines, the turbo-4 engine offers a smooth idle and graceful acceleration. Its silent operation comes from the extensive sound muffling that has been done on its intake and exhaust systems. A great example of the work that went into silencing this engine is its throttle tuning which preserves the stately feel you would expect from its stately luxury design.
It gained an additional 250 pounds by changing to plug-in-hybrid, although you wouldn’t notice any difference; it still rolls swiftly over unbroken pavement, curves around corners with just a slight body roll, and drives on a curved road without the slightest feel of flustering. The Range Rover PHEV is everything that you would expect from a top brand when driving on-road.
When it comes to off-road driving, the Range Rover PHEV has been designed to offer the best off-road driving experience by conveniently tapping some power from its electric motors. It leverages on its electric motor to achieve mountain of instant, cruises over obstacles quietly, and when going downhill, it uses some of that momentum to recharge its battery bank. One of the most notable things about driving this SUV is its silence even when you are in a rough terrain; it’s not the noise that tells other where you are, it’s the dust. You roll down the windows, and you will be able to hear birds chirping, and the crunching of rocks as tired roller over them.
The cabin is plush, which is what you would expect from an SUV meant for use by city dwellers. The steering wheel feels beautifully weighted as well as enjoyably precise at all driving speeds. While inside, you get excellent visibility thanks to the upright pillars, high seating position, and low windowsills. Its cabin design combined with a hidden plug-in door under the grille fully camouflages that fact that it’s a hybrid design, and plug-in at that.
You still get all the Range Rover off-road features, which include an adjustable ride height, drive -modes for different terrains, and classic 4-wheel drive system with a low range.
When driving the Range Rover PHEV, you get to enjoy all the benefits of driving a Range Rover, but without the guilt that you are contributing to global warming with your fuel guzzler. Although Land Rover hasn’t released the pricing yet, it’s expected they will do so this summer and buyer will be able to get it from local Land Rover distributors.