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Improved rigidity was achieved even with a full-length and standard panoramic sunroof. Vehicle program director Nick Miller said any loss of lateral stiffness caused by removing such a large piece of steel is canceled out by installing a high-strength glass panel, which fills the same load bearing function.
The structure has also been designed to maximize efficiency: the so-called “aerodynamic shields” run the entire length of the car’s underbody to efficiently channel air to the rear, and even the rear suspension components. have their own aero-optimized covers, which “provide controlled separation of airflow from the underbody”.
Range Rover’s powertrain offering has been revamped: there are now no more four-cylinder options, plug-in hybrids use an all-new powertrain with significantly improved performance, and the top-of-the-line model swaps its V8 supercharged 5.0-liter. for a BMW biturbo unit.
The lineup opens with a choice of 3.0-liter Ingenium inline-six (two gasoline, three diesel), all with 48V mild hybrid assist and outputs ranging from 246bhp in the entry-level diesel. D250 at 395 hp in P400 gasoline.
Approximately three months after launch, these will be joined by a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid option with a new 38.2 kWh battery that has a WLTP-certified electric range of 62 miles, giving the Range Rover one of the longest electrical autonomy of all PHEVs on sale. The new “Extended Range” PHEV variant, based on a six-cylinder engine for the first time, offers combined horsepower of 434bhp and 457lb ft or 503bhp and 516lb ft, and is estimated to be able to cover 75% of all trips. with the engine off, according to Land Rover research.
It is also equipped with a charging capacity of 50 kW, which makes it possible to reach an 80% charge in less than an hour, while a brake regeneration system makes it possible to recharge the battery – located under the floor for optimum weight distribution – on the go.