Electrification for the Range Rover

Wondering how the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrids work? Autoweek asked Lynfel Owen, the head of Land Rover’s vehicle engineering department about how the system operates and what is in the future for electrification and off-road driving.

“It is two clutches that are combined to operate the EV (electric vehicle) drive, whether the hybrid drive or the engine propulsion alone.” The electric motor is situated in the bell housing. The primary clutch is located in the front of the gearbox, alongside the engine. Behind it is the 8-speed gears and the second clutch.

Land Rover kept the rear driveshaft the same between the PHEV and non-PHEV models. This was integral to their mission because the goal was to create an electric vehicle with a low range.  

The PHEV offers a variety of charging options including a 110V charging kit and 7-kw onboard charger. It takes approximately 2 hours to fully charge or 45 minutes for a quick charge.

Land Rover collaborated with Samsung to create the electronic battery in an aluminum casting which allows for an efficient and compact solution. Samsung took credit for the cell technology while Land Rover designed the casing and engineering elements.

Land Rover is passionate about electrifying the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport model. They took on the challenge of upholding the off-road performance and designed a beautiful aluminum architecture to represent the brand.

Now we know Land Rover is well versed in the land of diesel and diesel hybrids. But why not go with a diesel engine for the PHEV models? “We realized there were major advantages in sticking with the gasoline engine,” said Lynfel Owen “It truly complemented the PHEV powertrain by delivering a wider range of torque.”

Want to learn more about the Range Rover PHEV or Range Rover Sport PHEV models? Contact us at Land Rover Dallas!

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Discovery Wins Luxury SUV of the Year

 

At the 2018 NDTV Car and Bike Awards, the Land Rover Discovery was awarded for coming in at the top slot against a panel of judges and winning as the Luxury SUV of the Year.

The jury round of the Car and Bike Awards event consisted of a group of experts judging each vehicle based on the engine power, interior and exterior features, driver experience and overall brand integrity. Against its closest competitors the Lexus LX450d and Maserati Levante, the Discovery had the most impressive performance and design quality.

With a twin turbo V6 gas engine, the Land Rover proved its worth when it comes to speed and on-road dynamics. Not only was it judged as the highest performing vehicle, but the jury was enthralled by the neat smart tailgate feature that folds the rear seats flat with a quick switch pull. The same electronic switch is used to return the seats back to the upright position.

The Land Rover Discovery is nothing short of impressive as the flagship of the Land Rover brand. Now in its 5th model year, the SUV includes 7 seats to compete against other luxury SUV models such as the Audi Q7 and Mercedes Benz GLS.

Its luxurious interior is a marvel for drivers and passengers alike, not to mention the plethora of tech features inside.

The jury noted that the Discovery maintained a comfortable ride over rough terrains but it leaned on the edge in regards to handling. Even with that being said, as an overall luxury SUV, the Land Rover Discovery remains unmatched by the competition and certainly deserved the award for Luxury SUV of the Year.

Want to come take the award-winning Discovery for a test drive? Contact us today at Land Rover Dallas for more information. We can’t wait to show you our inventory of Land Rover vehicles!

What’s New in the 2018 Range Rover?

The 2018 Range Rover line came to market with new updates mirroring the completely refreshed Range Rover Sport. While some of the changes may be minor, Range Rover introduced the lineup with features that keep the most important things in mind; the driver and passengers.

One of the most significant updates is the addition of the Range Rover P400e hybrid model to the Range Rover family. The plug-in hybrid Range Rover is equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that claims a 31-mile range when running on electric power. It boasts a 398 horsepower and will be available in the 2019 lineup.

Apart from the new hybrid model, the refreshed 2018 Range Rover models are currently available with a series of small changes for the exterior construction and styling. The rear of the vehicle now has more exhaust outlets that are integrated into the bumper.

With enhanced LED headlights and new patterns for the grilles, the Range Rover is keeping up with the demand for futuristic styling while keeping its signature body shape. The lower front grille is scaled down to make the bumper seem more like one large unit than separate parts.

The most notable changes are on the inside with thicker foam cushions built into the seats in all trims and the option to upgrade to a full suite of massage programs.

The Autobiography models now come standard with heated and cooled seat cushions for passengers and 24-way power adjustments up front. For backseat passengers, there is even heated armrests along with calf and footrests.

Just like the high-end Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Sport, the lineup now comes with a 10-inch dual touchscreen stack. The neat part about the touchscreens is that they can either work together or independently for navigation, entertainment and much more.

The tech options in the Range Rover are fully equipped for passengers to plug in all of their electronics. There are 17 power points built into the cabin including 12-volt power plugs, USB, HDMI and even standard household-type outlets.

Coupled with a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, the 2018 Range Rover has stepped up to the plate when it comes to work and play.

Interested in checking out the 2018 Range Rover lineup? Contact us at Land Rover Dallas for more information!