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2018 Land Rover Range Rover OVERVIEW
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover features improved communications and technology, but the big news is a plug-in hybrid that can travel for 31 miles in zero-emission electric mode. That's in addition to the already efficient diesel model, making this hulking SUV a solid choice for customers with different powertrain needs and desires.
What's New for 2018
A facelifted exterior revives some of the Range Rover's chiseled looks, while the cabin gets new tech and infotainment equipment. A new plug-in hybrid model brings a dose of the 21st century while a 557-horsepower SVAutobiography Dynamic trim keeps the 20th century alive in Great Britain's most popular SUV.
Choosing Your Land Rover Range Rover
Choosing a Range Rover can be daunting, with a huge variety of engines and specifications. There are four powertrain options, two of which offer varying power outputs, as well as long and short-wheelbase bodies, and five separate trim levels. That's in addition to the huge variety of interior upholstery options and a range of exterior paint shades ranging in price from free to the nearly $9,200 SVO Premium options (not to mention the contrasting roof colors).
The base engine is a 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. It's only available with the base Range Rover trim and returns 17 miles per gallon city, 23 highway, and 19 combined. This same engine is available with 380 hp and the same torque output and fuel economy figures on the Range Rover HSE.
If torque is what you're looking for, a 3.0-liter, twin-turbodiesel V6 promises 254 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. It's available on base Range Rover and Range Rover HSE, although we can't tell you how efficient it will be – Uncle Sam hasn't gotten around to evaluating the diesel or the V8 models.
If you need more power, Land Rover continues to offer its lovely 5.0-liter supercharged V8. There's a 518-hp version that pumps out 460 lb-ft of torque. Available on the Range Rover Supercharged and Autobiography and on both the short- and long-wheelbase bodies, it's a charming engine. More charming, and more powerful, is the SVAutobiography Dynamic's take on the trusty 5.0-liter, which produces 557 hp and 516 lb-ft and helps hustle the range-topping Range to 60 in just 5.1 seconds.
Finally, the new P400e plug-in hybrid pairs a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with an electric motor to generate 398 system hp and 472 lb-ft of torque, while a battery pack allows 31 miles of all-electric range.
Unless Bentley-style luxury is a priority, stick with HSE trim. Its 380-hp 3.0-liter V6 is powerful enough for most people, and the specifications are impressive but not excessive. An MRSP of under $95,000 means it’s less than half the price of a long-wheelbase SVAutobiography.