Call it a sign of the times, but you can now plug your Range Rover in at night. The 2019 model year was revealed, and it includes the new P400e plug-in hybrid powertrain. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine works with an electric motor for a combined output of 398 horsepower.
If you want to head to the country club or pickup line at school and not burn any gas, that’s possible. Land Rover says the Range Rover PHEV can go up to 31 miles on a full battery using just the electric motor. Soon, you’ll have a virtually silent, mammoth SUV sneak up on you in parking lots, which is much scarier than when a Prius does the same thing.
The new tech doesn’t stop there. Land Rover also will offer a new Wade Sensing feature. The system gives you real-time wading depths. So much for getting out of your vehicle and measuring with a pole or stick.
Of course, the Range Rover will continue to be a major status symbol. Not only will you need to handle the notorious repair and maintenance bills, beginning MSRP in the U.S. for the base model is a cool $88,860. If you want to spring for the PHEV, it starts at $95,150. How long will you need to own the SUV to save that much in gas? It doesn’t matter, because owning one will impress the neighbors and such.
You can spend far more, with the SVAutobiography Dynamic long-wheelbase model’s MSRP starting at $207,900.