SUVs come and go, but the Land Rover Range Rover remains the final word on the original utilitarian ideal of the vehicle. Sports models have arrived in the past fifteen years, as in the past five the crossover has become a highway staple. Models which cryptically suggest a subtext of militant consumerism come and go, and supercar versions are now on the market. But only the Range Rover can so effortlessly evoke the suburban fantasy of aristocratic veldt-hopping potential and urbane good looks. Can any other SUV conjure both Wall Street and Isak Dinesen?
So JLR isn’t really anxious to meddle too much with the formula, and as a result the 2019 Range Rover doesn’t fall too far from the acacia. No radical alterations of form or suggestion. But a big, big shift in content. This Range Rover will be offered as a hybrid.
That’s good news, but not surprising news; the company announced coming hybrid options for all models last year. It took a little time for the change, but JLR was understandably leery about the potential for alienating the faithful with new-fangled, eco-conscious drivetrain options. Options which are now, for a variety of reasons, incredibly appealing to even luxury car buyers.
The hybrid RR will be able to travel 31 miles on e-power alone. The V6 and V8 engines carry over.
Other new features include a water depth sensor—for the few times a contemporary RR owner will put their vehicle through its off-road paces—and a new dash display which is very flashy indeed. A built-in hotspot for easy device connectivity is another nice addition.
The base price for 2019’s Range Rover is $90K, with the hybrid version starting at $95K.