Even luxury brands are not impervious to the trend for greener vehicles, not to mention ever-tightening emission regulations. One such example is the 2021 Range Rover, which is available with a plug-in hybrid 2.0-liter four-cylinder powertrain.
We must admit that the idea of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the bonnet of the Range Rover, even when aided by a plug-in hybrid system, still sounds a bit weird, but apparently, Land Rover did a great job on this occasion.
Carwow reviewed the latest 2021 Range Rover P400e to find out if this electrified variant is still capable of impressing new and old customers alike.
The plug-in hybrid version of the 2021 Range Rover offers a combined, and very respectable, 398 HP (404 PS) and 472 lb-ft (640 Nm) of torque by pairing a 295 HP 2.0-liter petrol with a 141 HP electric motor and a 13.1 kWh battery pack.
0-62 mph (100 km/h) comes in 6.4 seconds, while Land Rover claims a pure EV range of up to 25 miles (40 km), CO2 emissions of just 75g/km, and a fuel economy of up to 84.8 mpg UK (3.3 lt/100km / 70.61 mpg US) on the WLTP combined cycle.
2021 is also a landmark year for the Range Rover, as the model celebrates its 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Land Rover also offers a limited 50th Anniversary Fifty edition, as well as three new special editions: Westminster, Westminster Black, and SVAutobiography Black.
While the plug-in hybrid powertrain isn’t the smoothest in combining the power from its two power sources, it manages to move the 2.5-tonne SUV quite swiftly and offers enough electric juice to cover short distances within city limits with zero emissions.
In addition, the Range Rover retains the plush ride quality and an expensive atmosphere in its cabin, two factors that played a crucial role in gaining so many customers over the years. Sure, new models may look more modern -and sportier- at places, but the Range Rover remains a classic status symbol.
At least until the new-generation Range Rover arrives, which shouldn’t be far away.