Meet the seven million hour rover at the top of the range

They’re lining up to buy the new €146,000 Range Rover: 150 people have ordered one, and the cars aren’t coming here until July.

It will likely be January before many can expect to get behind the wheel of what claims to be the best car of its kind in the world.

Of those getting their car this year, only a handful will buy the cheapest model (€146,000 for the SWB 3-litre Si6 PHEV SE).

Most will specify them personally, so you could be talking about an extra €20,000 – or more.

You’re going to pay for something that took seven million hours to create. Yes, seven million, according to the automaker.

They recently had a ‘visit’ to Sandyford with a short wheelbase static model which gave me a chance to sit down and take a look.

It’s super smooth on the outside and packed with stuff on the inside, and it’s hugely spacious (there’s a meter of legroom in the second row on the long-wheelbase version).

At first glance, they took on a major challenge, and they rose to it by “re-creating the Range Rover.”

As an indication of the innovations on board, 125 patents have been registered.

There are two PHEVs and several mild hybrid petrol and diesel models. The plug-ins include 440hp and 510hp with 6-cylinder petrol engines and a claimed all-electric range of up to 113km.

In 2024 there will be an all-electric model.

It’s a big car, but thanks to all-wheel steering, it has the turning radius of a small vehicle. Well, that’s what they say. And if you’re having trouble, there’s an app that will do the parking for you.

With 150 orders already, I wouldn’t be surprised if many more didn’t continue to fill the books in the coming weeks and months. The only cloud on the horizon is the lack of supply.

They say the extended-range hybrids can mean you can make 75 percent of your trips emission-free. Of course it depends on how you drive.

They also claim that the PHEVs have CO2 emissions as low as 18g/km. This is less than originally thought.

There are four-, five-, and seven-seat interior configurations in standard- and long-wheelbase body designs. There’s up to 50kW DC fast charging capability and you can charge up to 80 in under an hour.

The P510e’s most powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain combines a 38kWh lithium-ion battery, a 105kW electric motor and a 3-litre 6-cylinder – and it’s fast: 0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds.

In addition to the two plug-ins, there are mild hybrid six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines – and a new V8.

KIA stainless steel

Kia has revealed some details about its new Niro.

We know it will come with PHEV and EV powertrains.

The PHEV will arrive in time for 222 registration (July), with the EV arriving later in the summer. Irish specs and pricing are yet to be announced.

The car has been redesigned from the ground up and is an “intrinsic” model in Kia’s lineup, which will include 14 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027.

The electric Niro has a claimed range of 463km. Built on the “K” platform, it is 4,420 mm long, 1,825 mm wide and up to 1,570 m high. The Niro PHEV introduces Hyundai Motor Group’s first 5.5kWh high-voltage positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heater for plug-in hybrids, extending the range of electric vehicles in colder conditions. Meet the seven million hour rover at the top of the range

Fry Electronics Team

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