2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e First Drive: Never Stop Exploring

– Los Angeles, California

With grandiose promises of being the most technically advanced Land Rover vehicle yet, and the world’s first luxury off-roader, the Range Rover P400e has big shoes to fill from the get go. Even though it lacks the traditional diesel or gas engine you’d find in other off-road vehicles of this caliber, its advanced hybrid powertrain promises to be capable both on and off the road. I’m optimistic, then, as I set off on a short drive of an early prototype.

A thorough off-road course just outside of Malibu, California, is our proving grounds, as are the twisty mountain roads adjacent to it. And after just a few minutes of climbing over rocks and splashing through mud using battery power almost exclusively, I’m convinced. Land Rover engineers have done their homework, and the P400e immediately presents itself as a capable alternative to any fully gas-powered Range Rover in the lineup.

Part of that impressive capability is thanks to JLR’s new 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder engine. It’s the same powertrain you’ll find on the new Velar, or the Jaguar XE sedan, but in this application it comes paired to an 85-Kilowatt-hour permanent magnet synchronous electric motor with a 13.1-kWh battery pack, which itself produces 102 horsepower. Put your foot down and the two combine for 398 total horsepower and 462 pound-feet of torque, which is more power than you’ll find on the standard gas-powered supercharged V6 model, which is only good for up to 340 hp and 332 lb-...