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The all-new Range Rover finally lands on PH soil

Prices start at P15.99 million for the standard wheelbase HSE

Move over, LC300. There's a new favorite in town for the ultra-rich. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

If you were one of those well-heeled individuals who had configured and placed an order for a Range Rover in the past few months (over a cup of coffee), it looks like your wait is finally over, as the first of the latest model has finally arrived on our shores.

Chris Ward, the head of Coventry Motors (the official distributor for Jaguar and Land Rover in the country), took the stage this morning to officially unveil the luxury SUV to the public.

Think of the latest Range Rover as a blank canvas. PHOTOS BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT AND SAM SURLA

If you thought the car looked great in the press photos, it looks even better in the metal. The smooth yet distinctive profile of the SUV is pleasing to the eye, especially with all the clean surfaces, the flush window glazing, and the hidden taillights.

The top-of-the-line Autobiography offers all the luxuries you'd ever want. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Both the regular and long wheelbase variants were on display, with the latter riding on massive 23-inch wheels (the HSE rides on 22-inchers).

But of course, you can personalize your own Range Rover, so take these as an example of what you can do on the outside.

It's a minimalist interior that will still swaddle you with luxurious materials. PHOTOS BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT AND SAM SURLA

The interior receives a minimalist makeover, but is still draped in extremely luxurious materials, like semi-aniline leather and wood trim.

As for the seating capacity, you can seat up to five or seven people, if you opt for the long-wheelbase variant. It also has a split tailgate, allowing you to turn it into a seating area or to also make it easier to load items in.

On the tech side, there’s a 13.7-inch digital instrument cluster with a heads-up display, and a 13.1-inch infotainment running the latest iteration of Pivi Pro that supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

This is what the interior of a car that costs as much as a high-end condominum looks like. PHOTOS BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT AND SAM SURLA

If you step up to the fully optioned long-wheelbase Autobiography with the Executive Class rear seats, you’re granted 24-way, heated/cooled power-adjustable seats with a massaging function; an amazing 35-speaker Meridian Signature sound system with active noise cancellation; and two 11.4-inch touchscreens with HDMI inputs. Plus, you can even control most of the comfort functions from an eight-inch touchscreen in the rear center armrest.

It also comes with plenty of modern safety features like an air cabin purification system, digital headlights with adaptive front lighting, a 3D surround camera, a digital rearview mirror, and an adaptive cruise control with lane-keep assist.

At least you're given three different powertrain choices. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

There’s a 3.0-liter Ingenium turbodiesel with 296hp and 650Nm (for the D300) or 345hp and 700Nm (for the D350), and a plug-in hybrid variant called the P440e that has a combined 434hp and 620Nm. Finally, only available on the long-wheelbase Autobiography P530 is the 4.4-liter twin-turbo gasoline V8 with a healthy power output of 523hp and 730Nm.

All are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with power being sent to all four wheels.

There’s also the integrated chassis control system, which has features like Dynamic Response Pro and electronic active roll control for improved on-road handling, four-wheel steering, and the Active Dynamics system that works with the air suspension for a comfortable, level ride wherever you go.

So, will you be ordering one any time soon? PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

As we’ve mentioned before, a Range Rover can be personalized to its owner’s liking. But these are the starting prices of the different variants:

  • HSE P440e – P15,990,000
  • HSE D300 – P16,990,000
  • HSE D350 – P17,390,000
  • LWB Autobiography D350 – P21,390,000
  • LWB Autobiography P530 – P21,390,000

You can even order via indent other trims and configurations, including the ultra-pricey Special Vehicle options, as long you have enough funds to throw at it.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.