Land Rover is having its Range Rover Hybrid undergo a final engineering sign-off drive that will cover around 9,950 miles. This endurance test -- dubbed as Silk Trail 2013 -- is out to prove that the new Range Rover Hybrid is the most capable hybrid vehicle in the world.
The Range Rover Hybrid started from Land Rover's base in Solihull, United Kingdom on August 22, 2013, and is set to travel overland for over seven weeks through Europe, Russia and Asia.
The Range Rover Hybrid is bound to arrive at Mumbai, India on October 15, 2013. The Silk Trail is a historically important international trade route between China and Mediterranean, extending 4,000 miles (6,437km). The Silk Trail got its name from the Chinese silk trade that was conducted on the route.
Range Rover Hybrid's Silk Trail expedition is comprised of 10 stages, with the route covering France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Nepal and India. A group of Range Rover Hybrids are being piloted by teams of Land Rover development engineers as well as invited media from 10 countries in Europe and other nations along the route.
As of Monday, August 26, the Range Rover Hybrids have completed 833 miles (1,340km) of the route after arriving in Berlin, Germany, where they took a pause.
Berlin is considered as a symbolic meeting point between western and eastern Europe, reflecting the Silk Trail’s connecting of the western world with the far east. The Range Rover Hybrids left Berlin on Wednesday for the 1,094-mile (1,760km) Stage 2 drive to Cracow, Poland and Odessa, Ukraine.
Already seen as lavish, the interior of the new Range Rover also comes with a character that is both pure and contemporary. While it continues to have those unique design cues Range Rover is known for, the treatment is made more modern and more importantly, fresh. The cabin for instance continues to have the well-known architectural and strong forms.
However, these same forms are highlighted by the elegant and clean surfaces made possible by the flawless implementation of the best veneers and the finest of leathers. The rear compartment now has more comfort and even delivers more space especially with legroom increased by at least 118 mm. Further, the company is giving customers the option to avail of the new two-seat seating package known as the Executive Class and is guaranteed to be the best with it comes to luxury in the rear seat.
Since the company wants customers to have their very own perfect bespoke vehicle, the already distinct luxury atmosphere of the can be customized through the different choices involving colors, finishes, and even special details. There is for instance the exclusive Autobiography series with its color-themed and perfectly-trimmed interiors. Changes can even include the wide array of alloy wheels with diameter measuring by as much as 22 inches.
Looking at the exterior, the new Land Rover Range Rover reveals an elegant and clean shape resulting in an entirely new interpretation of the well-known design cues. Thus, while this new version is indeed immediately identifiable as a Range Rover, it takes that important step forward to evolving the long iconic design language.
With overall length not exceeding 5 meters and under the access mode, a roofline that is lower by 20 mm, it has a profile that is more streamlined and smoother while remaining to have a footprint much like a previous model. In addition, this is considered as the most aerodynamic version with drag coefficient at 0.34.