Minutia

Is the refuel procedure on the PHEV Range Rovers the same on other PHEV vehicles?

First there’s a dedicated button to open the fuel door the also opens the fuel tank isolation valve & depressurized the tank then unlocks the filler flap.  I’ll let the owners manual take it from here:

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FUEL FILLER FLAP LOCK
Note: Make sure that the vehicle is refuelled shortly after the refuelling button is pressed. Failure to do so may result in the fuel tank not being filled to the required level. If in doubt, check the fuel level gauge in the instrument panel before continuing the journey, to prevent running out of fuel.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) have a locking fuel filler flap and an isolation valve on the fuel tank.
The vehicle cannot be refuelled until the following has occurred:
• The isolation valve on the fuel tank is open.
• The fuel tank is depressurised.
• The fuel filler flap is unlocked.
To enable refuelling, carry out the following:

1. Switch off the vehicle’s ignition, apply the Electric Parking Brake (EPB), and make sure that the transmission is engaged in Park (P).
2. Press the refuelling button located in the lower switch panel at the driver’s side of the fascia. The isolation valve on the fuel tank opens to depressurise the fuel tank. The fuel filler flap unlocks. The instrument panel displays a message to confirm that the fuel filler flap is unlocking.
3. The instrument panel displays a message to confirm that the fuel filler flap is unlocked and the vehicle can be refuelled. See 382, FUEL FILLER FLAP.

The isolation valve on the fuel tank remains open for approximately 10 minutes, at which point the valve shuts, preventing further refuelling. If further refuelling is required, repeat the above process to open the isolation valve on the fuel tank.

Note: Make sure that the vehicle is stationary. The fuel filler flap does not unlock, and the isolation valve on the fuel tank does not open, if the vehicle is moving. The instrument panel displays a message to confirm that the vehicle’s speed is too high.

Note: Make sure that the fuel filler flap is closed after refuelling. The instrument panel displays a message to confirm that the fuel filler flap is not fully closed. If a fault is detected on either the fuel filler flap system, or on the isolation valve system on the fuel tank, the instrument panel displays a message. In this event, consult a retailer/authorised repairer or roadside assistance. See 501, ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE. See 357, PROTECT.

Is this the new key design for the 2018 Range Rover?

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Actual images of the Clear Exit Detection display in the 2018 Range Rover

Clear Exit Detection

Described and displayed as such in the original release:

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Clear Exit Detection will alert passengers of approaching traffic or other dangers before they open their doors

It wasn’t clear where this would be or what it would look like in the actual vehicle.  But the latest SVAutobiography LWB image at the top of the post makes it a lot clearer.

A very verbose, slightly bombastic description of the 2018 Range Rover & Range Rover Sport Animated Turn Signals…

Someone put a lot of thought into describing the new animated functionality of the turn signals in the owner’s manual for the updated 2018 Range Rover & Range Rover Sport.  This is kind of a repost but the wording was so thorough I couldn’t resist.

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TURN SIGNALS
The animated turn signal feature is in place to improve the turn signal function by a sequential activation of their light sources. This is achieved by switching on consecutive segments of lights from inboard to outboard and during a defined period of time, creating a sweeping effect. Only lights with LED are able to reproduce any dynamic effect.

2018 Range Rover Order Guide gives away unannounced SVAutobiography LWB details & options

Continuing to study the 2018 Range Rover US order guide, I noticed the "Subject of future announcement", as shown here:

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A mistaken drag of my mouse showed that the text was all there, just hidden behind some white boxes.  This also happened in other spots throughout the document.  While the info below the white box hasn’t been officially announced and might be completely wrong, it’s still interesting.  They definitely could have removed the data instead of covering it.  I did a better job removing some data from the original.

Here you go:

2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB, MSRP: $207,900:
Powertrain/Dynamics:
557hp 5.0L AJ133 V8 Supercharged Gas Engine, Unique Suspension Calibration, Black Brake Calipers with Land Rover Branding

Exterior:
21" 7 Spoke ‘Style 7006’ Alloy Wheel w/ High Gloss Polished Finish, Body-Colored Roof, SVAutobiography LWB Exterior Accents [Chrome Badging w/ Black Knurled Insert Hood and Tailgate Lettering, Unique SVAutobiography LWB Grille, Atlas: Grille Mesh Foil, Front Bumper Accent/Vent Finisher – Bright Chrome: Grille Inner Surround, Door Handle Surround, Tailgate Finisher], Body-Colored Side Vent Graphic w/ Chrome Inserts, "SVAutobiography Badge"

Interior:
24-way [22-Way Power, 2-Way Manual] Heated/Cooled, ‘Hot-Stone’ Massage Front Seats with Fixed Center Console Executive Class Comfort-Plus Rear Seats (includes Zenith Branded Clock, Heated Calf Rest Behind Driver/Passenger, Leather Cushions, SVO Luxury Finishers), Deployable Tables with Leather Finish, Mohair Mats with Leather Binding, Satin Santos Palisander Veneer, Wood and Leather Steering Wheel, Rear Side Door Power Blinds and Map Pockets, Front Center Console Cooler Compartment and Rear Seat Refrigerator Compartment, CD/DVD Player, 10" Rear Seat Entertainment, 110-Volt/150-Watts Power Outlet (1x in Row 2 & 1x in Cargo Area), Power Close Rear

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And some of the more interesting items that were also covered by white boxes – these might have been around in previous years.  I didn’t take a the time to look back but these are just the items that I found in the 2018 documents and all specific to the SVAutobiography or as Land Rover USA calls it, the SVAutobiohraphy[sic] 🙂

Power Deployable Loadspace Floor w/ Carpet Finish $5455
Power Deployable Loadspace Floor w/ Veneer Finish $5455
Both not available with Full-Size Spare

Copper Weave Carbon Fiber $1225

SVO Duo Tone Paint Pallette[sic] $14280

Quilted Poltrona Frau Leather $4490

Vintage Tan Tailgate Event Seating $5815
Ebony Tailgate Event Seating $5815

Last thing – the Interior section ends with "Power Close Rear" which seems kind of unfinished.  My guess right now it’s Power Close Rear Door – like on a Rolls Royce.  We shall see…