Land Rover unveiled the 2019 Range Rover Sentinel on Monday, which basically is the armoured version of the Range Rover, designed by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division.
The design language and appearance of the car is expected to be identical to the Range Rover Autobiography, while the chassis, suspension and brakes have been upgraded to match the increased weight and the all-terrain prowess of a Standard Range Rover Autobiography.
The 2019 Range Rover Sentinel is powered by the new 5.0-litre, supercharged V8 petrol motor which replaces the previous V6 motor and is tuned to churn out a total of 375 bhp (higher by 39 bhp). The SUV holds the abilty to sprint from a 0-100 kmph in 10.4 seconds, while attaining a top speed of 193 kmph, despite carrying over a tonne of armour plate and glass on board.
“The Range Rover Sentinel delivers the exceptional protection and security required by our VIP clients without compromising the superior refinement of the latest Range Rover. The addition of the more powerful 5.0 L Supercharged V8 engine and a redesigned interior ensures a heightened level of performance and occupant safety.”, Michael van der Sande, Managing Director, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said.
The dynamics of the Range Rover Sentinel have been optimised to match Range Rover Autobiography’s on-road stability as well as off-road abilities which enable it to wade through deep-water and tackle challenging terrains. The wheels are shod in run-flat tyres and the vehicle can be driven over 50 km at speeds up to 80 kmph. It also features a public address system allowing occupants to address people outside the vehicle. Siren and emergency lighting packs are also available.
On the inside, the Range Rover Sentinel has a similar layout seen of the Autobiography and it also gets Land Rover’s latest Touch Pro Duo Infotainment System sporting two 10-inch touchscreens.
The Range Rover Sentinel has been built at Land Rover’s SV technical centre in Warwickshire and is prepared to face modern and unconventional forms of attack, including improvised explosive devices (IED) blasts. The protection cell is built to stringent whole vehicle standards complying with full ballistic and blast certification.
The updated 2019 Range Rover Sentinel will debut at the Home Office Security and Policing Show on March 5, 2019.