The Royal Range Rover

Building a vehicle fit for a queen might seem a daunting and intimidating task, but nonetheless, the geniuses at Jaguar Land Rover were up to the charge.

A new State Review Range Rover hybrid debuted recently in a ceremony in which the Queen of England presented new colors to the Royal Welsh Regiment in Cardiff, Wales.

Based on the long-wheelbase Range Rover, the “topless” State Review Rover has a chrome handle running around the outside, no rear window and a fold-down bench seat for when her majesty needs a rest.  It also features a diesel-hybrid powertrain that allows it to creep along at parade speeds in electric-only mode.

Just as U.S. Secret Service tends to chauffeur presidents in Cadillacs and Lincolns, the Royal Family has a longstanding relationship with Land Rover.  The Range Rover Hybrid is the fourth State Review vehicle built by the company, the first being a 1953 Series I.  The new model replaces one based on a 2002 Range Rover.

Jaguar Land Rover is the only automotive company to hold all three Royal Warrants, from The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales.  JLR also recently received a 2015 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development, for reducing the environmental impact of its products and its operations.

The Range Rover hybrid isn’t being sold on this side of the pond just yet, although a non-hybrid diesel model was displayed at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and is expected to go on sale here in the near future.

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