• 2015 Range Rover Sentinel

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Talk about any Land Rover vehicle, they draw quite some attention wherever they go. Specifically, if we talk about the Range Rovers, they come first in the line. Often driven by the celebrities and the people from power corridors, Range Rover is one of the most desired vehicles for these highly secured persons. Automatically, these persons become the prime target from various hazardous organizations and individuals. Therefore comes the need of better safety and security. This is the exact point from where Land Rover began making the Range Rover Sentinel, fully armored luxury SUV.

This car better called a fortress than an armored car. Covered with rigorous armored plating, this car can easily withstand highly powerful explosives, armored piercing bullets, hand grenades. The British luxury SUV manufacturer just revealed this car which is made by their Special Vehicle Operations segment. Sentinel is all set to make its global debut at the Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition which will take place at London’s ExCeL arena from 15th to 18th September 2015.

Before you experience the launch of this gorgeously tough car, we brought you the bits and pieces of the Range Rover sentinel. Here, take a look.

EXTERIOR

Range Rover Sentinel was built based on the longer wheel base Range Rover SVAutobiography. There is no extra additional element when it comes to the designing ground, but the real story lies beneath the body. From outside this car looks like any other Range Rover SVAutobiography. But the real story goes different, when you take a deeper look.

Special Vehicle Operations department of Jaguar Land Rover equipped this vehicle with six piece armoured super strength steel cell, which makes the car stubborn and rigid like a battle tank. Land Rover claims, this armoured steel cell can easily withstand 7.62 mm armour piercing high velocity bullet rounds, upto 15 kg TNT explosives and hand grenades. To make the cabin safer Land Rover SVO replaced all the windows by multi-laminated bulletproof glasses and Land Rover says that this bomb proof car can survive grenades tossed under the vehicle. The fuel tank under the vehicle comes with a self sealing facility, which covers it in case of any explosion underneath or above the roof of the vehicle. The engine compartment and the floor of the vehicle is equipped with self fire extinguishing system. This vehicle runs on 20 inch split rim alloy wheels with run flat tyres, which allows the car to run even after getting shot at the tyres.

Altogether this car is strong enough to come with the VR8 ballistic certification, which is equivalent to the Euro NCAP of the bomb proofing industry.

DIMENSION

Length 5199 mm
Width 2220 mm (Mirrors folded out)
Height 1840 mm
Wheelbase 3120 mm
Wading depth 900 mm

DEFENCIVE FEATURES

* Six piece armoured passenger cell.
* Multi-laminated, bullet-proof armour privacy glass.
* Anti tamper exhaust.
* Self sealing fuel tank.
* Auxiliary back up battery.
* Fire suppression system under the bonnet and floor.
* Siren system.
* External speaker to allow occupants in the car to address people outside the car.
* 20 inch split-rim alloys with run-flat inserts.
* Anti smash protective glass over the boot.
* Emergency service lights.

INTERIOR

Although this is a defence focused variant of Range Rover SVAutobiography, but there is no compromise on luxury. Like the Range Rover SVAutobiography this car is equally equipped with luxury features inside the cabin. The front instrument panel is stylish enough to deliver a strong urge to seat behind the wheel and drive the vehicle. There is lots of aluminium on the dashboard and in instrument panel. The entire cabin comes with lots of leather, wood and aluminium. The cabin comes with seating arrangement for four occupants. Being a defence focused luxury SUV the touch of safety elements are visible inside too. There is an anti-smash protective glass over the boot of the car and a 100 mm opening can be seen in the driver’s window, from where any paperwork can be presented when required.

DRIVETRAIN

This moving fortress is powered by a 3.0 liter V6 supercharged petrol engine matched with a ZF eight speed automatic gear box, which churns out immense 335 bhp. Point to be noted, in SVAutobiography, the same duty is performed by a diesel motor. Land Rover vehicles are always known as the best off roading vehicles of the world. This one too comes with the same capability, with an addition of best in class defensive safety facilities. This car is a made to order vehicle, and we have heard that, Land Rover is providing a complete driver training program.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

Engine 3.0 liter V6 Supercharged petrol
Transmission ZF 8 speed automatic
Peak power 335 bhp

RIDE AND HANDLING

When it comes to riding in a Land Rover vehicle, there is no question mark at all, and this car too promises the same. Along with that, the handling of this car is also pretty good. Land Rover SVO has reinforced the suspension to fit this car handle the extra weight of heavy armour and this vehicle also offer all-terrain capability, like any other Land Rover.

PRICING

This car will come as a made to order vehicle. Land Rover has made sure this will be mainly for export market. They have priced the car at €400,000 (excl. taxes) in UK.

COMPETITION

The need for defensive vehicles for celebrities and power persons is pretty well known. All around the world big leaders and other celebrities prefer to own and ride a safe and secure car like this. Mercedes has S600 Guard to give the Range Rover Sentinel a tough fight.

MERCEDES S600 GUARD

Mercedes Benz has been manufacturing armoured car for long period. Their latest, tough most and most popular armoured car is the S600 Guard, which is a favorite for many international leader5s for its enhanced security and defensive mechanism. It is powered by a V12 engine which produces 530 PS of peak power and 830 Nm of torque and it comes mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

CONCLUSION

Jaguar Land Rover has made the Range Rover sentinel to withstand more or less all possible threats for the VVIPs. Therefore it is expected, Land Rover will be the new favorite of international eminent personalities, and people who have a keen interest for off roading and adventures, they would surely love this vehicle.

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PRESS RELEASE

Introducing the new Range Rover Sentinel: A luxury fortress on wheels

* Range Rover Sentinel is the first armoured Land Rover to be fully engineered by Special Vehicle Operations (SVO)

* Based on the luxurious Range Rover Autobiography

* Retains Land Rover’s huge breadth of capability and uncompromised levels of luxury and refinement

* VR8 level certification confirms impressive ballistic and blast resistance

* Will make public debut at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) show on September 15-18 at Excel, London, UK

* Aimed primarily at export markets and built to special order with indicative pricing of €400,000 (excluding taxes)

Whitley: The new Range Rover Sentinel is the first luxury armoured vehicle to be fully engineered by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), hand built at its Oxford Road facility, providing the highest levels of protection a SUV can offer against a wide variety of attacks.

The Sentinel is based on the standard wheelbase Range Rover Autobiography. It delivers the supreme comfort, command driving position and all-terrain capability of the Range Rover, while providing peace of mind thanks to outstanding occupant protection and, outwardly, looking identical to the standard model.

This mobile fortress is designed to withstand the most damaging and targeted of threats including penetration by 7.62mm high velocity, armour piercing incendiary bullets. This exceptional vehicle delivers lateral protection against up to 15kg Trinitrotoluene (TNT) blasts and defence against DM51 grenade explosions from both beneath the floor and above the roof.

At its core is a specially-developed six-piece armoured passenger cell, made of super-high-strength steel, providing world-class protection from attack. The standard glass has been replaced by multi-laminated armour privacy glass of optical quality, providing excellent clarity for the driver and occupants, while also delivering bullet protection.

The Range Rover Sentinel is fully certified to VR8 standard against ballistic threats by QinetiQ®, an independent organisation that was formerly part of the British government’s Defence Establishment Research Agency.

John Edwards, managing director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said: “The Range Rover Sentinel is one of the most extraordinary Range Rovers ever produced. It has been expertly engineered by Special Vehicle Operations to provide class leading levels of protection to occupants against extreme attack, whilst retaining the Range Rover’s luxury and refinement with off road capability."

Sentinel retains the plentiful legroom of the standard model that comfortably seats two full-size adults in the rear. A payload of up to 650kg can be carried thanks to revised dynamic stability control and ride stability control systems. The Command Driving Position found in all Range Rover vehicles remains, giving the driver a clear and unobscured view of the surroundings, particularly useful in the event of an attack.

The suspension has been up-rated to ensure Range Rover’s legendary ride comfort and handling are retained, yet still delivers precise on-road dynamics to allow occupants to escape attack. The Sentinel has undergone the same testing as a standard production vehicle and retains the outstanding off-road capability for which Land Rover is famous.

The Sentinel has an anti-tamper exhaust, a self-sealing fuel tank, auxiliary back-up battery and a split charging system. The 100mm opening in the driver’s window for document delivery ensures the vehicle is secure. The load space features anti-smash protective glass ensuring the cabin remains a safe house.

When it is time to leave in a hurry, run flat inserts in the tyres – fitted to special 20-inch split rim alloy wheels – allow the vehicle to be driven even if the tyres are deflated. This system ensures that however determined the attack, the Range Rover Sentinel can use the considerable performance of its 340PS 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine in conjunction with a specially-calibrated ZF 8-speed automatic transmission to escape. In addition, 380mm front and 365mm rear ventilated disc brakes, both with high-density pads, ensure impressive stopping power when needed.

If the worst happens and the main doors are blocked by an accident or an attack, occupants can leave the vehicle via the Emergency Escape System behind the rear seats. Despite this special security feature, the basic design is uncompromised and the Range Rover Sentinel is still equipped with the elegant split-level tailgate of the standard production vehicle.

Optional protection features include under floor and under bonnet fire suppression systems, a customer configurable siren system, emergency service lights and an external speaker system to address people outside the vehicle from the safety of the cabin.

The Range Rover Sentinel is unmatched in capability and protection by any third-party conversion. Externally, it is discreet and almost identical in appearance to the vehicle from which it is derived, with few visual clues as to what lies beneath the skin.

A full driver-training programme is also provided to ensure drivers are capable of handling the vehicle to maximum effect in the most challenging circumstances.

Despite the huge levels of security offered by the vehicle’s armour and occupant protection systems, the Range Rover Sentinel remains a Range Rover to the core. It delivers the same exceptional levels of luxury ride and comfort as a conventional Range Rover Autobiography. Customers can still choose from an extensive range of exterior paint colours; and Ebony, Ivory or Dark Cherry interior colour ways with leather headlining an option. A range of bespoke options is available on request.

Standard Range Rover features such as Blind Spot Monitoring, Closing Vehicle Sensing and Surround Camera Security incorporating T-junction view also lend themselves perfectly to the duties this very special Range Rover is designed to perform.

The Range Rover Sentinel is fully EU Homologated, available in the UK, Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East with VR8 level certification.

Available to order from the beginning of September 2015, the Range Rover Sentinel has a guide price from under €400,000 and benefits from a three-year, 50,000-mile warranty. Additional global after sales support includes scheduled visits each year by a specialised technician.

Customers should visit http://www.landrover.com/fleet-and-business/specialist-sales.html to register their interest.

The Sentinel will make its global debut at the Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition at London’s ExCeL arena from September 15-18, 2015.

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