Editors’ Recommendations The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic Land Rover has revealed its 2019 Range Rover lineup in full, including specs for its first plug-in hybrid model, the P400e. Other highlights for the new model year include a real-time wade depth monitor and more driver assistance features.A hybridized Land Rover may seem odd, but electric assistance is coming to every Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle by the end of 2020, so we’d better get used to the idea. Furthermore, e-boost comes in quite handy off-road — where Land Rovers have always excelled. Based on this author’s experience (I had a chance to pilot the P400e both on- and off-road late last year), hybrid tech improves the Range Rover’s premium driving dynamics and performance by a noticeable degree. The bump in efficiency doesn’t hurt either.To quickly recap the spec sheet: the P400e mates a turbocharged four-cylinder engine (rated at 296 horsepower) with an electric motor for a combined 398 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. The Range Rover’s permanent four-wheel drive system works with an eight-speed automatic transmission to shuttle the P400e to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 137 mph. A 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides juice to the electric motor and can recharge in 2 hours and 45 minutes with a 220V outlet. At full capacity, the P400e can travel 31 miles on electric power alone. 1 of 10 Kia Telluride Is the Perfect Road Tripper for All Two- and Four-Legged Friends Next A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Previous Another neat trick of the P400e is its Predictive Energy Optimization (PEO) system, which gauges the most efficient blend of gas and electric power based on a chosen destination (input via the navigation). Like other plug-in hybrids, the P400e also has a “Save” mode to maintain the SUV’s battery charge for later use. For example, if you want to use only gas or hybrid power on the highway and electricity in the city, you can control your usage accordingly.All 2019 model Range Rovers will also inherit Land Rover’s Wade Sensing system, which displays real-time wading depth via the digital driver monitor and infotainment. Adaptive cruise control with steering assist is also part of the driver assistance suite for 2019.The final bit of Range Rover news is the addition of a flagship model dubbed the SVAutobiography LWB (long wheelbase). With the most room and nicest amenities of the Range Rover fleet, the SVA LWB commands the highest premium ($207,900 to start). At the other side of the spectrum, the entry-level Range Rover costs $88,860. The new P400e slots in between at $95,150. All 2019 model year Range Rovers will arrive at dealers later this year. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now
The remains of slain newspaper editor Lasantha Wickrematunge were exhumed today to conduct a fresh investigation over his murder, seven years after he was killed.His remains were exhumed at the Borella burial grounds in the presence of a Magistrate and under tight security. Investigators had obtained court approval to exhume the remains after suspicion arose over the exact manner he was killed.While in 2009 it was believed Wickrematunge was killed from gunshot wounds, investigators now believe he may have died from injuries sustained after a sharp object pierced through his skull.In a pre-written editorial which was published posthumously Wickrematunge feared he would be killed for his work. The media was not allowed to enter the premises and as a result even the drone was not permitted. “The euphoria over the war victory in May 2009 saw the push for justice for Wickrematunge’s killing taking a back seat. However the new government which took office following elections last year has shown the political will to investigate incidents like that of Wickrematunge’s killing so there is hope the investigation will move forward,” he said.An army intelligence officer has already been arrested and is being questioned over the incident while a former top police officer was also questioned. (Colombo Gazette)By Easwaran Rutnam Wickrematunge, who was the founding editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper, was killed while he was on his way to office.Popularly known for his investigative journalism and for the stand he took on media freedom, Wickrematunge was believed to have been killed for taking on the then government which was on the verge of defeating the Tamil Tiger rebels after 30 years of war. The exhumation was suspended for a few minutes when a drone was seen flying over the site taking visuals from above. The current editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper Easwaran Rutnam said he was cautiously optimistic justice will finally be served more than seven years after Wickrematunge was killed.