Range Rover Sentinel: First Armored Model Officially Produced By British Brand
|   Friday, September 25, 2015
Land Rover Special Vehicle Division SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) launched its first armored model. It is built on the platform of the current Range Rover model and it's called Sentinel.

As a starting point, SVO division used a Range Rover Autobiography normal wheelbase. This model was armored as certified VR8 which means that the car can withstand attacks with 7.62 caliber ammunition, even if the bullets are fired from a high speed gun. Also, the Range Rover Sentinel can withstand a lateral blast equivalent to 15 kg of TNT, and protects its passengers if DM51 grenade is detonated under the car.


Protection is provided by a special protection cell made of six layers of high hardness steel and classical side windows were replaced with multi-laminated glass that cannot be penetrated by bullets. SVO Division amended any active systems such as Dynamic Stability Control, and Ride Stability Control to cope with the increased weight of the new armored model. The suspension has also been strengthened because the Range Rover Sentinel, has on board a number of additional equipment comparative to a standard model: auxiliary battery, a protected fuel tank, and special exhaust system. The armored model uses 20 inch wheels with heavy-duty tires, and has on board a fire extinguishing system.

In order to move from place the armored SUV, Range Rover chose a V6 turbocharged engine displacing 3.0 liters that provides 340 hp. The power is transmitted to both axles via a ZF automatic transmission with eight gears.

If the doors are locked, the passengers can exit from the vehicle through an emergency hatch located behind the rear seats. The new Range Rover Sentinel model has been approved for all major markets (Europe, South America, Africa and Middle East) and can be ordered starting this month.

"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." said Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.

The Range Rover Sentinel model however remains a true Range Rover, in spite of the security offered by the armor systems, and the high degree of protection provided to the passenger vehicle. This model offers the same level of luxury and comfort during various trips as a conventional Range Rover Autobiography. Customers can still choose a wide range of exterior colors.

For the interior special color shades such as Ebony, Ivory or Dark Cherry are available. Also, leather upholstery is a very important option. Upon request a range of custom options is available.

The Range Rover standard features such as Blind Spot Monitoring, Vehicle Closing Sensing, and Surround Camera Security, incorporating T-junction are also preserved.
Available to order from September 2015, the Range Rover Sentinel has a price of under 400,000 euros and comes with a three year/ 50,000 miles warranty. Additional post-sales support worldwide include regular visits every year by a qualified technician.
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