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Range Rover Sentinel unleashed

Meet the bulletproof Range Rover complete with escape hatch… yours for around £300,000.

The Sentinel is the first armoured Land Rover to be fully engineered by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).

Based on the luxurious Range Rover Autobiography it will make its public debut at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) Show on September 15-18 at Excel, London.

Aimed primarily at export markets and built to special order with a starting price of around £300,000 it will be hand-built “providing the highest levels of protection an SUV can offer against a wide variety of attacks”.

This Sentinel is designed to withstand penetration by 7.62mm high velocity, armour piercing incendiary, up to 15kg Trinitrotoluene (TNT) blasts and defence against DM51 grenade explosions from both beneath the floor and above the roof.

Range Rover Sentinel

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 The standard glass has been replaced by multi-laminated armour privacy glass.

“The Range Rover Sentinel is one of the most extraordinary Range Rovers ever produced,” said John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.

“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.”

The Sentinel also 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.

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.

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