Range Rover Sport gets a plug-in hybrid makeover

2018 Range Rover Sport launches with plug-in hybrid option

This will be done using a combination of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine and an 85kW electric motor for a meaty output of 404hp (297kW) yet Carbon dioxide emissions come in at just 64g/km, while fuel economy is a claimed 101mpg.

Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK said, "The current Range Rover Sport has performed exceptionally well in the UK market since it was introduced in 2013 selling just shy of 50,000 vehicles to date".

In more performance-oriented news, the range-topping SVR model has also been uprated to 577bhp, with a 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds, which makes it the fastest Range Rover model ever, living up to its sporty moniker. The prism-shaped lithium-ion battery is located beneath the floor of the boot at the rear of the auto, while the plug-in access point is at the front of the vehicle. The first, Parallel Hybrid mode, combines petrol and electric and is the default.

The 2018 Range Rover Sport lineup will arrive in Australia in April, with prices starting from $95,100 (excluding on-road costs).

For 2018, the Range Rover Sport will also come with a refreshed grille and bumpers, new LED headlamps and the fancy digital interior that first debuted in the Velar, complete with two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens. The updated SUV is in for a few cosmetic changes inside and out and new variants. Combined output is rated at an impressive 297kW, with 0-100km/h coming up in just 6.7 seconds.


Drivers can switch between the default Parallel Hybrid mode which combines petrol and electric drive, and EV mode where the auto runs exclusively on electric power for quieter zero-emission journeys.

While the hybrid in the P400e works similarly to systems found in other brands, a highlight is the so-called Predictive Energy Optimisation whereby the driver can select a destination in the sat-nav system and allow the auto to automatically optimise the operation of the internal combustion engine and electric motor.

JLR claims that, when rapid charging, a full charge can be achieved in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated or 32amp wall box.

Elsewhere in the range a new flagship Range Rover Sport SVR offers 575PS from its supercharged V8 engine and will complete a dash to 60mph in only 4.3 seconds. And to keeps all other screens alive as well, the sportiest Range Rover can be ordered with up to 12 power outlets. Deliveries begin early in 2018.

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