The new Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid has an official economy figure of 101mpg, CO2 emissions of 64g/km and an electric range of 31 miles.
In addition to the new petrol-electric hybrid options, every Range Rover Sport now has an enhanced design and new infotainment technology.
The latest Range Rover Sport is Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Badged P400e, the new model provides combines a 300hp (221kW) 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor. The 404hp (297kW) total available power output and 640Nm of combined torque delivers 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds and a maximum speed of 137mph.
Drivers can select from two driving modes:
Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) – combines petrol and electric drive. The driver can optimise battery charge or fuel economy by utilising one of two charge management functions:
EV (Electric Vehicle) mode – EV mode enables the vehicle to run solely on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery
Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 technology has a unique calibration to distribute torque from the electric motor, which has no creep speed and maximum torque from zero rpm, to all four wheels. This gives greater control during low-speed off-road manoeuvres.
The motor is powered by a 13.1kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery. The 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine is longitudinally mounted, with the 85kW electric motor housed on the transmission at the centre of the vehicle along with the 7kW on-board charger. The access point for the cable is at the front of the vehicle, while the 13k.1Wh prism-shaped lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the boot floor.
When rapid charging, a full charge can be achieved in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated 32amp wall box. The battery can be fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes using the 10 amp home charging cable supplied as standard.
Inside the cabin, the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system has two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens forming the centrepiece of the cabin.
In-car connectivity is enhanced with up to 12 power points, including two domestic plug sockets to keep laptops and other devices topped up.
The introduction of the Jaguar Land Rover Activity Key also brings new levels of convenience to the Range Rover Sport, allowing customers to lock and unlock their vehicle without the need to carry a key fob – ideal for outdoor pursuits.
Prices for the Range Rover Sport 2.0L P400e PHEV 404HP will be £70,800 for the P400e HSE, £73,800 for the P400e HSE Dynamic, and £84,400 for the P400e Autobiography Dynamic.
Designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover in the UK, the Range Rover Sport will be produced at the company’s Solihull production facility and with deliveries from early 2018.
The announcement about the new Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid follows the news that from 2020 all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will have the option of electrification.