Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid set for Oz

Bill Rogers
October 5, 2017

On the one hand it has launched the firm's first plug-in hybrid electric model - meaning that Gaydon now has an SUV to compete with the "green" credentials of various luxury-minded rivals - and on the other, there's a refreshed SVR, belligerently furthering the idea that the Sport is a Range Rover meant for keen drivers.

Since the Government crackdown on petrol and diesel auto sales from 2040, every manufacturer has announced some sort of electric future.

The new SUV is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has produced, and will be capable of travelling as far as 31 miles on electricity alone.

Now, the British manufacturer has unveiled the first vehicle to lead the charge.

If you want to dress it up even more, the 2018 Range Rover Sport is available with a new Carbon Fiber Exterior Pack that adds Gloss Black and Carbon Fiber additions to the grille, fender vent and hood vent surrounds, as well as the door mirror covers and tailgate finisher. 0 to 60 acceleration is now just 4.3 seconds with an unrestricted top speed of 174mph making it the quickest of all Land Rovers. It should do this in bad weather, too, because of its permanent all-wheel drive system. The model features a 296-hp version of the 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder found in the Evoque and various Jaguar models paired with an 114-hp (85kW) electric motor.

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Using a dedicated 32 amp wall box or public charging point, a full charge can be achieved in 2 hours 45 minutes.

The silver skid plate fitted to the lower portion of the Range Rover Sport's front bumper has been replaced with mesh detail trim, while at the rear square exhaust pipes replace the round examples fitted to the outgoing vehicle, and the lower portion of the back bumper becomes body coloured. The P400e hybrid can go up to 31 miles on battery power alone, officially returns 101mpg and should hold significant appeal for company auto customers do to its low tax liability. The default driving mode combines petrol and electric drive and there's a nav-based Predictive Energy Optimisation function to optimise system efficiency.

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.

The second setting, EV mode, is self-explanatory.

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