Range Rover Sport announced, P400e hybrid confirmed for Australia

2018 Range Rover Sport launches with plug-in hybrid option

Land Rover has announced its first plug-in hybrid Range Rover model, which has Carbon dioxide emissions of as low as 64g/km. Inside the cabin, the SUV has been updated with the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which Jaguar Land Rover says is the most advanced system ever created by the company.

The Range Rover Sport P400e combines a 221kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor.

Together they have a combined output of 404bhp which gives the new model masses of performance.

The updated Rangie Sport range isn't only about being green, however; a new SVR variant ups power to 423kW with a brisk 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds.

Nevertheless, it's an interesting design study showing how a Land Rover sedan could potentially look in the future.

The petrol-electric combination also produces plenty of pulling power - 640Nm of torque - boosting the plug-in hybrid's off-road abilities.

Drivers can choose from two different modes - parallel hybrid and all-electric - with the latter offering 31 miles of electric range.

The charging port is found at the front, behind a flap in the grille.

Land Rover has taken the covers off its latest Range Rover Sport series, which for the first time includes a plug-in hybrid model.




Exterior design changes are on the subtle side, with a redesigned bumper and a new grille upfront, flanked by Matrix Pixel LED headlights.

After driving the stunning new Velar in August, I wondered aloud why buyers might still consider the costlier Range Rover Sport, mainly because of its inferior infotainment tech.

The P400e has air suspension and full off-road ability via Land Rover's Terrain Response system.

A 7kW on-board charger is fitted inside the auto to enable charging.

Power goes to all four wheels through the firm's familiar permanent four-wheel-drive system and promises uncompromised offroad ability.

As with other Range Rover Sports it has a wading depth of nearly three feet although the towing limit of the hybrid is restricted to 2.5 tonnes - one tonne less than the other models.

The new PHEV replaces the previous diesel-electric hybrid and with a weight of 2.47 tonnes it is on par with the V8 diesel model.

The 2018 Range Rover Sport lineup will arrive in Australia in April, with prices starting from $95,100 (excluding on-road costs). When working in unison the vehicle is capable of hitting 100km/h in 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 137mph.

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