New Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid Revealed

Isaac Cain
October 5, 2017

A plug-in hybrid Range Rover is already due to follow while next year Jaguar will be launched the fully-electric I-PACE SUV. Details have leaked ahead of the official debut, and they're pretty great.

Adding to the extra oomph is quite a lot of weight savings: the hood is made of carbon fiber and other composites; altogether the bucket seats inside save 66 pounds.

Priced from £70,800 the new Range Rover Sport P400e - as the plug-in hybrid will be known - can run on zero emissions for more than 30 miles and has a theoretical fuel return of 101mpg.

The Sport interior's biggest upgrade, though, is nearly certain to be Touch Pro Duo, the same twin 10-inch screen infotainment system that I experienced in August in the new 2018 Range Rover Velar.

That hasn't stopped this rendering artist from imagining how a luxury Land Rover sedan could look when the Road Rover range expands in the future. Visually, the SUV got an even more sober front fascia through a sportier bumper, slightly redesigned grille, and new headlights.

The P400e uses a 300PS 2.0-litre petrol engine in conjunction with an 85kW electric motor, for a total output of 404PS and peak torque of 640Nm.

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As for the internal-combustion-only Range Rover Sports, you'll be able to spot 2018 model-year examples by their new, slimmer LED headlamps bookending a matching narrower grille.

Of course, being a plug-in hybrid, the P400e can drive on electric power alone for a range of 51km (NDEC).

The Sport PHEV's batteries can be charged in two hours and 45 minutes when attached to a home wall box, or seven-and-a-half hours from a conventional domestic plug.

The refreshed Range Rover Sport diesel range now kicks off with with the 2.0 litre SD4 HSE at £61,315, with the 3.0 litre SDV6 HSE at £65,145, the 4.4 litre SDV8 Autobiography Dynamic at £89,950. The charging socket is at the front of the vehicle, while the 13.1 kWh prism-shaped lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the boot floor.

There is also a new version of the flagship high performance SVR model being released with its supercharged engine now uprated to 575bhp - an increase of 25bhp over the previous model.

The Sport also gets the Velar's steering wheel, together with its touch-sensitive buttons; and while the Sport keeps its stubby gear selector, making do without the rotary dial fitted to the latest Jaguar-Land Rover cars, this is one of the few aspects of the Sport's interior that's been left unchanged.

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