Land Rover reveals new Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid

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"September was a strong month for Jaguar Land Rover in the USA with both brands powered by demand for our newest SUV models, the Jaguar F-Pace and Range Rover Velar", said Joe Eberhardt, JLR's North America CEO.

The Range Rover Sport PHEV is powered by a 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine developing 300hp and mated to an 85kw electric motor which runs from a lithium-ion battery pack slung below the rear of the auto.

Performance claims for the newcomer include a 6.3 second dash to 60mph and 137mph top speed.

"For the first time Australian customers will experience zero-emission near-silent on and off-road luxury without compromising any off-road capability, Jaguar Land Rover Australia managing director Matthew Wiesner said".

The plug-in model is coming on stream as Land Rover revamps the Range Rover Sport with a major interior overhaul and slight changes to the styling. That's 25 hp more than the previous model, allowing the Range Rover Sport SVR to go zero-to-60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds).

The Range Rover Sport has been given a facelift for 2018, but the big news is not just the impressively updated Sport, but the arrival of a new plug-in hybrid Range Rover Sport PHEV and a more powerful Sport SVR too. So far we know the first model will reportedly be based on the same aluminium platform as the upcoming new Jaguar XJ and feature two electric motors as well as on-demand all-wheel drive. Known as the Range Rover Sport 400e, the eco-minded SUV features a plug-in hybrid powertrain that is created to improve fuel economy and lower Carbon dioxide emissions.

Under normal conditions the vehicle acts like a traditional hybrid, using a mixture of electric power and the petrol engine to provide the best compromise between performance and economy. With a regular 10 amp source, the same will take 7 hours 30 minutes using the supplied cable.

The 2018 Range Rover Sport is now available to order at Land Rover's United Kingdom dealers.

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 vehicle to automatically optimise the operation of the internal combustion engine and electric motor. Below that, buyers still have a wide choice of four-cylinder, V6 and V8 petrol and diesel engines.

The entry-level Range Rover Sport, the 237bhp 2.0 SD4 diesel, costs £61,315, the P400e starts from £70,800 and the range-topping SVR is £99,680.

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