Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid launched priced from £70800

2018 Range Rover Sport launches with plug-in hybrid option

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 vehicle.

Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover managing director, said: "The current Range Rover Sport has performed exceptionally well in the United Kingdom market since it was introduced in 2013 selling just shy of 50,000 vehicles to date".

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.

These changes apply to the Range Rover SVR (well, not the hybrid stuff), which now develops a whopping 575hp from its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 and has a 0-60mph time of 4.3 seconds.

The 13.1kWh lithium ion battery sits at the rear beneath the boot floor, which reduces boot space from 780 litres to 703, and charging cable access is behind the Land Rover badge on the right of the front grille. With four-cylinder petrol power and the ability to run in silent electric mode, the new P400e is far more representative of JLR's electrified future. With 640Nm of combined torque, the new Range Rover Sport PHEV comes with FWD function.

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Land Rover has revealed a heavily updated Range Rover Sport with design changes, new powertrains and an interior overhaul to challenge rivals, including the new Porsche Cayenne. The Sport also gets a nip and tuck on the outside, with a new radiator grille, fresh LED matrix headlights and redesigned bumpers. According to Land Rover, the plug-in hybrid does zero-to-60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds (0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds) and has a top speed of 137 miles per hour (220 km/h).

The carmaker claims that two hours and 45 minutes is enough to charge it to the brim thanks to a special home wall box, but a standard charge takes seven hours 30 minutes.

It comes with an EV mode as well as the normal hybrid function, and can "Save" electric charge, with Predictive Energy Consumption using Global Positioning System to manage the balance between the two power sources when required.

The Sport hybrid enjoys full-time four-wheel drive and can be driven either in hybrid mode, where the electric motors assists its petrol-powered colleague, or in full EV mode, where the auto runs exclusively on the energy that's been stored up in the battery.

In addition to the plug-in hybrid, the new Range Rover Sport will also be available with a range of four-cylinder, V6 and V8 petrol and diesel engines. He also hailed the diesel and petrol engines as "our cleanest ever". There are also 12 power points inside and two domestic plug sockets.

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