Along with the first images of the all-new 2018MY Range Rover Sport and Range Rover SVR, Land Rover have confirmed that a plug-in hybrid variant will join the range.
In an exciting announcement, Land Rover have shared the first pictures of Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle – the Range Rover Sport P400e. Unveiled alongside the updated Range Rover Sport, this plug-in hybrid variant is an important car for the brand and their plan to that all JLR vehicles will have the option of electrification from 2020.
Offering the best of both – performance and efficiency – the Range Rover Sport P400e features a 300bhp Ingenium petrol engine that is twinned with an 85kW electric motor and a 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery; altogether this set up takes the total power output to 404bhp and 472lb-ft of torque, whilst still maintaining the ability to achieve 101mpg. That makes it the most fuel-efficient Land Rover ever and it’ll still manage to traverse near impossible terrain or accomplish 0-60mph in 6.3seconds.
Land Rover have also announced that the 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery can be fully re-charged in just 2 hours 45 minutes if you use a 32amp wall box or 7 hours 30 minutes using the 10 amp home charging cable that is supplied with the new PHEV Range Rover. Fully charged, the Range Rover Sport P400e is capable of 30 miles electric range.
It’ll come with the option of two driving modes: Parallel Hybrid mode and Electric Vehicle mode (EV mode). Using both powertrains as appropriate, Parallel Hybrid mode is the default mode and it offers two additional, very clever, functions to help the driver optimise battery charge or fuel economy.
One of these functions, named the ‘SAVE function’ allows the driver to drive with just the electric battery until it drops to a certain level (useful if you hit traffic, for example) whilst a second function named ‘Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO)’ uses the car’s navigation system to figure out how best to use both engines during a planned route for maximum efficiency.
The Range Rover P400e’s second mode – EV mode – allows the car to run solely on the electric power that is stored in the car’s battery. The Range Rover P400e’s Terrain Response 2 technology has been re-calibrated to work efficiently with this mode; meaning that you can now silently off-road and benefit from maximum torque at zero rpm.
As well as the addition of the exciting new plug-in hybrid Range Rover to the family, the Range Rover sport will also benefit from some exterior styling tweaks - such as new LED headlights, a redesigned front grille and an SVR-esque front bumper. The interior has also been updated and now boasts the innovative twin 10-inch infotainment screens and Touch Pro Duo that we first saw in the Velar.
The final part of Land Rover’s announcement is an updated Range Rover SVR. Already an incredible feat of engineering, SVR has been made even more powerful – up from 543bhp to 567bhp – meaning that it now flies from 0-60mph in just 4.3 seconds.