Land Rover launches finally an SUV plug-in hybrid

Posted October 05, 2017

JLR has also equipped the latest Range Rover Sport with its new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system that debuted on the Range Rover Velar. The current one has been around since 2013, when its Daniel Craig-assisted NY debut redefined new vehicle launch bravado (it doesn't get much ballsier than getting James Bond to shut down four blocks of Midtown Manhattan).

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. This preserves performance - 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 137mph is plenty good enough - while massively reducing Carbon dioxide emissions, to just 64g/km on the standard industry cycle.

The P400e also offers a tweaked version of Land Rover's Terrain Response 2 system which offers no "creep speed and maximum torque from zero rpm, to all four wheels". Visually, the SUV got an even more sober front fascia through a sportier bumper, slightly redesigned grille, and new headlights.

The Range Rover Sport doesn't really need a facelift.

Called the Range Rover Sport P400e, the auto combines a 300 horsepower 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor producing 104 horsepower.

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.

Recharging can take less than three hours from a fast charger or 7.5 hours from a domestic supply and the vehicle can be run in a variety of modes - full EV where it runs only on batteries or in hybrid configurations using both the petrol and electric motors for optimum performance. Designed and engineered by JLR in United Kingdom, the new Range Rover Sport will be produced at the company's Solihull production facility, with deliveries from early 2018. The battery pack can be recharged in 2 hours and 45 minutes from completely dead.

And if the hybrid isn't for you, a new 296bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine has joined the Range Rover Sport line-up.

The motor is powered by a 13.1kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery.

As for the cabin, that has been jazzed up a bit with up to 12 power points (including two standard plugs for charging laptops) and two high-definition touchscreens - the sort of luxuries that help elevate a Range Rover above the competition.