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Range Rover Sport PHEV

The Range Rover Sport is now available as a plug-in hybrid

New PHEV model added to Range Rover Sport lineup.

THE RANGE ROVER Sport range is getting a midlife refresh with some styling tweaks inside and out and new equipment.

The flagship Range Rover Sport SVR also gets a power boost and now delivers 575hp, making it the fastest Range Rover to date with a 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds.

However, the big news here is that for the first time ever Land Rover is offering a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) model.

Badged the P400e, the hybrid model combines a 300hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor. The total available power output is 404hp and the 640Nm of torque and the permanent four-wheel drive system help propel the car from zero to 100km/h in 6.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 220km/h.

A 13.1kWh prism-shaped lithium-ion battery powers the electrified part of the Sport P400e’s drivetrain and can be fully charged in as little as two-and-three-quarter hours at home using a dedicated or 32amp wall box.

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The Range Rover Sport P400e offers an all-electric range of 51km. It emits just 64g/km on the NEDC cycle and has a quoted fuel consumption figure of 2.8 litres/100km (101mpg).

The P400e can be driven in two different modes. The default setting is Parallel Hybrid mode and this uses the petrol and electric motors to power the car. The driver can optimise battery charge or fuel economy by utilising one of two charge management functions.

The second drive mode is EV (Electric Vehicle) mode. When in EV mode the vehicle runs solely on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery.

The announcement of a Land Rover’s first PHEV model comes in the wakes of the news that from 2020 all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will have the option of electrification.

Deliveries of the 2018MY Range Rover Sport begin at start of 2018. Irish prices are yet to be confirmed, but we expect there to be a slight increase over the current €74,585 starting price for the range.

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