Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid Added to Range Rover Sport Series
Sometime back, Jaguar Land Rover had revealed its refreshed 2018 Range Rover Sport. Now, the Sport portfolio has further widened due to the addition of two models, the Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid as well as the updated SVR. After the addition of the all-new Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid, the company has become the latest manufacturer which has jumped on the electric-hybrid bandwagon.
For 2018, the entire range of the Range Rover Sport series has got a makeover in the form of styling tweaks. The LED headlamps have been reworked and the grille has been reworked too. The front bumper, as well as the vents too, have been redesigned keeping the engine cooling and aerodynamics in mind. At the rear end, the 2018 Range Rover Sport has an aggressive spoiler and the sides have gotten two new alloy wheelsets of 21 and 22-inch.
Some of the traits of the larger Range Rover’s cabin have found their way back to the 2018 Sport, including the semi-aniline leather upholstery. In fact, now, the electrically-operated sunblind is controllable by gestures. There’s new cabin air ionisation system too, which purifies cabin air making use of nano-sized water particles. There’s a 12-inch driver’s display as well as a 10-inch full-colour HUD which complements the two 10-inch touch screens as a part of the touch Pro Duo infotainment system.
Known as the P400e, the Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid will be powered using a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that works in tandem with an electric motor which has been housed on the transmission. The car has a 13.1 kWh battery, which can provide enough charge to get the car running solely on battery for 51 km. The SUV also has a very impressive fuel efficiency rating as it covers 100 km in just 2.8 litres petrol. The output from the internal combustion engine is 300 horsepower, while the output from the electric motor is 116 horsepower. This has resulted in a 0-100 km time of 6.7 seconds with top speed being 220 km/h in hybrid mode.
To accompany the PHEV, the beefier SVR model has been chosen, with the 5.0-litre V8 engine producing 25 horsepower as well as 20 Nm more, taking the total output to 575 horsepower as well as 700 Nm.
In Europe, the company has already started taking orders for the 2018 Range Rover Sport and will start the delivery in Europe by year-end.