Range Rover Sport P400e debuts as Land Rover's first plug-in hybrid model

Angelica Greene
October 5, 2017

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.

That's because the introduction of the brand's first-ever plug-in hybrid coincides with the base model's mid-life facelift. For the first time, Australian customers will experience zero-emission near-silent on and off-road luxury without compromising any off-road capability.

The 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will offer company auto customers a far more appealing option, as its 2.0-litre petrol engine, 85kW electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack lead to low Carbon dioxide emissions of 64g/km. The prism-shaped lithium-ion battery is located beneath the floor of the boot at the rear of the auto, while the plug-in access point is at the front of the vehicle.

The new vehicle gets a 296bhp petrol engine teamed up with a 114bhp electric motor, for a combined power rating of 398bhp and 472lb ft torque, and will cost from £70,800-£84,400 depending on the trim level you go for.

Pricing for the 2018 Range Rover Sport starts at $67,745 with the destination fees included.

EV (Electric Vehicle) mode - enables the vehicle to run exclusively on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery, the ideal solution for quiet, zero emission journeys. The 398 bhp total available power output, delivers 0-100kmph in only 6.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 220kmph.

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The plug-in hybrid Range Rover Sport won't arrive until summer 2018 however, as a 2019 model year.

Exterior design changes are on the subtle side, with a redesigned bumper and a new grille upfront, flanked by Matrix Pixel LED headlights.

Rival for the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE features 400hp-plus performance while also being capable of driving on pure electricity for 50km.

The top-spec Range Rover Sport SVR is powered by the Jaguar F-type SVR's 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine that develops 575hp (a bump of 25hp over the outgoing model) and 700Nm of peak torque.

A full range of petrol and diesel powertrains, including Ingenium four-cylinder and V6 and V8 units, sits alongside the SVR and P400e in the line-up. And to keeps all other screens alive as well, the sportiest Range Rover can be ordered with up to 12 power outlets. The refreshed lineup goes on sale in early 2018.

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