First plug-in Land Rover tops 100mpg

Lynne Hanson
October 5, 2017

Details have leaked ahead of the official debut, and they're pretty great.

Most stateside Range Rover Sport models will be fitted with either Land Rover's well-regarded 3.0-liter supercharged gas V6 (340 hp/332 pound-feet) or its 5.0-liter supercharged gas V8, the latter of which sees power nudge upward to 518 hp (from 510) and peak torque set at 461 pound-feet. The rear gets a more aggressive slotted spoiler that will reduce the amount of dirt on the rear window. The 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e will be able to drive up to 31 miles in electric mode.

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. 0 to 60 acceleration is now just 4.3 seconds with an unrestricted top speed of 174mph making it the quickest of all Land Rovers. The P400e also reflects a new naming strategy for Jaguar Land Rover.

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

This will be done using a combination of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine and an 85kW electric motor for a meaty output of 404hp (297kW) yet Carbon dioxide emissions come in at just 64g/km, while fuel economy is a claimed 101mpg.

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Drivers can switch between the default Parallel Hybrid mode which combines petrol and electric drive, and EV mode where the auto runs exclusively on electric power for quieter zero-emission journeys.

On the other hand, if you're not arsed about the planet, the gloriously incorrect Range Rover Sport SVR receives a welcome power increase to just shy of 575bhp.

Nick Collins, vehicle line director at JLR, said: "The new Range Rover Sport strikes a compelling balance between dynamic capability, passenger comfort and efficiency".

The Sport PHEV's batteries can be charged in two hours and 45 minutes when attached to a home wall box, or seven-and-a-half hours from a conventional domestic plug.

Prices for the new Range Rover Sport line-up starts at £61,315 for the HSE model with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, while the P400e PHEV has a starting price of £70,800. 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. That vehicle costs £99,680, putting it up there with some of the most expensive Range Rover models ever.

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