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The Range Rover Sport has gone hybrid

05 October 2017

Like most plug-in hybrids (particularly bulky SUVs), keeping the battery charged is essential unless you want the engine to drag around more weight than usual. 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.

Its electrified powertrain means the Range Rover Sport P400e boasts a claimed fuel consumption figure of 101mpg on the NEDC combined cycle, and Carbon dioxide emissions of 64g/km.

Land Rover Australia is introducing its first plug-in hybrid version of the Range Rover Sport, called the P400e, coinciding with the launch of the 2018 model year range. According to Land Rover, the plug-in hybrid does zero-to-60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds (0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds) and has a top speed of 137 miles per hour (220 km/h).

The Solihull-built Range Rover Sport has sold more than 732,000 since it went on sale in 2005.

Land Rover said the plug-in hybrid means "customers can experience zero-emission near-silent off-road luxury with uncompromised all-terrain capability" for the first time, while also having free access to most congestion charging zones.

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

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The petrol-electric combination also produces plenty of pulling power - 640Nm of torque - boosting the plug-in hybrid's off-road abilities.

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 Sport hybrid enjoys full-time four-wheel drive and can be driven either in hybrid mode, where the electric motors assists its petrol-powered colleague, or in full EV mode, where the auto runs exclusively on the energy that's been stored up in the battery. The charging socket is at the front of the vehicle, while the 13.1 kWh prism-shaped lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the boot floor. He also hailed the diesel and petrol engines as "our cleanest ever".

Changes are very elementary, though, including new LED lights, bumper design and grille.

The Sport also gets the Velar's steering wheel, together with its touch-sensitive buttons; and while the Sport keeps its stubby gear selector, making do without the rotary dial fitted to the latest Jaguar-Land Rover cars, this is one of the few aspects of the Sport's interior that's been left unchanged.

The Range Rover Sport has gone hybrid