2018 Range Rover Sport gets plug-in hybrid tech

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Land Rover has revealed its 2018 Range Rover Sport, which introduces the brand’s first-ever plug-in hybrid.

2018 Range Rover Sport PHEV

2018 Range Rover Sport PHEV

The new P400e PHEV model combines a 300hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor, giving a total power output of 398bhp and torque of 472lb.ft, married up with permanent four-wheel drive.

Jaguar Land Rover says the focus is on both dynamic and sustainable performance – the P400e delivers 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 220kph while emitting 64g/km and offering 2.8l/100km on the official NEDC combined cycle with an all-electric range of 51km.

The default driving mode is as a hybrid and the driver can opt to use a Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) function that uses GPS altitude data to switch between electric motor and petrol engine to maximise fuel economy on route to a chosen destination.

The motor is powered by a 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery, which is situated beneath the boot floor, reducing load space by 77 litres to 703.

Additional engine options cover Ingenium four-cylinder, V6 and V8 petrol and diesel units.

Other changes to the facelifted Range Rover Sport include increased power for the 575hp flagship SVR, styling changes and technology updates including a new infotainment system and enhanced in-car connectivity.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.