2018 Range Rover Sport PHEV Revealed
The electrified version can cover up to 31 miles (NEDC) without sipping any gasoline.
Hot on the heels of Tuesday’s report about the imminent debut of a plug-in hybrid Range Rover, the Tata Motors-owned British marque is proud to present its first-ever PHEV. Available for the more agile Range Rover Sport, the thrifty SUV heralds JLR’s new nomenclature by adopting the “P400e” moniker and hides the charging port on the right of the front grille.
Let’s get down to the technical specifications. At its heart is a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline 2.0-liter engine from the Ingenium family and it works together with a centrally positioned electric motor housed on the transmission to form the plug-in hybrid powertrain. The combustion engine is good for 300 horsepower (221 kilowatts) whereas the e-motor is rated at 116 hp (85 kW) to give the most frugal Range Rover Sport of them all a combined output of 404 hp (297 kW) and 640 Newton-meters (472 pound-feet) of torque.
Thanks to a lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 13.1 kWh, the Range Rover Sport P400e can travel solely on electric power for up to 31 miles (51 kilometers); as always NEDC rules apply, so expect about 20 miles/32 km worth of real world/EPA range.
Once the battery is depleted, a full recharge is going to take 2 hours and 45 minutes while using a dedicated 32 amp wall box or 7 hours and 30 minutes via the standard 10 amp charging cable.
Once again, on the overly optimistic New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the hybridized SUV will consume just 2.8 liters / 100 km (84 mpg US or 101 mpg UK) with corresponding CO2 emissions of just 64 g/km. These are some amazing numbers considering the vehicle’s size and weight. Although focus was on making it sip less fuel, it doesn’t mean the new P400e is slow as it needs just 6.7 seconds until 62 mph (100 kph) and can hit a respectable top speed of 137 mph (220 kph) or 85 mph (137 kph) when in EV mode.
Land Rover has given the entire Range Rover Sport lineup some styling tweaks with a slimmer grille and reworked LED headlights. The designers also spent some time fiddling with the look of the front bumper and worked together with the engineers to improve airflow and engine’s cooling thanks to the updated air vents. The back of the SUV now hosts a more aggressive spoiler, while fresh 21- and 22-inch alloy wheel designs together with a black exterior pack come to round off the changes on the outside.
Moving inside the cabin, the 2018 Range Rover Sport gets slimmer front seats together with new ebony vintage tan and ebony eclipse themes. The semi-aniline leather upholstery has been borrowed from the bigger Range Rover, and there’s now ambient lighting available in 10 colors. More important is the Nanoe cabin air ionization system boosting the quality of the air by using nano-sized charged water particles to decompose the harmful substances.
An interesting feature is the ability to use gesture controls to play with the electrically operated roof sunblind by doing a rearward swipe in front of the rearview mirror. Elsewhere, there are two 10-inch touchscreens part of the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system and these are complemented by the new 12-inch digital driver’s display and a 10-inch full-color head-up display.
Land Rover is already taking orders for the 2018 Range Rover Sport in Europe and it will kick off customer deliveries towards the end of the year.