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2018 Range Rover Sport gets first plug-in hybrid

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 296bhp 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.

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 137mph while emitting 64g/km and offering 101mpg on the official NEDC combined cycle with an all-electric range of 31 miles.

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 can be charged from two hours 45 minutes on a 7kW/32-amp charger or seven hours 30 minutes using the 10 amp home charging cable supplied as standard. The battery 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 567bhp flagship SVR, styling changes and technology updates including a new infotainment system and enhanced in-car connectivity.

The Range Rover Sport is available to order from Land Rover retailers now, priced from £61,315. Prices for the new PHEV model start from £70,800. Deliveries start from early 2018.For more of the latest industry news, click here.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.