Electric milestone revealed by Land Rover

Electric milestone revealed by Land Rover

Electric milestone revealed by Land Rover

Land Rover has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid since Jaguar Land Rover announced from 2020 all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will have the option of being electric.

Power comes from a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that is combined with an electric motor for a total output of 398bhp and 640Nm of torque, allowing for a 0-60mph time of 6.3 seconds and a 137mph top speed. This preserves performance - 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 137mph is plenty good enough - while massively reducing Carbon dioxide emissions, to just 64g/km on the standard industry cycle.

Order books for the latest Range Rover Sport are now open, with the first customer deliveries expected in early 2018.

The flagship Range Rover Sport SVR, described by the auto maker as "the ultimate performance SUV", uses the F-Type SVR's 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine with 567bhp - 25bhp more than the outgoing Range Rover Sport SVR - and 516lb ft.

Although the SVR is the most exciting model in the line-up for pure speed, it is the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid, badged P400e, that is most important for Land Rover, addressing previous criticisms of poor fuel economy and emissions from the Range Rover Sport.

At steady speeds the vehicle uses Global Positioning System to work out when best to switch between fully electric and hybrid driving modes; if a steep hill is approaching, the engine will fire up to take up the slack, then cut out going downhill. The PHEV Rover Sport can travel for 31 miles on electricity alone.

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Before now, all Range Rover Sports - even the diesel-electric hybrid model - have sat in the top 34% company vehicle bracket, making them expensive options for business users.

That hasn't stopped this rendering artist from imagining how a luxury Land Rover sedan could look when the Road Rover range expands in the future. With a regular 10 amp source, the same will take 7 hours 30 minutes using the supplied cable.

A "Save" function will keep the battery topped up to a preset level, while "Predictive Energy Optimisation" uses data from the sat nav's GPS system to maximise economy over hills.

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

"Our efficient diesel and petrol engines are our cleanest ever and remain utterly relevant today on our journey to electrification".

A base 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE fitted with the gas V6 starts at the same $66,750* MSRP as its predecessor, with the Td6 diesel coming in at $2,000 more.

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