First-ever Range Rover Sport PHEV confirmed, launching April 2018

Following on recent announcement that all Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will be electrified from 2020, the company has confirmed its first-ever plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e will arrive in Australia from April 2018.

Featuring a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine married to an 85kW electric motor, the P400e has a combined output of 297kW/640Nm of toruqe sent to all four wheels via a permanent four-wheel drive system.

JLR claims the luxury SUV will dash from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 220km/h, while returning a claimed combined fuel economy of 2.8L/100km. It has an electric-only range of 51km and rapid charge takes 2 hours and 45 minutes. Meanwhile, CO2 emission is rated at 64g/km.

It also features numerous energy-saving technologies such as regenerative braking and using the satellite navigation system to determine when is best to use electric-only power to maximise fuel efficiency.

Based on the updated 2018 Range Rover Sport, the P400d gains revised LED headlights with new LED daytime running lights that are flatter, along with the obligatory restyled front and rear bumpers.

Inside, there’s a dual-screen setup on the centre stack featuring two 10-inch touchscreen dubbed Touch Pro Duo. The upper screen caters to the car’s infotainment system while the bottom screen takes care of vehicle functions. Both screens are responsive to pinch and swipe gestures familiar to most of us now.

Pricing of the 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e starts from $95,100 plus on-road costs. Full specification will be revealed closer to launch next April.

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