Little by little, we're starting to see more hybrids and electric vehicles enter the local market. From luxury to mainstream automakers, almost every brand wants to include a green vehicle in its portfolio. Coventry Motors Corporation, the official distributor of Land Rover and Jaguar in the country, is about to dip their toes into that market with the launch of the Range Rover P400e, and the I-Pace electric crossover.
Starting with the Range Rover (and Range Rover Sport), that 'e' is significant as it stands for 'electric'. This eco-minded Range Rover is a plug-in hybrid, one of the few luxury SUVs in the market today with that option. That means you have the option of letting its batteries charge all by itself (through the brakes) or plug it in a port to keep it topped up every time you set off.
The Range Rover P400e uses a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery that can be charged from zero to full in 2 hours and 45 minutes via a Type 2, 7kWh wall charger (installation costs not included). It even comes with an on-board 7 kWh charger to speed up charging times.
The electric motor alone pushes out 85 kilowatts, which roughly translates to 116 PS. That electric motor is then paired to a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. Despite the (relatively) compact engine size, the 2.0-liter turbo hybrid puts out 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque.
Combined, the electric motor and turbo gas engine dole out 404 PS, hence the P400e name. It then has a whopping 640 Nm of torque, matching six-cylinder turbodiesels from rival brands. Shifting is done through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, just like the standard Range Rover. With it, the Range Rover PHEV can go from 0 - 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds while the Range Rover Sport can do it faster in 6.7 seconds.
Even with that much power, Land Rover claims that the Range Rover P400e can do up to 31.25 kilometers per liter. That figure can even be boosted as this PHEV can drive up to 48 kilometers on purely electric power and without any assistance from the gas engine.
Aside from the Range Rover PHEV, Coventry Motors also released the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace. Serving as the brand's first all-electric crossover, the I-Pace is touted by the company of delivering sports car-like performance, along with intelligent smart systems in a five-seat electric luxury crossover.
The I-Pace was first conceived as a concept during the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show which eventually became a production model the following year. But instead of changing its appearance, Jaguar decided it would be best to keep its design faithful to the concept.
The result is a sleek and aerodynamic body. The front fascia gets the signature front grille and headlight design while the rear appears to have been inspired by the sporty F-Pace. Also worth mentioning on the 2020 I-Pace its panoramic glass roof, and the distinct tailgate which gives the crossover its unmistakable shape.
Inside the I-Pace's cabin, the electric crossover greets occupants with a bevy of displays. Sitting front and center on the dashboard is the upgraded Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment, and a digital climate control system. Leather upholstery, as well as touches of piano black accents and soft-touch trim, give the I-Pace a sophisticated interior.
The driving force of the I-Pace is a pair of in-house developed electric motors. Powered by a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the I-Pace puts out an impressive 400 PS along with a staggering 696 Nm of torque. With it, Jaguar claims that the I-Pace delivers instantaneous torque similar to that of sports cars and can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. It also has a maximum potential range of 470 km.
To keep the I-Pace juiced up, a 7 kWh wall charger comes with every unit of the I-Pace. Meanwhile, the I-Pace itself has an 11-kW onboard charger to allow for faster charging times in the future.
The Range Rover P400e is available in Vogue standard-wheelbase at PhP 11,990,000 and Autobiography at PhP 15,190,000. Meanwhile, the smaller Range Rover Sport P400e retails for Php 9,490,000. Clients may also purchase an additional charger for their second homes or offices which costs PhP 105,000.
As for the Jaguar I-Pace, the company is now accepting orders for the PhP 7,590,000 electric crossover. An additional wall charger is available for purchase at PhP 105,000 (installation costs not included). The I-Pace is also covered by an 8-year, 160,000-kilometer 70-percent health state warranty.