Jaguar Land Rover has been continuously expanding its electrified vehicle line up for some time now – from the flagship Range Rover PHEV to the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace. In fact, they even offered to convert old models such as the iconic E-Type into a fully electric vehicle.
Now, the British marque has added two new models to its electrified line up with a plug-in hybrid versions of the brand’s two best selling models: the Range Rover Evoque and the Discovery Sport.
This isn’t the first time Jaguar Land Rover has offered a plug-in hybrid option for their vehicles. As mentioned above, the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport are both available as PHEVs. However, the plug-in hybrid powertrain featured in the Evoque and Discovery Sport is all-new.
Under the hood of both the Evoque PHEV and Discover Sport PHEV sits a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine — the smallest in the Ingenium range paired with an 80kW electric motor for a combined output of 200 HP. According to the automaker, the system can run on electric power for short drives with a maximum range of up to 66km. During longer drives, the system can combine both electric and gasoline engine to optimize efficiency. Jaguar Land Rover claims fuel economy figures of up to 1.4L/100km depending on the model.
Both use fitted with a 15kWh battery, and can be charged by the engine as you drive or by plugging in at home. Braking force can also be harnessed for extra energy for the batteries. When plugged-in, the battery can be charged from 0 to 80% in just 30 minutes using a fast charger.
Aside from being more fuel-efficient, the PHEV models of the Evoque and Discovery Sport are a lot cleaner when it comes to emissions. CO2 levels are as low as 32g/km based on the WLTP combined test cycle. Considering that the environment has been a lot healthier these days, we should do our best to continue the process.
Apart from the powertrain, the exterior and the interior of both the Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport remain the same. As a result, there is no compromise when it comes to either SUVs styling whether inside or out.