Land Rover has rolled out their first foray into the plug-in hybrid market. The British SUV maker has integrated plug-in hybrid software into the Range Rover Sport and now dubs it as the P400e. As previously reported, the larger Range Rover will follow suit.
We won't be seeing the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid just yet as Land Rover has chosen a gas engine to accompany a more powerful electric motor. Internal combustion comes courtesy of the 2.0-liter Ingenium turbo, producing 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque, lifted straight from the Evoque and the entry-level Discovery.
As for the electric motor, Land Rover did not release its torque figure but power is rated at 116 PS. The electric system consists of a 13.1kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery. It is then mated to an 85kW electric motor housed in the ZF automatic eight-speed transmission at the center of the vehicle, alongside the 7kW on-board charger. A full charge can be achieved in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated 32 amp wall box, according to Land Rover. The battery can be fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes using the 10 amp home charging cable supplied as standard.
With the gas and electric motor combined, the result is an output of 404 PS and 640 Nm of torque. It is up by 104 PS and a substantial 240 Nm more than its non-plug-in counterpart. Running on the electric motor alone, the Range Rover Sport P400e has a zero-emissions range of 51 kilometers. Moving to its performance figures, Land Rover claims a 0 to 100 km/h time of 6.7 seconds and on to a restricted top speed of 220 km/h. Fuel economy meanwhile is claimed at 35 kilometers per liter in the combined cycle (mix of city and highway driving).
The arrival of the Range Rover Sport P400e also marks the debut of the updated model range. On the exterior front, it gets a pair of new bumpers, as well as a refreshed cabin with more combination options. At the same time, the infotainment system has been redesigned, as well as addition of gesture control, pixel-laser LED headlamps and advanced tow assist.
At the same time, the Range Rover Sport SVR gets more power under the hood. The outgoing model produced 550 PS and 680 Nm of torque. Now, the high-performance SUV now produces 575 PS and 700 Nm of torque, meaning it is up by 25 PS and 20 Nm. With the power bump, the Range Rover Sport SVR can do 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds.