Revised Range Rover Sport includes plug-in hybrid model

2018 Range Rover Sport launches with plug-in hybrid option

Land Rover has revealed a heavily updated Range Rover Sport with design changes, new powertrains and an interior overhaul to challenge rivals, including the new Porsche Cayenne. The SVR also uses more carbonfibre than previously, making it "faster and more agile than before", according to its maker's claims. The new model's unveiling follows the firm's announcement that from 2020 all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will be available with electric options.

As one of Australia's best-selling premium luxury SUVs, we expect that the new technology and upgrades to the 2018 Range Rover Sport will be of great appeal to our customers. With a total output of 398bhp available and permanent four-wheel drive, the model delivers 0-62mph in 6.7sec and a top speed of 137mph.

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Its electrified powertrain means the Range Rover Sport P400e boasts a claimed fuel consumption figure of 101mpg on the NEDC combined cycle, and Carbon dioxide emissions of 64g/km.

Order books for the latest Range Rover Sport are now open, with the first customer deliveries expected in early 2018. There are two driving modes: a default Parallel Hybrid setting that best combines the two power sources, and an all-electric EV mode. In this mode, a Save function prevents the battery charge from dropping below the selected level and the Predictive Energy Optimisation function requires you to enter a destination into the navigation. The first combines petrol and electric drive and allows the driver to optimise battery charge or fuel economy. The prism-shaped lithium-ion battery is located beneath the floor of the boot at the rear of the auto, while the plug-in access point is at the front of the vehicle. The P400e hybrid can go up to 31 miles on battery power alone, officially returns 101mpg and should hold significant appeal for company vehicle customers do to its low tax liability.

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When rapid charging, a full charge can be achieved in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated 32-amp wall box. With four-cylinder petrol power and the ability to run in silent electric mode, the new P400e is far more representative of JLR's electrified future. "Inside, the Sport gains the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system first seen in the Velar, with its twin 10" touchscreens.

Speaking to Autocar UK, JLR CEO Ralph Speth that the PHEV versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will be launched within the year.

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As is typically the case with a mid-life facelift, the 2018 Range Rover Sport features refreshed exterior looks to keep it looking modern.

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