The Range Rover Sport ... with Electric Power!
You can now choose to drive the Range Rover Sport with electric power in the first ever Plug-In Hybrid from Land Rover. Available to order now with deliveries beginning early 2018.
When you think of a Range Rover you would be forgiven for not immediately thinking of electric power, the name Range Rover would normally conjure up thoughts of luxury and 4X4 capability. However, as it has been announced that the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned from 2040, manufacturers are keen to show us they mean business on the war against air pollution.
The first ever plug-in hybrid from Land Rover has been revealed and is called the Range Rover Sport P400e ...
Exterior features of the Range Rover P400e
From the outside, the plug-in Range Rover Sport will share all the same features as its non-plug in siblings. All of which have received subtle tweaks. There is a new lower, sportier stance along with refreshed front and rear bumpers.
Lights have received a technology update now with the latest laser technology to deliver 5 times more illumination than standard LED lights. Lights wrap around the vehicle with added animated directional indicators.
The plug-in point will be hidden behind the badge on the front grille. It will be as capable as expected from any other Range Rover with the same wading (up to 850mm) and rock crawling abilities.
Interior features of the Range Rover Sport P400e
On the inside, you will barely be aware you are travelling with electric power. The main difference is in the size of the boot. Due to the positioning of the battery under the floor of the boot, the usable space has been squeezed from 780 litres down to 703 litres. Elsewhere the same high quality and luxurious fittings can be found. All Sport models have had an update to include the Touch Pro Duo in car Infotainment System that was first seen in the Range Rover Velar.
The new InControl Touch Pro Duo system comprises of an Intel Quad Core processor linked via an ultrafast ethernet network to two high definition touchscreens. The upper screen will display Navigation, media and telephone systems and can be tilted to provide the driver with the best view from their position. While the lower screen allows you to access climate control features and terrain response functions.
InControl Touch Pro Duo is 4G enabled and can provide a WIFI hotspot for up to 8 connected devices. With WIFI comes access to many online features such as real-time traffic information and a 360 degree view of your destination in arrival mode. Using arrival mode, the system can also search out a parking space for you and direct you to it!
"From 2020 all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will have the option of electrification marking the next step on the Great British company's electrification journey."
- Jaguar Land Rover
The Range Rover Sport P400e Drivetrain
The P400e combines a 2.0 litre 300HP Si4 Ingenium petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor coupled with a 13kWh capacity battery. Together this system produces a combined range of 101 mpg with a pure electric range of 31 miles and Co2 emissions as low as 64g/km. For a total power of 404HP the P400e can travel from rest to 60mph in only 6.3 seconds and can reach a top speed of 137mph.
Each plug in Range Rover Sport will come complete with a home charging cable. Once plugged in the P400e will take around 7.5 hours to charge from a domestic socket at home. Additional charging cables can be purchased. A multi-function charging cable will allow charging at home using a wall box. The wall box is a specialist unit that would need to be professionally fitted, but could reduce your charging time to as little as 2.5 hours. Public charging cables are also available for faster charging on the go.
"The P400e brings the benefits of electrification to the legendary capabilities of Range Rover; delivering ultra low emissions with an EV range of 31 miles."
- Land Rover
Due to its electrified nature the Range Rover plug in has 4 different driving modes to choose from to ensure you are getting the most from your battery.
- Parallel Hybrid Mode, will be the default selection. In this mode the power is switched between the electric motor and petrol engine automatically.
- SAVE Mode, in this setting the battery charge will not drop below a pre-selected level.
- Predictive Energy Optimisation, this mode can be used if you have entered your destination into the navigation system. The car will then work out the best times to use electric power to make your journey as efficient as possible.
- EV mode, in this mode only electric power is used meaning you take an emissions free journey.
Driver aids and trim levels
Standard across all Range Rover Sport Plug-Ins will be Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, Front Parking aid and a Rear view Camera. Other features will be available as optional extras or dependent on the trim level chosen.
There will be a choice of 3 trim levels for the P400e, the entry level HSE, middle of the road HSE Dynamic and the top of the range Autobiography Dynamic.
|Range Rover Sport HSE||Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic ( in addition to HSE)||Range Rover Sport Autobiography Dynamic (in addition to HSE Dynamic)|
|20" alloy wheels||21" alloy wheels||Sliding panoramic roof|
|Matrix LED headlights||Terrain Response 2||Black contrast roof|
|16-way memory front seats||Interactive driver display||22-way powered seats|
|Heated front and rear seats||Bluetooth||Heated and cooled front seats|
|Ambient interior lighting||DAB radio||Suedecloth headlining|
|Terrain response||Body coloured sills and bumper corners||Three-zone climate control|
|Front and rear parking aid||Extended leather upgrade||Grand black veneer|
|Rear view camera||Illuminated treadplates with Range Rover script||Front centre cooler compartment|
|Two-zone climate control||Leather steering wheel with chrome bezel||Heated steering wheel|
|Touch pro duo||Dark engine turned aluminium finisher||Adaptive cruise control with queue assist|
|Navigation pro||Engine cover||Blind spot monitor|
|Electric parking brake||Satin chrome gearshift paddles||360 parking aid with clear exit monitor|
|Home charging cable||Traffic sign recognition|
|Rain sensing windscreen wipers||Meridian surround sound system|
|Automatic headlights||Rear traffic monitor|
|Push button start/keyless entry||Driver condition monitor|
Prices for the Range Rover Sport P400e begin at £70,800
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