First plug-in Land Rover tops 100mpg

Ken Copeland
October 5, 2017

Yes, a 25hp increase in the 5.0-litre V8's output from 550hp to 575hp is unlikely to have helped its appetite for super unleaded, just as the introduction of a carbon fibre composite bonnet won't have made a colossal dent on its prodigious kerbweight - but the new SVR is expected to be marginally quicker (and sharper to turn, too, if SVO's tuning adjustments pay off) and that's a good thing when you've got a 570hp Porsche Cayenne Turbo S to compete with. The battery is a 13.1 kWh unit mounted under the floor. 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.

Nick Collins, vehicle line director at JLR, said: "The new Range Rover Sport strikes a compelling balance between dynamic capability, passenger comfort and efficiency".

Despite strong demand for the Land Rover Discover Sport, the F-Pace and the new Range Rover Velar, August sales were down in the UK, Europe, and overseas markets such as Russia, South America, India and the Middle East. According to Land Rover, the plug-in hybrid does zero-to-60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds (0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds) and has a top speed of 137 miles per hour (220 km/h).

"The addition of design-enabled technologies, such as our new infotainment system and the LED headlights demonstrate our drive towards ever greater desirability for the customer".

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Land Rover's chief design officer Gerry McGovern added: "When we started the design process with this new Range Rover Sport, it was important that we maintained its sporting prowess while evolving the exterior design". However, that wasn't a true plug-in electric vehicle, with the electric portion harvesting kinetic energy through regenerative braking, charging the battery when the vehicle is slowing. The theoretical driving range in pure electric mode is 50km - the new minimum range many carmakers are eyeing today to satisfy China, the world's biggest auto market that's giving a focus on vehicles with some kind of electrification.

Land Rover says a full charge can take as little as two hours 45 minutes via a special home wall box, but a standard charge takes seven hours 30 minutes. Below that, buyers still have a wide choice of four-cylinder, V6 and V8 petrol and diesel engines. Interior changes bring the model up to speed with its newly introduced sibling, the Velar.

The nipped and tucked Range Rover Sports are available to order now, with the line-up starting at £61,315 for the 2.0-litre "SD4" diesel, rising to £99,680 for the SVR. The updates include the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which features two 10.0in touchscreens, up to 12 power points and Activity Key, which allows owners to lock and unlock their vehicle without a key fob.

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