Jaguar Land Rover Goes Green With the New Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid

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October 4, 2017

Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) once had a bad rap in the eyes of environment lobbyists. While this vehicle type has grown in popularity over the years, many found it to be a gas-guzzler, sucking fuel like there was no tomorrow. Of course, all this is about to change, says Jaguar Land Rover as it unveils its new Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid.

As the name suggests, the brand’s first-ever hybrid gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium gas motor that puts out 300hp. This is paired with a 116hp electric mtor powered by a 13.1kwh lithium ion battery and a 7kw charger. This gives the Range Rover Sport Hybrid a total system output of 404hp and 640Nm of torque, sent to the four-wheels via 8-speed ZF gearbox. This is good for a 6.7-second 0-100kph time and a 220kph top speed.

Beyond the performance, what this P400e-codenamed Range Rover offers is cleaner emissions and guilt-free all-terrain capability. One can travel on pure electric mode for up to 51kms and choose between two driving modes: Parallel Hybrid and Electric Vehicle. Each one gives the SUV a distinct driving character and lets one drive worry free whatever the weather. Naturally, the legendary mountain-goat-like capabilities the brand has been known for are intact.

This being a Range Rover, it offers a host of cutting-edge technologies that make life eaiser for those lucky enough to own one. One gets niceties like pixel-laser LED headlights, Gesture Sunblinds, Advanced Tow Assist, and Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10-inch touchscreens and 14 power points scattered throughout the cabin, just to name a few.

The New Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid also gets a few changes outside to distinguish it from its regular siblings. The pixel-laser LED headlights flank a redesigned grille that houses access to the charger. One can top up the battery in a quick 2 hours, 45 minutes, by the way.

As Jaguar Land Rover begins taking orders for the Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid, it also debuts the new Range Rover Sport SVR that now delivers 575hp and a 0-100kph run of just 4.5 seconds. Either way, each of these new SUVs are set to take the British brand into new territory.

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As News Editor, it is his job to deliver the stories about the most recent motoring events in an easy-to-digest manner.