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Electric milestone revealed by Land Rover

Electric milestone revealed by Land Rover

The highlight of a refreshed Range Rover Sport line-up, the new P400e, is a Range Rover like no other since the first in 1970. The P400e combines a 296bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol unit with a 114bhp electric motor.

Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover managing director, said: "The current Range Rover Sport has performed exceptionally well in the United Kingdom market since it was introduced in 2013 selling just shy of 50,000 vehicles to date".

The Range Rover Sport has been updated for 2018 with design changes, an improved interior, a plug-in Range Rover Sport PHEV and more powerful SVR.

Land Rover has given its Range Rover Sport a touch-up for the 2018 model year, and in addition to the subtle cosmetic updates and new cabin tech, the range-topping SVR now has more power, while a new plug-in hybrid model joins the range for the first time.

Recharging can take less than three hours from a fast charger or 7.5 hours from a domestic supply and the vehicle can be run in a variety of modes - full EV where it runs only on batteries or in hybrid configurations using both the petrol and electric motors for optimum performance.

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For those who want a Capital S with their Sport Utility, the Range Rover Sport SVR returns, with its newly fettled supercharged V8 making 575 horsepower (+25) and 516 lb-ft (+14).

To put that into perspective, the lighter Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine manages 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds, has a top speed of 140mph, fuel economy of 134.5mpg (claimed) and 49g/km of CO2.

EV (Electric Vehicle) mode - enables the vehicle to run exclusively on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery, the ideal solution for quiet, zero emission journeys. The upside is that the Range Rover Sport P400e will be able to go around 31 miles on electric only. The system can be charged in two hours, 45 minutes with the aid of a 32amp wall box or seven hours and 30 minutes using the standard 10amp charging cable.

At the front, the striking new design is enabled by intelligent Matrix Pixel LED headlights, sitting alongside a redesigned grille. He also hailed the diesel and petrol engines as "our cleanest ever". 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.

A base 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE fitted with the gas V6 starts at the same $66,750* MSRP as its predecessor, with the Td6 diesel coming in at $2,000 more.


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