Land Rover reveals new Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid

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But the big news is the introduction of the company's first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Range Rover Sport P400e. The PHEV Rover Sport can travel for 31 miles on electricity alone.

Its acceleration 0 to 60 is 6.3 seconds making it the second quickest Range Rover Sport on the market, surpassed only by the V8 petrol models. We'll have to wait until the 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show to see what Land Rover has planned for the new Road Rover range. Visually, the SUV got an even more sober front fascia through a sportier bumper, slightly redesigned grille, and new headlights.

The Range Rover Sport SVR wasn't exactly crying out for more power, but thanks to the latest raft of updates made to the Range Rover Sport, err, Range, that's exactly what it's received. This preserves performance - 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 137mph is plenty good enough - while massively reducing Carbon dioxide emissions, to just 64g/km on the standard industry cycle.

It comes with an EV mode as well as the normal hybrid function, and can "Save" electric charge, with Predictive Energy Consumption using Global Positioning System to manage the balance between the two power sources when required. 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 battery has a capacity of 13.1kWh and can be charged fully in two hours 45 minutes using a 32amp charger, or seven hours 30 minutes using the supplied 10amp, three-pin home charging cable. The LED daytime running lights have also been changed, with sharper, more angular lines.

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A 7kW on-board charger is fitted inside the auto to enable charging.

The top-spec Range Rover Sport SVR is powered by the Jaguar F-type SVR's 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine that develops 575hp (a bump of 25hp over the outgoing model) and 700Nm of peak torque.

Under normal conditions the vehicle acts like a traditional hybrid, using a mixture of electric power and the petrol engine to provide the best compromise between performance and economy. "We look forward to a strong final two months of the year with our strongest lineups ever". At the top of the range is the SVR version, sporting 575 hp and a $114,595 price tag.

Land Rover also said the car's interior had been boosted with up to 12 power points, including two plug sockets to keep laptops or other devices topped up. The Range Rover Sport P400e PHEV costs from £70,800 and is available to order for delivery in early 2018.

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