By Veeno Dewan
“According to Land Rover, the Sport P400e has a 0 to 100 km/h time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 219 km/h. The 13.1-kWh battery pack will allow a fully electric range of up to 51 km.”
“Perhaps the most impressive upgrade is the new digital Touch Pro Duo that comprises stacked twin high- definition 10-inch screen infotainment systems.”
For 2018/19 the Land Rover Range Rover Sport premium SUV arrives with a mild refresh comprising of a revamped grille and bumpers, new LED headlamps and the cool digital interior that first debuted in the Range Rover Velar. Inside the Sport, there is a new cabin with more interior space and storage space as well as fancy technology such as a gesture-controlled moonroof sunshade, as well as numerous upgrades in content and features, including a new air cabin ionization system, and an advanced tow assist system, to ease trailer reversing maneuvers.
According to Land Rover, between 12 and 14 power points outlets will be available across the Sports cabin, including a household 120-volt outlet. The Land Rover Activity Key, an intelligent remote key fob in the form of a fantastically cool bracelet, allows owners to leave the conventional key fob in the vehicle when out of the car for example skiing or performing other sports. Perhaps the most impressive upgrade is the new digital Touch Pro Duo screen, that comprises stacked twin high- definition 10-inch screen infotainment system that provides intuitive, and brilliant display interfaces or range of functions.
A range of engines is available in the Sport including a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 (340 or 380 horsepower), the turbo-diesel 3.0-litre V6 (254 hp and 443 pound-feet of torque) and the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 (518 or 575 hp). For 2018, a new 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e, will be on offered as Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle. This vehicle arrives with unique lower fascias and fender vents. The powertrain is a 296-hp version of the 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder found in the Land Rover Evoque, and other Jaguar sedans teamed with a 114-hp (85kW) electric motor. An eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system will be available. According to Land Rover, the Sport P400e has a 0 to 100 km/h time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 219 km/h. The 13.1-kWh battery pack will allow a fully electric range of up to 51 km, and the vehicle will be able to travel at a speed of up to 137 km/h without the gasoline engine. For proper weight distribution and driving dynamics, the 85 kW electric motor is housed on the transmission at the center of the vehicle, along with the 7kW onboard charger. The 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the trunk floor. This arrangement means almost neutral weight distribution. Charging for the battery is simple, there is charging socket at the front of the vehicle, and you just plug into from a power outlet. On the road, the Sport P400e uses a computer controlled program to switch, alternate and cycle between the gasoline, battery and the electric motors to maximize efficiency.
The 2018 Range Rover Sport will start at a price of $78,800. The 2019 Range Rover Sport PHEV price starts at $93,000 (subject to change.) Estimated availability in Canada is summer 2018.