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Land Rover's new Range Rover Sport is its first plug-in hybrid

2018 Range Rover Sport launches with plug-in hybrid option

Unlike the Range Rover Sport Hybrid that used a 340-hp 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel engine and a 47-hp (35-kW) electric motor, the P400e combines a 300-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine with a 116-hp (85-kW) electric motor, and a 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery.

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".

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.

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. Its all-electric range meanwhile (the reward for sacrificing almost 80 litres of boot space to make way for the battery) is quoted at 31 miles.

Range Rover has introduced the new engine alongside other changes to the Range Rover Sport for 2018. Land Rover also claims a fuel economy of 37.75kpl and an electric only range of up to 50km.

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And while economy for the Range Rover Sport is officially pegged at 101mpg, this hasn't come at the expense of performance: with 398bhp on tap, it takes just 6.3 seconds to go from 0-60mph and has a 137mph top speed.

The plug-in hybrid Range Rover Sport won't arrive until summer 2018 however, as a 2019 model year. There is also the EV (electric vehicle) mode enabling the vehicle to run exclusively on the electric motor using energy stored in the battery. So far we know the first model will reportedly be based on the same aluminium platform as the upcoming new Jaguar XJ and feature two electric motors as well as on-demand all-wheel drive.

Changes are very elementary, though, including new LED lights, bumper design and grille.

The Range Rover Sport model line-up starts at £61,315 for the 2-litre diesel SD4 HSE, rising to a whopping £99,680 for the 5-litre V8-powered SVR model.

The Sport also gets the Velar's steering wheel, together with its touch-sensitive buttons; and while the Sport keeps its stubby gear selector, making do without the rotary dial fitted to the latest Jaguar-Land Rover cars, this is one of the few aspects of the Sport's interior that's been left unchanged.

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