Range Rover Sport launches with plug-in hybrid option

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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.

JAGUAR Land Rover has pulled the covers off the new Range Rover Sport, which will be available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time.

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. With a regular 10 amp source, the same will take 7 hours 30 minutes using the supplied cable.

The nifty charge socket sits in a hole in the grille at the front of the auto - charging with a 32A rapid charger takes 2 hours 45 minutes, while charging on the 10A home charging cable that comes with the vehicle takes 7 hours 30 minutes. The SVR also uses more carbonfibre than previously, making it "faster and more agile than before", according to its maker's claims. The Range Rover Sport P400e PHEV costs from £70,800 and is available to order for delivery in early 2018. Chief among these is a power increase for its 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine, which now produces 567bhp - up from 542bhp previously. It also comes with more carbon fibre than before and bolder styling features to make it more dynamic and fashionable.

As for the internal-combustion-only Range Rover Sports, you'll be able to spot 2018 model-year examples by their new, slimmer LED headlamps bookending a matching narrower grille.

The cabin now includes two 10-inch touchscreens to control most of all the vehicle's functions and the layout is the same as that of the new Range Rover Velar which went on sale only a few weeks ago.

JLR UK managing director Jeremy Hicks added: "The current Range Rover Sport has performed exceptionally well in the UK market since it was introduced in 2013 selling just shy of 50,000 vehicles to date". Its flawless blend of performance, comfort, utility and off-road prowess make it the ideal all-round luxury vehicle. He also hailed the diesel and petrol engines as "our cleanest ever". The hybrid Range Rover Sport combines electric propulsion with a gas engine for performance. The big news is the twin-screen Touch Pro Duo infotainment system fitted to the Range Rover Velar has made its way into the Range Rover Sport, with the lower screen accommodating heating, air conditioning, off-road and driving mode settings, and the upper screen taking care of sat nav and entertainment - though there's some functionality crossover between the two, depending on how you configure the system.

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