Land Rover Unveils Its Range Rover Sport Facelift

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Also new in the line-up is the "P400e", Land Rover's first plug-in hybrid.

Next summer the 2019 Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid will arrive with a P400e badge and will be powered by a 296 horsepower 2.0L four-cylinder and a 114 horsepower electric motor. According to Land Rover, the plug-in hybrid does zero-to-60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds (0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds) and has a top speed of 137 miles per hour (220 km/h). For the first time, Australian customers will experience zero-emission near-silent on and off-road luxury without compromising any off-road capability.

Land Rover chief design officer Gerry McGovern said: "When we started the design process with this new Range Rover Sport, it was important that we maintained its sporting prowess while evolving the exterior design".

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The 2018 Range Rover Sport is getting several updates for the 2018 model year, including updated styling, a new infotainment system and more power for the SVR model.

At steady speeds the auto uses Global Positioning System to work out when best to switch between fully electric and hybrid driving modes; if a steep hill is approaching, the engine will fire up to take up the slack, then cut out going downhill. The system, which is similar to that used in many new plug-in hybrids such as the BMW 330e, then uses GPS altitude data to optimise the switch between electric motor and petrol engine, maximising fuel economy over different gradients. However, that wasn't a true plug-in electric vehicle, with the electric portion harvesting kinetic energy through regenerative braking, charging the battery when the vehicle is slowing.

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. The Sport also gets a nip and tuck on the outside, with a new radiator grille, fresh LED matrix headlights and redesigned bumpers. The vehicle has an all-electric range of 31 miles with a full battery. The battery pack can be recharged in 2 hours and 45 minutes from completely dead.

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Going on sale in early 2018, the refreshed range will also include a flagship SVR performance model, boasting a V8 engine, plus the usual range of petrol and diesel powertrains, including four-cylinder and V6 options.

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.

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