Range Rover Sport SVR, and the hybrid carry review of the model line-up

Land Rover has revealed a heavily updated Range Rover Sport, with the design changes, the new engines, and an internal review to challenge rivals, including the all-new Porsche Cayenne.

The salient points of the mid-life facelift, ahead of a new model arriving in 2020, are a hot SVR variant, and a plug-in hybrid electric model.

The flagship of the Range Rover Sport SVR, described by the manufacturer as “the ultimate SUV”, using the F-Type SVR, the 5.0-liter V8 supercharged gasoline engine with 567bhp – 25bhp more outgoing Range Rover Sport SVR – and 516lb ft.

The new SVR reduces by 0.2 sec from its predecessor, the 0-62 mph time to 4.5 sec. The SVR also uses more carbon fibre than in the past, making it “faster and more agile than before”, according to its creator’s claims.

Even if the SVR is the most exciting model in the line-up for pure speed, is the gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid, badged P400e, which is more important for Land Rover, to tackle previous criticism of poor fuel economy and emissions of the Range Rover Sport.

It is also the first electrified model released by Jaguar Land Rover announced last month that it will have an electrified version of each model on sale from 2020. The P400e combines a 296bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol unit with a 114bhp electric motor. With a total power of 398bhp available and permanent four-wheel drive, the model provides 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 137mph.

Emits 64 g/km of CO2 on the combined cycle, the official offers a combined fuel economy of 101mpg and is capable of 31 miles of range in electric mode. In comparison, the V6 diesel Range Rover Sport, the predicted biggest seller, emits 185 g/km and offers 40.4 km.

Land Rover has said the plug-in hybrid means “customers can experience zero-emission and silent off-road luxury, no compromise with the all-terrain capability” for the first time, while also having free access to multiple congestion charge zone.

The P400e offers two driving modes: the default Parallel Hybrid mode and EV mode. The first combines gasoline and electric motor and allows the driver to optimize the charging of the battery or fuel. In this way, a Save function prevents the battery from falling below the selected level and the predictive text input for the Optimization of the consumption function requires the entry of a destination in the navigation. The system, which is similar to the one used in many of the new plug-in hybrid vehicles such as BMW 330e, and then uses the GPS altitude data to optimize the transition between electric motor and gasoline engine, optimizing the consumption of fuel compared with different shades.

The 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery sits at the rear under the boot floor, which reduces the boot capacity to 780 litres 703, and cable, wireless charging is behind the Land Rover badge on the right side of the front grille.

Land Rover says a full charge can take a minimum of two hours and 45 minutes with a special box on the wall, but a standard charge lasts seven hours and 30 minutes.

A complete range of engines for both petrol and diesel engines, including Ingenium four-cylinder and V6 and V8 units, sits next to SVR and P400e in the line-up.

Styling updates across the Range Rover Sport line-up will include a refreshed grille and new LED headlights. Internal changes to bring the model to the regime with the new introduced to a brother, to Veil. The updates include the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which features two 10.0 touchscreen, up to 12 power points and Key Activity, which allows owners to lock and unlock the vehicle without the key fob.

The entry-level Range Rover Sport, the 237bhp 2.0 SD4 diesel, cost £61,315, the P400e part from € 70,800, and the range-topping SVR is £99,680. The new range will go on sale in early 2018.

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