Launched in 2004 and with more than 732,000 units sold worldwide, the Range Rover’s small brother or Range Rover Sport is renewed for next year, and it does so with an important novelty under the arm: a plug-in hybrid version the P400e. It will continue to offer conventional four, six and eight cylinder engines.
The Range Rover Sport 2018 is already on sale, with deliveries later this year, although the plug-in hybrid will not arrive until 2018. Let’s take a closer look at what the new Range Rover Sport P400e, the plug-in hybrid PHEV) of Range Rover.
Sport P400e: A plug-in hybrid of 404 hp
The new hybrid version of the Sport combines a 300 hp petrol engine with a 116 hp electric drive built into the transmission for a total combined power of 404 hp and a torque of 640 Nm. It also has a lithium ion battery of 13.1 kWh with which it achieves an electric autonomy of 51 kilometers. The change is the well-known eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
The four-wheel drive model is capable of delivering 0 to 100 km / h in 6.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 220 km / h (137 km / h in the exclusively electric mode). Even so, homologates an average consumption of 2.8 liters per hundred kilometers (64 g / km of CO2).
The P400e has two modes of operation. The first or Parallel Hybrid mode allows the system to manage the use of both engines to achieve the best performance and the highest efficiency, while the EV mode allows to run with the gasoline engine off. In any case, the model has a ‘save’ function, which saves battery for the moment when we need to use the electric mode.
The battery charging jack is in the Range Rover logo on the front grille, even though the battery is located under the trunk. According to the brand, a full charge of the battery takes about 7.5 hours in a domestic socket (10 amp), although through charging stations of greater power (32 amp) and with a specific cable, this time can be reduced to 2 .5 hours.
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Key Features of the Range Rover Sport 2018
In addition to the two new variants of opposing approach (sporty and eco-friendly), the Range Rover Sport introduces slight aesthetic changes to differentiate itself from its predecessor, adding to the range more technology and connectivity systems or assistance, and of course maintains its qualities on and off the asphalt. Let’s look at it in detail.
To begin with, the British brand has wanted to update the Sport with a more stylized grille, narrower headlights, redesigned bumpers (for better airflow and greater cooling for the propellers), LED fog lights also more three new rim designs, dynamic turn signals and a revised rear spoiler.
In addition, a blue Byron body color all models in the range will be able to incorporate an outer package of carbon fiber that adds moldings of this light and colorful material around the front grille, the ventilation hood, in the casings of rear-view mirrors or in the tailgate.
In the lighting section, the Range Rover Sport offers standard headlights with 24 LEDs per optics, 42 LED Matrix LED lights (with automatic anti-dazzle function) and LED per pixel headlights with 142 LEDs, which in addition to controlling the beam so as not to dazzle, it also changes the direction of the same depending on the path marked for the vehicle.
As far as technology is concerned, it also launches two 10-inch touch screens, Head-Up Display, instrument panel with 12.3-inch display or serial assistance systems (warning of inadvertent lane change, automatic emergency braking or cruise control) and optional (blind angle monitor, intelligent speed limiter or traffic signal recognition).
Another important innovation in the range is the renewed sports variant or SVR, which now reaches a power of 575 hp, making it the most powerful Sport of all time.