Powered by
  • WheelsWheels
  • 4X4 Australia4X4 Australia
  • Street MachineStreet Machine
  • Trade Unique CarsTrade Unique Cars

2018 Range Rover Sport to add plug-in hybrid version

By Barry Park, 07 May 2018 Car News

2018 Range Rover Sport

A more fuel-efficient version of Range Rover’s performance off-roader joins the range later this year as part of a showroom-wide facelift

A plug-in version of the 2018 Range Rover Sport headlines a string of changes being introduced to the performance off-roader range as part of running updates that claim to make it more kind to the environment than a Toyota Prius.

First deliveries of the P400e, as the model will be known, arrive late this year, and priced from $146,600. The more fuel-efficient variant will be based on the Range Rover Sport HSE model grade when it is introduced here.

Range Rover Sport PHEV

The plug-in Sport, badged a “Si4 PHEV”, uses a 221kW turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine paired up with an 85kW electric motor and an eight-speed automatic transmission to deliver a combined 297kW of performance, and 640Nm of torque – even more twist than the sub-SVR supercharged 5.0-litre V8-engined variants.

Read next: 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR review

Meanwhile, combined fuel use and emissions are rated at just 2.8L/100km and 64g/km on the combined cycle – that’s compared with 3.4L/100km and 80g/km for Toyota’s environmental poster car, the Prius.

Range Rover Sport PHEV

As with other plug-in hybrids, the electricity-friendly version of the Range Rover Sport does come with compromise; the batteries are housed in the area where a full-size spare wheel would normally sit on other models. A seven-seat version is still available if you need more than the standard five pews.

Watch next: VIDEO: Range Rover Sport tackles the Inferno Mürren ski slope

However, you do get a home charging cable that plugs into a port on the grille, the extra grunt of the PHEV’s electrical system means the car can remotely fire up the air-con before you even walk out the door of home or the office, and there’s a fixed almost full-length sunroof stretching overhead with a blind that you can open or close at the sweep of a hand.

Range Rover Sport PHEV

Staying inside, there’s a more elegant, minimalist cabin dominated by a pair of 10-inch touchscreens. There’s up to 14 recharging points, including a domestic power plug that can charge up a laptop.

Pricing for the 2018 Range Rover Sport shows the range will become slightly cheaper to get into with the introduction of a 177kW 2.0-litre diesel-engined SD4 version priced from $95,100, $2000 cheaper than the former entry-level 221kW 2.0-litre petrol Si4.

Range Rover Sport PHEV

At its top end, the range also introduces the 423kW Range Rover Sport SVR, a more road-focused, supercharged V8 performance version priced from $238,200.

Read more

Product image
Your contact details will be provided to a third-party dealer network so they can contact you directly. By clicking the send button you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by the Bauer Network Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.