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Range Rover facelift brings all-new P400e plug-in hybrid variant

Range Rover facelift brings all-new P400e plug-in hybrid variant”

Just last week we saw the updates for the 2018 Range Rover Sport, and we assumed similar tweaks to the full size Range Rover wouldn't be far behind.

Do you like the look of the revisions on the 2018 Range Rover?

Earlier this month, Land Rover unveiled the first of many electrified SUVs it plans to release in the coming years: the 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e.

The new Range Rover P400e is available in both standard and long-wheelbase body styles, and uses the same transmission as the Sport, combining a 300PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor. The batteries can be fully replenished from a rapid charger in under three hours. Range Rover estimates a 0-60 time of 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 137 miles per hour.

The 13.1kWh lithium ion battery sits at the rear beneath the boot floor, so there is less boot space than in the standard auto.

A SAVE function prevents the battery charge from dropping below a pre-selected level, and when juices are low, it commands the vehicle to use the electric motor only once enough energy has been recuperated through regenerative braking or charging.

The flagship model also gets an exclusive mesh grille design with chrome inserts and a revised rear bumper with integrated metal tailpipes. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as a plug-in hybrid version of Land Rover's smallest offering debuted in concept form back in 2015. The system, which is similar to that 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. The petrol V8 is also fitted to the top-of-the-range SVAutobiography model, where it develops 557bhp.



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