LAND Rover has presented the next generation of its Range Rover Sport, with the luxury SUV set to feature both plug-in hybrid and pure-electric versions.
Six months after the full-sized Range Rover was revealed, the Range Rover Sport features a greater change in styling, and is built on a new platform, with greater emphasis on electrification.
Launched with mild hybrid six cylinder petrol and diesel engines, as well as a new high-performance V8, of greatest interest to fleet drivers will be the extended range PHEV – also available from launch.
With an electric-only range of up to 70 miles on a charge, and CO2 emissions as low as 18 g/km, the Range Rover Sport P510e PHEV would be BIK rated at just 5% for the current, and subsequent financial years.
This features a 510hp 3.0 litre straight-six petrol engine and 105 kW electric motor, backed by a 38.2 kWh battery (bear in mind the entry level Nissan Leaf has a 40 kWh pack). There will also be a P440e PHEV model, using a less powerful version of the 3.0 litre straight six petrol and electric motor.
Next year there will be a pure-electric version of the Range Rover Sport, arriving in 2024 with as yet unconfirmed specifications. However, driving range is expected to be significant, at least 300 miles on a charge, and the EV – as with the larger Range Rover – will likely come in as a flagship model.
With more compact, and sportier proportions, the Range Rover Sport differs a little from the Range Rover in terms of looks. The interior shares many of the Range Rover’s upgrades inside though, with Land Rover’s latest 13.1-inch curved touchscreen infotainment system.
The driver gets a 13.7-inch digital instrument panel, over-the-air updates are available, and Amazon Alexa voice control is fully integrated. A cabin purification system can reduce odours, bacteria, and allergens, and there’s a premium Meridian audio system with up to 29 speakers fitted.
Because of the “Sport” element of the badge, the new model features something called the “Stormer Handling Pack”, which is an option that combines a number of systems with active electronic anti-roll devices, all-wheel steering, and an electronic active differential with torque vectoring.
The new Range Rover Sport is available to order now.