Range Rover Sport PHEV announced

Range Rover Sport PHEV announced

Range Rover Sport PHEV announced

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover said, "When we started the design process with this new Range Rover Sport, it was important that we maintained its sporting prowess while evolving the exterior design". Details have leaked ahead of the official debut, and they're pretty great. The rear gets a more aggressive slotted spoiler that will reduce the amount of dirt on the rear window.

Of course, if you just want to do fast things in a vehicle, you could save about 40 large and pick up an equally quick Porsche droptop - the new SVR stickers at $114,595.

Despite strong demand for the Land Rover Discover Sport, the F-Pace and the new Range Rover Velar, August sales were down in the UK, Europe, and overseas markets such as Russia, South America, India and the Middle East. You certainly won't hit such frugal numbers if you exploit the new car's 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds and maximum speed of 137mph.

The auto maker has dabbled with electric vehicles before, most notably with the Range Rover Hybrid.

This will be done using a combination of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine and an 85kW electric motor for a meaty output of 404hp (297kW) yet Carbon dioxide emissions come in at just 64g/km, while fuel economy is a claimed 101mpg.

After driving the stunning new Velar in August, I wondered aloud why buyers might still consider the costlier Range Rover Sport, mainly because of its inferior infotainment tech.

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The battery has a capacity of 13.1kWh and can be charged fully in two hours 45 minutes using a 32amp charger, or seven hours 30 minutes using the supplied 10amp, three-pin home charging cable.

At the front, the striking new design is enabled by intelligent Matrix Pixel LED headlights, sitting alongside a redesigned grille. The driver can also engage a pure EV mode in which, with full charge, the P400e can cover up to 31 miles without using any petrol.

There is also a new version of the flagship high performance SVR model being released with its supercharged engine now uprated to 575bhp - an increase of 25bhp over the previous model.

The nipped and tucked Range Rover Sports are available to order now, with the line-up starting at £61,315 for the 2.0-litre "SD4" diesel, rising to £99,680 for the SVR.

Land Rover also said the car's interior had been boosted with up to 12 power points, including two plug sockets to keep laptops or other devices topped up.

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