Hulking SUVs aren’t really known for their leading eco credentials, however the tide is turning as the Range Rover Sport is now available as a plug-in hybrid.
This comes weeks after it was announced that from 2020, every Jaguar and Land Rover model will have at least one electrified option in its variant range.
Priced from £70,800 on the road, the Range Rover Sport P400 is the first ever plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to come from Jaguar Land Rover.
It combines the efforts of a 295bhp two-litre petrol engine with an 85kW (113bhp) electric motor, powered by a 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery, to achieve CO2 emissions of 64g/km and fuel consumption of 101mpg.
On electric power alone, it can drive for 31 miles before using a drop of petrol and for the first time, Land Rover customers can experience zero-emission and near-silent off-road luxury with uncompromised all-terrain capability.
With rapid charging, the Sport’s battery can be fully charged in two hours 45 minutes using a dedicated or 32amp wall box. Using a standard three-pin plug you’ll find in your home though, that stretches to seven-and-a-half hours.
Don’t take it for an eco wimp though. With 640Nm of combined torque, the plug-in Range Rover Sport can complete a 0-62mph sprint in 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 137mph.
The interior is as well kitted-out as any regular Range Rover Sport too, with the cabin boasting the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system – the most advanced ever created by Jaguar Land Rover, combining two high-definition ten-inch touchscreens.
Prices start from just under £70,800 for the P400 HSE, rising to £73,800 for the HSE Dynamic and again to £84,400 for the range-topping Autobiography Dynamic.
Nick Collins, Jaguar Land Rover’s vehicle line director, said: "The new Range Rover Sport strikes a compelling balance between dynamic capability, passenger comfort and efficiency. The introduction of our advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain is a watershed moment in the history of our performance SUV.”
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at the Green Journey, added: “It’s great to finally see Jaguar Land Rover enter the plug-in market and going off the numbers here, the plug-in Range Rover Sport is a solid start.”