The Range Rover Sport has gone hybrid

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Badged 400e, the new model basically lays out the path that virtually every auto maker will follow as global cities clamp down on compromised air quality: it uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 85kW electric motor fed by a 13.1kWh high-voltage lithium ion battery to deliver a total power output of 404bhp.

That's because the introduction of the brand's first-ever plug-in hybrid coincides with the base model's mid-life facelift.

"For the first time Australian customers will experience zero-emission near-silent on and off-road luxury without compromising any off-road capability, Jaguar Land Rover Australia managing director Matthew Wiesner said".

Land Rover has given its Range Rover Sport a touch-up for the 2018 model year, and in addition to the subtle cosmetic updates and new cabin tech, the range-topping SVR now has more power, while a new plug-in hybrid model joins the range for the first time.

At the other end of the economy scale is the new Range Rover Sport SVR, which features the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine as before but now producing 567bhp - a 25bhp increase.

The plug-in model is coming on stream as Land Rover revamps the Range Rover Sport with a major interior overhaul and slight changes to the styling.

Land Rover's optional Td6 V6 diesel powertrain returns, again offering 254 hp and 443 pound-feet of torque, EPA highway fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon and a bladder-perforating 658 miles of range per tank. In this mode, a Save function prevents the battery charge from dropping below the selected level and the Predictive Energy Optimisation function requires you to enter a destination into the navigation.

Changes are very elementary, though, including new LED lights, bumper design and grille.

Two driving modes can be used in the Range Rover Sport 400e.

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". It will cover 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds and hit a maximum speed of 220km/h.

When rapid charging, a full charge can be achieved in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated 32-amp wall box.

"Our efficient diesel and petrol engines are our cleanest ever and remain utterly relevant today on our journey to electrification". Deliveries begin early in 2018. There are also 12 power points inside and two domestic plug sockets.

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