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2018 Range Rover Sport Adds Plug-in Hybrid Variant

The Range Rover Sport is now available as a plug-in hybrid, which happens to be the company’s first car capable of zero-emissions driving.

The British automaker has updated the entire 2018 Range Rover Sport lineup, giving the SUV a facelift featuring a new front bumper, an updated grille, and LED headlights. Inside the cabin, the SUV has been updated with a new infotainment system, which Jaguar Land Rover says is the most advanced system ever created by the company. It features a pair of high-definition, 10-inch touchscreens.

But the big news is the introduction of the company’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Range Rover Sport P400e. Powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor, it has a combined system output of 398 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. The model offers an all-electric range of 31 miles (51 kilometers) and marks the first time Land Rover customers can experience zero-emissions driving. According to Land Rover, the plug-in hybrid goes zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds (zero to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds) and has a top speed of 137 mph (220 km/h).

The plug-in hybrid Range Rover Sport won’t arrive until summer 2018, however, as a 2019 model year vehicle. Expect pricing for the Range Rover Sport P400e to be announced closer to its launch.

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The updated 2018 Range Rover Sport will arrive U.S. retailers early next year, priced from $67,745 including destination. That gets buyers a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine with 340 hp. There is also the option for a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine with 254 hp and a starting price of $69,745. In the middle of the range is the HSE Dynamic trim, with a 380-hp supercharged V6 engine, priced from $83,145.

Buyers that want even more performance can look at the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 gasoline engine, which provides 518 hp. That model starts from $83,045. At the top of the range is the SVR version, sporting 575 hp and a $114,595 price tag. That’s 25 hp more than the previous model, allowing the Range Rover Sport SVR to go zero-to-60 mph in 4.3 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds).

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