Range Rover Sport Goes Eco in a Grand Fashion
This marks a very special time in automotive history. Land Rover just came out with a redesigned Range Rover Sport, but that’s not necessarily the breaking news you need to know. So what’s the breaking news, you ask? Well, Land Rover is now going to produce their first ever plug-in hybrid. And as they’re the company that basically started the luxury SUV game, this could be revolutionary.
The luxury British automaker announced that it will now produce a plug-in hybrid version of the Range Rover Sport. It’s interesting that Land Rover chose the Range Rover Sport as the model to introduce this new power train to its line up. Being one of the more popular models from Land Rover — 732,000 sold since 2004 — this could be a huge sign of the direction the company will take in the future. It follows the company’s announcement that all new Jaguar Land Rover cars will have the option of either fully electric or hybrid versions from 2020.
Called the Range Rover Sport P400e and with a base price of around AED 287,000, it will be available for purchase next summer as a 2019 model. Under the hood is a 2-litre four-cylinder gas engine combined with the electric motor to produce 404 horsepower. You can hit 0-60 in 6.3 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 220 km/h. Not bad for a vehicle that can also get an off-road range of almost 50 km without wasting an ounce of gas. The new model provides sustainable performance by combining a 300PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 116PS electric motor. The 404PS total available power output – available through the permanent four-wheel drive system – delivers 0-100km/h in only 6.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 220km/h. With an impressive 640Nm of torque, the new powertrain mixes dynamic and sustainable performance with traditional Land Rover capability, comfort and refinement.
Thanks to its electrified powertrain, Range Rover Sport P400e emits only 64g/km on the NEDC combined cycle and offers an all-electric range of up to 31 miles (51km) without the petrol engine running. For the first time Land Rover customers can experience zero-emission, near-silent off-road luxury with uncompromised all-terrain capability as well as entry into areas with restrictions for air quality, including most congestion charging zones.
Drivers can select from two driving modes to best suit their needs: Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) – combines petrol and electric drive. The driver can optimise battery charge or fuel economy by utilising one of two charge management functions: save function – prevents the battery charge dropping below a pre-selected level. Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) function – entering a destination in the navigation system enables the feature, which utilises in built GPS altitude data for the selected route, to intelligently combine the electric motor and petrol engine to maximise fuel economy. EV (Electric Vehicle) mode – enables the vehicle to run solely on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery, the ideal solution for quiet, zero emission journeys.
The new PHEV model features a plug-in charge point behind a discreet panel on the grille, a 7kW on-board charger, and a charging cable. A full charge can be achieved in approximately 7.5 hours (10 amp) (varies by market, location and the type of hardware used) so the Range Rover Sport P400e is suited to overnight battery top-ups using a domestic plug socket.
The PHEV model is available with three types of cable and includes a home charging lead, which connects to domestic power supplies, as standard.
For faster recharging, a multi-function cable is available for use at higher power 32 amp commercial charging locations and suitably equipped homes. This can reduce the charge time to as little as two-and-three-quarter hours.
Similar performance is available with the public charging cable, which is compatible with AC wall boxes installed at domestic and business premises and service stations, making it ideal for charging on the move.
Timed charging is also available via the Range Rover Sport’s state-of-the-art infotainment system, which allows owners to choose the most appropriate time to begin charging – perfect for customers who want to plug in when they return home, but want to wait until a cheaper energy tariff is available.
Owners can monitor the charging status via two illuminated strips that sit either side of the charging socket behind the grille. A white light signifies the vehicle is connected but indicates that charging has not started, while a blue light shows that timed charging is set but not underway. A flashing green signal shows the car is charging, while a solid green light indicates the battery is fully charged.
When customers are away from their vehicle, they can use the InControl app to monitor the charge status, as well as receive an alert if there is an error, or the cable has been removed forcibly.
Range Rover Sport’s exterior design has been enhanced to underline its dynamic character. These design enhancements harmonise and modernise its purposeful appearance, while new slimline headlights and rear light clusters sharpen the vehicle’s attitude.
The striking new lights and slimmer grille blend into a clean, single surface, complemented by an updated front bumper with slimmer, brighter LED fog lights.
This new bumper design creates a more planted, ground-hugging aesthetic that also improves airflow for enhanced cooling. The design of the fender vents is also more assertive than before while the floating roof helps create a long and lean profile.
At the rear, a new more aggressive slotted spoiler profile complements the vehicle’s clean, efficient design, while significantly reducing the accumulation of dirt on the rear windscreen to improve visibility.
Three new alloy wheel options underline the Range Rover Sport’s purposeful attitude, by accentuating its athletic stance. The 21 and 22-inch designs are available with a silver, diamond-turned or black finish.
Customers looking for an even more purposeful vehicle can opt for the new Black Exterior Pack for HSE Dynamic models. This adds Gloss Black exterior accents, including the grille mesh and surround, to give the Range Rover Sport a stealth-like appearance.
The addition of a new Carbon Fibre Exterior Pack, available across the model range, adds a high-performance edge with Gloss Black and Carbon Fibre additions to the main grille, fender vent and bonnet vent surrounds, as well as the door mirror covers and tailgate finisher. Customers can also choose new Byron Blue metallic paint.
New Ebony Vintage Tan and Ebony Eclipse colourways are available in the luxurious cabin. Semi-Aniline Leather, previously only available in the Range Rover, offers additional luxury with its outstanding quality and stain-resistant finish. It is standard on Autobiography Dynamic trim and optional on HSE and HSE Dynamic models with 20 or 22-way electronically-adjustable seats.
Slimmer front seats have been introduced for improved support via new foams, trims and interlayers, providing enhanced comfort and a more technical appearance. Grained leather upholstery is available with eight-way adjustable front seats, as well as the 14-way and 14-way memory designs. Perforated Windsor leather comes with the 16-way memory front seats and the 16-way seats fitted with winged headrests.
New interior ambient lighting highlights key design cues throughout the cabin with as many as 10 different colour options available. The atmospheric set-up bathes the footwells, sections of the doors and other parts of the interior in light, creating an even more cosseting and relaxing cabin.
Passengers also benefit from a series of flexible new stowage solutions, typified by cup holders that can be removed to reveal a deep new 3.2-litre storage area in the centre console with dedicated USB charging port.
In addition, the 7.8-litre cubby box (up from 5.8 litres) features a new double-level hinged tray when open, perfect for keeping wallets and mobile phones secure and out of sight. The lockable glove box provides enhanced security, while customers can specify an optional cooler compartment or a new refrigerator in the front centre console, to provide the luxury of cooled drinks on demand. The fridge is capable of holding four 500ml bottles and chilling to 5⁰C with the ability to perform a rapid cool to quickly chill drinks.
A new cabin air ionisation system, Nanoe, is central to the increased focus on passenger wellbeing. It improves the air quality within the cabin and can help reduce allergens, viruses, bacteria and odours.
The system uses nano-sized charged water particles which decompose harmful substances and thus help to cleanse the air. It can be switched on or off via the Climate screen.
Convenience-boosting technology is at the heart of the new Range Rover Sport, as exemplified by the powered roof sunblind, which can be opened and closed using an advanced gesture control system capable of sensing the movement of a hand.
All it takes to open the sunblind is a rearward swipe in front of the rear-view mirror, while a simple forward motion will prompt the blind to close. Comfortable and convenient for passengers, this intuitive system also reduces potential distraction to the driver.
In addition, an intelligent function can close the blinds automatically when all passengers have disembarked and the vehicle is locked. This keeps the interior cool in warm weather and minimises the need for air conditioning when passengers return. When the driver opens the door, the sunblind will automatically and smoothly slide open. The sunblind can still be operated with conventional buttons, if preferred.
The Range Rover Sport features latest consumer technology to tackle all of life’s obstacles including the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system– your twin high-definition touchscreen digital butler.
Two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens form the centrepiece of the minimalist cabin with Touch Pro Duo, dubbed ‘Blade’ by its developers, the most advanced infotainment system created by Jaguar Land Rover. Fast and intuitive, it combines finely engineered physical controls and a beautiful digital interface to deliver a truly connected driving experience.
The system looks simultaneously futuristic and elegant with its interlinked 10-inch touchscreens providing superior clarity and ease of operation, and familiar tap, swipe and pinch-to-zoom control gestures on the upper screen. The customisable home screen also allows customers to create shortcuts to preferred features.
Touch Pro Duo can dual-task for the driver, keeping the mapping information displayed on the upper touchscreen, while providing easy access to further features on the secondary lower screen. By dividing information and controls logically between the two screens, the new Range Rover Sport achieves a more intuitive user experience.
The upper screen on the central console can be angled to counter glare and improve visibility while the fixed lower 10-inch display is the control panel and manages more functional tasks such as the climate control, seat and vehicle settings.
Key to its design are two rotary Dynamic Dials, which can be used to control the cabin temperature, fan speed, seat climate and massage functions. This screen can also be used to manage media and phone functionality via specialist widgets when the upper screen is in use.
Instrumentation is provided by an all-new 12-inch high-resolution interactive display with dual dial, single dial and extended mode views, while other frequently used features – including phone, navigation and media settings – can also be managed using this innovative new cluster.
In addition, a next-generation head-up display system puts vital information just where the driver wants it, using 10-inch full-colour projection with superior clarity and definition. It presents essential information on the windscreen, keeping vehicle speed and navigation directions in view at all times. Other updates can be shown without causing unnecessary distraction, including adaptive cruise control settings and Advanced Driver Assistance alerts such as signals from the traffic sign recognition system.
The information appears to hover beyond the windscreen thanks to an increased perceived projection distance, preventing a driver’s eyes from having to constantly refocus and helping to reduce the possibility of fatigue.
The full-colour image is generated using four super-bright LEDs and a high-resolution TFT LCD screen. The image is sharper, up to 66 per cent brighter and more than twice the size of other systems, allowing customers to adjust the layout, height and brightness of the display
Of course, with any Land Rover, you can expect nothing but luxurious materials and state-of-the-art technology inside. The new Range Rover Sport will come with an upgraded infotainment system and a gesture-controlled sunblind. That last part is important, because the future’s looking bright.