Range Rover Sport Revised for 2018, Adds Plug-in Hybrid for 2019

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Already five years since its introduction, the current Range Rover Sport will receive a host of updates for the 2018 model year. A pack of technical features first seen in the new Discovery, such as Advanced Tow Assist and Touch pro Duo entertainment system, will make their debut on the 2018 Sport beginning in early 2018. The freshened model lineup will be recognizable by its revised grille and standard LED head lamps, as well as other minor styling revisions.

Additional changes to the 2018 Sport include a new ionized cabin air filtration system called Nanoe, further improving the passenger experience.The sunroof sunshade will also gain gesture control, allowing passengers to open and close the blind by simply waving a hand forward or back in front of the sensor mounted in the rearview mirror.

A new transfer case design allows for shifting between high and low ranges on the fly up to 37 mph, utilizing a multi-plate clutch to manage the transition in engine speed. The new system saves a little over three pounds compared to the previous T-case thanks to redesigned actuator.

The bigger news for the Range Rover Sport is the addition of a plug-in hybrid option beginning later in 2018 as a 2019 model. Under the company’s new nomenclature convention, the hybrid model will be christened P400e (P for petrol, 400 for horsepower, e for electric drive). Power will come from a combination of an Ingenium 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline and inline electric motor driven by a 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery. All-wheel drive will remain standard, with power traveling through the traditional Range Rover Sport 8-speed automatic transmission and transfer case.

Combined output will be 398 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a 0-to-60 time of 6.3 seconds plus the ability to cruise on electrons only for put to 31 miles. Top speed in full electric mode is an impressive 85 mph.The battery is perpetually recharged during normal driving, as with other parallel hybrid systems. It can also be charged when parked through a charge port integrated into the grille, just behind the Land Rover badge.

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