Land Rover recently revealed its 2019 Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) models for both Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. While there have been hybrid models in the Land Rover line up for a few years now, these are the first Solihull offerings with plug-in capability, and a true EV mode- and thus the ability to go “from Point A to Point B” without the assistance of fossil fuels. Fully electric range is estimated at 31 miles, enough for many people to do much of their daily driving on a single charge.
Like “Full” Hybrids, Range Rover’s PHEV system can also use regenerative braking, or assistance from the vehicle’s engine to prolong the charge of the power packs. Recharging on standard 120v household electrical power appears to be expected to take roughly 7.5 hours, or 2.75 with a special charging box built in at the charging location. We're not sure but there is some indication that charging times will be slower in the USA where only 120 volts are available as opposed to the 240 volt UK outlets.
The PHEV models both offer roughly the same power specification of 398 horsepower. Both vehicles employ one of Land Rover’s own 2.0 liter Ingenium 4 cylinder gas engines, with 296 hp, and a 102-horse electric motor. The instant torque availability of the electric motor allows for an impressive 0-60 time of 6.4 seconds.
As one might imagine, that also makes the vehicle likely to be extremely capable in the rough stuff; electric vehicles typically allow for very precise control over uneven terrain. Combine that with Land Rover’s legendary Terrain Response System, and the results are surely going to be impressive. Wading depth is unaffected both models, and allowing for safe passage through over 30 inches of water.
PHEV models are currently expected to be available in North America circa Summer 2018. Base price for the Full Size is $87,350, and for the Sport, $78,300.
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