And there's a new plug-in HYBRID Sport too

2018 Range Rover Sport launches with plug-in hybrid option

Since the Government crackdown on petrol and diesel vehicle sales from 2040, every manufacturer has announced some sort of electric future. The hybrid is part of Jaguar Land Rover's greater plan of introducing electrified variants of all models from 2020.

Now, the British manufacturer has unveiled the first vehicle to lead the charge.

The plug-in hybrid Range Rover Sport won't arrive until summer 2018 however, as a 2019 model year. It will cover 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds and hit a maximum speed of 220km/h.

Rival for the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE features 400hp-plus performance while also being capable of driving on pure electricity for 50km. Badged P400e, the new model combines power of 295 bhp along with a 85kW electric motor.

The carmaker claims that two hours and 45 minutes is enough to charge it to the brim thanks to a special home wall box, but a standard charge takes seven hours 30 minutes. It is also fitted with All Terrain Progress Control which enables it to grip in the poorest of conditions.

The charging port is found at the front, behind a flap in the grille.

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

Nick Collins, vehicle line director at JLR, said: "The new Range Rover Sport strikes a compelling balance between dynamic capability, passenger comfort and efficiency".

It comes with an EV mode as well as the normal hybrid function, and can "Save" electric charge, with Predictive Energy Consumption using Global Positioning System to manage the balance between the two power sources when required.

A "Save" function will keep the battery topped up to a preset level, while "Predictive Energy Optimisation" uses data from the sat nav's GPS system to maximise economy over hills. When required, the 400e can run in full EV mode for up to 31 miles. When selected, the petrol engine stays out of things, letting you silently cruise to your destination without touching a drop of fuel.

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport received a refresh for 2018 getting a combination of cooler style, better engines, and inside tech. It also gets Advanced Tow Assist, which makes positioning a trailer easier when reversing. The updates include the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which features two 10.0in touchscreens, up to 12 power points and Activity Key, which allows owners to lock and unlock their vehicle without a key fob.

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