11 Oct The Range Rover Sport Gets The Plug-In Treatment
The Range Rover Sport is getting a few updates for the 2018 and 2019 model years. The change for 2018 includes a few slight updates to the exterior styling but the main thing is the Touch Pro Duo. This gives you the two touch screens currently found in the new Velar. In 2019 things really get interesting because they are adding a plug-in hybrid version which promises to really change the game as it compares to other luxury SUVs with a plug-in hybrid option.
The new model combines a 296 hp turbo-4 cylinder with a 114 hp electric motor for a total power output of 398 hp. That combo is good for a 0-60 time of 6.3 seconds which slots it right in between the 380 hp supercharged V6 and the 525 hp supercharged V8. There are three things I really love about this new model.
The first is that it has 472 lb-ft of torque thanks to the addition of the electric motor. This is great for on and off road performance as well as towing.
The second thing I love is that the plug in port is behind the front grill which makes a ton of sense. If you’ve spent anytime with a car that has to plug in you know that 90% of the cars have them on the side. But the charging stations themselves are almost always directly in front of the parking space. I guess we are so used to pulling up next to the gas pump we figure the charging stations will be the same way. I guess this might be the case in your home garage but most on the go are not. Of course street parking would be the exception. There might not be a perfect solution, but I find myself dragging a cable to try and reach the side more often than not. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t have this issue.
The third thing is the electric only range which is 31 miles. For comparison’s sake the BMW X5 40e goes 20 miles and the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid’s range is 14 miles. For all of Volvo’s bragging about having every model with some electric component in 2 years, the XC90 Plug-In only goes 13 miles on electric only. I would like to see all of these go at least 50 miles per charge, but we are getting closer.
Pricing is on par with each of those other luxury SUV plug-ins. It starts at $78,300 with a very long list of standard features. The fully loaded price is somewhere around $90,000 depending on the colors and wheels you choose.
Also, the big Range Rover is going to get this same engine option for 2019 in case you were curious.
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