Land Rover Discovery Sport facelift will get hybrid variant

Land Rover Discovery Sport facelift will get hybrid variant

Aside from the PHEV's arrival, the fourth-generation Range Rover's mid-life update is characterised by refreshed exterior styling, an upgraded interior and the addition of new technologies.

The two models now spearhead the Jaguar Land Rover plan to have an electrified version of every model on sale by 2020.

Also for the 2018 model year, the top-of-the-line Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic produces 557 hp, up from 550 hp.

Nick Collins, vehicle line director at Jaguar Land Rover, said: "The new Range Rover takes our luxury SUV to new heights, delivering enhanced refinement, luxury and all-terrain capability". Conventional petrol powertrains are a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 unit with 335bhp and a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 developing 518bhp. It covers 0-62mph in 5.4sec, 1.4sec slower than the W12-powered Bentayga.

At the back, new exhaust pipes are neatly integrated into the fresh bumper design, while the rear lights have a cleaner, less cluttered look.

The Range Rover P400e features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 296 hp and an electric motor good for 114 hp.

The plug-in model, called the P400e PHEV, comes with headline figures of 398bhp and 472lb ft of torque, along with 101mpg in the NEDC Combined economy cycle and 64g/km of CO2.

The P400e, which is offered in both standard and long-wheelbase styles, replaces the SDV6 Hybrid Diesel powertrain that was previously offered.

The P400e offers two driving modes: the default Parallel Hybrid and EV. Of more benefit to drivers, though, is the car's all-electric driving range of up to 31 miles, its claimed 101mpg fuel economy and its Carbon dioxide emissions of 64g/km. A Predictive Energy Optimisation function requires you to enter a destination into the navigation system.

The plug-in also features a Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) function that uses Global Positioning System data to decide where best to employ the electric only driving - like in congestion charging zones or low emissions areas. Charging cable access is behind the Land Rover badge on the right of the front grille.

You'll be able to do 31 miles of all-electric driving and charge up in just under three hours.

The Range Rover plug-in hybrid sits alongside the existing V6 and V8 diesel and petrol engine options. The revised front bumper features widened vent blades and the hallmark clamshell bonnet is also longer, giving the driver a clearer view ahead.

The most dramatic overhaul is inside, with equipment now more in step with the Velar.

As with the recently-facelifted Range Rover Sport, the Range Rover now boasts JLR's Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, featuring a pair of vertically-stacked 25cm screens, from which occupants can swipe info from one to the other.

There's 17 connection points including domestic plugs, USB, HDMI and 12V plus 4G wifi hotspots for up to eight devices.

It's the first time the luxury Range Rover will offer zero emissions motoring.

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