Land Rover Range Rover Plug-In Hybrid coming in 2019

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, Automotive Editor - October 13, 2017

Jaguar Land Rover is serious about electrifying every one of its vehicles after 2020 and introduced a few new additions to the Land Rover Range Rover lineup for 2019: a plug-in hybrid variant of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models. While Land Rover has sold hybrid variants of the Range Rover in other markets, the new models mark the first time the automaker such green powertrains in the United States.

The Range Rover P400e shares a lot of the same components as the smaller, more affordable Range Rover Sport P400e. Both SUVs run off the same powertrain – a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and an electric motor. The electric motor, which is good for 114 horsepower is housed inside the ZF-sourced eight-speed transmission, while power is put down through a permanent four-wheel-drive system (this is a Range Rover after all).

Combined output for the powertrain is rated to be at 398 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque – that's more power than either of the Rangie's V6 engines and more torque than either the 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V6 or the starter version of the 5.0-liter, supercharged V8. The plug-in's figures are good enough to help the Range Rover P400e to 60 miles per hour in 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 137 mph. While not exactly quick, the P400e's performance will outpace both of the current Range Rover's V6 powertrains, both to 60 mph and on the top end. Even more impressively, the Range Rover P400e can travel up to 31 miles on nothing but electricity.

The SUV has two drive modes, Parallel Hybrid and EV mode. The former, which is the default mode, forces the vehicle to run on both gasoline and electricity. Parallel Hybrid mode has two available functions: Save, which stops the battery’s charge from dipping below a pre-programmed level, and Predictive Energy Optimization that uses built-in GPS altitude data to maximize the SUV’s fuel economy. Electric Vehicle mode, as its name implies, allows the Range Rover P400e to run on nothing but electricity.

Owners can recharge the battery through a port that’s hidden out of sight behind the grille that, according to Land Rover, is developed to give the SUV a full charge overnight using a regular plug socket. Illuminated light strips on either side of the charging socket lets owners know when the vehicle is charging, beginning to charge, or finished charging. Once owners step away from the vehicle, they can use the InControl Remote app to check on the SUV’s charge.

Range Rovers have always been known for their off-roading prowess and it's no different with the hybrid version of the SUV. Land Rover had to retune the SUV’s Land Rover Terrain Response 2 system to ensure that the electric motor distributes torque evenly across all four wheels. The result, according to the automaker, gives the Range Rover P400e superior low-speed off-roading capability.

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Both the Range Rover Sport P400e and Range Rover P400e will become available next summer as 2019 models. Land Rover hasn’t released official fuel economy figures for the SUVs, but the addition of an electric motor should help the vehicles get better fuel economy numbers, even if they’re only marginally improved.

, Automotive Editor

Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia, but now calls Detroit home. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new food, wrenching on his car, and watching movies.