Land Rover just announced the introduction of the Range Rover P400e for their 2019 lineup. Although Range Rover models have been available with hybrid options in other countries for several years, this is the first time they will be released in the United States.
The hybrid models are projected to arrive in showrooms summer 2018 and both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will offer the plug-in functionality.
The vehicle is programmed to recognize when the conditions are ideal to use the internal engine, the electric motor or a combination of both. With an energy saving feature, the battery retains a constant charge so the zero-emission operation is ready to use at all times.
The battery itself is rated for roughly 30 miles of pure electric use with a capacity of 13.1 kilowatt hour. The electric motor alone has 114 horsepower which means it won’t perform as well on electric alone, hence the parallel hybrid mode to optimize the drive.
The powertrain for both 2019 P400e hybrid models combines a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine and electric motor. Delivering a total of 398 horsepower, the vehicle will have a 6.4 second 0-60 mph time which is fairly impressive for a vehicle in its class. It is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission with a top speed of 137 mph.
For off-road driving, both the Range Rover P400e and Range Rover Sport 400e will be calibrated for enhanced torque distribution and greater control when maneuvering on rough terrains.
According to Nick Collins, the director of Jaguar Land Rover’s vehicle line “The introduction of the advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain is a watershed moment in the history of our performance SUV”. The luxurious Range Rover P400e is the first step in a transition to a fully electric Range Rover vehicle in 2020.