2019 Range Rover Sport Adds New PHEV Powertrain And Off-Road Technology

The 2019 Range Rover Sport is following in the footsteps of its bigger brother and offering a new plug-in hybrid powertrain in United States.

Designed to appeal to environmentally conscious customers, the Range Rover Sport P400e promises to combine all the traditional benefits of the model with a lighter carbon footprint. In order to achieve this, the SUV has been outfitted with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, an electric motor and a 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The engine produces 296 hp (221 kW / 300 PS), while the electric motor contributes an additional 141 hp (105 kW / 143 PS). When the two work together, the model has a combined output of 398 hp (297 kW / 115 PS) and 472 lb-ft (639 Nm) of torque.

While the plug-in hybrid powertrain carries over from the Range Rover P400e, the Range Rover Sport variant is a tad quicker as the dash from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) takes 6.3 seconds. However, the top speed is 137 mph (220 km/h) which is the same figure as the larger Range Rover. Likewise, the electric only range is 31 miles (51 km) on both plug-in hybrids and both can be recharged in approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes using a 220V / 32 Amp charger.

The Range Rover Sport P400e slots in between the HSE Td6 and HSE Dynamic variants and pricing starts at $78,300. This makes the model significantly more affordable than the Range Rover plug-in hybrid which costs an additional $16,850.

Besides the addition of the plug-in hybrid powertrain, the 2019 Range Rover Sport has a revised color palette that now includes Loire Blue. A handful of packages have also been revised as the Drive Pro Pack now comes with Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go. Likewise, there’s a new Driver Assist Pack which combines the Drive Pro and Park Pro packs and adds Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist. A Wade Sensing system is also a new option.

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