Plug-in hybrid Range Rover confirmed for Australia


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.

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. Dubbed the P400e PHEV, this Range Rover combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, producing a combined 398bhp.

As with the current auto, this updated Range Rover can be ordered in both standard and long-wheelbase forms, with the latter geared towards markets where buyers are more likely to be passengers rather than drivers. That's enough to haul the Range Rover to 60mph in 6.4sec, with a top speed of 137mph.

Acceleration from 0-62mph officially takes 6.8 seconds but, perhaps more importantly, the P400e Range Rover has an official economy figure of 101mpg, emits just 64g/km of Carbon dioxide (for a low 13% Benefit-in-Kind tax rate) and can travel in near-silent electric-only mode for up to 31 miles on a single charge.

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Two driving modes - "Parallel Hybrid" (default) and "EV" - will allow P400e drivers to switch between petrol/electric or pure electric drive.

Range Rover's most well-heeled model now has a green tinge. Also look for updates to the vent graphics, lower side accents, and rear bumper.

Like the Sport, the Range Rover gets an array of new LED headlight options, including Matrix and "Pixel-Laser" units.

Inside, front-row seats are wider and comfier, with adjustment controls moved to the door panels, while the 60/40 split-fold second row provides wider pews that can recline up to 40 degrees and offer up to 1206mm of legroom (LWB).

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And there is the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with twin high-definition touchscreen controls.

Other fresh technology includes a gesture-controlled sunblind, which lets light flood through the panoramic sunroof with the wave of an arm, and Jaguar Land Rover's Activity Key.

The powerful Range Rover SVAutobiography represents the pinnacle of the model range when ordered in long-wheelbase guise and is over twice the price of the cheapest Range Rover. There's also 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

Gerry McGovern is the Chief Design Officer at Land Rover, he says the update is all about making the Range Rover that little bit better.

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The Discovery Sport will receive a petrol-hybrid powertrain that's based on a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine, shared with the upcoming Range Rover Evoque plug-in hybrid. The supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine now pumps out 416kW, a jump of 12kW.