The 2019 Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid represents the dawn of electrified off-roaders and is coming with 472 lb-ft of torque. This hybrid SUV will be coming to the US mid-2018 and promises 31 miles of all-electric range.
This all confirms that electric or electrified SUVs are on the horizon: last week, Jaguar Land Rover announced a plug-in Range Rover Sport as well. This is proof of JLR's aim to roll out hybrid versions of all their offerings by 2020, as well as launching a range of pure electric vehicles.
In theory, an electrified system could serve up immediate low-end grunt thanks to the electric motors offering the fuel economy benefits of a downsized engine.
The Range Rover will offer a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium gas engine – only good for 296hp on its own... but add the 85 kW electric motor (housed in the vehicle's eight-speed transmission) and the SUV will churn out a total 398 hp and a respectable 472 lb-ft of torque.
0-60 times are a state 6.4 seconds but, if you don't plan on driving like a madman, the P400e will get up to 31 miles of all-electric range.
These plug-in Range Rovers will be joining a fleet of hybrid SUVs such as the Jeep Wrangler and the Mitsibushi Outlander and, within the next few years, there could be an electrified truck for all budgets!
If the JLR angle appears vaguely familiar, it is because long ago (back in 2006) Land Rover – then a Ford property – rolled out its hybrid e-Terrain Technology Concept at the Geneva Motor Show.
According to JLR, the plug-in Range Rover P400e should be available in the US market by summer 2018.
Pricing for the variant has yet to be announced.