Promising its commitment towards emissions-free driving, Jaguar Land Rover announced earlier this year plans to add electric powertrains to all new models by 2020. Following this major announcement that gave us a peek into the brand’s future plans, Land Rover has debuted its very first true plug-in hybrid in the form of the new Range Rover Sport P400e. The British marque’s previous attempts at making vehicles with hybrid powertrains were not plug-in EVs and rather used regenerative braking system to recharge the batteries. The 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e plug-in hybrid features a 296-hp version of the 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder paired with a 114-hp (85kW) electric motor.
Land Rover claims that the hybrid Range Rover Sport will hit 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 137 mph. It also has a vastly improved electric-only range of 31 miles, with a rapid charge time of 2 hours and 45 minutes, and a full charging time of 7 hours 30 minutes. Drivers can choose to operate the 4×4 in electric-only mode. The electric drive technology was created in-house and it’s mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The electric unit sources its power from a lithium ion battery located beneath the boot floor. The 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e plug-in hybrid will start at £61,315 ($81,285) and be available in summer next year.