Most of the time, midcycle refreshes tend to be a bit boring as far as cars are concerned. This is because these are often all about just a handful of minor changes in design, and possibly some shuffling with the equipment. But, the Land rover proves otherwise. The newest 2018 Range Rover gets a plethora of upgrades and changes across the board. But, what is really exciting with this refresh is the latest plug-in hybrid which will launch for 2019 model year.
This hybrid named the Range Rover Sport P400e, inspired from the new horsepower-based badging setup of the Jaguar Land Rover. The P400e also features the 296-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder combined with the 114-hp electric motor. There is a combined output of 398 hp and 472 pound-feet of torque that gets channeled to all the four wheels through the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The powertrain has the ability to whisk the Range Rover Sport to as much as 60 miles per hour in a matter of 6.3 seconds to 137 miles per hour top speed.
Another biggest news from this refresh for the Range Rover Sport is with SVR variant. The Land Rover has upped its power from its supercharged V8 from 550 hp to as much as 575. This additional power now lets the sportiest Range Rover to reach 60 miles per hour in just 4.3 seconds. This also gets several exterior changes which include the first ever standard carbon fiber hood. This comes with a few extra vents, and can also be had with clearcoat as an alternative to the full paint job for showing off the carbon fiber weave. When you step inside, you will find the optional lightweight seats which can save an additional 66 pounds from the total weight of the SUV.
The completely gasoline powered Range Rover Sports is expected to hit deal lots early part next year, with the 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e just following behind.