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Want a Range Rover that connects to Eishkom?

That’s right, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) versions of the Range Rover Sport and the big daddy Range Rover are now available in Mzansi.

The SUVs badged P400e share the same power plant which offers 297kW and 640Nm of torque.

221 of the 297kW are produced by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine.

There’s 13.1kWh battery pack which powers the 85kW electric motor. With that, you’ll be able to do 51km in electric-only mode.

Both cars have a top speed of 220km/h the Range Rover Sport P400e will do 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds with the big daddy taking 0.1s longer.

Drivers have the two drive modes to choose from. EV mode which will use only the 85kW motor to move the 2-tonnes SUVs.

There’s also Parallel Hybrid mode which is the default driving mode.

Two more options are available with Parallel Hybrid mode, SAVE function which prevents the battery charge dropping below a pre-selected level.

Then there’s Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) function. Entering a destination in the navigation system enables the feature, which utilises built-in GPS altitude data for the selected route, to intelligently combine the electric motor and petrol engine to maximise fuel economy.

Charging the 13.1kWh battery will take 7 and a half hours on a conventional plug at home. Get a wall box the charge time will be reduced to 2 and half hours.

Except for the drivetrain, nothing else has changed with the PHEV Range Rovers.

The Range Rover Sport PHEV is priced from R1,639,300 while the big daddy Range Rover PHEV starts at R2,207,300.


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