Reports say that Range Rover's first-ever hybrid SUV, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e, is set to arrive this summer. It is touted as a proponent of sustainable luxury movement that will see Porsche and Bentley rolling out their own plug-in hybrid models.

The SUV is powered by a 2L turbocharged engine and a 114-hp electric motor that cranks out a total output of 398-horsepower, which means more power than what the base model saves from its 340-horsepower supercharged V6.

Land Rover is not the sole luxury SUV manufacturer to include a plug-in hybrid to the lineup. According to reports, Porsche and Bentley are anticipated to unveil plug-in versions of the Cayenne and Bentayga SUVs.

Karl Brauer, executive publisher for Kelley Blue Book and AutoTrader, noted that interest in plug-in hybrids is anticipated to grow slowly as a step toward fully electric vehicles.

He emphasized that they are seeing more plug-in hybrids yearly as consumers discover the advantages of having EV-only for short runs but an internal combustion backup for longer journeys. He added that it enables them to feel extremely earth-friendly during around-town errands without any range anxiety if they have to drive further all of a sudden. "For luxury SUV buyers, who are less price sensitive, it’s an effective system that gives them the best of both worlds."

The powerful P400e is the first-ever hybrid to be rolled out under Jaguar Land Rover's initiative to provide an electrified powertrain option for each model in its lineup beginning 2020. However, it is now evading powerful gasoline engines. The newest high-performance SVR variant boosts output to 575 horsepower using a 5L supercharged V8 engine and zips from standstill to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds.

Although the P400 was quieter, it was hardly recognizable from a usual Range Rover during our test drive. It comes with typical accoutrements including Wi-Fi connectivity for eight devices; a wide, padded leather armrest; a spacious, five-passenger cabin trimmed in leather, wood and metal; and dual touchscreens.   

 

 

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