What’s already great can get even better! Yes, the epitome of Range Rover series; Range Rover Sport is now making its grand entry into the booming hybrid segment as 2018 Range Rover Sport Hybrid. And the best part is that this all-new hybrid variant is saving all the goodies of the standard Range Rover Sport.
The secret success formula – STYLE!
Land Rover’s ongoing signature styling is here to stay as 2018 Range Rover Sport Hybrid will be based on the standard model. These words are a reference to the fact that the global hybrid segment will witness a breath of fresh air.
To put it simpler terms, the hybrid variant will garner a significant attention span with a contemporary body profile. The main highlights of exterior styling will include LED projector beam headlights, dome-shaped hood and cascading roof line.
The plug-in hybrid setup of 2018 Range Rover Sport Hybrid will include a 3.0L V6 gasoline engine which will be merged to the EDM (Electric Drive Module). A zero-friction 8-speed ZF automatic transmission will also join along.
According to speculations, the net output will appear somewhat like 332 lb-ft. torque and 202 HP. Hefty as these output figures might appeal, fuel economy will be equally impressive as well. The official EPA figures might stay close to 38 mpg in city, 36 mpg on highways and 37 mpg on a combined scale. Similarly, this hybrid powertrain might even make up for the 0 to 60 mph sprint to clear out at 6.4 seconds.
To make the most out of the situation, Land Rover will place the motor’s battery pack underneath the cargo compartment. Doing this will not just help in clearing out interior space but also maintain a low center of gravity for a near-to-perfect front-to-rear weight distribution. Although the battery pack’s official detail hasn’t come up, it is supposed to suffice for an all-electric drive range of almost 28 miles or so to say.
With the ongoing pursuit of achieving class-leading fuel economy, most automakers compromise on that raw, brawny power by optimizing the engine performance. This is where Range Rover Sport Hybrid 2018 should take the lead as it will retain the powertrain of its predecessor while opening up the way for a plug-in hybrid setup. This move is surely going to bother existing hybrids like Hyundai Ioniq, Lexus CT, Toyota Prius C and Ford C-Max.
Price and Release Date
Given a completely new take, the pricing of 2018 Range Rover Sport Hybrid will be as tall as Land Rover’s repute. The starting price could stay somewhere around $67,000. Most importantly, this all-new Range Rover Sport Hybrid could make its debut by the 1st half of 2018.