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Land Rover’s new plug-in hybrid Discovery Sport and Evoque

The 4x4s have long been known for their thirst, but now Land Rover is launching two more fuel-efficient hybrid models that can run up to 41 miles on battery power.

The new plug-in hybrids of Discovery Sport and Evoque follow in the footsteps of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEVs.

The electric range of both cars is twice the average 18-mile daily commute to travel by British motorists, says the British car company famous for its offroaders, but would like to lose the ‘gas guzzler’ label.

The Range Rover Evoque P300e plug-in hybrid is priced from £ 43,850 and is available in S, SE and HSE specifications

The Range Rover Evoque P300e plug-in hybrid is priced from £ 43,850 and is available in S, SE and HSE specifications

Buyers of the Evoque and Discovery Sport models, both built in Halewood on Merseyside, who choose the petrol-electric hybrid versions, will get claimed fuel consumption of up to 202 mpg and average CO2 emissions of just 32 g / km.

Achieving such fuel efficiency and low emissions, however, depends on owners keeping the plug-in hybrid electric vehicles – or PHEVs – charged and driving in a way that gets the most out of the battery.

Prices are a premium of £ 2,000 to £ 3,000 on the equivalent petrol model, but with significantly improved fuel savings and lower road tax.

The vehicles can now be ordered with first deliveries in the fall and cost around £ 45,000.

Improved green performance is thanks to the P300e petrol and electric powertrain, with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

It combines a 200 hp 1.5-liter three-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 109 hp (80 kW) electric motor, which is integrated in the rear axle and is powered by a 15 kW lithium-ion battery under the rear seat.

The Range Rover Evoque P300e emits only 32 g / km of CO2 (according to the official new WLTP measurement in the real world) and has a pure electric zero emission range of up to 41 miles with fuel consumption of up to 201.8 mpg.

Discovery Sport P300e can drive up to 62 kilometers with full electric power and delivers fuel consumption of 175.5 mpg (1.6 l / 100 km). Thanks to its electrified technology, the Discovery Sport P300e produces CO2 emissions of only 36 g / km.

The Discovery Sport P300e plug-in hybrid is priced from £ 45,370 and is available in R-Dynamic S, SE and HSE specifications with 18 or 20 inch wheels

The Discovery Sport P300e plug-in hybrid is priced from £ 45,370 and is available in R-Dynamic S, SE and HSE specifications with 18 or 20 inch wheels

The Discovery Sport P300e plug-in hybrid is priced from £ 45,370 and is available in R-Dynamic S, SE and HSE specifications with 18 or 20 inch wheels

Land Rover maintains that performance and capabilities are “uncompromising” with the Range Rover Evoque accelerating from idle to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds and Discovery Sport in 6.2 seconds.

Both 4X4s can reach speeds of up to 84 mph using only electric power.

The Range Rover Evoque P300e plug-in hybrid is priced from £ 43,850 and is available in S, SE and HSE specifications, standard or R-Dynamic with a range of wheel designs from 18 to 20 inches.

For comparison, the Evoque range starts from £ 31,725 ​​(for the D150 2.0 liter diesel), but the closest petrol equivalent, the P300 2.0 liter 300 hp in ‘S’ specification costs £ 40,925, averaging 30.9 mpg with CO2 emissions of 207 g / km.

The Discovery Sport P300e plug-in hybrid costs £ 45,370 and is available in R-Dynamic S, SE and HSE specifications with 18 or 20 inch wheels.

For comparison, the Discovery Sport range starts from £ 31,905, but the nearest equivalent P250 R-Dynamic petrol costs from £ 43,325 at 29.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 215g / km.

Land Rover Discovery Sport P300e

Plug-in hybrid engine: 200 hp 1.5-liter 3-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 109 hp (80 kW) electric motor.

Total power: 309 hp

Fuel consumption: up to 175.5mpg

CO2 emissions: from 36 g / km

Electric range only: up to 38 miles

Fast charging time: 0-80 percent in 30 minutes

Range Rover Evoque P300e

Plug-in hybrid engine: 200 hp 1.5-liter 3-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 109 hp (80 kW) electric motor.

Total power: 309 hp

Fuel consumption: up to 201.8 mpg

CO2 emissions: from 32 g / km

Electric range only: up to 41 miles

Fast charging time: 0-80 percent in 30 minutes

The vehicles can be charged up to 80 percent in 80 minutes with 32kW DC fast public charging, or in 1 hour and 24 minutes with a 7kW AC wallbox for home use

The vehicles can be charged up to 80 percent in 80 minutes with 32kW DC fast public charging, or in 1 hour and 24 minutes with a 7kW AC wallbox for home use

The vehicles can be charged to 80 percent in 80 minutes with 32kW DC fast public charging, or in 1 hour and 24 minutes with a 7kW AC wallbox for home use

Land Rover said the new plug-in hybrids were “remarkably” economical.

“Customers and businesses can achieve significant financial savings thanks to fuel consumption of just 201.8 mpg and reduced car taxes.”

The company says the vehicles can be charged up to 80 percent in 80 minutes with 32kW DC fast public charging, or within 1 hour 24 minutes with a 7kW AC wallbox for household use. Using a household electrical outlet for overnight charging takes 6 hours and 42 minutes.

Land Rover said the new plug-in hybrids were “remarkably” economical

There are three selectable driving modes that best suit the needs of the driver, both in the city and on the highway: electric only, petrol engine only or a hybrid combination, using GPS and navigation data to optimize efficiency on every journey.

Hybrid mode is the default setting and automatically combines the power of the electric motor and gasoline engine for the best conditions.

Electric vehicle mode allows the vehicle to drive only on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery for quiet, emission-free driving.

“Save” mode gives priority to the petrol engine as the main power source, keeping the battery at the chosen level.

Some Range Rover Evoque P300e derivatives qualify for a new, lower Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) rate of only six percent in 2020/21

Some Range Rover Evoque P300e derivatives qualify for a new, lower Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) rate of only six percent in 2020/21

Some Range Rover Evoque P300e derivatives qualify for a new, lower Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) rate of only six percent in 2020/21

Land Rover said, “PHEV customers can not only save money on energy and spend much less time on the pumps, but also benefit from strong residual values. Commercial vehicle drivers in the UK will also achieve significant savings. ‘

With CO2 emissions of 32 g / km and an emission-free range of up to 41 miles, some Range Rover Evoque P300e derivatives qualify for the new lower Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) rate of only 6 percent in 2020 / 21, up to 8 percent in 2022/2023.

Meanwhile, Discovery Sport PHEV’s CO2 emissions of 36 g / km and an emission-free range of up to 38 miles mean it qualifies for a 10 percent BIK rate in 2020/21, rising to 12 percent in 2022/23 .

There are three selectable driving modes: electric only, petrol engine only or a hybrid combination

There are three selectable driving modes: electric only, petrol engine only or a hybrid combination

There are three selectable driving modes: electric only, petrol engine only or a hybrid combination

Nick Rogers, executive director of product engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, said, “Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our Jaguar Land Rover family, our latest plug-in hybrid offers the same great possibilities and calm with all-electric driving and stunning efficiency, both on- and off-road. ‘

“This groundbreaking three-cylinder plug-in hybrid system gives our customers more choice than ever before. ‘

The new plug-in hybrid P300e models connect to Land Rover’s existing 48-volt ‘mild hybrid SUVs’.

Land Rover has confirmed that its new Defender model will get a plug-in hybrid model in the future. Other models are also expected to have the option.

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