The all-new new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid (PHEV) are now available in South Africa.
Both models offer 297kW/640Nm along with 51km electric-only range.
Each model’s 2.0-litre petrol engine is longitudinally mounted, with an 85kW electric motor housed within the ZF automatic eight-speed transmission at the centre of the vehicle, alongside a 7kW on-board charger.
The access point for the charging cable is hidden at the front behind the grille badge of each vehicle. The prismatic cell lithium-ion batteries are mounted at the rear beneath the boot floor.
The Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEVs are available in South Africa priced from R2,207,300 and R1,639,300 respectively.
Drivers can select from two driving modes to best suit their needs:
Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) – combines petrol and electric drive. The driver can optimise battery charge or fuel economy by utilising one of two charge management functions:
- SAVE function – prevents the battery charge dropping below a pre-selected level.
- 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.
EV mode (Electric Vehicle) – enables the vehicle to run solely on the electric motor for up to 51km using the energy stored in the battery, the ideal solution for quiet, zero-emission journeys.
When rapid charging the 13.1kWh high-voltage lithium-ion batteries, full charges can be achieved in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using an optional 32 amp wall box.
The batteries can be fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes using the 10 amp home charging cable supplied as standard. The Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEVs’ batteries are covered by eight-year, 160,000km, 70 per cent state of health warranties.