Range Rover’s Sport hybrid

20 February 2019

RANGE Rover has introduced a new part-electric special edition of its Sport HST model, costing £81,250.

It is the latest step Land Rover is taking towards meeting its commitment of offering an electrified option on all new models from next year.

The newcomer gets the company’s new mild hybrid six-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 394bhp to endow the vehicle with sparkling performance and improved economy.

Available initially only on the special edition HST model, the new Ingenium engine is more responsive and better balanced than the previous V6 petrol.

With a whopping 550Nm of torque, or pulling power, it enables the vehicle to make light work of heavy trailers, whilst boasting a top speed of 140mph.

The six-cylinder unit has an innovative combination of advanced features, including the introduction of an electric supercharger to deliver immediate power response.

This effectively eliminates turbo lag, being supported by a twin-scroll turbocharger and continuous variable valve lift, which boost power and help the engine breathe with maximum efficiency.

These performance-boosting technologies work alongside a new mild hybrid electric vehicle powertrain that results in economy of 30mpg and CO2 emissions of 213g/km.

The system is based around an all-new Start-Stop system that switches off when stationary and pairs the 3.0-litre engine with an electric motor. This allows the system to harvest energy through regenerative braking and store it in a 48V battery for later use, such as when pulling away from a standing start.

Designed and developed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover, the engine is manufactured at the company’s £1billion centre in the Midlands, alongside the current four-cylinder petrol and diesel units.

The new petrol engine will be available on the special edition HST model, which also features a combination of interior and exterior updates including carbon fibre trim on the bonnet, front grille, side vents and tailgate.

There is a choice of two alloy wheel designs and five exterior colours, with the HST being identified by red brake calipers, with an alternative grey anodised option.

Inside, the 16-way front seats get a new colour pattern with suedecloth detailing on the steering wheel and gear lever, satin chrome gear shift paddles and an HST badged facia. The suite of safety enhancements includes optional adaptive cruise control with stop & go and steering assist plus high speed emergency braking.

Jaguar Land Rover is desperately seeking alternatives to the traditional diesel engines that are being blamed for sales slumps among many manufacturers.

The charge is being led by a wholesale move towards electrification, either with all-electric vehicles using battery power only, or by hybrids using a combination of petrol and battery power, as in this case.