Land Rover has announced the 2019 Range Rover P400e, a new plug-in hybrid variant of the famous luxury SUV. Part of a broader series of updates to the Range Rover lineup for 2018, the P400e will be sold in the U.S. unlike the previous Range Rover hybrid.
Both Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will offer a P400e plug-in alternative with identical powertrains. The heart of the P400e powertrain is Jaguar Land Rover’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine. An electric motor resides inside the case of its eight-speed automatic transmission. The combined power output for the system is 378 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque.
Land Rover says the power output of the P400e is enough to send the hefty Range Rover from zero to 60 mph in about 6.4 seconds.
The P400e’s electric motor is supplied current from a 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that sets under the cargo floor of the SUV. This is enough electric juice to propel the Range Rover about 30 miles in pure EV mode, but it will be with reduced performance as the electric motor only generates 114 horsepower of that combined 378 figure.
By default, the system will run in parallel mode. This means the system will decide which combination of power sources (gas and electric) is appropriate to maximize fuel economy. Drivers will have the option to put the propulsion system in a save mode that maintains the current charge level in the battery pack to use later, similar to other hybrids on the market.
Perhaps unique to Land Rover, the company has also adjusted its Terrain Response 2 system for the P400e. Since electric torque starts at zero RPM and lacks creep speed associated with combustion propulsion, the company has had to recalibrate its off-road modes to accommodate for the changes.
The Range Rover and Range Rover Sport P400e will arrive in the U.S. next summer as 2019 models. Expect pricing and official EPA ratings to be released closer to launch.