Range Rover Sport due for PHEV, more SVR power

The 2018 model year introduces a few exterior styling tweaks and Land Rover\'s latest touchscreen infotainment system, while the plug-in hybrid will arrive for MY2019.

Land Rover has outlined significant changes to the Range Rover Sport lineup for the 2018 and 2019 model years.

The 2018 edition introduces a new LED headlight design and a new grille, complementing a reworked bumper with a more aggressive profile.

Drivers will be treated to a thoroughly updated cabin, centering around the Touch Pro Duo system with two high-resolution 10-inch touchscreens. Other tech upgrades include sunblind control via hand gesture and an Advanced Tow Assist tool to help steer while reversing with a trailer.

The flagship SVR edition will step up its game with a 25-horsepower increase to 575 ponies, launching to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. The refreshed package also benefits from more carbon fiber and a few design adjustments.

At the other end of the spectrum, the 2019 model year will introduce Jaguar Land Rover's first plug-in hybrid powertrain. Labeled P400e, the efficiency-focused package pairs a 296-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a 114-horsepower electric motor, with 472 pound-feet of torque to bring the machine up to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.

Drivers can expect to cruise for up to 31 miles on battery power alone, eliminating the need to fire up the Ingenium engine for the average short commute.

The company has not disclosed pricing details for the PHEV.

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