Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque have been revealed ahead of an Australian arrival in the second quarter of 2021.
According to Land Rover, both models are capable of a fully-electric driving range of up to 66km. This should be plenty, Land Rover says, in Australia, the average vehicle commute is 31km a day.
The PHEV models will be called the Land Rover Discovery Sport P300e and Range Rover Evoque P300e.
The powertrain consists of a 147kW 1.5-litre three-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine, an 80kW electric motor integrated into the rear axle and a 15kWh lithium-ion battery pack located below the rear seats. Total outputs are listed at 227kW and 540Nm.
Power will go to all four wheels through a new hybrid-specific eight-speed automatic transmission.
From empty, the battery can be replenished to 80 per cent in as little as 30 minutes using a 32kW DC public charger or 1hr 24mins using a 7kW AC wall box.
The battery is made up of 84 prismatic cells, arranged in seven 50Ah modules of 12, with a 6mm-thick steel undertray that protects the battery without compromising the all-terrain capability.
In terms of performance, the Discovery Sport PHEV can run from 0-100km/h in 6.6 seconds, while the Evoque takes 6.4 seconds. Both cars reach speeds of up to 135km/h using electric power alone. The combined consumption figure is rated at 1.4L/100km for the Evoque and 1.6L/100km for the Discovery Sport.
The PHEV pair are built on Land Rover’s Premium Transverse Architecture, which was designed from the outset to accommodate plug-in and mild-hybrid powertrains, meaning there is no compromising interior space.
Drivers of both models can select from three driving modes – Hybrid, EV and Save - to best suit their needs and the driving situation.
The default Hybrid mode automatically balances power from the electric motor and petrol engine, EV mode relies solely on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery, while Save mode prioritises the combustion engine as its main power source to preserve the battery for when it’s best deployed.
Australian deliveries of the Discovery Sport P300e PHEV and Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV are expected to commence during the second quarter of 2021. Full specifications and pricing to be announced closer to launch.
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