2018 Range Rover Plug-In Hybrid spotted testing

These are the first pictures of what is thought to be Range Rover’s 295bhp petrol-electric hybrid SUV, which could go on sale in 2018.

A Range Rover plug-in hybrid model has been spotted testing ahead of a possible launch in 2018.

The current fourth generation Range Rover had some mild updates for the 2017 model year, but these are the first pictures of a forthcoming hybrid model which could be introduced to the range with more updates for 2018.

The test mule gets a new front bumper and grille, which is believed to house the charging port, while the lights at the front and back are also a new design.

Warning stickers on the front and rear of the car indicate that this is an electrified model. It’s thought to be powered by a hybrid unit which incorporates a 295bhp four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine and a lithium-ion battery, which is stored under the boot floor.

It is highly likely the model will have an electric-only range, which could be around 20-30 miles. Its closest rival would be the BMW X5 xDrive40e, but with an inferior power output to the expected Range Rover hybrid it’s possible that the Range Rover could better the BMW’s 0-62mph time of 6.5sec.

This system, which will give the big SUV very low CO2 emissions, is expected to be used in future hybrid models of the Jaguar F-Pace, XF and XJ.

A diesel-electric hybrid version of the Range Rover has been available since 2013, but this will be an all-new powertrain. The current Range Rover model lineup has a choice of a diesel or petrol 3.0-litre V6, a 4.4-litre diesel V8 and a range-topping 5.0-litre V8 in the Range Rover Sport.

Other big SUVs are set to get plug-in variants, including the Bentley Bentayga and forthcoming Lamborghini Urus.

SOURSE:www.autocar.co.uk

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