Range Rover’s first hybrid SUVs are almost here, and we’ve driven one

LOS ANGELES—When it comes to forward-looking automakers, Jaguar Land Rover sits toward the head of the pack. Its first long-range battery electric vehicle—the Jaguar I-Pace—goes on sale in 2018, and the company was one of the first to announce it would electrify its entire lineup by 2020. That doesn't mean every new Jaguar and Land Rover will be a BEV, but each model will offer a plug-in hybrid EV option, with 48v "mild" hybrids rounding out the range. Earlier this fall we found out that the first PHEV powertrains will be available in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SUVs, and at this year's LA Auto Show we got the chance to drive one of the preproduction prototypes.

Both the Range Rover P400e and Range Rover Sport P400e use the same 398hp (297kW) powertrain. On the internal combustion side, there's a 296hp (221kW) 2.0L four-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine. Between it and the gearbox there's also an 85kW (116hp) electric motor, fed by a 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery. Both cars have an electric-only range of up to 31 miles (51km).

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