Words by Eduardo Lim, Creative Director, EDOHAUS
Photo Source: Paul Tan
Seems like every car manufacturer these days is becoming carbon-emission conscious. The latest to jump the bandwagon is the Range Rover Sport in line with its new facelift. The new Range Rover Sport P400e features some seen in the Velar such as Matrix-laser LED headlights, two HD touchscreens: 10-inch infotainment and 12-inch instrument display.
Voice recognition in English and Mandarin, Nanoe air purification technology, console fridge, more than a dozen connecting plugs (USB, HDMI, 12V port, domestic power socket) to name a few other highlights.
For safety, the 400e goes with an autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning that comes as a standard. The Drive Pack includes driver condition and blind spot monitor, and traffic sign recognition, then the Drive Pro Pack upgrade includes high-speed emergency braking, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
For parking, you can choose from Park Pack with a 360-degree camera, Clear Exit Monitor (alerts passengers when opening doors into traffic), or the Park Pro Pack that adds automated park assist for both parallel and perpendicular parking.
The main feature, however, comes from its beating heart that is now a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine coupled with an electric motor and paired with ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, which gives off an astonishing 404 PS (~398hp) and 640 Nm of torque. This pushes the Sport from 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and tops at 220 km/h.
Situated underneath the boot is a 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that has a range of 51 km, a top speed of 137 km/h in pure electric mode, and can be charged up in full for 7.5 hrs. via local power socket or 2.75 hrs. on a 32 A charging socket.
The P400e still retains the Range Rover Sport’s off-road capabilities such as Terrain Response 2 System that utilizes the electric motor’s maximum torque at low-speeds and Low Traction Launch System derived. Despite its 850 mm wading depth, it is advised (by Land Rover) to engage the petrol engine to prevent water surge through the exhaust system.