The new Range Rover Sport is transformed by technology, with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain delivering efficiency, capability and performance like never before. The reveal follows the news that from 2020 all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will be electrified and marks the next step on the Great British company’s electrification journey.

In addition to efficient PHEV options, every Range Rover Sport has an enhanced design and new consumer technology. The flagship SVR now delivers 423kW, making it the fastest Range Rover to date. This is an SUV driven to another level of dynamic capability, with breadth of appeal and desirability like no other.

“When we started the design process with this new Range Rover Sport, it was important that we maintained its sporting prowess while evolving the exterior design. The addition of design-enabled technologies, such as our new infotainment system and the LED headlights demonstrate our drive towards ever greater desirability for the customer.”  Said Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer of Land Rover.

The British-designed, engineered and built Range Rover Sport has sold more than 732,000 since it was introduced in 2004. Its unrivalled mix of refinement and exhilarating performance has starred on TV and in movies around the world.

The latest Range Rover Sport is Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Badged P400e, the new model provides sustainable performance by combining a 221kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 85kW electric motor. The 297kW total available power output1 – available through the permanent four-wheel drive system – delivers 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 220km/h. With an impressive 640Nm of torque, the new powertrain mixes dynamic and sustainable performance with traditional Land Rover capability, comfort and refinement.

Thanks to its electrified powertrain, Range Rover Sport P400e emits only 64g/km on the NEDC combined cycle and offers an all-electric range of up to 51km without the petrol engine running. For the first time Land Rover customers can experience zero-emission, near-silent off-road luxury with uncompromised all-terrain capability as well as entry into areas with restrictions for air quality, including most congestion charging zones.

Drivers can select from two driving modes to best suit their needs:

  • Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) – combines petrol and electric drive. The driver can optimise battery charge or fuel economy by utilising one of two charge management functions:
  •     -SAVE function – prevents the battery charge dropping below a pre-selected level.
  •    -Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) function – entering a destination in the navigation system enables the feature, which utilises in built GPS altitude data for the selected route, to intelligently combine the electric motor and petrol engine to maximise fuel economy.
  • EV (Electric Vehicle) mode – enables the vehicle to run solely on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery, the ideal solution for quiet, zero emission journeys.

Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 technology has a unique calibration to intelligently and precisely distribute torque from the electric motor, which has no creep speed and maximum torque from zero rpm, to all four wheels. This gives greater control during low-speed off-road manoeuvres, reaffirming Range Rover Sport’s outstanding breadth of capability.

"The new Range Rover Sport strikes a compelling balance between dynamic capability, passenger comfort and efficiency. The introduction of our advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain is a watershed moment in the history of our performance SUV.” Said Nick Collins, Vehicle Line Director of Jaguar Land Rover.

The motor is powered by a 13.1kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery. Land Rover engineers delivered a set-up that maximises interior space and provides ideal weight distribution. The 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine is longitudinally mounted, with the 85kW electric motor housed in the ZF automatic eight-speed transmission at the centre of the vehicle alongside the 7kW on-board charger. The access point for the cable is at the front of the vehicle, while the prismatic cell lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the boot floor.

When rapid charging, a full charge can be achieved in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated 32 amp wall box. The battery can be fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes using the 10 amp home charging cable supplied as standard. With significant changes under the skin, the exterior has evolved to harmonise and modernise the design, making the Range Rover Sport look more dynamic without changing its character.

At the front, the striking new design is enabled by intelligent Pixel-laser LED headlights, sitting alongside a redesigned grille. This is complemented by a new bumper with a more aggressive profile. The new PHEV derivative also includes access to the 7kW on-board charger hidden behind the Land Rover badge on the right of the grille.

Inside the cabin the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system is the most advanced ever created by Jaguar Land Rover and is truly state-of-the-art. Two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens form the centrepiece of the minimalist cabin, blending a futuristic, elegant feel with an intuitive, engaging interface and unrivalled functionality.

In-car connectivity is enhanced with up to 14 power points, including a domestic plug socket to keep laptops and other devices topped up. The introduction of the Jaguar Land Rover Activity Key also brings new levels of convenience to the Range Rover Sport, allowing customers to lock and unlock their vehicle without the need to carry a key fob – ideal for outdoor pursuits.

The new Range Rover Sport has been enhanced with further technologies for greater comfort and convenience:

  • Gesture sunblind: opened and closed by an advanced gesture control system that senses an occupant’s hand movement. All it takes to open the blind is a rearward swipe in front of the rear view mirror, and forwards to close
  • Advanced Tow Assist: takes care of the difficult counter-steering required to position trailers accurately when reversing. The driver can simply guide the trailer into the desired space using the rotary controller for the Terrain Response 2 system
  • Pixel-laser LED headlights: advanced technology provides greater luminance and intelligently blanks sections of LEDs to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers

Those looking for the ultimate performance SUV will relish the potent new SVR derivative, which takes the Range Rover Sport into new territory. Power is up to 423kW, delivering the 0-100km/h sprint in only 4.5 seconds, while bold design revisions and the increased use of carbon fibre construction make the new SVR more dramatic, faster and more agile than before.

Designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover in the UK, the new Range Rover Sport will be produced at the company’s Solihull production facility and is available to order now with first deliveries from the end of 2017 (market dependent).

  1. Peak internal combustion engine and electric power not delivered at same engine speed

Renault Australia will begin direct sales of the Kangoo Z.E. (Zero Emissions) compact van in November 2017.

“Bringing the Renault Kangoo Z.E. to Australia has been a long-held goal for us,” said Elena Woods, Senior Model Line Manager for Electric Vehicles at Renault Australia. “We are really excited to offer our customers the opportunity to make a giant step forward in terms of innovative transportation.

“Our success in Europe and the strength of the Renault-Nissan Alliance will serve us well, as we launch a new generation of electric vehicles into the Australian market. The Kangoo Z.E. has been in demand for some time and we have now secured supplies that will certainly give operators the perfect work vehicle,” Woods added.

The Renault Kangoo Z.E. is a pioneering electric van that incorporates a wealth of innovation, designed to better meet customer requirements and environmental targets. To date, more than 25,000 examples have been sold in Europe to a wide range of users, making it the most popular battery-powered van, with 34.5 per cent of Europe’s E.V. (electric vehicle) commercial market. It has been the best seller in its segment in the six years since its European launch.

Gilles Normand, Senior Vice President and the global head of the Electric Vehicle Business Unit for Renault said: “As the European standard-bearer in the realm of all-electric mobility, Renault is continually improving and refining its electric vehicles to extend operating range and make charging as simple as possible for its customers. The technological innovations built into the Kangoo Z.E. – a new high energy density battery mated to a new motor, plus a heat pump and a new charger that is twice as powerful as before – have resulted in a driving range gain of more than 50 per cent, along with a faster, simpler charging process.”

The new Kangoo Z.E.’s driving range is now 270km, as measured on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). This is equivalent to 200km in real-world summer-climate driving. This compares with 170km under the NEDC achieved with the earlier version.

This extended range is thanks to the Kangoo Z.E.’s new, high-efficiency battery, promising a 50 per cent range increase compared to the previous battery. It also comprises a new motor, which delivers greater efficiency along with a new on-board charging system delivering faster recovery.

The new battery, mated to the new motor and incorporated with a heat pump all combine to produce the best driving range in the electric LCV (light commercial vehicle) market. Charging the Kangoo Z.E. is also faster and easier. Its battery can now be fully charged in as little as six hours, while a one-hour lunch break allows enough time to add a 35km top-up, helping users to optimise their working day.

Ashwani Gupta, Senior Vice President and global head of the Renault-Nissan Light Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, said: “Renault Pro+ tops the market when it comes to electric LCV sales in Europe, with a 29.5 per cent market share as of end-May 2017.

“Our brand consistently strives to meet and exceed the expectations of its business customers. With the Kangoo Z.E., Renault Pro+ has shifted the goalposts in terms of driving range in this fast-growing sector (up 16 per cent at end May 2017), while continuing to provide additional bespoke services and solutions,” he said.

Key facts

  • Renault-Nissan Alliance electric vehicles top the global market with more than half of worldwide sales.
  • There are currently 120,000 Renault electric vehicles on the road in Europe, including more than 50,000 in France. 
  • Renault has been Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle brand in Europe since 2010. 
  • More than one electric vehicle in four sold today in Europe is a Renault. 
  • Renault ZOE is Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle. 
  • Renault Kangoo Z.E. has been Europe’s best-selling electric LCV for the past six years. 

Renault Kangoo Z.E.’s history

At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009, Renault announced a radical programme for delivering a new range of zero-emissions electric vehicles. Working with its Alliance partner, Nissan, Renault announced it would begin selling affordable production electric vehicles from 2011, targeting market leadership.

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Renault Group, was clear about the challenges posed by climate change and Renault’s determination to act. “The automobile industry contributes to the problem of climate change. It generates 12 per cent of the CO2 emissions that result from human activity and accounts for 25 per cent of the world’s oil consumption. At Renault, therefore, we have decided to be part of the solution.

“The stakes relating to the introduction of widely affordable electric vehicles call for far-reaching changes to our industry, so that the automobile is once more perceived as a means of progress, both for mankind and for the planet. The aim is to integrate the automobile more fully in its environment and make our towns and villages greener, quieter and more pleasant to live in,” Ghosn said.

Renault’s intentions were made clear at the 2009 Frankfurt show, where it revealed four Z.E. concepts destined to be brought to market. Kangoo Z.E. van led the way in November 2011. Kangoo Z.E. perfectly demonstrates how a highly successful Renault model can be transformed into a viable and effective electric vehicle without compromising its fundamental practicality.

In December 2009, prototype models were shown at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and just a few months later, revealed at the Geneva motor show including a longer wheelbase model, the Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E., broadening the potential market. 

The ability of Kangoo Z.E. to deliver its potential in real-world conditions is dependent upon a range of supporting measures. To ensure an appropriate infrastructure, Renault has reached partnership agreements around the world – the first of them signed as early as 2008. It has an extensive chain of specialist dealers and workshops with trained personnel and technicians to ensure sales, maintenance and repair services are in place.

In November 2011 Kangoo Van and Maxi Z.E. made their U.K. market debut. Two years later Kangoo Z.E. was firmly established as Europe’s best-selling electric van and the production centre in Maubeuge, France (home to all Renault Kangoo production) celebrated the 10,000th version coming off the line.

Renault leads European sales of electric vehicles 

Renault is Europe’s number one manufacturer of electric light commercial vehicles, securing 34.5 per cent market share in 2016. In Europe, Renault offers the only electric vehicle range of its kind in the world, with Twizy Cargo, new ZOE Company, new Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E.

The Renault Kangoo Z.E. is both pioneer and market leader in the small electric van segment in Europe, with more than 25,000 deliveries since its launch in October 2011. Along the way, it has collected a host of prestigious awards, including ‘International Van of the Year 2012’, while its environmentally-aware customers praise its driveability, carrying capacity and competitive running costs.

Powertrain 

New Kangoo Z.E. boasts four major innovations:

  • New battery
  • New motor
  • New charger
  • Incorporation of a heat pump for the climate control system 

Kangoo Z.E. duly offers unrivalled driving range in the LCV market, achieving 270km over an NEDC cycle, a significant improvement over the 170km of its predecessor. In real-world use as a delivery vehicle , this corresponds to a range of between 120 and 200km on a single charge (depending on the type of terrain, temperature, wind, driving style, etc.), compared to between 80 and 125km previously.

Kangoo Z.E. will be offered as a long wheelbase van with a 4m3 capacity and 650kg payload. It combines the smooth, slick driveability of an electric vehicle with the user-friendliness of an automatic transmission and is easy to convert in order to meet the bespoke requirements of business customers (refrigerated vehicle, ambulance).

Improved technology

Kangoo Z.E.’s extended driving range owes much to its new 33kWh ‘Z.E. 33’ battery. This was developed jointly by Renault and LG Chem and features a significant innovation: upgraded energy density. This means its storage capacity has been increased without any changes to its bulk, so the vehicle’s load carrying capacity is unchanged.

Battery performance has been optimised not by adding extra modules but rather by improving the chemistry of the battery cells themselves, in order to increase energy density. This major improvement was achieved with no trade-off in terms of reliability, safety or payload. The Kangoo Z.E. also benefits from a new energy-efficient motor and an optimised electronic battery management system, which limits the electricity consumed by the vehicle during road use, with no detriment to power output.

The all-Renault R60 motor delivers 44kW (60hp) and is based on the R90 motor that also powers the ZOE super-mini. The engine is manufactured at Renault’s Cléon plant in France, the Group’s flagship facility for the production of high added-value engines, motors and transmissions.

The Kangoo Z.E. comes with another innovation in the realm of electric light commercial vehicles, the incorporation of a heat pump in the climate control system to maintain driving range even in cold weather. This heat pump improves the driving range in cold conditions by restricting the use of electrical resistors that consume both power and range. The new Kangoo Z.E. is the world’s first LCV to be equipped with this feature.

By using the pre-conditioning system (the trigger time of which can be adjusted via the vehicle’s steering wheel-mounted controls), the new Kangoo Z.E. can be heated, or cooled, in advance when plugged in via the automatic climate control system.

Charging the new Kangoo Z.E. is now faster, courtesy of a new charger that’s twice as powerful due to it having twice the power capacity. When plugged in to a 7.4kW wall box, it will fully charge the battery in six hours (much less than overnight), which is one hour less than before and delivers a 50 per cent increase in range.

The charger is a new-generation single phase 7kW (32A, 230V) AC unit that can also top up the vehicle with 35km of driving range in mild weather in just one hour (during a lunch break, or while being loaded) to deliver a valuable productivity boost. The Kangoo Z.E. can thus be driven all day and even handle two delivery runs (morning and afternoon), allowing users to optimise their work day schedules and provide their customers with an improved service.

Z.E. Voice

When driving around town, Z.E. Voice adds another safety dimension up to speeds of around 30 km/h (above which tyre and road noise would be sufficient to alert pedestrians). The audible warning informs pedestrians and cyclists of the vehicle’s otherwise silent approach. The sounds it makes were developed in association with organisations for blind and visually impaired people. Different sounds can be selected depending on the owner’s preference.

The Z.E. LCV driving experience 

The Z.E. driving experience is a unique blend of punch and tranquillity; punch thanks to its brisk acceleration and pick-up response, with a level of torque that is particularly welcome when carrying a full load; and tranquillity thanks to the absence of engine noise and vibrations, which contribute to reduced driver fatigue. 

The new Kangoo Z.E. is a particularly manoeuvrable vehicle that can be adapted easily to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of trades and end-uses, thanks to the wide variety of configurations and options available. The R60 electric motor delivers maximum torque of 225Nm in a fraction of a second, enabling brisk acceleration and pick-up from low speeds. This level of torque truly comes into its own when the vehicle is fully-laden.

Acceleration is seamless and perfectly linear, giving the impression that the vehicle is equipped with the best automatic gearbox on the market. This is of particular benefit to those who spend the majority of their day on the road for work purposes.

Renault and Formula E

A world leader in electric mobility with its ground-breaking Z.E. range, Renault has embraced the innovative series’ potential and seized the opportunity to demonstrate its expertise on an international platform. Using its motorsport engine hub at Viry-Châtillon, it has developed one of the most powerful and technically advanced powertrains in the field.

Renault e.dams is the most successful team in the short history of the FIA Formula E Championship. With three teams’ championship titles and one driver title in the first three years of the competition, Renault and DAMS have a lock on the series, underscoring Renault’s superiority in zero emission racing.

Managed by four-time Formula One World Champion Alain Prost and iconic team DAMS founder Jean-Paul Driot, the team has strong technical support from Renault Sport Racing, the hugely successful manufacturer-backed motorsport operation that encompasses racing disciplines from Formula One to endurance racing.

Kangoo Z.E. Line-Up

There is one variant, Kangoo Maxi Z.E., details below.

Technical specifications

  • Engine: max power 44kW and max torque 226 Nm
  • 33kWh Lithium-ion battery
  • 11.9 turning circle
  • 650kg payload
  • Charging time single phase 3kW: 11hr
  • Charging time single phase 7kW: 6hr
  • 270km NEDC range
  • 200km real world range

Z.E. specific equipment

  • Type 2 charge plug
  • Front Z.E. lockable charging socket (underneath the Renault diamond)
  • Cabin pre-conditioning function
  • Z.E. instrument panel with energy gauge, energy saver and special computer
  • Z.E. Voice: external alert for pedestrians

Standard specifications

  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • Driver and front passenger front and side airbags
  • Front and rear fog lights
  • Cruise control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • ECO mode
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Unglazed dual rear doors with 180° opening
  • Unglazed right and left sliding cargo doors
  • Steel bulkhead