You may have to wait until the next generation.
If you were in the market for a Range Rover or Range Rover Sport in 2021, you had numerous engine options to choose from. These included a V6 diesel, turbocharged mild-hybrid inline-six (with two power outputs), supercharged V8 (with two power outputs), or a plug-in hybrid with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Unfortunately, due to supply-chain issues related to the semiconductor chip shortage, the PHEV option is no longer available, CarBuzz can confirm.
Previous reports claimed Land Rover could not keep up with European demand for its PHEV models, as wealthy customers wanted to take advantage of the tax benefits associated with electrified vehicles. Delays were severe enough to impact an entire model year of availability for these models. A US Land Rover spokesperson confirmed, "the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEV models are not offered in the US for 2022 model year."
As a reminder, the PHEV system was previously available on the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid and the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Hybrid models. These two variants paired a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a 13.1-kWh battery. The electric motor generated 141 horsepower by itself and worked with the engine to develop a total of 398 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque.
In terms of fuel economy, the PHEV models only achieved 19 mpg combined when running on the gasoline engine, which is on par with the supercharged V8 model. With the electric motor, these models could hit 42 MPGe and travel up to 480 miles with a 19-mile electric-only range.
According to Land Rover's US website, the engine options for the 2022 model year are far less expansive. In addition to the PHEV, the V6 diesel engine is no longer available to order. This leaves the mild-hybrid inline-six, producing 355 or 395 hp, or the supercharged V8, producing 518 or 557 hp. If you are in the market for a Land Rover with a plug, you'll likely have to wait for the next-generation Range Rover and Range Rover Sport or check out ECD's Tesla-powered Range Rover Classic.
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