For those who might actually venture out of the city, Land Rover has given the PHEV a unique calibration for its Terrain Response 2 system, which will distribute torque from the electric motor to all four wheels, perfect for providing maximum torque from minimum revs.
"The new Range Rover Sport strikes a compelling balance between dynamic capability, passenger comfort and efficiency," says Nick Collins, vehicle line director at Jaguar Land Rover. "The introduction of our advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain is a watershed moment in the history of our performance SUV."
The electric motor is inside the housing of the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and is powered by a 13.1kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery. Charging is via an access point in the front of the vehicle rather than the side as with many other PHEV models. The company says that full charge can be achieved in as little as two hours 45 minutes using a dedicated 32 amp rapid-charger wall box, but otherwise it can be charged in seven hours 30 minutes using the 10 amp home charging cable supplied with the vehicle.
Getting to the changes across the range and the cosmetic alterations include the new Pixel-laser LED headlights, a revised grille and a new bumper. So not much on the outside, but inside things are different, with the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system that makes it debut in the Velar. Two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens form the centrepiece of the system.
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 new model will also get the Jaguar Land Rover Activity Key from the F-Pace and Discovery.