Discovery Sport PHEV: first specs revealed

    How are the first impressions of the new plug-in-hybrid SUV?

    Land Rover is showing no signs of stopping with their hybridisation plans, as seen by the introduction of the PHEV versions of the Velar and the Defender earlier this year. Those cars didn't disappoint, and thus it's safe to say that this one doesn't seem to disappoint as well.

    The engine is a combination of a microscopic 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol producing 200bhp and an electric motor producing 109bhp, making it the most powerful model in the Discovery Sport range, and allowing it to do 0-62 in 6.6sec.

    The PHEV also costs £45,370, which allows it to sit between the Discovery Sport SE - which costs £43,165 - and the Discovery Sport HSE - which costs £46,815. That admittedly is a pretty reasonable price for a Land Rover, and it will cost you less than the less powerful and more polluting HSE.

    The car also has a DC port that most other PHEVs don't. The 7kW home wallbox charger can get the car from 0 to 80% in less than an hour and a half, while a 32kW charger will be able to do the same in half an hour, which still demonstrates the prevailing issue of long charging times of cars with electric engines.

    Overall however, the specs show that this is a promising PHEV that can help redeem the idea of a plug-in-hybrid as something pretty genius rather than something that makes the car about as boring as a Victorian novel.

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    • WHY? Why buy a car with TWO engines and TWO energy supplies, that still only functions as ONE car? All that complexity. All the extra ways it can go wrong. Double the weight of a design with just the one engine. Neither design is optimised either, what with competing for space and access to the power train mechanicals. Yet more crap engineering from JLR. Either sell an ICE vehicle OR an EV. A PHEV is the WORST of all worlds, not the best. Battery technology is already capable of outlasting the lifespan of the vehicle it's fitted to, as well as providing far better performance and traction management than any mechanical transmission can (because, physics). With easy 300mile ranges and very fast partial-charging times, all the old chestnuts are just so much compost as far as reasoned arguments against the idea goes. Every time money is invested in yet another piece of old technology, that money cannot be spent researching and developing your new EV lineup. Development is accelerating at such a breakneck pace at the moment that if you miss the boat, basically you've decided to drown instead.

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