Jaguar Land Rover have launched their new Defender P400e plug-in hybrid electric car today (September 9). The new P400e is the company’s most powerful and fuel-efficient Defender, and will be available with five or six interior seat options.
The P400e uses a powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine combined with a 105kW electric motor, similar to that found in the Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid. This delivers 398 brake horse power and will take the P400e from 0-62mph (0-100kph) in a speedy 5.6 seconds, with a top speed of 130mph (210kph).
What’s impressive here is this Land Rover’s low running costs thanks to a combined economy of 85.3mpg (3.3l/100km), and CO2 emissions of just 74g/km. In all-electric mode with zero emissions the P400e will drive for up to 27 miles (43km). This includes off-road where the immediate torque from the electric motor makes the Defender even more capable.
Land Rover claim the Mode 3 charging cable, which comes as standard with the P400e, enables charging to 80 per cent in two hours. Charging via a Mode 2 cable will take around seven hours to charge to 80 percent, which is perfect for home charging overnight. Using a 50kW rapid charger, the P400e charges to 80 percent in just 30 minutes.
Senior Manager, Powertrain Advanced Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, Iain Gray, said: “The advanced new P400e Plug-In Hybrid perfectly balances performance with fuel economy and all-electric off-road capability. The latest model also provides refined and powerful new in-line six-cylinder diesel engines that bring improvements in fuel economy and drivability.”