The hybrid powertrain is a combination of a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged Ingenium petrol engine and an electric motor on the rear axle. The ICE produces 147 kW (200 hp) and 280 Nm of torque, while the e-motor develops 80 kW (109 hp) and 260 Nm of torque. The system output is 227 kW (309 hp) and 540 Nm of torque. Unlike the mild-hybrid counterparts, the transmission here is an 8-speed automatic that weighs 5 kg less than the 9-speed auto.
The floor-mounted 15 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is claimed to deliver an all-electric range of up to 66 km (41 mi) in the Evoque and 62 km (38 mi) in the Discovery Sport. Owners can pre-condition the battery and cabin temperature before starting a journey.
As for charging, the new PHEV models are available with a Mode 2 Home Charging Cable, which is claimed to charge the vehicle in 6 hours and 42 minutes. For faster charging, the Mode 3 Charging Cable is claimed to enable charging from 0-80% in 1 hour and 24 minutes. A 32 kW DC fast-charging is claimed to take 30 minutes for 80% charge.
There are three driving modes on offer: Hybrid, EV, and Save. The ‘Save’ mode prioritizes the combustion engine as its main power source, maintaining the battery State of Charge at a chosen level.
At speeds above 135 km/h (84 mph), the electric motor is decoupled to reduce drag and optimize efficiency; it is re-engaged when the speed falls below this.
The 200 PS engine, combined with an 80 kW electric motor on the rear axle, gives fantastic all-wheel drive capability and the perfect blend of performance, depending on your driving style. Efficient electrification, downsizing and lightweighting also enables incredibly low CO2 of just 32 g/km on the Evoque and 36 g/km on the Discovery Sport. – Nick Rogers, JLR Executive Director of Product Engineering