Land Rover has added another PHEV to its stable – this time it’s a Range Rover Velar which is getting the electric plug-in hybrid treatment to make it more economical, faster and tax efficient. At the same time the car will get a badly-needed infotainment upgrade.
The mid-size SUV, which sits between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport in the line-up, now has the option of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 105kW electric motor, producing a combined 400bhp.
A 17.1Wh battery, located under the boot floor, can be charged to 80 per cent in 1 hour 40 minutes using a standard 7kW wallbox. The all-electric range is 33 miles fuel and CO2 emissions are from 49g/km, according to the model. That’s low enough for a 10% benefit-in-kind tax rate for company car drivers. For a 40% taxpayer, this rate would mean monthly tax bills as low as £214.30 in the current financial year. Be careful though – adding a few options such as big wheels could bump it up into a higher tax band.