Land Rover launch first ever ‘hybrid models’
Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid
Order books will open this month for Land Rover’s first ever hybrid models. Both models will deliver outstanding fuel economy and boast low CO2 emissions and the all aluminium models will be based on Land Rover’s Premium Lightweight Architecture and share an identical powertrain.
John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director said “we are excited to introduce the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport Hybrids, the world’s first hybrid SUVs with legendary Land Rover capability. The addition of a smooth electric drive enhances refinement, cuts CO2 emissions and delivers staggering performance on a par with our SDV8 engine.”
The new Range Rover Hybrid powertrain features three driver-selectable modes and combines Land Rover’s popular 3-litre SDV6 diesel engine with a 35kW electric motor integrated with the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. Both models are capable of 0- 62mph (100km/h) in under seven seconds and deliver strong transient and mid-range performance and can achieve a top speed of 135mph (218km/h), combined with a 26 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions to 169g/km, equivalent to 44.1mpg on the combined cycle.
The hybrid system, including lithium ion battery pack, inverter and electric motor weighs less than 120kg. The electric motor also acts as a generator, harvesting kinetic energy through regenerative braking, charging the battery when the vehicle is slowing. In driver-selectable EV mode the Range Rover Hybrid can travel at speeds of up to 30mph (48km/h) for a range of up to one mile (1.6km) before the diesel engine seamlessly restarts.
The Range Rover Hybrid has been designed with the same five seat capacity and luggage space as the standard Range Rover and retains the full size spare wheel. The Range Rover Sport Hybrid is also unchanged from the standard model. The liquid cooled battery pack is mounted beneath the floor of the vehicle in a protective boron-steel cradle so there is no compromise on luggage space. Even though these models are hybrid they both still deliver the class leading capability and versatility that Range Rover are exceptional for and retain Land Rover’s peerless four-wheel drive system including Terrain Response® 2, with uncompromised wading and ground clearance.
Prices estimated to be from £ 98,000, deliveries of these first ever Land Rover hybrid models should commence early next year. The Range Rover Hybrid prototypes are currently participating in the Silk Trail expedition and have now passed through seven countries in Europe in little more than a week. Since starting the 10,000-mile adventure from Land Rover's home in Solihull, UK on the afternoon of Thursday 22 August, the convoy has progressed south through the UK, east through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, and south-east through Poland and the Ukraine. These are the first hybrids to ever attempt this challenging route and they are proving their worth.