Land Rover has unviled the new Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid models. They’re described by their maker as the world’s first premium diesel SUV hybrids – but, more importantly, clearly demonstrate the flexibility of the new Premium Lightweight Architecture. The headline figures for the new Hybrids are 336bhp, 516lb ft, 169g/km and 44.1mpg combined.
The new Range Rover Hybrid powertrain features three driver-selectable modes and combines the 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel engine with a 35kW electric motor integrated with the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The hybrid system, including lithium ion battery pack, inverter and electric motor weighs less than 120kg. The electric motor produces 170Nm torque to boost acceleration and drives the vehicle in EV Mode.
The latest generation Range Rovers were designed with the integration of a hybrid system in mind. Consequently, the liquid cooled battery pack is mounted beneath the floor of the vehicle in a protective boron-steel cradle without impacting on the cabin or luggage space. Both hybrid Range Rover models retaining Land Rover’s four-wheel drive system including Terrain Response 2, with uncompromised wading and ground clearance.
To prove just how capable the new cars are, three Range Rover Hybrids set off on an epic trip Land Rover is calling the ‘Silk Trail 2013’. It’s a 10,000 mile expedition that starts in Solihull, visits 12 countries, takes in some of the world’s most challenging roads, passes and trails, including part of the ancient, 4000 mile Silk Road connecting Asia with the Mediterranean. The final destination of this adventure, which evokes memories of 2012’s Journey of Discovery, will be Tata’s headquarters in India.
The Silk Trail 2013 takes in France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and India. The expedition will be broken into 10 separate legs, with the Range Rover Hybrid vehicles driven by teams of Land Rover development engineers and invited media – arriving in Mumbai on October 15.
‘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,’ said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.
|Range Rover Hybrid||Range Rover Sport Hybrid|
|Engine type||3.0 SDV6 HEV||3.0 SDV6 HEV|
|0-62mph / 0-100km/h secs||6.9||6.7|
|Top speed mph (km/h)||135 (218)||140 (225)|
|CO2 Combined g/km||169||169|
|Combined consumption mpg (L/100km)||44.1 (6.4)||44.1 (6.4)|
|Weight From… kg||2394||2372|