Land Rover announced that it will be launching first hybrid models in the history of the company - Range Rover Sport Hybrid and Range Rover Hybrid, which is sure to deliver lower CO2 emissions, outstanding fuel economy, at the same time retaining the auto maker’s capability and performance. The upcoming Land Rover hybrid models will be open for booking in the United Kingdom from 10th September and likely to be delivered by early 2014. Both the all-aluminium models are built based on Land Rover's Premium Lightweight Architecture and share an identical powertrain. And they will be the world’s first premium diesel SUV hybrids.
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."
Land Rover’s new Range Rover Hybrid powertrain features 3 driver-selectable modes and combines the auto maker’s popular 3L SDV6 diesel engine with a 46.9 hp electric motor integrated with the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The hybrid system comes with lithium-ion battery pack, electric motor and inverter which weigh less than 120kg. The electric motor generates 170 Nm of torque to boost acceleration and drives the four-wheeler in V mode. Acting as a generator, the motor harvest kinetic energy through regenerative braking and charges the battery when the car is slowing down. The Range Rover Hybrid can travel at speeds of up to 48 km/h for a range of up to one mile (1.6km) before the diesel engine seamlessly restarts.
Both the hybrid models can accelerate up to 100 km/h within 7 seconds delivering mid-range performance with a top-speed of 218 km/h with 26% reduction in CO2 emissions to 169 g/Km. The diesel engine and the electric motor spews 335.4 bhp @ 4000 rpm and a class-leading 700 Nm of torque between 1500 – 3000 rpm. The Land Rover Hybrid Range Rover Models will continue to have the four-wheel drive system including Terrain Response 2.
The enormous power and capabilities the new hybrids will be demonstrated - embarking on an epic trip today by 3 Range Rover Hybrids, starting from Solihull (home of the Range Rover brand) to Mumbai, India (home of the parent company Tata). The 'Silk Trail 2013’ expedition will cover a distance of 16,000 km, crossing 12 countries in some famous challenging roads and passes, including the ancient Silk Road (4,000 mile) connecting Asia with the Mediterranean. Land Rover’s Hybrids will be the first ever to attempt this challenging route. The Range Rover Hybrids’ expedition will be completed in 10 different legs – visiting Belgium, France, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Russia, China and India. The final leg of the expedition will be completed on arrival of the Range Rover Hybrid vehicles driven by teams of Land Rover development engineers, in Mumbai on 15th October, 2013.