Land Rover has just released details of their first hybrid models to hit the market next year.
The Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid will go on sale in early 2014 and herald the beginning of an exciting era for the company as they venture into the world of hybrid vehicles.
Fans of the Land Rover need not worry however. The new hybrid models combine Land Rover’s existing 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox with a compact 47bhp electric motor mounted in the standard transmission casing.
The electric motor develops 125lb ft which contributes to an overall output of 516lb ft and both cars use the 292bhp SDV6 diesel engine that’s already available for the Range Rover Sport. Fuel consumption for both models is 44.1mpg.
In both cars, a lithium-ion battery pack is mounted beneath the floor, with a boron-steel cover that protects it from off-road damage. The hybrid system adds less than 120kg to the cars’ overall weight.
Land Rover says that both cars were designed with a hybrid system in mind, so the system is integrated within the car’s original packaging and drivers will notice no obvious differences.
As for the price, details are still a little sketchy. But it’s thought that they will be similar to the super charged petrol models which are currently on the market; meaning a price of about £85,000 for the Range Rover Sport and about £98,000 for the Range Rover.
Full details will be announced at the Frankfurt motor show next month with the cars then available to order immediately afterwards.
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