The hybrid future of Jaguar and Land Rover
According to AutoCar, the UK will see hybrid Jaguar and Land Rover models within the next 5 years. Engineers are messing around with fuel-saving technologies and two new engines that will be launched next year.
A new version of the 2.7 liter V6 diesel used today will be upgraded to a 3.0 liter V6 diesel and will be the first to be launched in the Land Rover Discovery 3, Range Rover Sport, Jaguar XF and the Jaguar XJ that’s due out in 2010. A 5.0 liter V8 will also be launched late next year. With the help of start-stop technology, combined fuel-economy for all four models can be increased by 10 percent.
A ZF 8-speed transmission is also an important part of this combination and will feature a new fuel-saving technology and a hydraulic reservoir that makes it work smoothly with start-stop technologies used in todays 6-speed ZF.
Jaguar is also considering a ZF Dynasart electric motor for a full-hybrid version of the XJ that could hit markets by 2012.
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