In a quick word with Inside Line, Land Rover has confirmed that it will introduce a series of new hybrid SUVs over the next few years. Land Rover’s Global Brand Director John Edwards said that the company “will introduce a top-down strategy,” focusing on the larger models “where the greatest consumption gains are to be made.”
The first model to go under hybridization will be the 2012 Range Rover, which will debut next year. A gasoline-electric hybrid version of that model will come in 2013 followed by a range-extended plug-in hybrid in 2014.
This technology is likely to be shared with future Jaguar models.
At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show last month, Land Rover unveiled the Range_e Concept, which was powered by a 3.0L TDV6 diesel engine 241-hp mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission and a 92-hp electric-motor. The Range_e concept drive on electric-power alone for more than 20 miles without any emissions. Land Rover says that the Range_e averages a fuel-economy of 71 mpg and can drive 690 miles of driving on a full tank.
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Land Rover Range_e Concept:
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Source: Inside Line