Land Rover has unveiled its first ever hybrid models, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport hybrid. They are also the world’s first premium diesel SUV hybrids. On the outside the hybrid versions of the popular Range Rover SUVs look identical to the standard versions, but under the hood they are powered by a diesel engine and electric motor.
The new Range Rover Hybrid powertrain features three driver-selectable modes and features a 3.0L diesel engine with a 35kW electric motor integrated with the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The hybrid system generates a combined output of 335 horsepower and 516 lb-ft. of torque. Land Rover also put a lot of effort into keeping the hybrid’s weight down and the hybrid system, including lithium ion battery pack, inverter and electric motor weighs less than 265 pounds.
The Range Rover and Range Rover Sport hybrids are rated at a combined 44.1 mpg on the European combined cycle and also have a 26 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the gas and diesel powered versions. Both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport hybrids will begin arriving in showrooms early next year.