Range Rover Sport hybrid will be driveable next year

Land Rover is engineering a Range Rover Sport hybrid that it claims will emit just 100g/km of CO2 and could offer an electric-only range of as much as 20 miles.

The vehicle will be driveable next year when a small fleet of up to five prototypes start shakedown tests ahead of a 2012 sales launch.

If it can be achieved, the low CO2 figure will be a significant breakthrough for the luxury brand, and it will move the Range Rover Sport’s carbon emissions onto an equal footing with those of smaller, lighter vehicles like the Citroën C1 and Ford Focus Econetic.

It would also considerably undercut the market’s sole hybrid SUV, the Lexus RX450h, which emits 148g/km of CO2.

The Range Rover will use the new 3.0-litre V6 diesel motor and feature a parallel arrangement for the 25kW electric motor, which will allow it to run as an all-electric vehicle, just like a Toyota Prius.

Land Rover isn’t divulging how it will achieve the 20-mile electric-only range, but the car is understood to operate as a plug-in and surplus electrical energy will be stored in a conventional battery pack.

It is also clear that this first-generation Land Rover hybrid will feature conventional storage of the electrical charge rather than the ultra-capacitors that the firm has been testing.

Ultra-capacitors deliver high voltages but low currents. The technology is said to be particularly suitable for Land Rover because the short, sharp energy boost that capacitors can deliver is well suited to off-road driving.

The advanced ERAD electric rear axle design that was demonstrated last year in the Freelander looks to have been ditched in favour of a more conventional hybrid set-up.

Julian Rendell

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9 December 2009

[quote Autocar]a Range Rover Sport hybrid that it claims will emit just 100g/km of CO2 and could offer an electric-only range of as much as 20 miles[/quote]. Is it true that owners will have to telephone Transco first?

9 December 2009

Superb! Bravo Land Rover!

At a stroke you remove the wind from the anti-4x4 brigade's sails and remove all taxation to the Exchequer.

I will buy one straight away when it arrives. Can you do one for the Discovery too?

10 December 2009

The figures seem too good to be true to me. Lets face it with all the batteries on board this car is going to weigh nigh on 3 tonnes cant see how you can make a lump of that size so efficient.

If it is true then I will eat my hat.

10 December 2009

[quote Old Toad]Lets face it with all the batteries on board this car is going to weigh nigh on 3 tonnes cant see how you can make a lump of that size so efficient.[/quote]

When this car comes out in 2012 the chassis or body shell will be aliminium, so the standard car will be about 300-400kg lighter than the current model.

10 December 2009

[quote jimie]When this car comes out in 2012 the chassis or body shell will be aliminium[/quote] It's going to need to be. The Prius has 27kW at its disposal when running in electric only mode, and weighs in at around 1400kgs. Its battery is only up to pushing that weight for just over 1.5 miles. The Range Rover sport weighs in at 2500kgs, and that's without an electric motor or battery capable of pushing it for 20 miles. 27kW will give the Range Rover a 0-60 time of around 30s, assuming that 27kW is enough to overcome the aerodynamic drag of a Range Rover at that speed. I can't really see the typical Range Rover Sport owner being happy with that kind of performance.

10 December 2009

And apologies for the lack of whitespace. Autocar don't seem to support Safari properly as a web browser when it comes to posting in the forums.

5 March 2010

i think its now more like looking the range rover 2012 sport .. by the way this is the VOGUE version .. its a bit bigger than this current model but i dont think it will be a beauty at 2012 competing other cars

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