New hybrid variations on the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport; both cars will offer 44mpg and emit only 169g/km of CO2
Steve Cropley Autocar
10 September 2013

New hybrid versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show, with claims of spectacular economy gains, “staggering” performance, uncompromised comfort and even better refinement than conventional diesel and petrol Range Rovers. 

Land Rover dealers will start taking orders from 10 September and the first cars are scheduled to go to their owners early next year. Manufacturing is understood to be starting very soon.

To prove the new hybrid models, which are claimed to deliver similar levels of off-road capability and durability to conventional models, Land Rover is planning a 10,000-mile expedition called ‘2013 Silk Trail’. This will follow ancient trading routes running through 12 countries from France to India, via Poland, Russia and China, and reaching the Mumbai HQ of Jaguar Land Rover’s parent company, Tata Motors, in mid-October.    

The hybrid system for both models combines the Range Rover’s familiar TDV6 diesel and a 35kW electric motor integrated with the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox to create a powertrain with peak power of 335bhp and 516lb ft of torque.

The entire hybrid system, including its lithium ion battery, adds less than 120kg to the models’ kerb weights, considerably less than the weight saving Land Rover achieved by converting both models to all-aluminium 
body/chassis construction.

The two hybrid models’ kerb weights are similar (2372kg for the Sport, 2394kg for the Range Rover) so their claimed performance and economy figures are close to identical. 

With V6 diesel and electric motor in full swing, the Sport is marginally faster, with a 140mph top speed (Range Rover 135mph) and its 0-60mph acceleration of 6.7sec beats the larger model by 0.2sec. 

Both hybrid models return 44.1mpg on the combined 
cycle and emit just 169g/km of CO2, a 16 per cent reduction against a conventional 
Range Rover TDV6.

Each model delivers practical inner-city performance up to a 30mph top speed for about one mile when in their driver-selectable electric-only mode 
(the motor’s peak torque is 125lb ft) and there is a regenerative system that harvests kinetic energy when the car is coasting or braking. 

There is no packaging compromise, either. Both models are available with full-sized spare wheels and the standard Sport’s 5+2 accommodation is offered in the hybrid as normal.

“We are very excited to be introducing these models,” said Land Rover global brand director John Edwards. “They’re the world’s first hybrid 4x4s with true Land-Rover-level off-road capability.”

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21 August 2013

No doubt the haters will come along soon....

good on them for getting this to market. Decent economy figures as well. Price seems steep though. Will hey be doing a petrol equivalent for the american and Asia markets who don't really do diesel?

21 August 2013

So, in the RRS, you'll be carrying around the extra weight equivalent to just under 120 bags of sugar all day (should do wonders for the handling), so should the need arise, you can get to 60mph 0.4 secs quicker than a regular TDV6 RRS, and be able to travel up to 30 mph for 'about one mile' if you're in heavy traffic and you've remembered to select electric-only mode.

You're never likely to see the 'offered' 44 mpg either.

Add to that the enormous extra initial outlay and increased service costs that'll come with the electric motor, batteries and drivetrain, and your left wondering whether JLR will be throwing in a dunce's cap as well.

Sorry but was it really worth all the effort?

 

21 August 2013

It's a diesel hybrid; I hadn't realised!  No wonder it beats the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg hybrids on emissions (169g vs 193g) and fuel economy (44.1 mpg vs 34.4 mpg).  Yet it is pretty much their equal for performance (140 mph vs 149 mph and 6.7s vs 6.5s) which is pretty good going!

Plus, the hybrid system on the Porsche adds 210 kg to the petrol V6 making it 2,315 kg, whereas on the Range Rover Sport it adds 120 kg for a total kerb weight of 2,372 kg.  I'd love to see What Car? put both vehicles through their True MPG tests to see which ones gets closer to its official figures.  Neither petrol or diesel hybrids seem to do very well, unfortunately.

21 August 2013

When I first saw the headline I thought that this would be for the US market where hybrids are big business; but diesel?  I know that more diesels are being introduced to the US, but they're still very much in the minority as people still think of them as noisy and agricultural. 

If not, then I think the potential market is pretty small, as I'd much rather have the TDV8 than this over complicated compromise.  If they are planning on US sales, then surely a petrol would have been a better solution, especially at this end of the market.

Of course, the artcile doesn't mention the US.  Quite surprising as that's where hybrids are generally targeted.

21 August 2013

37mpg for 70k or 44mpg for just under 100k? doesn't seem worth it.

21 August 2013

danhibbo wrote:

37mpg for 70k or 44mpg for just under 100k? doesn't seem worth it.

Surely they arent going to charge £30K for the Hybrid System. You might as well buy the standard model, and a Prius. 

 

21 August 2013

Don't get me wrong, I really like the RR and they should be praised for the ethos of weight reduction (from just under 3 tonnes to well over 2 tonnes!) but like a lot of hybrid systems, they are designed with the EU economy test at the fore. 1 mile on electric alone is rubbish in the real world, but will make a significant difference on the very short EU test. I guess part of the reason is that they didn't want to put a lot of extra mass on the vehicle with the batteries. Also seems very steep: at current prices, and if you achieved the claimed figure you would recoup the outlay (in diesel costs) after 1.09 million miles!

I can't help thinking that the best overall real world solution at the moment is the volvo XC60 diesel hybrid. Has a plug in charger and will do 30 ish miles on electric alone. And is about 40% of the price of this. Of course, you don't by a £100k RR because you've decided you want a hybrid.

21 August 2013

TeutonicDiesel wrote:

I can't help thinking that the best overall real world solution at the moment is the volvo XC60 diesel hybrid. 

Great.  Only problem is that the XC60 diesel plug-in hybrid is a concept.

Plus the 30 miles EV range is over that same EU test that you slagged off for fuel economy testing...

21 August 2013

stavers wrote:

TeutonicDiesel wrote:

I can't help thinking that the best overall real world solution at the moment is the volvo XC60 diesel hybrid. 

Great.  Only problem is that the XC60 diesel plug-in hybrid is a concept.

Plus the 30 miles EV range is over that same EU test that you slagged off for fuel economy testing...

Not sure I was slagging off the EU test cycle, although it is flawed. In any case, the EV range is not favourably improved by the EU test, it is effectively a function of the batteries - more batteries = further. Not difficult is it?

22 August 2013

TeutonicDiesel wrote:

Not sure I was slagging off the EU test cycle, although it is flawed.

As they all are.

 

TeutonicDiesel wrote:

In any case, the EV range is not favourably improved by the EU test, it is effectively a function of the batteries - more batteries = further. Not difficult is it?

Totally agree.  But that is the fundamental difference between a HEV & a PHEV.  HEVs are not really designed to have an EV range, more as a supplamental assist.  The biggest problem with PHEVs is the additional weight on top of the HEV for the batteries.

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