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Forthcoming hybrid SUV will mate a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine to an electric motor; Sport PHEV also due

Land Rover is putting the finishing touches to its plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Range Rover ahead of the car's anticipated reveal.

Brand CEO Ralf Speth confirmed the model will be ready for market launch at the end of 2017, leaving sources convinced it'll be shown in production form in the coming days.

Speaking at the Frankfurt motor show, Speth said both the regular Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models will gain the new electrified powerplant, which is expected to combine 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol power with an electric drive unit.

The former power source is predicted to provide 295bhp and 295lb ft, while the latter injects 201bhp and 332lb ft and will also enable about 30 miles of electric-only range.

The electric drive technology was created in-house and fits into the existing structure of the Range Rover model line-up. It's mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and sources ists power from a lithium ion battery located beneath the boot floor.

Sightings of several Range Rover Sport PHEV development cars have shown no major aesthetic changes to the model's exterior, suggesting little more than badges and a charging port will signify its zero-emissions capability.

The Range Rover PHEV's closest rival will be the BMW X5 xDrive40e, but the hybrid-electric X5 electric motor produces 113bhp, meaning it is likely to fall short of the Ranger Rover's straight-line and electric-only performance.

How JLR's new hybrid powertrain works

The model will be the first to use JLR's newly developed PHEV drivetrain, but it is expected to be introduced into the Jaguar F-Pace, Jaguar XF and Jaguar XJ ranges in the future. It will give each model drastically lower CO2 outputs (according to the New European Driving Cycle), helping these PHEV models to become the least-taxed models in their line-ups.

JLR already produces a diesel-electric hybrid version of the Range Rover, but that system mates a larger 3.0-litre V6 engine to electric drive. It produces more power than the new petrol-electric system with a peak of 349bhp available, but the new system should undercut the V6 diesel's 164g/km of CO2 emissions.

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The Apprentice 2 October 2017

Its taking a long time for LR

Its taking a long time for LR to pull apart an XC90 and copy it, I presume their purchased was delayed by Volvo being on back order. Good to see LR at the leading edge of innovation... haha!

Ski Kid 12 September 2017

most people are wrong on diesel ie do not understand

Pre euro 5 diesels need scrapping off asap due to particulates but the new ones especially euro 6 have way less co2 then petrol and similar particulates so yes in europe diesel hybrid is logical but china and usa tend to be petrol hybrid.The only reason diesel has decreaswed a bit recently is due to costs and small cars do not gain in the real world with diesel ie golf 1600diesel is crap at 40mpg official 64 for ours same as the 1.5tsi petrol.anyone buying this engine should want a me .only 2litrewe up makes sense in particular for suv's

xxxx 12 September 2017

diesel hybrid loons

Is this the death of the diesel-electric hybrid version of the Range Rover? Love to know how many were sold