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, XF and 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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21 February 2017
About time too! Diesel hybrids don't seem to make any sense for cars. Petrol hybrid should be much more viable.

24 February 2017
Why do you think diesel hybrids do not make any sense for cars? A small car would be quite a lot more expensive as a diesel hybrid but in a Range Rover casting £100k the extra cost would be negligible. Why choose a hybrid apart from either tax or economy or a mixture of both? A diesel will always be more economical than a petrol so diesel must make more sense in larger cars.

24 February 2017
"Petrol hybrids............" But four cylinder? You are joking ?

21 February 2017
The only one and last time one of these will EVER be plugged in is by the technician before performing the official emission test run. Its going to be monumentally expensive, so anyone who thinks someone who can afford it will faff around with cables for the sake of the cost of 1 gallon is a total fool. Very late to the party but tax dodging right up there with the best of them.

24 February 2017
Spot on.... but also posturing to the eco-loons as much as anyone, so they can announce their hybrid purchase at the next dinner party, and in their little World acquire the approbation of like-minded eco-loons.

7 August 2017

So bitter, L320! What went wrong in your life?

12 September 2017

But the owners of these vehicles will plug in at home overnight. If they have a daily 30 mile round trip to work and back, it'll be a lot of money saved over a year.  Plus they will probably only using it in towns and cities so pollution will be lower and if in london they might not be paying the congestion charge so more money saved.  Virtually all PHEVs are a 30-ish mile range on EV only.  I think the benefits of PHEVs are for city drivers, not for long distance.

25 February 2017
actually a diesel hybrid could make sense, I worked in the emergency diesel generator industry and diesels make very good fixed speed generators, designed to be at their most efficient at their required operation speed (1500 RPM for a UK electrical generator). If a vehicle is designed solely with electric motor propulsion and the engine is used as a detached generator for battery replenishment, the engine doesn't need to be a jack of all trades, there is no need for any gearbox to the wheels and NVH and emission design can be targeted on one frequency. Petrol engines used in these setup although inherently smoother have to work at a much higher speed to hit peak power which isn't too pleasant.

7 August 2017

Diesel hybrids may produce great fuel economy...but diesel cars of any sort will face increasing tight controls, whereas petrol hybrids get beneficial treatment in town now

7 August 2017

The places in the world who buy the most hybrids, are places which buy few diesel cars. Furthermore, the people who want a hybrid (not for a tax reason, but because they rate environment concerns highly) are those least likely to want to buy a diesel car. LR were unique (?) in selling a diesel hybrid. Either that was genius, or there was good reason why others thought that wasn't what the market wanted.

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