This prototype Range Rover undergoing testing is understood to show the progress being made to productionise a parallel hybrid version of the next generation of Britain’s best-selling luxury car.
With the promise of a CO2 rating below 150g/km, the Range Rover hybrid is likely to make a big impact in the luxury car market when it launches around 2013/14.
The giveaway on this prototype is said to be the alloy-framed dark box positioned behind and below the rear bumper where the spare wheel would normally be fitted.
This is a convenient location to package hybrid parts on a prototype, although in production a more protected position, possibly inside the car, would be preferable.
Under the skin the powertrain of the Range_e model, previewed in a Range Rover Sport body at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, is expected to feature an electric motor in place of the torque converter of the eight-speed ZF transmission.