What is it?
This is the new Range Rover Hybrid, which is claimed to deliver similar levels of off-road capability and durability to conventional models, but with a decently improved efficiency.
It's hard not to be impressed by the headline figures. It's claimed to average 44.1mpg and emit 169g/km of CO2. That's a 17 per cent reduction in fuel consumption when compared to a Range Rover TDV6.
Land Rover's new hybrid system combines the Range Rover’s familiar TDV6 diesel and a 35kW electric motor, which is integrated within the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. This creates a powertrain with peak output of 335bhp and 516lb ft of torque.
Pure electric range is around one mile at speeds of up to 30mph, and there is a regenerative system that harvests kinetic energy when the car is coasting or braking.
The hybrid system, including its lithium ion battery, adds less than 120kg to the kerb weight, which is now claimed to be 2394kg. Fully sealed and mounted within the existing structure, it does not compromise the Range Rover’s wading capacity or ground clearance.
No interior or spare tyre space is given up, either, and the battery is liquid rather than air-cooled to ensure no noise can ruin the calm of the cabin.