2014 Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid

This will be the first time in the history of Land Rover that it will launch hybrid models of its cars. The cars in question are the Range Rover Hybrid and the Range Rover Sport Hybrid. The cars will flaunt the performance parameters that place Land Rover in the list of the most fuel economic and ecologically conscious cars. The orders for this car can be placed from September this year and the deliveries will begin from 2014. The strength and capabilities of these cars will be demonstrated when they begin a journey from Solihull, the home of the brand to Mumbai, the home of the Tata Group which now owns the brand. These cars will be the world’s first premium SUVs running on diesel. The route that the cars will trace encompass some of the world’s most difficult terrains, thereby proving to the world that they can traverse any road without any difficulties. One of the stretches that the cars will cover include the Silk Road that links Asia to the Mediterranean. The entire journey will cover 12 countries.

The new Range Rover Hybrid powertrain has three driver customized modes and uses the power of Land Rover’s traditional 3 litre SDV6 diesel engine and combines it with a 35 kW electric motor joined to an 8 speed ZF automatic transmission gearbox. The hybrid system that includes an inverter, a lithium ion battery pack, and an electric motor weighs under 120 kg.

The electric motor can generate a torque of 170 Nm. It helps to boost the acceleration of the car and to drive the vehicle in the EV Mode. The motor doubles as a generator. It produces kinetic energy via the regenerative braking. It thus charges the battery whenever the vehicle is decelerating. When being driven in the driver selectable EV mode, the Range Rover Hybrid can attain speeds of up to 30mph (or 48km/h) for a distance of up to one mile (or 1.6km). That is when the diesel engine takes over effortlessly and resumes operation.

When combined together, the power output of the diesel engine and the electric motor is 340 PS at 4,000rpm. The maximum torque that can be generated by this vehicle is 700 Nm at 1,500 to 3,000 rpm, an industry benchmark. It thus gives you SDV8 style performance. The two Range Rover models can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (or 0 – 100km/h) in well under seven seconds. The highest speed attainable by this car is 135mph (or 218km/h). Range Rover has worked hard to reduce the carbon footprints. When compared to the previous models, the carbon credentials are 26 per cent better. The CO2 emissions have been limited to 169 g/km or 44.1 mpg on the combined cycle.
All the new Range Rover cars use this hybrid system under the hood. As a result of this, the liquid cooled battery pack has been kept under the floor of the vehicle in a shielded boron steel cradle without creating any disturbance for the cabin or the luggage space. The Range Rover Hybrid can accommodate five members and retains the old luggage space specifications. It also retains the full size spare wheel. The Sport Hybrid variant too does not compromise on space and retains the 5+2 seating arrangement. Both the hybrid models continue to deliver the state of the art range of capability and immense versatility, augmented by the remarkably high linear torque delivery originating from the hybrid engine combinations and thereby retaining Land Rover’s unrivaled four wheel drive system which now includes Terrain Response® 2.

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