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Land Rover HYBRID

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44.1mpg (Europe)

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(Europe)

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Europe

the keys to the new Range Rover climb aboard, sink the comfortable leather seats and you t have any inkling that particular Range Rover is The observant might just out the HYBRID badges that sit the front wheels and on the tailgate, and connoisseurs of the marque may casually the 21-inch six-spoke wheels to the hybrid model, but that is it.

Only when you fire it up this particular Range reveal its electrified subliminal because nothing fires up. you re in a mad rush, the first experience you ll in the 2014 Range Rover is that of a two-and-a-half tonne smoothly pulling away in and utter silence. It s enough to you laugh (or at least smile). If, on the hand, you are in a mad rush you ll be aided by a turbocharged diesel V6.

Business as then.

How different?

On paper s quite a big difference between the Rover Hybrid and the TDV6 on which it s based. The Hybrid s electric motor means power for system is up to 340hp yet dioxide emissions have cut by 26 percent to 169g/km in Europe. compares well against Range Rover s chief the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid. emits 193g/km of carbon but develops a slightly meatier

For Range Rover the figure matters is that emissions of 169g/km – the company readily the car and the considerable RD involved in the project is in of fast-approaching EU emissions regulations than any philanthropic goals. The for drivers, on the other hand, is the car s ft of torque from 1,500-3,000rpm. is what counts for cars of size, translating into or thrust, and the Hybrid has comfortably of it than any other car in the Range lineup, with the electric providing an extra 125lb ft.

fuss has been made of the Rover Hybrid s estimated electric driving range of than a mile, but Land says critics are missing the The in-house software that power from the electric and diesel engine is intelligent to make different decisions in scenarios, the result being if throttle load is light and speed low enough, then the car will travel along in mode, but Land Rover this isn t a major selling The fuel saving abilities of the system, which returns a 44.1mpg (the next frugal Range Rover is the TDV6), lie elsewhere.

One of the myths about [full] is that they can drive as that electric vehicle is where you save the fuel,” Land Rover s hybrid manager Paul Bostock. “In the primary method of fuel is through regenerative braking, so it s scavenging that energy you otherwise lose in braking as heat, generating electricity those periods, storing it in the and then actually assisting the with the electric motor.”

who recently returned from the s suitably epic 9,500-mile Road sign-off trek to (during which time the car s motor came in handy at an 5,500m above sea-level), that although the electric mainly helps at speeds 50mph, it is capable of lending the a hand at any speed. Nevertheless, he the car s EPA-rating in the US to be marginally higher for than Highway.

Driving the Rover Hybrid

Bury the and the Range Rover Hybrid sprint to 60mph in a truly 6.9 seconds, less than a second behind its arch-rival Stuttgart. Top speed, however, is 135mph, which will perfect sense if you ve seen the area of the fourth-generation Range in the metal.

Range Rover says the s performance is more akin to the 4.4-litre TDV8 model the TDV6 and they re right. performance is hardly the raison d for a Range Rover, but in Sport the Hybrid goes fast, quickly and with immediacy, well, and hangs on in corners the proverbial bastard. That s to do with four-wheel drive and enormous tyres than a suspension setup, however.

On the of suspension setup, the Range Hybrid builds on the stratospheric of refinement enjoyed by owners of its powered siblings. Fast or in bone-dry heat or torrential along spindly country or firing down the outside of a motorway, it is such a pleasure to or even to just sit within, cars. While the electric in this one makes acceleration and allows for some electric-only the car s battery is also water-cooled to noise further (and, on a practical note, because systems require an opening water might disastrously during wading).

Take foot off the throttle and the revs to zero as the engine is cut off while the car

Like all full hybrids the Rover has a number of driving although perhaps the best would be to ignore them. way the car s computer – known as the Vehicle Control – makes all the important pertaining to economy and power. is a good thing because the gets the optimum fuel balance for the majority of the time but the second he or she calls for it.

Land Rover HYBRID

There are, however, further selectable modes.

The EV on the transmission tunnel facilitates driving, with the car slipping electric mode whenever This generally happens at low and even when cornering the car sometimes quickly indulge in zero emissions driving more power is called for on the It s keen.

Two further modes performance, with Sport delivering maximum power at the of fuel economy (although the car can use EV mode) and a more aggressive triggered by using the steering paddles. In this ultimate the engine never stops

One facet of Land Rover s drivetrain that may be the best we ve tested is the grace with it slips between using the motor and the diesel engine. isn t the word, and in fact, the change is only detectable aurally. will appeal to Range s target clientele because will not have the hassle, if you can it that, of a hybrid drivetrain confuses itself with and seemingly random transitions. the car s eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox is operating much like a transmission.

Inside, the chief difference the Hybrid and other Range is the digital readout, where you get a instead of a rev-counter. There s a dial to show when the car is energy through its regenerative (something that happens quickly) and a gauge to show how energy currently remains in the

At what cost?


The Range Hybrid is only available in Autobiography trim, which is You get chrome inserts galore and an choice of metallic paint one is in Aleutian Silver) and interior options (again, this one has and Cirrus leather with Walnut veneer). The full panoramic roof is also nice and all-in-all the car is how a Range should be.

You do, however, have to pay a price for all of this: £98,415.

s roughly £10,000 more the 3.0-litre TDV6 in Autobiography which isn t such a premium you consider the unique skill-set of the Range Rover s refusal to lower-spec Vogue and Vogue SE available will undoubtedly interested buyers who have been priced out of ownership Range Rover Sport is priced at a more modest

On first impressions all we can do is highly the Range Rover Hybrid, it s of ability is genuinely staggering. said, we are not the ones who will be for one.

Range Rover First Drive in Land s super-intelligent luxury express Lane 2013-12-05 4.4 Lashings of unrivalled off-road ability and on-road manners stand the Rover Hybrid in good And that’s before you consider its smooth hybrid drivetrain decent improvements in fuel and carbon dioxide emissions. assessed it’s hard to

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