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to order now with UK deliveries next year, Land has developed and introduced the World’s premium diesel SUV hybrids in the of the Range Rover and the Range Sport Hybrid models.

Rover say their first hybrid vehicles provide the of a V6 diesel with the performance of a V8 but no compromises for interior space and performance on or off road.

In its Autobiography top of the specification the Range Rover with its 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel and electric motor costs and for the Range Rover Sport This is around the same as the current 5.0-litre V8 supercharged Autobiography versions for both and not far above the price of Autobiography with the highly rated V8 turbodiesel used only for the Rover. When compared to the V6 turbodiesel Autobiography non-hybrid the Range Rover Hybrid has a premium of £10,505 and the Range Sport Hybrid £6,555.

To the Range Rover Hybrid, the recently undertook a 10,000 test drive with vehicles being driven by guests and company members the home of Range Rover in to the home of the parent company in Mumbai India. Taking in 12 en-route the all important average economy was 47mpg.

This a small group of the UK’s press put the new Range Rover models through their on road and for challenging off road at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, the home for rugged off road of Land and Range Rover throughout their 65 year

On the subject of UK sales expectations for the new models a Land Rover said at this stage it was too to predict, because this is a new in terms of technology for them. about adding a plug-in mode for their hybrid their spokesman said it was they were developing but battery technology had improved the for fuel and CO2 saving would be due to the weight of the extra batteries

Land Rover said UK customers for the Range Rover and Rover Sport Hybrid could be ‘captains of industry’ who to be seen doing the right for environmental and business reasons. Rover also has a rapidly number of Brand Ambassadors VIPs, celebrities and ‘Royals’ who adopted the use of Range Rover and models for their personal In the first ten months of this retail sales of the new aluminium Range Rover have 5,432 units and 4,077 for the new Range Rover Sport.

80% of Land Rover’s UK production is to 180 global markets.

The new Range Hybrid powertrain features driver-selectable modes and combines Rover’s popular 3-litre diesel engine with a electric motor integrated the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The system, including the lithium ion pack, inverter and electric weighs less than With the new Range Rover introduced this year aluminium construction they in at up to 420kg lighter than the generation versions so even the addition of the hybrid technology are still considerably lighter.

The electric motor produces (125lb ft) of torque to boost and can propel the vehicle in EV Mode for a short distance. The motor acts as a generator, housed in the casing, harvesting kinetic through regenerative braking, the battery when the vehicle is In driver-selectable EV mode the Range Hybrid can travel at speeds of up to for a range of up to one mile before the engine seamlessly restarts.

output of the diesel engine and motor is 340PS (335bhp) at and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque 1,500-3,000rpm, resulting in performance to that of the mighty SDV8 Both the Range Rover and the Rover Sport accelerate to in under seven seconds, strong transient and mid-range with a top speed of 135mph for the Rover and 140mph for the Sport With a 26% reduction in CO2 emissions the standard 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel the of hybrid technology produces a 169g/km, equivalent to 44.1mpg on the Cycle. VED road tax is down to for the First Year rate and £200 for year two onwards. The 3.0 V6 turbodiesel with 196g/km has a VED of £475 and then £260.

For those drivers who use a Range Hybrid model as a company car they will benefit with Benefit-in-Kind tax down 34% to 28%.

The latest generation Rover models introduced year had all been designed the integration of a hybrid system in Consequently the liquid cooled pack is mounted beneath the of the vehicle in a protective boron-steel without impacting on the cabin or space. The Range Rover has the same five-seat capacity and space as the standard vehicle and the full-size spare wheel.

no-compromise philosophy is echoed in the Rover Sport Hybrid interior is unchanged from the model, right down to the 5+2

Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, eight-inch sat-nav, DAB radio, climate full length glass surround camera hazard and system and automatic lights and

Both hybrid Range models continue to deliver capabilities and versatility, the only being the considerable added cost but then the tax savings and fuel economy do offer compensation. Initially the most change was the lack of any engine as the Range Rover Hybrid away using just the from the electric motor the only sound being the of gravel under the big 21-inch But within a few seconds the 3.0-litre V6 cut in seamlessly and quietly, fortunately the in front of the driver keeps informed as to what power is in operation and more importantly how regeneration of the battery is taking

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With the engine and electric working in harness the immediate of torque is most noticeable for acceleration with linear delivery. The eight-speed ZF auto has the usual Drive and Sport with the Hybrid control prioritising efficiency, performance or braking regenerative charging depending upon driving

The Range Rover Hybrid on the road acts like other hybrids I’ve They work best braking energy when not on motorways and dual carriageways. harvest battery power efficiently on the ‘overrun’ gliding up to lights or roundabouts and so on, or in rural on the overrun going down or around corners.

Other stronger immediate acceleration power doesn’t add much fast cruising conditions. I was how little retardation there was in the speed on the overrun when the motor/generator combined unit in to harvest power.

On some systems there is quite a braking feel during slowing down phase and can be useful saving braking On the Range Rover Hybrid was little harvesting retardation of due in part to the weight of the vehicle, it like any other new Range Pulling up to country crossroads the engine stopped very in some cases before the has come to a halt, which was a bit especially if it was clear to pull Because no sooner had the diesel cut out than it had to fire up again as we across the junction.

Neither the lack of harvesting speed retardation or the abrupt out of the diesel engine are issues, just take time to get to and are perhaps those functions are not yet as refined as the Lexus Hybrid system for their SUVs.


Off there really was no difference in the of the Hybrid Range Rover to of their conventionally powered 4x4s. Neither should be as the powertrain retains Land renowned permanent four-wheel system, including the latest Response 2, and with the same 900mm wading depth and clearance of non-hybrid models. the height adjustable suspension the Terrain Response dialled the appropriate setting and descent switched on, it was supreme off-roading as usual. Even having the cradled in steel beneath the doesn’t limit ground as the vehicle was designed from the to accommodate the hybrid power

It was good to know during my driving exercise the steel is strong enough to support the 2.4 Range Rover should it on muddy tracks, it is impervious to from jagged rocks and it is to keep out the deep water, and mud; all the best things Castle’s off road facilities at vehicles.

Overall the Range Rover have been brought to the without compromising the brand’s reputation for off road ability with on-road limousine The only compromise is the price but for wealthy high profile customers that is never an

MILESTONES. Range Rover Autobiography 3.0 SDV6 HEV. £98,415. Drivetrain: 3.0-litre V6 with electric motor 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque 1,500rpm, 8-speed auto, 4WD. Performance: 135mph, 6.9 seconds, 44.1mpg (35.9mpg on on-road), CO2 169g/km, VED road tax First Year rate £200 per annum year two BIK company car tax 28%.

Insurance rating: tbc. For: efficient hybrid technology for some global markets, lower CO2 levels, lower no compromise on refined performance on or off no intrusion of interior or load by hybrid components. Against: to buy, some technophiles like more in the way of hybrid characteristics rather than the experience being the same as powered models. Miles News Agency

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