Range Rover Hybrid prototype review (2013) MSN Cars UK

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Range Rover Hybrid review (2013)

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Range Hybrid prototype: summary

Not does the addition of an electric substantially improve the Range CO2 emissions and fuel economy, it enhanced performance on and off road – at a hefty price.

What: Rover Hybrid prototype

Rover Hybrid prototype: impressions

Land Rover has itself a hybrid – two, in as in addition to the full sized Rover Hybrid we’ve in prototype guise here, a Rover Sport Hybrid also be going on sale year.

Don’t let that ‘prototype’ fool you, These cars are essentially and ready for market. But in order to the concept of a diesel-electric Range really works, the final drive has been a 52-day, 13-country trip along the Trail to India.

This Rover is the world’s first diesel-electric hybrid SUV

As you may have seen. we joined the final days of the expedition – travelling to 1,000 miles in the process, means we’ve come to the Range Rover Hybrid well. It’s left us impressed.

Land Rover has ticked a lot of for the premium SUV buyer with an conscience here. The difference the Hybrid and the regular V6 diesel Rover isn’t just on paper; it brings appreciable out on the road – while actually its ability off it.

The only potential point is the price – set to mirror the petrol V8 at around £98,500, is nearly £30k more the non-hybrid TDV6. But we suspect the people who buy these things be more interested to know it works than the damage it do to their bank balance.


Range Rover prototype: performance

This Rover is the world’s first diesel-electric SUV. Choosing to the new hybrid system with a V6 turbodiesel engine is an interesting because it may rule out sales in USA and China. But it makes sense in of maximising efficiency.

The Hybrid is on-road and better off-road

the electric motor and the internal engine deliver 340hp more significantly, 516lb ft of Since the electric motor its contribution to the latter literally you feel the benefit as soon as you put foot down. This is a . 2.4-tonne car.

So although all the electrification gubbins – the the batteries, the inverter and the control – increase the Range Rover’s by nearly 120kg, it’s half a second faster at 6.9 0-62mph than the non-hybrid V6 You can and will leave your gasping.

This extra and the precision with which the motor’s muscle can be finessed is useful when it comes to challenging ground.


Range Rover Hybrid ride and handling

As an expedition the Range Rover Hybrid we driving was packed with blokes and their gear, extra kit in the form of data and other prototype necessities. Not to the heavy-duty roof rack with jerry cans for fuel and a spare wheel.

The is able to hustle hard high-speed turns

This is certainly sub-optimal for the handling, as it the centre of gravity higher, the amount the car is likely to lean the corners. But for all that, the Hybrid is stable and able to hustle through high speed when required – ideal for with India’s unpredictable

The steering is light, but with precision to leave you reassured, makes this an easy car to even over long And since we were covering of miles every day, over terrible road we can safely say the Hybrid is tremendously as well.

But it is also still a Rover. So you get the full package of Response traction modes and all the capability you’ll ever in a £100k machine. A boron plate protects the hybrid battery pack, while the wading depth is exactly the as the standard version.


Range Rover Hybrid interior

Being a prototype, our vehicle was fitted with a few options. These included a duty winch behind the bumper and plenty of spotlights on the but also an emergency cut-off instead of one of the cup-holders and voice device synced to the data equipment.

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You get about a mile of driving at best

This was called into action our time with the car to report slightly clunky down-changes the eight-speed automatic gearbox – but we have bothered, as this calibration issue has already fixed back in the UK. There was no time to upgrade the mapping the trip.

Put these prototype adaptations out of mind, and you’d be hard to know this Range was a hybrid on the inside. There are no displays showing the energy around the car like you get in most part-electric vehicles. A deliberate to enhance the ordinariness of the driving

Just about the only differences are the EV button on the centre and a revised digital dial that shows a power rather than a rev counter. includes a regeneration display helps you understand when the Rover is using the electric to slow down instead of the brakes.

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Rover Hybrid prototype: and safety

Land Rover has an excellent job of blending the regenerative braking into the conventional – there’s none of the variability you get some hybrid braking just good solid power. Again, handy in Stability control and six airbags are as standard, as you’d expect.

are no compromises compared to the standard Rover

As for the EV button, that the Range Rover to run in electric-only wherever possible (EV stands for Vehicle). We’re told this is not the most efficient way for the Rover Hybrid to operate, but something owners like to off. You get only about a of EV range at best, however.

Still, the combined might of the powertrain doesn’t just snappy responses, it also a big dent in the CO2 emissions, which from 196g/km in the regular V6 to 169g/km in the Hybrid. That £60 off the annual car tax bill, bringing it from £260 band J to H at £200.

Fuel economy a similar boost, rising 37.7mpg to 44.1mpg in official EU over the 10,000-mile Silk trip the average has been at 36-37mpg, which is a strong given the hostile environments and of driving.

Range Rover prototype: the MSN Cars verdict

is plenty to ponder over it comes to the Range Rover The brilliant integration of the hybrid means there are no compromises to the standard car – rather, it is better in single respect aside the price.

While this probably be a big concern to those who buy it, it is a shame it will keep this car out of the of greater numbers of buyers – but the that underpins the advances remains expensive to both and produce.

As for the limited electric-only that is a form of compromise – to go on batteries would have a bigger battery pack, weight, greater packaging and even greater cost. Rover doesn’t think the is ready for this just but hasn’t ruled it for the future.

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