The diesel-electric hybrid SUVs, called the Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid, respectively, go on sale in Europe by the end of this year and feature an identical powertrain. The powertrain consists of a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine paired in parallel with an electric motor.
This motor is integrated with the ZF eight-speed automatic common to the latest Range Rover SUVs. Peak output of the system is 335 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, with the latter generated from as low as 1,500 rpm. The technology was first previewed in Land Rover’s Range_e Hybrid concept from 2010.
2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Hybrid, 2013 Frankfurt Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
Combined fuel economy for both models, based on the European combined cycle, is 36.75 mpg. Not bad considering the vehicles weigh in excess of 5,200 pounds and can hit 60 mph in under 7.0 seconds.
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