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Land Rover will unveil diesel-electric hybrid versions of its Range Rover and Range Rover Sport at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show in September, and while it was previously thought that the fuel-sipping SUVs would be off-limits for the U.S., a new report suggests we may just see them in local showrooms.
The diesel-electric hybrid Range Rover and Range Rover Sport go on sale in Europe towards the end of the year and according to Edmunds we’ll see them in the U.S. sometime in 2014.
The key is harmonization of emission standards between Europe (2014's Euro 6) and the U.S., which means automakers will no longer have to implement costly modifications to their diesel engines to meet separate standards.
At the same time, demand for diesels in this country has crept up over the years. Sales of diesel vehicles have increased 24 percent between 2010 and ’12, while the overall market grew at just 2.75 percent over the same period.
Another incentive for Land Rover is the 54.5 mpg Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard coming into action in 2025.
Land Rover’s diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain combines a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel in parallel with an electric motor that sits between the engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The batteries and other necessary items for the system are located within the vehicle floor, so no interior space is affected. The drivetrain was first previewed in Land Rover’s Range_e Hybrid concept from 2010.
Interestingly, the Edmunds report also claims that a V-8 diesel engine to be offered on the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport overseas will also make it into the automaker’s U.S. lineup.
Stay tuned for an update.
2014 Land Rover Range Rover SportEnlarge Photo