Land Rover readying plug-in hybrid Range Rovers

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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid (European spec)

2015 Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid (European spec)

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Land Rover has already paired one of its diesel engines with an electric motor and battery pack to create a hybrid Range Rover. There's nothing too special about that model except its massive price premium and curb-weight jump.

Now, though, Land Rover has a more optimized solution in the pipeline, and it's arriving in the form of plug-in hybrid versions of both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

Speaking to Motor Trend at last week's 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth discussed the upcoming family additions. This new setup will utilize a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 paired with an electric motor, and should offer an electric range of about 30 miles.

Land Rover previewed the technology in 2015 in its Range Rover Sport Concept_e PHEV. The concept featured an electric motor sandwiched between the engine and transmission.

There isn't much more to report on the plug-ins just yet, but Land Rover will dole out more details in October. The good news for fuel-conscious Land Rover shoppers is that the United States will be getting them, and they will arrive by next spring.

They certainly won't be cheap, and the diesel version already represents a more fuel-efficient, non-electrified option, but a portion of the buying segment will undoubtedly be intrigued by idea of a Range Rover that plugs in.

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