- 2014 Range Rover Hybrid coming to European dealers soon
- May also reach U.S. market, along with Range Rover Sport
- Both models use diesel V6, plug-in hybrid technology
Land Rover has officially announced new information about its upcoming hybrid Range Rover SUV. The automaker revealed details and showed pictures of the plug-in hybrid Range Rover before the SUV's debut at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show.
According to Land Rover, the plug-in hybrid Range Rover will debut alongside a smaller plug-in hybrid Range Rover Sport. Both models will use the same engine: a 6-cylinder that joins diesel power with hybrid technology.
The diesel component is a 3.0-liter powerplant that makes around 300 horsepower. That's the same diesel V6 in today's diesel Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models, neither of which are offered in the U.S. The engine makes around 250 hp and a whopping 443 lb-ft of torque.
For electric power, Land Rover turned to a lightweight 35-kW motor that adds just 264 pounds to the SUVs. The drawback is the motor's small size, so it doesn't offer much in the way of fully electric power: Land Rover says both SUVs can go just one mile on electric power alone.
But that doesn't mean the SUVs won't benefit from an electric drivetrain. By combining diesel power with an electric drivetrain, it's likely the plug-in hybrid Range Rover models will be the most fuel-efficient Range Rovers yet. However, Land Rover has not confirmed that statement with final figures on range and gas mileage.
Land Rover has confirmed various performance figures. The brand says the plug-in hybrid Range Rover will reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill in around 6.9 seconds. The lighter Range Rover Sport should do the same spring in 6.7 seconds. That means drivers won't see a major drawback in performance by switching to the plug-in hybrid.
Expected to reach European dealers next month, the Range Rover hybrids will likely go on sale in the U.S., though Land Rover hasn't announced when. If they do reach the U.S. market, expect pricing that's slightly higher than standard Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.
What it means to you: The 2014 Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid bring plug-in hybrid technology to the luxury SUV world.