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Land Rover's First Hybrid Will Feature a Diesel Engine

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Land Rover has a new hybrid. The fuel-sipping SUV, based on the popular Range Rover Sport and dubbed the “Range_e”, will be Land Rover’s first-ever hybrid vehicle – if it sees production.

While many automakers are turning towards hybrid technology to improve fuel economy numbers, the Range_e takes the uncommon step of teaming up a diesel engine and an electric motor. The diesel, Land Rover’s 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, is already a popular engine choice on the European market, where it’s known for fuel efficiency and an exceptional range. Land Rover says that when married to the electric motor, the engine is capable of transporting the Range_e nearly 700 miles on a single tank of gas – and that the hybrid SUV can also manage another 20 miles on electric power alone.

But despite the hybrid Range_e’s highly-efficient nature, Land Rover is quick to point out performance won’t suffer if you select the eco-friendly SUV, citing a top speed of 120 miles per hour. Unfortunately, despite the Range_e’s admirable performance and enviable gas mileage, Land Rover reminds us that the model to be shown at the upcoming Geneva auto show is just a prototype – and even if it sees production, U.S. sales are hardly a certainty.

Fortunately, Land Rover has more to offer at the Geneva show. The automaker promises it will announce European pricing for its new, smaller Evoque SUV, which will be at the show in both two- and four-door guise. Land Rover will specifically tout the Evoque’s customization options, which the automaker says give customers the freedom to tailor their cars to more specifically meet their own individual needs.

Also debuting at the Geneva show will be an ultra-upscale version of the luxurious Range Rover SUV. Dubbed the Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition, the limited-production model – complete with a $150,000-plus pricetag – will be billed as “the most luxurious Range Rover ever.”

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