Range Rover and Range Rover Sport crossovers with diesel-electric power plant will become available by the end of this year. The news about Range Rover and Range Rover Sport having a chance to get hybrid modifications appeared right after their release. British manufacturers even stated that this plant will be a diesel-electric one.
The date of twin-engine Land Rover models’ first appearance, however, is still unknown. For example, the news about the debut of these twin-engine Rover models in Frankfurt this fall was revealed just now in Australian Motoring magazine. The news came from Stuart Frith, the chief engineer of L494 project.
Unfortunately, Stuart Frith didn’t reveal any interesting details about this hybrid plant, but he said thus electric motor will be located between V6 turbo-diesel and eight-speed automatic transmission produced by German ZF Company.
He also said that CO2 emissions from hybrid Range Rover Sport are expected to reach 169g/km. Well, not bad, especially for a car with such engine. Electric versions of Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg are less ecological, but the 89 g/km of a Range prototype, presented at the Geneva Auto Salon, are still far from reality.
This, by the way, says that electric power reserve of such serial hybrids will be less than the concept mentioned above has (only 32 km). It’s also still unclear if the crossover will have the recharge option from the household electrical outlet. The only sure thing is that the Range Rover Sport and maybe even ordinary Range Rover will have its storage batteries placed under the floor. This means they will not occupy the useful space in the salon and trunk of the car and will have a minimal impact on the gravity center.
The 3.0 liter turbo-diesel V6 from this power plant will most definitely develop the same power and torque the usual Rovers do: the 248 hp and 600 N/m. Since the production of these models will start by the end of this year, we suppose they will become available on international markets by 2014.