In Frankfurt next month, Land Rover will present its first hybrid SUV, which combines a diesel engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery for a total power of 340hp. The model is slated to launch in early 2014.
For its entry into the hybrid market, Land Rover chose to combine a 3l SDV6 engine with an electric motor for a total power of 340hp. The new model will be available in two versions: Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid. Both have an average fuel consumption of 6.4l/100km, for CO2 emissions of 169g/km.
To show off the performance of its new, more eco-friendly SUV, Range Rover will retrace the famous Silk Road, taking three of the new vehicles on a 16,000km journey to Mumbai, India, for an expected arrival on October 15. The choice of this destination is significant, as Land Rover now belongs to the Mumbai-based group Tata Motors.
The Range Rover Hybrid will have its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show, ahead of its commercial release early next year.
The Frankfurt Motor Show is on from September 12 to 22.
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