Land Rover's surprise for 2014: the diesel hybrid SUVs
|   Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The new green trend has gained a lot of popularity lately, all the car manufacturers have been rushing to release some more environmental friendly vehicles for 2014. And yes, Land Rover is among them by continuously trying to improve the fuel consumption and plainly reduce CO2 emissions.

For 2014, Land Rover is planning to hit the market with diesel hybrid interpretations of both Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.
It seems that the tax and regulation would be less harsh on the company if it starts producing hybrids as Ian Fletcher, HIS automotive senior analyst, has stated.
What is more, this will also impact on the CO2 emissions of Jaguar Land Rover, lowering the current overall figure.

It was confirmed that the SUV's hybrid powertrain will integrate a 3.0 liter v6 diesel engine together with a 35 kilowatt electric motor, in such a was as to diminish the fuel consumption by an amazing 26% to 6.4 liters per 100km. Indeed, the CO2 emissions will be highly reduced: 169 grams per kilometer. Also, an eight speed ZF automatic transmission was added to this vehicle, featuring a 35kQ electric power which takes the horsepower to 340.

The company promises the customers that the performance of the hybrids is exactly the same as in V-8 versions with 0-100kph, less than 7 seconds. The hybrid system brought about in house featuring an electric motor and a battery which were supplied by a company which has not been disclosed so far.
The customers must be happy to find out that the orders can be placed starting September. Of course, the famous Frankfurt Auto Show will be glad to host the start of the hybrid sales. Yet, the deliveries should not be expected until the beginning of the next year.

One of the Land Rover spokesmen has lately explained that the hybrids will be launched on the following markets: Taiwan, China, Australia, Korea and, of course, Europe. No intention for a US market expansion so far. But we are sure that the company definitely prepares something special for the US market, for the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015. The spokesman also added that if the diesel power cars prove to be a success, US market could then be considered for further expansion.

Diesel hybrids have been chosen instead of gasoline electric by Land Rover because the proven fact that diesel ones provide superior fuel economy. The Land Rover spokesman has declared that the aim of the company is to bring out the most efficient hybrid car technology that can be currently developed.

The new car will include a lithium ion battery that will be placed under the floor. However, the sport version will be designed with a third row of seats so that it would impact on the inside space. The competitors on the market for this car range would be Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid and Lexus RX450h but the difference is that these two have released gasoline electric hybrids, unlike Land Rover.
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