Range Rover Plug-In Hybrid gears up for 2018 arrival
Autocar spotted a Range Rover Sport PHEV over the weekend
Range Rover’s forthcoming hybrid SUV will mate a 2.0-litre petrol engine to an electric motor
The petrol-electric models will combine power from JLR’s 2.0-litre Ingenium engine with an Electric Drive Module (EDM). The former is predicted to provide 295bhp and 295lb ft, while the latter injects 201bhp and 332lb ft and will also enable about 30 miles of pure electric range.
The EDM has been created in house and and fits into the existing structure of the Range Rover model line-up, mating with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and using power from a lithium-ion battery located beneath the boot floor.
On road testing for the new drivetrain is well underway. Autocar spotted a Range Rover Sport PHEV over the weekend, which showed no major aesthetic changes to the car’s exterior, suggesting little more than badges will signify the car’s zero-emission capability.
The Range Rover PHEV’s closest rival will be the BMW X5 xDrive40e, but the hybrid-electric X5 electric motor produces 113bhp, meaning it’ll likely fall short of the Land Rover’s straight-line and electric-only performance.
Land Rover’s model will be the first to use its newly developed PHEV drivetrain, but it is expected to be introduced into the Jaguar F-Pace, XF and XJ ranges in the future. It will give each model drastically lower CO2 outputs (according to the NEDC cycle), helping these PHEV models to become the least taxed models in their line-ups.
Land Rover already produces a diesel-electric hybrid version of the Range Rover, but that system mates a larger 3.0-litre oil burning V6 engine with electric drive. It produces more power than the new petrol-electric system with a peak of 349bhp available, but the new system should undercut the V6 diesel’s 164g/km of CO2
Source: Autocar Online