2013 Range Rover Hybrid will arrive in Europe next year

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 10, 2012

When the 2013 Range Rover hybrid goes on sale in Europe, it will boast an improved fuel economy rating. The hybrid is equipped with Land Rover’s turbo-diesel V-6 and an electric motor alongside a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. It has a 1.7 kilowatt-hour battery pack positioned under the floor. Land Rover said that it is capable of reaching 60 mph in about seven seconds.

Based on European testing, it is capable of returning 45 mpg. Alex Heslop, chief engineer on the 2013 Range Rover, said that this is the “first true all-terrain hybrid.” In fact, it can get through water that’s almost three-feet deep. Notably, the 45 mpg rating is a European figure, computed in Imperial gallons. In comparison, a Toyota Prius is capable of 72.4 mpg when combined in UK markets.

The Range Rover’s battery pack is protected by a boron steel skid plate. The hybrid won’t be offered in the U.S. since the diesel six-cylinder would need expensive modifications to cope with stricter U.S. emissions standards. U.S. customers will be able to choose from either a normally aspirated or a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 to match an eight-speed automatic.

The EPA ratings haven’t been revealed yet but Land Rover anticipates that these models have considerably raised their fuel economy ratings. The Range Rover has a new aluminum body, leading to considerable weight savings.

It also has an uprated transmission. U.S. consumers haven’t really embraced diesels or high-priced hybrids so it’s not likely that Land Rover would be very excited about spending too much to offer it in the country.

But 1.5 years from now, things may change since automakers will have to meet new European standards that are a closer match to those offered in the U.S. Range Rover’s powertrain technology will have a pivotal role as the automaker is preparing to meet the more difficult new standards. More hybrids from Land Rover and Jaguar are set to be released very soon.

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