Land Rover announced its first-ever hybrid models, the Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid. Order books will open in the UK from September 10 and deliveries are set to start in early 2014. In order to demonstrate the capabilities of its two new hybrid models, three Range Rover Hybrids will embark tomorrow (Thursday, August 22) on an epic trip from the home of Range Rover in Solihull to the home of parent company Tata in Mumbai, India.
The “Silk Trail 2013” 16,000 km will visit 12 countries and will take the cars in some of the most challenging roads in the world as well as passes and trails, including the 4,000 mile Silk Road connecting Asia with the Mediterranean. The Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid models are powered by the 3.0-liter SDV6 diesel engines paired with a 35 kW electric motor, which is integrated in the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The new hybrid system includes a lithium ion battery pack, inverter and electric motor and weighs less than 120kg. Producing 170 Nm torque, the electric motor boosts acceleration and drives the vehicle in the EV mode but also acts as a generator storing kinetic energy through regenerative braking, and charging the battery when the vehicle is slowing. In the EV mode, the Range Rover Hybrid models has a top speed of 30 mph (48 km/h) and has a top speed of up to 1 mile or 1.6 km.
The total ouput delivered by the hybrid system is 340 hp at 4,000 rpm and 700 Nm of torque between 1,500-3,000 rpm. As a result, the system delivers SDV8 performance. Regarding the performances, both models accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under seven seconds and have a top speed of 135 mph (218 km/h).