Land Rover has unveiled its Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase at the 2014 Beijing auto show. The vehicle is touted to offer an excellent combination of premium luxury, interior space, outstanding fuel and emission numbers as well as Range Rover’s trademarked all-around capability. The Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase, along with the Range Rover Sport Hybrid, will the first diesel hybrid model to be offered in China.
The Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase cements Range Rover’s reputation as one of the most successful premium vehicle ranges in the world – as proven by over 100 awards accolades received by the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport in the past 18 months.
The derivative will benefit from the insights that Land Rover learning from its Silk Trail expedition last year, when a fleet of hybrids travelled 16,000 km from Solihull, United Kingdom to Mumbai, India – proving their durability and all-terrain capability. The hybrids were then stripped down and examined by Land Rover engineers to improve understanding of how their designs and technologies could be further fine-tuned.
The Range Rover Hybrid is powered by a combo of Land Rover’s 3.0-liter SDV6 diesel engine and a 35kW electric motor. The powertrain is paired to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The Range Rover Hybrid offers three drive modes to optimize performance or efficiency, delivering carbon dioxide emissions of 169g/km and fuel consumption of 6.4 l/100 km (44.1mpg).
The Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase provides 186mm of extra legroom for rear seat passengers. The optional executive seating package allows the rear seat angle of recline to increase to 17 degrees. The derivative’s hybrid system employs the same proven Terrain Response system and all-wheel drive technology used in the carmaker’s petrol and diesel-powered models.
The entire system -- including a lithium ion battery pack, inverter and electric motor -- weighs less than 120kg. The Range Rover Hybrid’s electric motor provides 170Nm of torque, and could boost acceleration when needed. The electric motor also serves as a generator that captures kinetic energy through regenerative braking, charging the battery when the vehicle is slowing.
It could also stand alone in EV (electric vehicle) Mode, during which the Range Rover Hybrid can travel up to 30mph (48km/h) for a range of up to one mile (1.6km) before the diesel engine restarts. The combined output -- diesel engine plus the electric motor -- is up to 340PS at 4,000rpm and up to 700 Nm of torque between 1,500-3,000rpm.
Land Rover will open its global order books in May with first deliveries in China expected from the end of 2014. The China version of the Range Rover Hybrid is technically identical to other variants, save for a modified exhaust system that considers different local emissions standards.