China: Range Rover LWB Gets Unique Hybrid-Diesel Setup

Unveiled in China, it will be offered in select markets, US not included.

Land Rover’s long-wheelbase Range Rover SUV will be offered with a special diesel-hybrid electric system, following the model’s debut at this week’s Beijing Motor Show 2014. The system adds just 265 lbs to the car’s weight, and offers an electric-only range of one mile at speeds of up to 30 mph. This setup won’t make it to US shores, where the LWB model will be offered with a standard V8 engine, and later, possibly, with a gasoline-electric model.

Mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic, the diesel-hybrid produces 335 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, with a manufacturer-estimated European fuel economy of 36.75 mph on the combined cycle. The model joins the Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid which are already sold outside the US. It will be sold in “select markets” beyond our shores.

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