Range Rover Going Diesel Hybrid

Both the Range Rover and Ranger Rover Sport will arrive at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show this September packing a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain.

The RangeRover Sport debuted in NYC with two engine options on offer: a range-topping 5.0-litersupercharged V8 and a 3.0-liter s/c V6. In Europe, the V6 was of the dieselvariety, and now it appears the engine lineup will be extended even furtherwith a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain and the reintroduction of a diesel V8. Speakingwith Australian publication Motoring, Land Rover engineer Stuart Frith said the hybrid and SDV8 diesel(packing 516 lb-ft of torque) would reach showrooms by the end of the yearafter debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Land Rover’s hybrid-drive technology will also be introduced in the Range Rover, with the hardware to sit under the floor of the cars to ensure seating and luggage space are unaffected. The electric motor will be located somewhere between the engine and ZF eight-speed transmission. Neither diesel engine will be offered in the States as they fail to meet North American emissions standards. A four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is also in the pipeline. According to Frith, current tests are proving the 2.0-liter unit to be more than capable given the Range Rover’s massive 400 kg weight loss. However it remains some time off from joining the lineup.

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