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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 Range Rover Sport debuted in NYC with two engine options on offer: a range-topping 5.0-liter supercharged V8 and a 3.0-liter s/c V6. In Europe, the V6 was of the diesel variety, and now it appears the engine lineup will be extended even further with a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain and the reintroduction of a diesel V8. Speaking with 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 year after 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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