Land Rover is working on completing the technical set-up of a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of its Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models, which are due to hit the streets in the early part of 2018.
Gasoline-electric models to combine the power from Jaguar Land Rover’s 2.0-litre Ingenium engine, with an Electric Drive Module (EDM). The first is expected to provide 295bhp and 295lb ft, while the second injects 201bhp and 332lb ft, and will also take about 30 km of pure electric range.
EDM was created in-house and fits in the existing structure of the Range Rover model line-up, pairing a new eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and use of energy from a lithium-ion battery located under the boot floor.
On-road testing for the new transmission is well below. Autocar found a Range Rover Sport PHEV during the weekend, which showed no great change in the aesthetic of the car exterior, suggesting little more than a badge mean the car with zero emissions capability.
The Range Rover PHEV closest rival will be the BMW X5 xDrive40e, but the hybrid-electric X5 the electric motor produces 113bhp, which means that it is likely to fall short of the Ranger Rover in a straight line and electrical performance.
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The model will be the first to use JLR’s newly developed PHEV transmission, but it is expected to be introduced in the Jaguar F-Pace, XF and XJ ranges in the future. You will give each model to drastically lower CO2 outputs (in accordance with the New European Driving Cycle), helping these PHEV models become less taxed models in their line-up.
JLR already produces a diesel-electric hybrid version of the Range Rover, but that system companions larger 3.0-liter oil-burning V6 engine, electric traction. Produces more energy than the new petrol-electric system with a peak of 349bhp available, but the new system would undermine the V6 diesel 164g/km of CO2 emissions.
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