The Range Rover hybrid will be Land Rover's most efficient car ever made, returning 44.1mpg and emitting just 169g/km.
Combining a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine with a 35kW electric motor that produces 170Nm of torque, the new Range Rover Hybrid matches the performance figures of the SDV8 making a combined 700Nm from just 1,500rpm.
That means it charges from 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, and it goes on to reach an identical 135mph top speed. The Sport Hybrid will be even quicker, taking 0.2 seconds less to complete the benchmark sprint and going on to hit a 140mph maximum.
The electric motor is powered by a set of lithium-ion batteries that sit in a steel cradle beneath the floor, helping to keep the centre of gravity low and ensuring that both luggage capacity and passenger space remain unchanged. The entire Land Rover hybrid system (including the batteries) adds just 120kgs to the overall weight – so the Hybrid weighs only 34kgs more than the conventional diesel V8 model.
The Hybrid has three different modes that can be selected by the driver – although the pure EV range is limited to just one mile at speeds below 30mph. However the motor also acts as a generator, harvesting energy from the brakes and storing it up in the batteries.
Both models retain the Terrain Response 2 four-wheel drive trickery from the standard car and Land Rover plans to embark on a 16,000km journey from Solihull to Mumbai in India in a convoy of three Hybrids to prove that they are just as rugged as the brand’s conventional models.
The Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid will make their worldwide debut at the Frankfurt show on the 10th of September, with order books for the two new models opening on the same day. First UK deliveries are scheduled to arrive by January next year but there is no word yet on what the new Range Rover Hybrid price will be.