Marrying two of the world’s high-efficiency automotive systems, Land Rover will debut its diesel hybrid Range Rovers later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will be offered with the diesel hybrid system, although neither will reach North America because the diesel engines don’t meet emissions standards. Despite that, the SUVs will offer a preview of what to expect from future products once those standards are on a level playing field.
The product offered to Europeans will use a 3.0-liter diesel engine in tandem with an electric motor that sits between the engine and transmission.
According to Land Rover engineer Stuart Frith, the SUVs will be on sale in Europe before the end of the year. Alongside those, he also said the brand will debut a new diesel V8-powered Range Rover Sport at the show capable of as much as 516 lb-ft of torque.
Aside from that, Land Rover will also eventually offer the Sport with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that currently powers the Evoque — a change made possible by the roughly 800 lbs lost for the 2014 model year.
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