Land Rover has introduced its first hybrid Range Rover model this week at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Bragging that it’s the world’s first premium diesel SUV hybrid, the British automaker’s new hybrid powertrain can be had on its popular Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models. The company’s hybrid system pairs a 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V6 with a 47 horsepower electric motor for a total system output of 355 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed transmission and Land Rover announced that it’s good for 44.1 mpg on the European test cycle.
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Despite the additional weight of the hybrid system, the standard Range Rover hybrid can still accelerate to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds, while the smaller Sport does it in a respectable 6.7 seconds. Both the Range Rover hybrid and Range Rover Sport hybrid have their order books open in Europe starting immediately, with deliveries beginning in early 2014.
As for when they’ll be heading to America? The automaker remained silent on the topic. It’s likely though, with stricter fuel economy standards looming.
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