Land Rover is working on a Range Rover PHEV that may debut before the end of the year.
The Range Rover PHEV was confirmed by company CEO Ralf Speth at the Frankfurt Motor Show. He said the hybrid SUV will feature JLR’s 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and an eight-speed automatic. According to Autocar, the 2.0-liter will make 295 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque in the application, while the electric motor will be good for 201 horsepower and 332 lb-ft. The electric drive unit will receive power from a lithium-ion battery pack housed in the trunk floor.
The Range Rover PHEV’s powertrain will apparently make its way into other vehicles in JLR’s product portfolio. The F-Pace, XF and XJ are all said to spawn PHEV model variants that will utilize the 2.0-liter hybrid motor combo. Spy shots have revealed the Range Rover PHEV will be almost indistinguishable from gasoline and diesel versions of the SUV, so we’re expecting the hybrid F-Pace, XF and XJ to look like the regular variants of those vehicles as well.
Speth said the Range Rover PHEV will be ready for its debut before year’s end. We’re willing to bet it will be shown at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in late November. After all, is there a more appropriate vehicle for getting caught in LA traffic jams than a hybrid Range Rover?