Land Rover has unveiled the Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase at the Beijing motor show.
Together with the Range Rover Sport Hybrid, it will be the first diesel hybrid model from any manufacturer to be offered in China. China is a potentially strong market for premium hybrids, and Land Rover says its long wheelbase design best suits Chinese customers’ preferences for luxury and spaciousness.
The Range Rover Hybrid powertrain combines Land Rover’s 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel engine with a 35kW electric motor, integrated with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The system allows the driver to select from three different drive modes, and is capable of delivering 26 per cent lower CO2 emissions (169 g/km) and 44.1 mpg.
Land Rover designers say installing the hybrid diesel-electric powertrain in the long wheelbase variant has not compromised space, or the driving experience. The stretched Range Rover gets an additional 186 mm of legroom for rear seat passengers and, with the option of the executive seating package, an increase in the rear seat angle of recline to 17 degrees.
The hybrid system uses the same all-wheel drive technology used in the petrol and diesel-powered models. Wading depth capability also remains unchanged at 900 mm.
The complete system, including a lithium ion battery pack, inverter and electric motor, weighs under 120 kg. The electric motor produces 170 Nm torque and in EV mode the Range Rover Hybrid can travel at speeds of up to 30 mph for a range of up to one mile before the diesel engine restarts.
Together, output of the diesel engine and electric motor is 335 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 700 Nm torque between 1,500-3,000 rpm. The version to be marketed in China is technically identical to that sold elsewhere, except for a change to the exhaust system to take into account the different local emissions standards.
Source: Land Rover