Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Gets Hybrid, But Skips U.S. Market

April 24, 2014

Land Rover has introduced the new hybrid model of their popular SUV, the Range Rover, at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.

The 2015 Range Rover Hybrid Long-Wheelbase will be available later this year in several markets—except the U.S.

The reason is the Range Rover Hybrid uses a diesel-electric power plant. The electric motor in hybrid setups in the U.S. is usually paired with a gasoline engine. Perhaps, Land Rover will come up with such system for the Range Rover Long-Wheelbase and make it available to U.S. car buyers soon. We’ll just have to wait until then.

Together, the electric motor and the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, which are matched with an 8-speed automatic transmission, make 335 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It uses all-wheel drive system and returns 44.1 mpg (automaker’s estimate). In addition, the hybrid Range Rover can run up to one mile at a maximum of 30 mph in pure electric power.

The diesel-electric power source adds around 265 pounds to the Range Rover’s weight, but it impressively does not affect the off-road competence of the SUV.

Aside from the advanced all-wheel drive system, Land Rover’s Terrain Response system and class top-notcher wading depth capability are also standard on the hybrid Range Rover.

The Range Rover Hybrid Long-Wheelbase is the first vehicle that uses a diesel-electric hybrid system to be sold in China.

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