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.