Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase debuts in Beijing

Posted on Fri ,25 Apr 2014 12:27 pm
Vaibhav Yedavi
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Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase debuts in Beijing

Land Rover has unveiled the Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase (LWB) at the Beijing Auto Show (Auto China 2014). The SUV will be the first diesel hybrid vehicle on sale in China.

The Range Rover Hybrid LWB has been developed from knowledge acquired during the Silk Trail Expedition in 2013. A fleet of Range Rover Hybrid prototypes covered a distance of 16,000km from Solihull in UK to Mumbai in India during the journey. The vehicles were stripped down after the expedition and the engineers observed the various parts and used the information gained to fine tune the design and technology of the hybrid drivetrain.

The Range Rover Hybrid is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. Power is transmitted to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission which has an integrated 47bhp/170Nm electric motor. Combined output of the diesel engine and electric motor is 335bhp @ 4000rpm and 700Nm @ 1500-3000rpm.

The Hybrid SUV is capable of 15.6kmpl and can travel a distance of 1.6km at a speed of 48kmph on electric power alone. After 1.6km, the diesel engine restarts seamlessly. The electric motor is used during acceleration. It harvests kinetic energy through regenerative braking and also charges the battery when the vehicles in slowing down. The complete electric drivetrain which includes the electric motor, battery pack and inverter weighs less than 120kg.

The interior of the Range Rover hybrid LWB offer additional leg room of 186mm as compared to a standard Range Rover. The rear seats can be reclined 17 degrees (when the optional executive seating package is selected). The hybrid drivetrain has not compromised any capabilities of the Range Rover and it can still wade through 900mm of water. The SUV uses the Land Rover’s Terrain Response system coupled with the all-wheel drive technology to tackle any kind of terrain.

 

Source: Land Rover



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