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Land Rover Confirms Production Range Rover Plug-in Hybrid

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2010 Land Rover Range_e Hybrid Concept

2010 Land Rover Range_e Hybrid Concept

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It’s almost a year ago since a Range Rover Range_e plug-in hybrid prototype was spotted innocuously charging at a shopping mall in the U.K.

Now Land Rover has confirmed its intentions to bring a plug-in hybrid Range Rover to market some time in the future.

For now, how far into the future remains a closely guarded secret, but talking to AutoExpress this week, Peter Richings, chief engineer for hybrid technology at British automaker hinted that it would be “sometime after 2015, but before 2020.”

Given the fact that the all-new, fourth-generation, 2013 Range Rover is due to hit dealer lots later this year, it’s likely that the first plug-in hybrid Range Rover will be based on this new, lighter Range Rover platform. 

The prototype Range_e plug-in hybrid was powered by a combination of 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine,  69 kilowatt electric motor, and 14.2 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.  

Since no diesel hybrids are currently sold in the U.S., it’s unclear if this particular combination will ever make it to the U.S.

Given that Jaguar Land Rover has already said the U.S. won’t be getting the diesel hybrid variant of the fourth-generation Range, a plug-in diesel hybrid is, at this stage, unlikely.

Range_e Plug-in Hybrid Prototype

Range_e Plug-in Hybrid Prototype

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However, Jaguar Land Rover’s current plug-in hybrid prototype, the XJ_e, is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 69 kilowatt electric motor, and 12.3 kilowatt-hour battery pack. 

Thanks to its fuel type, this particular combination could provide a more suitable marriage for the U.S. market, although no confirmations have been made in either direction. 

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  1. Suddenly, everyone is doing Plugin hybrids...

    Now, who is going to be the first one making a Plugin Hybrid Minivan?
     
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  2. I do hope that the hybrid version is more reliable than the rest of the range, LR have some work to do on this
     
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  3. The article talks about the recently anounced 2013 Range Rover (full size, all aluminium), but the picture shows the much-smaller Range Rover Sport, which has been around int its current form for several years already.
     
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  4. @Anton: Yep, we chose to show the pix of the Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid development vehicle rather than the new Range Rover.
     
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