Range Rover Hybrid to be Released in 2013 and Plug-In Hybrid Version in 2014

Land Rover unveiled the Electric Range_e concept in Geneva last month. The concept was a diesel plug-in hybrid, based on the Range Rover Sport. It features a 3.0L TDV6 diesel that was mated to an electric motor and an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. It could travel up to 20 miles in full electric mode and travel just under 700 miles on a single tank. The concept was obviously a preview of things to come.

Land Rover’s Global Brand Director, John Edwards recently spoke to Inside Line in which he confirmed that a series of new hybrids over the next few years. Land Rover “will introduce a top-down strategy,” focusing on the larger models “where the greatest consumption gains are to be made.”

The first model to be released with a hybrid will be the new 2012 Range Rover, that will get a hybrid version in 2013. A plug-in hybrid version will debut in 2014. The initial hybrid models will be Land Rover’s higher end models. Since Land Rover is employing a top-down strategy it is unlikely that a hybrid version of the new Evoque will be released.

Jaguar is also expected to use the new technology as well.

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