Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase Unveiled at Beijing Auto Show

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British luxury SUV maker Land Rover has unveiled the Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase at the Beijing Auto Show (Auto China) 2014.

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After introducing the standard wheelbase Range Rover Hybrid, Land Rover is now offering this frugal variant for the long wheelbase version which offers 186 mm more legroom for rear passengers. The overall length of the vehicle stands at 5.2 meters. Customers who opt for the executive seating package will benefit from individual rear seats that can recline up to 17 degrees.

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The Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase is also the first diesel hybrid vehicle to be offered in China. The SUV will draw power from a SDV6 3.0-liter diesel motor in combination with an electric motor and an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission to generate a combined output of 340 PS (250 kW) at 4,000 rpm and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) between 1,500 rpm and 3,000 rpm.

The SUV will return an impressive fuel efficiency figure of 36.7 mpg US (44.1 mpg UK or 6.4 liters / 100 km) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 169 g/km.

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The complete system, including a lithium ion battery pack, inverter and electric motor, weighs less than 120kg. The electric motor produces 170Nm torque and operates to boost acceleration when required, and to drive the vehicle in EV (electric vehicle) Mode. The motor also acts as a generator, harvesting kinetic energy through regenerative braking, charging the battery when the vehicle is slowing. In EV mode the Range Rover Hybrid can travel at speeds of up to 30mph (48km/h) for a range of up to one mile (1.6km) before the diesel engine seamlessly restarts.

The bookings for the model will begin in May globally.

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