Words: Rohan Patil
The 2013 Range Rover Sport Hybrid is making an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show, following an announcement made last month.Described as the first premium diesel-electric hybrid SUV on the market, the Range Rover Sport Hybrid promises to offer a decent fuel consumption of 6.4 liters / 100 km (36.7 mpg US or 44.1 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 169 g/km. This will be of achieved via a frugal SDV6 3.0-liter diesel motor, an electric motor and an 8-speed automatic transmission from ZF. The hybrid powertrain’s electric motor by itself generates 35 kilowatts (47 horsepower) and 125 pound-feet of torque. This allows the vehicle to travel at speeds of up 30 mph on electric power alone, but only over a very short distance of about one mile. This mode, which is selectable by the driver, is purely for stop and start driving around town. The motor also acts as a generator under braking (regenerative braking).
This hardware setup will provide this legendary luxury British off-roader with a combined output of 340 HP of max power at 4,000 rpm and a whopping 700 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. Despite the bulky curb weight of 2,372 kg , the hybrid Range Rover Sport propels to 100 kmph from standstill in just 6.7 seconds and continues to accelerate upto 225 kmph.
Land Rover says they are already taking orders and will start delivering cars early next year.
Stay tuned to Motoroids for more updates on the Range Rover Sport Hybrid.