Both powered by a 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine and a 35kW electric motor mated to an 8 speed ZF auto transmission, the new Range Rovers crank out a collective 335 bhp of max power and 700 nm of peak torque. On the performance chart, the Range Rover Hybrid hits the 100 kph mark from standstill in 6.9 seconds before maxing out at 217 kph (135 mph). On the other hand, the Range Rover Sport Hybrid weighing at a less 22 kgs in comparison is slightly quicker to the 100 kph mark at 6.7 seconds with a higher top speed of 225 kph (140 mph). Fuel efficiency figures have been pegged at 44.1 miles per gallon (19 kpl approx per litre) for both.
The two hybrids are claimed to have equal off-road capabilities as the conventional models and Land Rover has already planned a 10,000 mile expedition called as the ‘2013 Silk Trail’. As the term suggests, the two new Range Rovers would be driving through 12 countries on the ancient trade routes starting from France and would conclude the drive at Jaguar Land Rover’s headquarters in Mumbai.
Speaking on the occasion, Land Rover Global Brand Director- John Edwards said “We are very excited to be introducing these models. They’re the world’s first hybrid 4x4s with true Land-Rover-level off-road capability.”
Prices would be announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show to be held next month with deliveries expected to commence from January 2014 onwards.
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