Land Rover debuted the Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase at the Beijing motor show. It ts technically identical to that sold elsewhere, except for a change to the exhaust system to take into account the different local emissions standards.
The Range Rover Hybrid powertrain combines Land Rover’s 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel engine with a 35kW electric motor, integrated with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The system allows the driver to select from three different drive modes to maximise performance or efficiency, and is capable of delivering 26 per cent lower CO2 emissions (169g/km) and 6.4 l/100 km (44.1mpg).
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.
Together, output of the diesel engine and electric motor is 335bhp at 4000rpm and a class-leading 516lb ft torque between 1500-3000rpm, delivering performance on a par with the SDV8 engine.
The long wheelbase offers the benefits of an additional 186mm of legroom for rear seat passengers and, with the option of the executive seating package, an increase in the rear seat angle of recline to 17 degrees.
Global order books will open in May. See LRO's latest issue for our test of the 'short-wheelbase' L405 Hybrid on and off-road.