This is the Range_e Range Rover, which is on show at this week’s Geneva Motor Show. Land Rover has developed the vehicle, which has diesel-hybrid plug in technology that reduces CO2 emissions, as it looks at hybrid powertrains across its models. On a combined diesel-electric cycle, the Range_e is capable of 89g/km of CO2, making it comparable with a small fuel-efficient car – unusual, certainly, for an SUV.
Indeed, the Range_e is the first capable 4WD model from Land Rover to achieve such a reduction in emissions. In electric mode, the vehicle has a range of 32km, suitable for city driving. Peter Richings, Land Rover’s chief engineer for hybrid technology, said the vehicle had been in development for a year. It features an automatic eight-speed transmission from ZF and a 3.0 litre TDV6 diesel engine, and the hybrid technology.
Richings said the vehicle could appeal to drivers who like SUVs making sure journeys to work and back home again during the week and longer journeys as the weekends. Land Rover is working on a number of other hybrid technology projects.