Joining the huge line-up of electric cars scheduled to hit stores in the next two years will be the new Range Rover.
The company Land Rover is working on a plug-in hybrid variant of their most popular model which will be made available with both the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport editions.
If sources are to be believed, the cars will get launched in the first half of 2018. Combining the best of a petrol engine with that of an electric motor poses some technical issues which hinder automobile manufacturers from taking the big leap. Under the bonnet, the upcoming Range Rover PHEV model will be powered by a 2.0-liter Ingenium engine which will be mated with an Electric Drive Module EDM in order to share the combined power it produces. The petrol engine will be capable of producing about 295 horsepower combined with 295lb feet of torque.
The electric engine can produce about 201 horsepower combined with 332 lb feet of torque. However, the distance it covers is very less as it can go only up to 30 miles on a single charge. Considering the fact that it is a hybrid model, the mile range isn’t much of a big deal as the car can always switch to the petrol engine. The engineering team has worked hard on the EDM motor which has been conveniently mounted in the existing platform of the Range Rover which is a definitive feat of its own.
The entire setup is mated with an eight speed ZF automatic gearbox and the electric motor receives power from the lithium ion battery. The battery has been mounted beneath the boot floor so that it doesn’t obstruct the passenger experience and comfort provided in the model so far. The car is already being tested in the roads under varying conditions and has been spotted multiple times by spy photographers. As expected, the entire car is camouflaged so that the design aspects don’t get leaked earlier before the official reveal Land Rover has planned for their plug-in hybrid model.
Going by the looks of the spy photos that have emerged so far, the car seems pretty much the same as the outgoing model with very little design changes done to call itself as an energy efficient model. Land Rover has taken the plunge with the new Range Rover by introducing the PHEV setup which will be used in the Jaguar F Pace, XF and XJ models in the near future.
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