Land Rover Diesel Hybrid Heading for the US Shores

September 18, 2013 / No Comments

Land Rover is looking to introduce the diesel-hybrid versions of its new Range Rover models in America.  This flagship diesel hybrid vehicle got its wraps fly at the Frankfurt Auto Show and it is Land Rover’s first hybrid vehicle.

landrover Land Rover Diesel Hybrid Heading for the US Shores

According to earlier reports, Land Rover had decided to make diesel-hybrid vehicles rather than gasoline-electric hybrids, due to their better fuel economy properties. These vehicles will have improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.

This hybrid vehicle comes with a 47-horsepower electric motor along with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, to deliver a combined system output of 355 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque.

Through an eight-speed automatic transmission, this force runs to all the four wheels. According to the automaker, the vehicle will deliver up to 37 miles per gallon. They also claim that this hybrid version of the vehicle will hit 62 miles per hour in 6.9 seconds.

However, this new hybrid setup will add an extra 265 pounds to the weight of the aluminum-bodied Range Rover.

Earlier reports suggested that the sale of this hybrid vehicle is limited to only selected markets including Europe, Korea, China, Australia and Taiwan. But according latest rumors, the vehicle will also hit the North American market and will start shipping by the beginning of 2014.