Range_e :: a new spelling for the good old ‘Rangey’…


CarMagazine.co.uk reports that Land Rover will introduce a Range Rover Sport diesel-electric hybrid in 2013.

Dubbed the Range_e, the SUV will likely feature a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, a 25 kW (34 hp / 34 PS) electric motor, and an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. While the specifics are still kind of murky, the company will begin testing five hybrids later this year.

In the future, Land Rover plans to offer a petrol-electric hybrid and a plug-in hybrid Range Rover. According to Peter Richings, the chief hybrid engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, the 2015 plug-in hybrid “…means you can drive a Range Rover for at least 20 miles on full electric power around town, (while having) emissions of less than 100 g/km and speeds of up to 70 mph in EV mode.”

A couple of things spring to mind for me:
1. 2013 is quite a bit behind Lexus’ first introduction of the hybrid SUV – and most of the worlds other top auto marques?
2. ‘Rangey’ – that’s what we used to call ’em when they first came out – so what’s new about that (other than the spelling)?

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