It’s been revealed that the new Range Rover and the 2014 Range Rover Sport will debut with a diesel electric hybrid at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport was revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show and is offered, at least initially, with a choice of the 3.0 litre diesel V6 and the 5.0 litre supercharged.
But Land Rover did tell us the 4.4 litre TDV8 will be joining the range later in the year and that a diesel-electric hybrid would be on offer too. And now we know that the diesel hybrid Range Rover Sport – and a Range Rover Hybrid – will both debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Stuart Frith, LR’s head programme engineer for the new RRS, has confirmed to Car Sales in Australia that the hybrid Range Rover and Sport will arrive in September – as will the TDV8 RRS – but that the 2.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine for the RRS is still a way off, even though Land Rover are already running it and believe it still offers all a real Range Rover Sport should.
But it’s the hybrid Range Rover and RRS that will be of most interest, offering the 3.0 litre TDV6 with an electric motor offering a total of around 333bhp, enough for 0-62mph in around 7 seconds with emissions of just 169g/km – perfect for fleet and business buyers.
If both the hybrid versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover sport – together with the 4.4 litre TDV8 for the RRS – are to debut at Frankfurt, it seems reasonable to expect them to be hitting Land Rover’s UK dealers by the end of 2013.