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Range Rover diesel-hybrid saves fuel on and off road

The Range Rover SDV6 Hybrid is the world's first diesel hybrid SUV.
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Land Rover says the Range Rover SDV6 Hybrid offers the performance of a model powered by a V-8 diesel engine, but with fuel consumption 14 percent below that of the automaker's standard V-6 diesel.

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Land Rover is responding to increasingly tougher CO2 emissions limits and consumer demand by introducing the world's first diesel-hybrid SUV. The brand has no plans for a gasoline hybrid. "We wanted to create the most efficient Range Rover ever, so we started from the diesel engine, which is intrinsically more efficient than a gasoline unit," said David Tickle, program manager for hybrids at Jaguar Land Rover.

FAST FACTS
Does the diesel hybrid still have the brand's off-road capabilities?
Absolutely. After setting the suspension to off-road height, the approach angle is 29.6 degrees and departure angle 27.3 degrees. Wading depth is 900mm.
Key suppliers?
ZF Friedrichshafen provides the 35kW electric motor as part of its 8-speed automatic transmission; Johnson Controls supplies the lithium-ion battery pack; Continental sources the electronic control unit.
Does the hybrid lose trunk space?
The battery pack is housed below the floor pan so no trunk space is lost but fuel tank capacity is reduced by 5 liters to 80 liters.
How much weight does the hybrid system add?
In total: 120kg, of which 46kg is for the battery.

The hybrid system combines Land Rover's 3.0-liter SDV6 diesel engine with a 35kW electric motor integrated with ZF's eight-speed automatic transmission to deliver 340 hp. Fuel use is 6.4 liters per 100km (44.1 mpg UK/36.7 mpg U.S.). The same hybrid system now is also available on the Range Rover Sport.

THE BASICS
Launch date: January (Europe); U.S., China sales not planned
Base price:121,400 euros (Germany)
Main rivals: Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes M class
Annual production: 52,680 in 2014 (IHS estimate for full Range Rover model line)
Where built: Solihull, England
Lowest CO2 emissions: 169g/km

You can reach Luca Ciferri at lciferri@crain.com.

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