2018 Range Rover Plugin Hybrid Spied Testing on Wintry Road. Range Rover is definitely one of the most prominent players in the SUV market, especially with the current fourth generation. But the competition in this market will be even fiercer since luxury brands like Bentley and Maybach started entering the SUV world. And, even Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce are currently preparing to do the same. This is why Range Rover goes all out for its mid-cycle update. And, it seems like a new plugin hybrid model will join the lineup as 2018 model. The prototype for the updated car has been spotted testing, and some clues are showing that a plugin hybrid model is possible.
2018 Range Rover Plug-In Hybrid Specifications
The prototype sports some changes on the front bumper and grille. It is believed that the charging front will be put at that spot on the plugin hybrid model. In addition, the car also gets new lights on both ends as well as a new wheel pattern. Pay attention to the front and rear windshields, and you will notice warning stickers which hinted to an electrified model.
Engine – 2018 Range Rover Plug-In Hybrid
The plugin hybrid model probably will get a 295 bhp 4-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine and a lithium-ion battery that powers the electric motor. It is reported that the car will have around 20-30 miles electric range, which is pretty much the same with BMW X5 xDrive 40e.
However, it is possible that the Range Rover will generate more power output and send the car running to 62 mph from a standstill in around 6.5 seconds, which is slightly faster than the X5. The company has yet to say anything regarding the gearbox, but an 8-speed automatic transmission is a good option.
This is not the first plug-in hybrid powertrain in Range Rover’s history since a diesel hybrid powertrain is already available for several years. The diesel hybrid model is powered by the combination of 3.0 L SD turbocharged V6 diesel engine and a 35 kW electric motor with a total power of 335 HP.
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While there is nothing wrong with a diesel hybrid, the market prefers petrol hybrid and adding a petrol plug-in hybrid model to the lineup definitely a good way to keep the Range Rover on top of its game among the competition.
The updated Range Rover will use a hybrid technology that was first introduced in 2015 Range Rover Sports Concept-e PHEV. The electric motor is put in the middle of the engine and gearbox. And, it is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is stored under the boot floor. This plug-in hybrid technology promises low CO2 emissions, and it will be used in some Jaguar models such as F-Pace, XF, and XJ.
As for the other non-electrified models in the lineup, let’s not expect any changes in the powertrain. Moreover, it is possible that the 8-speed automatic transmission and 4-Wheel Drive system will remain.
2018 Range Rover Plug-In Hybrid Price and Release Date
Nothing’s official yet, but since the fourth-generation Range Rover was first introduced in 2013, it is safe to say that it will arrive on the market sometime in 2018.
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