The First Spy Shots of Range Rover Sport Hybrid (2014)

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It is a fact that the latest Range Rover Sport is back in entire camouflage. Do you wonder why? Well, this car is going to test the diesel-hybrid powertrain which is expected to go into production in 2014. Thereby, it is assumed that the Range Rover Sport and also new Range Rover will have a lower CO2 output in comparison with a typical black cab in London.
How to identify a diesel-hybrid Range Sport?
You cannot expect a tell-tale badging. However, if you can make a quick search of the number plate of the car in the DVLA database, it is easily possible for you to identify that the same was registered in November, 2012 for the first time. You may also find other information such as the fuel type of the car is electric diesel. It is possible for a Land Rover to add all the camo that it wants, but there is no doubt to the powers that be about what is under the bonnet of its test mules for sure.
Specifications of the Range Rover Sport Diesel-Hybrid
A diesel burning 3.0-litre TFV6 is used by the Range Sport Hybrid and it develops 254hp and 443lb ft. right on its own. When it comes to the new Range Sport, it is connected to the standard eight-speed automatic transmission. This is good enough for 194g/km of CO2 and economy possibly to be in the high thirties. If you consider contrast, the 420 kg old Range Sport would score 32.1mpg and 230g/km.
With assistance from the hybrid motor, that should stretch beyond 40mpg. The CO2 output has already been confirmed to be of 169g/km. If you compare the CO2 output with that of Cayenne S Hybrid (193g/km) or Porsche Cayenne Diesel (189g/km), things look much better for the Range Rover Sport Diesel-Hybrid. This engine will help to enhance performance as well. The top speed will definitely be better than the 130mph of a standard car, whereas, it is expected that the 0-62mph sprint to happen in less than 7 seconds.
Range Rover Sport will be heavier because of the battery pack. However, the battery pack is packaged in a reinforced cradle beneath the cabin. So, the passenger space won’t get reduced. Even if the owner tries out the Range Rover’s off-road talent, there should not be any risk of rupturing the cells.
Range Rover Sport – Expected Date When it goes on Sale
The regular Range Rover Sports should be available for public from this September; however, hybrid models are not likely to arrive any time before 2014. Europe is expected to see the largest take-up.
Diesel-hybrid will not be available for the US car lovers. This surprised many as hybrids generally goes on to the top of the US sales charts. The 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petro car (This is indeed the F-type’s engine of Jaguar) is expected to continue as the volume seller in US, mainly because of the on-going love affair of US common men with petrol. Even China prefers the petrol models despite of the downsized 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder, which is only good for 237hp.

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