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45mpg Range Rover Hybrid confirmed

The all-new Range Rover was revealed at the Royal Ballet School in London this week, and uses lightweight suspension components and an all-aluminium bodyshell claimed to be 39% lighter than its predecessor, yet stiffer too. Weight-saving in the bodyshell allows up to a 350kg weight advantage over the outgoing model, while improving agility on the road.

Two diesel engines and a petrol will be offered at launch, but the range will grow to include a diesel-electric hybrid shortly afterwards. This is likely to be based on the 3.0-litre TDV6 engine and to use knowledge gained during the Range_e project.

Unlike the Range_e, the Range Rover Hybrid will not be a plug-in model, but it will use a combination of diesel engine and electric motor to retain the car’s four wheel drive capability. The drivetrain could also be used in the Jaguar XJ, which has already been shown with a plug-in hybrid setup, named the XJ_e. 

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