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Diesel-Hybrid Range Rover Sport due in 2014

Engineered in parallel with the latest Range Rover, the Sport features a lightweight aluminium body which results in a 39% reduction in platform weight compared to its predecessor. The TDV6 version is a full 420kg lighter than in the outgoing model, contributing to a 15% drop in CO2 emissions to 194g/km.

Further powertrains are set to follow. The platform is designed to accommodate four-cylinder engines and a hybrid version, likely to use the TDV6 and expertise gained from the Range_e plug-in hybrid test vehicle, which was based on the last Range Rover Sport.

The same hybrid powertrain could also be used on other models. Land Rover has confirmed a hybrid version of the latest Range Rover, and has already shown plug-in hybrids based on the Jaguar XJ limousine.

Click here for our road test of the Range Rover Range_e prototype

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