● Land Rover unveils the new Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase in Beijing
● Range Rover LWB will be the first diesel hybrid on sale in China
● 26 per cent lower CO2 emissions (169g/km) and 44.1mpg (combined), with
uncompromised luxury, performance and allterrain capabilities
● Range Rover Hybrid LWB offers an additional 186mm rear seat legroom
Whitley, UK, 23 April 2014 – Land Rover has further progressed the development of its
acclaimed Range Rover with the global debut of the Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase at the
Beijing motor show. The derivative brings together two of the most recent innovations in the
Range Rover lineup in a vehicle that offers an unprecedented combination of premium luxury,
interior space, exceptional fuel and emissions performance and no compromise in Land Rover’s
renowned breadth of capability.
Together with the Range Rover Sport Hybrid, it will be the first diesel hybrid model from any
manufacturer to be offered in China. China is recognised by Land Rover as a potentially strong
market for its new premium hybrids, whilst the long wheelbase design is identified as best suiting
Chinese customers’ preferences for luxury and spaciousness.
Global order books will open in May and first deliveries to customers in China are expected from
the end of the year. This new derivative strengthens the status of the Range Rover as one of the
world’s most successful premium vehicle ranges, witnessed in more than 100 awards amassed
by the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport in the past 18 months.
The production vehicles benefit from valuable insights Land Rover gained from its Silk Trail
expedition in 2013. A fleet of Range Rover Hybrids proved their durability and allterrain capability
on a gruelling 16,000km route from the Land Rover factory in Solihull, across central Asia to the
Mumbai headquarters of Tata, Land Rover’s parent company. After the journey, the vehicles
were stripped down and scrutinised by Land Rover engineers to improve understanding of how
the designs and technologies can be finetuned.
The Range Rover Hybrid powertrain combines Land Rover’s 3.0litre SDV6 diesel engine with a
35kW electric motor, integrated with an eightspeed ZF automatic transmission. The system
allows the driver to select from three different drive modes to maximise performance or
efficiency, and is capable of delivering 26 per cent lower CO2 emissions (169g/km) and 6.4 l/100
Installing the hybrid dieselelectric powertrain in the Range Rover Long Wheelbase has not
compromised space, or the driving experience. The long wheelbase offers the benefits of an
additional 186mm of legroom for rear seat passengers and, with the option of the executive
seating package, an impressive increase in the rear seat angle of recline to 17 degrees.
The hybrid system uses the same proven Terrain Response® system and allwheel drive
technology deployed in the petrol and dieselpowered models. Wading depth capability is
undiminished at a classleading 900mm.
The complete system, including a lithium ion battery pack, inverter and electric motor, weighs
less than 120kg. The electric motor produces 170Nm torque and operates to boost acceleration
when required, and to drive the vehicle in EV (electric vehicle) Mode. The motor also acts as a
generator, harvesting kinetic energy through regenerative braking, charging the battery when the
vehicle is slowing. In EV mode the Range Rover Hybrid can travel at speeds of up to 30mph
(48km/h) for a range of up to one mile (1.6km) before the diesel engine seamlessly restarts.
Together, output of the diesel engine and electric motor is 340PS at 4,000rpm and a
classleading 700Nm torque between 1,5003,000rpm, delivering performance on a par with the
SDV8 engine. The version to be marketed in China is technically identical to that sold elsewhere,
except for a change to the exhaust system to take into account the different local emissions