Range Rover Sport to get Mild Hybrid Technology
We’re excited to announce that there is going to be a Range Rover Sport Hybrid model. The Range Rover Hybrid is going to mark the end for the V8 diesel Range Rover. Read on to discover everything that you need to know.
Land Rover to introduce new mild-hybrid diesel engines to their Range Rover Sport and Range Rover
Over the next few months, Land Rover is going to make an announcement about new mild-hybrid diesel engines to their Range Rover Sport and Range Rover. The news was announced by Autocar, who believe the technology is going to be implemented in two new six-cylinder diesels. While the brand is yet to officially confirm the news, it would mark the logical next step for Land Rover, who officially introduced their first mild-hybrid systems last year. These came in the form of four-cylinder powerplants for the Discovery Sport and Evoque.
What to expect from the introduction of the new mild-hybrid engines
It is believed that on the Autobiography Dynamic, HSE Dynamic, and HSE trims of the Range Rover Sport, an MHEV unit, with 3.0-litre capacity and 296bhp, badged D300, will be offered. This mild-hybrid system is going to have an integrated starter-generator, which will aid a much smoother experience in terms of stop/start driving. Drivers can also expect a moderate boost in efficiency as well.
A more powerful version has been created for higher-end trims
For higher-end trims, such as HST, there is going to be a new version of the same engine introduced, albeit a more powerful one. This is badged D350 and it will put out 345bhp. The unit is basically going to be a replacement for the Ford-sourced diesel V8 4.4-litre engine, which is based on a design that is ten years old and is currently created in Mexico. We are also going to see that the same two engines will be added to the full-size Range Rover.
Data on the new unit has revealed significant improvements on the V8 diesel
Strangely, automotive data supplies have already published details on the new unit, yet Land Rover has not listed the information itself. Data has revealed that the new unit is going to put out 516lb feet of torque, which will mean that the Range Rover Sport is going to have a top speed of 140mph, with a 0-62mph time of just 6.5 seconds. It is also claimed to emit 210g/km of CO2. When you compare these figures with the V8 diesel, you can see that there are some significant improvements.
So there you have it: an insight into the new mild-hybrid diesel engines that are set to be introduced to the Ranger Rover Sport and Range Rover over the coming months. There is no denying that we are in a period of transition when it comes to the world of automobiles, and there are bound to be many brands that make similar changes to their vehicle models over the next couple of years.
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