Billed as the "the first fully capable 4WD plug-in hybrid diesel, the Land Rover Range_e Concept offers a would-be/could-be look at the state of the art through the eyes of the world best-known go-anywhere specialists. Although the automaker has yet to confirm whether this particular variant -- which is based on the Land Rover Sport -- will see production as presented, it did confirm that this "developmental model" is fitted with the same diesel/electric powertrain design it will use in future hybrid offerings it plans to introduce starting in 2013.
The Land Rover Range-e Concept teams a 3.0-liter/245-horsepower V6 turbodiesel engine with a 93-horse electric motor energized by a 14.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Collectively the pairing delivers 334 horsepower which gets fed to all four wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Like its conventional kin, the Range_e Concept is fitted with Range Rover's benchmark four-wheel drive hardware/software. Able to return 70 mpg, hit 120 mph and go 690 miles on a tank of fuel, the Range_e Concept also can travel up to 20 miles in pure EV mode.
In presenting the Range Rover Range_e, John Edwards, Land Rover global brand director, said: "This system is an evolution of the production intent diesel-electric hybrid technology which will be launched in our next generation of SUVs and will be available for customers within the next two years."