Land Rover hybrid set for Geneva
Land Rover will use the Geneva Motor show to debut its greenest ever model and finally try to shake the gas-guzzling image it has garnered for its range of off-road 4x4s.
The Range_e will make its world debut at the show complete with its diesel hybrid plug-in drivetrain system. It is based on the Range Rover Sport and is fitted with a 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel and an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission that is matched to an electric motor.
The Range Rover Sport offers unrivalled levels of luxury in the SUV segment and Land Rover will hope to combine luxury with efficiency in its latest prototype courtesy of its electric-hybrid arrangement.
On pure electric power, the Range_e is capable of a range of 20 miles while a combined cycle will return CO2 emissions of 89g/km.
As well as the Range_e, Geneva will also provide a platform for the new Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition and a limited edition Landmark Discover 4.
The Evoque has been the subject of media attention since it was first announced and Land Rover will showcase both the coupe and five-door derivative of the model as well as finally releasing European pricing details for the stylish SUV.
Geneva will also allow the British manufacturer to exhibit the various styling packs, interiors and features that will provide ‘individuals with lots of opportunity to personalise their new Range Rover Evoque’, says Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s design chief.
Rounding off the Land Rover display will be two limited edition models from the Gaydon-based company in the form of the Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition – the most exclusive and lavish model ever built by Land Rover – and two special Discovery 4 Landmark models – finished in Black and White themes.