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Range Rover Hybrid
It’s no accident that Land Rover SUVs are highly praised across the world as by gurus so by average customers. Their key attraction is all-terrain power that makes each vehicle a true off-roader. Nonetheless, Range Rover Hybrid review proves that a cross-country car can be universal, heavy-duty as well as sustainable. The combination of diesel with electric power provides for a more circumspect approach to driving – the aspect that makes all eco-friendly drivers scream with delight.
Basic Design Features
The hybrid version of the SUV seems to be little or no different from the base diesel version as far as bodywork is concerned. The only distinction is the availability of a nameplate on the front doors and boot lid. The customers are free to choose between a standard 5-seater modification and a 5+2-seater version with an elongated body. The chassis rests on 21-inch alloy wheels with silver paintwork and offers a stunning sunroof as an option.
The cabin has preserved its sense of luxury. The trim is all about leather with insertions from natural wood. The dashboard is now void of multiple buttons; the residue matches the finish and has recessed mechanisms. The 900-liter boot hides a full-sized spare wheel; it also boasts an integrated system of automatic opening & closing.
The seats are a story in its own right. They are an embodiment of comfort: high waist that ensures utmost road visibility, a versatility of adjustments (alignment, height, etc.), onboard displays for rear passengers (in front headrests), lateral support, ventilation, heating, double-rated climate control, plenty of head/shoulder/leg room.
Besides, in order to receive the maximal delight from driving, the hybrid offers such facilities as lane-keep assist, cruise control, and a variety of other options.
The steering wheel is traditionally huge. However, it does not overlay the showings on the cockpit. The fascia has got a fully electronic user-friendly interface. The central console accommodates a display, cup-holders, and Terrain Response 8-speed gearbox.
Hybrid Powertrain Specs
Range Rover Hybrid comes equipped with a highly acclaimed 3-liter SDV6 diesel engine that produces up to 255 horsepower. It is accompanied by a 35kW electric motor based on lithium-ion batteries. In combination they add 120 kg to the overall chassis weight and provide for 340 horsepower. The pair is mated with a 4-wheel permanent drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The electric engine gives 170 nm of torque and transits the vehicle into EV driving mode with the maximal battery kickback. This mode is available only on low speeds (up to 48 km/h), whereas the charge is sufficient for 1.6 km. Along with traditional charge-in process, the motor can serve as a regenerator that received the charge when the car is braking.
It’s impossible but to mention in Range Rover Hybrid review about the localization of the battery. The manufacturers have hidden it under the front passenger seat, wrapping into a boron steel bash and adding a liquid cooler. Thus, it’s totally protected against water and outer shocks.
The hybrid system operates the following way. When a driver presses the starter button, the battery enables electrical propulsion; once the vehicle gets enough power, electric motor transfers operational authority of the diesel engine (seamlessly). If the driver adjusts the gearbox to the Drive mode, the powertrain will automatically decide how to start, depending on the driving conditions.
To continue, electric motor might be enabled on different occasions. For instance, it lends a helping hand in traffic jams when the powertrain opts for the most efficient driving mode. Upon the whole, batteries facilitate the main engine in performing at the highest level.
Thus, the model is able to accelerate up to 100 km/h for 6.9 seconds – a perfect result for a SUV. The acceleration starts at diesel, but on peak loading electric motor adds some more power to the car. As a result, the SDV6’s performance might be compared to that of the SDV8.
The electric motor adds to the vehicle’s sustainability, producing only 169g/km CO2 emissions and consuming 44.1 mpg. When the gearbox is transferred to Sport mode, the batteries ensure the maximal boost, for sure, by dint of their life.
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