Land Rover unveils Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase in Beijing

Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase will become the first ever diesel-electric hybrid car to go on sale in China at the end of this year. The new Range Rover offers rear passengers an extra 186mm of legroom and with the upgraded seating package, seats that can recline to 17°.

The new model is powered by a 3.0-liter SDV6 diesel engine has been mated with a 35kW electric motor and the result is a 26 percent reduction in CO2 emissions — 169g/kg — and a combined cycle fuel economy of 6.4 l/100 km (44.1mpg).

When working in tandem, the engines produce 340PS (335.4bhp) which isn’t bad at all, but what is very impressive is the fact that the torque on tap, 700Nm (between 1,500 and 3,000rpm), is equal to that offered by the petrol-powered V8 version of the car.

But for when the car is on, rather than off-road, the Range Rover can travel at 48km/h (30mph) for a distance of 1.6km on just electric power before the diesel engine fires up again and, like on a number of new hybrid supercars, the electric motor is used to fill in gaps in acceleration and response from the diesel engine so that progress is always smooth.

Range-Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase launched at Beijing Motor Show 2014