Range Rover Hybrid, Discovery Sport Hybrid Get Closer to Production

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Jaguar Land Rover has been hiring and training engineers specialized in hybrid propulsion systems for a few years and Land Rover is now preparing to seriously up the ante on the combustion-electric front, moving from its shy hybrid offerings to a complete line-up.
So you can take your mind off the Range Rover V6 diesel hybrid that's been on the market since 2013, with the first step of the carmaker's further hybridisation plan set to involve a plug-in system built around the new four-cylinder Ingenium gas unit.

In its current form, the turbo-four delivers up to 295 hp, but the output could be reduced for the hybrid. And while the automaker let it slip it's developing an electric motor in-house, the resulting Electric Drive Module (EDM) will work with the ZF-supplied eight-speed automatic the company currently uses.

According to autocar, the EDM delivers 201 hp and 332 lb-ft of twist, but we'll take these-these hefty numbers with a grain of salt.

The battery pack will sit underneath the luggage compartment floor, thus lowering the center of gravity and balancing the front:rear weight distribution. The current industry "standard" sits at an average EV-only range of between 20 and 30 miles (the latest example comes from the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid), so expect JLR's system to deliver a number closer to the latter value.

The plug-in hybrid will debut on the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, but will also make its way to the Jaguar line-up, starting with the F-Pace. Speaking of which, you can see the 2018 Range Rover Sport testing alongside the tentatively named Range Rover Sport Coupe in the image gallery to your right.

The report also mentions a second development, namely a mild hybrid involving a much smaller electric side that would offer around 20 hp of assistance, as well as a prototype three-cylinder Ingenium diesel aided by an electric turbo. We're dealing with a 48V electric system powering the AC compressor and the water pump - this may or may not be the 48V mild hybrid system British specialist Ricardo has been working on.

This mild hybrid should make its debut on the Discovery Sport, but the model should land in the second half of 2018.
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