• May 28, 2008

With the cash-infusion that Jaguar and Land Rover are getting from their recent acquisition by Tata Motors, hybrid vehicle development for the two brands is now underway. Indeed, production hybrid vehicles are expected within the next five years. A three-liter liter diesel six cylinder engine, an enlarged version of the current 2.7 liter, and a new five-liter direct injected V8 will be used for these planned hybrids. While JLR knows it wants a hybrid, the exact system for development is still under debate. Mercedes plans to use a new transmission from supplier ZF for its upcoming S-Class, and Jaguar is said to be considering this unit as well. According to Autocar, another option for Land Rover is known internally as the 'Electric Rear Axle Drive' electric motor.

Both Jaguar and Land Rover have recently received government funding for the development of eco-friendly technologies, and much of the work for the upcoming hybrids is expected to be completed as part of these initiatives.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      They haven't just started working on Hybrids as the Land_e concept came out two years ago and the LRX concept came out late last year. Land Rover isn't going to just throw in any random hybrid tech that won't work off-road. They could have used a modified version of the Escape Hybrid system but that is rubbish off road.

      All those escape hybrids that California lifeguards got last week are going to get stuck the moment they get into loose deep sand. Pretty soon you will see a team of lifeguards strapped into dog sled rigs with the hoff standing on the hood shouting mush using a whip on them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Diesel 6? Oh, that is the Euro version. So Europe will get the torquey diesel-hybrid version (getting 26+mpg), and America will get the 20mpg gas V8 (well, also torquey).

      I wonder if Tata offered diesel 6's in the Land Rovers, would any prospective/repeat Land Rover buyer get it over a 5.0 V8?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Their diesel already gets quite better then that....So now the thing a diesel is good at (highway cruising) can be paired with the thing hybrids are good at (city). I would expect city mileage 35 and if they give it a smaller diesel saying hybrid technology is quite strong in 5 years then maybe 40+ for highway. Lets hope maybe better? 5 years is a long time for tech to get better
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't wait.
      I mean I can not wait.
      Ahh forget it....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Five years? Yeah, that's not a late reaction at all...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Kinda what I was thinking...
      • 6 Years Ago
      '...hybrid vehicle development for the two brands is now underway"

      Excellent idea, hopefully it will be done in less than 5 years. Sooner the better.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Car industry is sounding more and more like politicians.