• Dec 14, 2010

Range Rover Evoque five-door – Click above for high-res image gallery

Despite the fact that Land Rover has gone out of its way to promote its new Evoque as an environmentally friendly alternative to its normal brand of behemoth globetrotting earth movers, Auto Express reports that the front-wheel drive (optional all-wheel drive, naturally) unibody Rover won't be getting a hybrid powertrain option.

Instead, Land Rover's global product director John Edwards suggests that any future electrically assisted powertrains will likely be featured in the larger Discovery (LR4 in the States) and Range Rovers. Edwards points out that the Evoque was designed as a lightweight machine, and a small four-cylinder diesel engine can provide the kind of fuel mileage targeted for the model.

While it's certainly true that hybrid componentry adds complexity and weight, American and Japanese automakers have proven that it's certainly possible to put the fuel-saving bits and pieces in smaller-sized vehicles. What's more, diesel vehicles aren't exactly commonplace on American roads or dealerships, leaving us to wonder if the U.S. market will be left out of the high-mpg loop yet again.



[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      My guess is that this is nothing more than Land Rover hitting the bottom of their pockets again.

      New ownership but the management still has to make efficient spending so when it came to cutting some cash from development the easiest pick to make was the hybrid powertrain adaptations for the Evoque.

      There's also a good chance that they want their bigger/more expensive/flagship products to get the tech first. Then they would trickle it down the price line.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "a small four-cylinder diesel engine can provide the kind of fuel mileage targeted for the model"

      Well, duh. This holds true for most hybrids that should be diesels. Hybrid is a mostly all marketing. People just like saying the word "hybrid".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, Hybrid=US, Diesel= Europe. So that's why all the fuss about hybrids, it's our only option in the states.
        CheckTheseOut
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. Question: what would be (or is) the problem with a diesel hybrid? If nothing, then why haven't we seen the implementation of that combo on a mass scale?
        Sounds like it would provide the best of both worlds.
        • 4 Years Ago
        http://www.hybridcars.com/diesel.html

        "PSA Peugeot Citroën recently showed a diesel-hybrid prototype: the 307 CC Hybride HDi, a compact convertible that gets 70 miles per gallon, about 30 percent better fuel economy than the existing diesel version. No one makes diesel hybrids yet, mainly because they are expensive. The added benefits come at a double expense—more for the hybrid system and more for the diesel engine. PSA Peugeot Citroën is planning to introduce a diesel hybrid to the European market in 2011."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hybrids or electrics get around the particulate matter issue. Yeah "clean" diesel. Still not as clean as an electric vehicle. LA, Chicago, Boston and NYC, four of the largest population centers in the US doesn't want a diesel infestation in their cities.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could be more marketing strategery. The Evoque will sell well on looks alone. Its the hot new Land Rover that will be on plenty of shopping lists. The LR4, while not an old model was not a huge departure from the LR3 in the first place. So adding a hybrid power train to the mix should help boost its sales numbers.