• Feb 16, 2011
Land Rover Range_e plug-in diesel hybrid is heading to Geneva – Click above for high-res image gallery

Land Rover is gearing up for the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and it's bringing new four models to show off, one of which shows the automaker is thinking a bit more green. The Land Rover Range_e plug-in diesel hybrid will be on display. Power for the electrified Range Rover Sport comes courtesy of a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as an electric motor. The Range_e's driving range is said to be nearly 700 miles and it can drive approximately 20 miles on electric power alone, which should be good enough to get the SUV into the heart of London.

Also getting the bright light auto show treatment are the luxurious Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition, Evoque in two and four-door guise and the 2011 Discovery/LR4 Landmark Edition. The Autobiography Ultimate is described as the most luxurious Land Rover ever produced and features yacht-inspired teak flooring and Apple iPad tablets for the rear passengers. The Evoque will be featured in a handful of trims that offer unique customization options for consumers. Finally, the limited-edition Landmark LR4 will be available in either a Black or a White theme with upscale interiors and unique color treatments.

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LAND ROVER EXHIBITS ITS GREENEST MODELS EVER AT THE 2011 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

-Electric 'Range_e': Land Rover's electric plug in development vehicle showcasing diesel hybrid plug-in technology capable of 89 g/km CO2.
-The new Range Rover Evoque: Coupe and 5-Door with customer personalisation options to be shown for the first time.
-The new Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition: Land Rover's new limited edition Range Rover - the most luxurious ever.
-The 2011 Discovery 4 'Landmark' Limited Editions with Black and White theme: new variants bringing a fresh, more contemporary sense of design to the latest Discovery 4 line-up.


Gaydon, Warwickshire, 16 February 2011 - Land Rover's stand at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show will establish this year as one of the most exciting in the brand's history. A hybrid technology showcase, the new Range Rover Evoque in both coupe and 5-door derivatives, and exciting Discovery 4 and Range Rover Limited Editions complete the line-up

Making its motor show debut is the 'Range_e': Land Rover's diesel hybrid plug-in prototype. The technology-packed 'Range_e' is one of several working prototypes currently being developed at Land Rover's design and engineering centre in the UK.

'Range_e' is based on a Range Rover Sport and features a 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Matched with a plug-in parallel diesel hybrid system it offers a premium SUV that can run as a pure electric vehicle. The 'Range_e' is the first capable 4WD model from Land Rover to achieve 89g of CO2. It has an EV range of 20 miles, a top speed of around 120mph and a range of 690 miles.

Taking centre stage will be the new Range Rover Evoque with both coupe and 5-door derivatives. On press day (1 March 2011), Land Rover will be announcing full European pricing (excluding UK) and will be showing a range of exciting options available, giving Range Rover Evoque customers the opportunity to create a vehicle that is truly tailored to them.

The choices range from designer exterior packs, contrasting colours on the roof and spoiler, immaculately-trimmed designer interiors, and a range of desirable technologies to maximise comfort and enjoyment on board. Rather than using a traditional trim hierarchy, the Range Rover Evoque gives customers the choice of three design themes: the cool and contemporary 'Pure', the luxurious 'Prestige', and the bold and sporting 'Dynamic'.

Customers can further tailor these themes with different designer interiors, option packs, standalone options and accessory items, providing even more freedom to specify the car of their choice.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director said: "Customers like to make their own unique statement with a vehicle and we have provided individuals with lots of opportunity to personalise their new Range Rover Evoque, whilst maintaining the essence of the design."

Owners can also choose from a very broad selection of official Range Rover accessories. The accessory range includes exterior and interior styling, together with a comprehensive choice of practical loading and towing items.

Also debuting at the Show are two Limited Editions. The Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition is the most luxurious Range Rover ever. With unrivalled levels of luxury for both driver and passenger, the Range Rover Ultimate Edition offers an assortment of super-premium features including hand crafted soft feel leathers; a yacht inspired teak floor and rear cabin iPads* as standard.

The 2011 Discovery 4 'Landmark' Limited Editions with Black and White themes are new variants bringing a fresh, more contemporary sense of design to the latest Discovery 4 line-up. Both models blend high-end interiors with bold, contemporary colour schemes. In keeping with the core appeal of the Discovery 4, both of these Limited Editions offer on-road refinement to match most executive saloons, the versatility of a large people carrier and unrivalled off-road capability. The Discovery 4 'Landmark' is now on-sale in the UK priced from £46,945 on the road.


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      micheljohnsonm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hybrid technology is the best technology developing in automotive world and doing great. Hybrid cars are the future cars, In future every automobile company will focus on these cars, So no one knows who will be the next leading Company. If you want more details about royal car click on link: http://www.royal-car.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmm, lets see would that be a Lucas hybrid system? So even if this retails for $100k in 3 years a used one will trade hands for $9k
        • 3 Years Ago
        I assume you still live with 8-track tapes and wear flared purple corduroy trousers as well?
      • 3 Years Ago
      3.0L diesel + 8-spd transmission + hybrid drive....700 mile range.....a real 4x4 system......I just about fell over. That's pretty much about everything I could possibly want in my dream SUV.

      When can I buy one in the U.S.?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yup, and a Gulfstream 650 is pretty much about everything I could possibly want in my dream transport. That doesn't make it attainable to the average Joe, so I guess it doesn't really matter if it is sold in the US or not.
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW!! Its really great news,Land Rover comes to the Hybrid Car industry and challenging the other companies.

      Hybrid Technology is one of the best technology develop now a days in automobile world & doing great.
      Hybrid cars are considered to be alternatives to standard fuels because they can run on either a gas engine or be powered by the rechargeable energy storage system.
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      • 3 Years Ago
      We need someone to actually start doing this for mainstream production vehicles. Hybrid diesels just make far more sense then gas/hybrids.

      ...not that I'd be in the market for either, but still
        • 3 Years Ago
        agreed, if prius buyers knew what they were talking about, they would all be demanding diesel hybrids...not jumping on the bandwagon and pretending to be "green"
        • 3 Years Ago
        ...especially if the emphasis could be pushed towards the electric-powered end, à la Chevy Volt.

        If you can have the diesel merrily charging the batteries rather than pushing the car around (most of the time), the engine can hum along in a constant and incredibly efficient power band that would enable unbelievable mileage.

        Also, and this might be my favorite part, you can derive diesel from bio-sources that are DOMESTIC and carbon-neutral.
        And as for the plug-in part: here in CA, we use almost no coal or foreign oil to make our electricity.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The amazing aspect about this Range Rover is that emits just 89g/km of CO2, which is incredible for a car of this girth. That entitles it to free annual registration/road tax, so it comes as no surprise that this aspect about the car made the headlines with the European press and not even mentioned by Americans.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Exactly, that's the same CO2 output as a Toyota Prius. So it gets pretty good emissions numbers, it most likely gets good fuel economy, it has good range, true 4x4 drive, and a luxury interior......but yet we probably wont be able to buy it in the U.S.

        Instead, what option do U.S. consumers have if we want a relatively clean and efficient SUV in the U.S......a Tahoe Hybrid? Maybe a Toyota Highlander hybrid if you're willing to give up having a true 4x4 system. Horrible.

        It boggles my mind. Sure, we get cars like the Prius, Leaf, and Volt....which are great. But, that really doesn't do us much good when everyone and their mother likes driving CUVs/SUVs/Trucks. I mean, hell, for every Volt they plan on selling they'll sell over 35 Silverado pickups (never mind nearly identical Sierra pickups)......many of which will be four-door 4x4 crew cabs that are lucky to get 13mpg around town. Maybe I'm way off, but I would think trying to make better trucks/cuvs/suvs would be our number one priority. It makes more sense to me than trying to force people, who many of which have driven trucks and suvs their entire life, to buy a little hybrid car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Most likely euro only and priced way out of most peoples range. Like autoblog mentioned, this will get britons to the center of the city. Seems like it's made for rich brits who want luxury but still need to get to the center without tax or driving a prius. This is still however a great start
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