Two years after the Range_E concept debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, thus previewing the coming Range Rover hybrid drivetrain and beginning the succeeding speculation, a company executive has confirmed the arrival of a hybrid Range Rover and Range Rover Sport later this year. The first time we'll see them is at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but Stuart Frith, chief program engineer for Range Rover Sport told Australian site Car Sales that the vehicles will be in showrooms before the year is over, as well.

As we wrote in our deep dive previewing the 2013 Range Rover, the diesel hybrid system uses a 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a ZF eight-speed transmission with an integrated electric motor. The 1.7-kWh battery pack sits in the chassis floor, protected by a boron steel cradle, so cabin space is not compromised. The numbers we were given at the time were 333 horsepower, a sub-seven second run to 60 miles per hour in the big Range Rover and 45 imperial miles per gallon. The 2014 Range Rover Sport is expected to post the same horsepower number and battery placement. Neither of these models will be coming to the US.

The Range Rover Sport will also get a traditional diesel, the SDV8 being slotted into the engine bay, bringing 516 pound-feet of torque with it when it goes on sale later this year. Eventually, Frith said it will also get Land Rover's version of the 2.0-liter, 240-hp EcoBoost engine that propels the Evoque and the LR2 – the weight savings of the new model has made the four-cylinder a viable option.

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      What kind of moron would publish a HP number for a diesel-hybrid? TORQUE!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I foresee dense blue smoke and the acrid stench of burning insulation filling the cabin of this nightmare of electrical system malfunctions as electrical component after component cooks off. Who in their right mind signs up for the brutal punishment of owning one of these things?
        • 1 Year Ago
        He's right, its true, the Rovers suck butt on reliability and resale value. Although they sell lots of new vehicles. The allure to them is the hype generated by various media. Rolls and Bentley sucked the same way before the Germans took them over and redesigned them. So did Lotus and Jaguar, I guess its a Brit thang....
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am still dumbfounded as to why diesel land/range rovers haven't been introduced to the US market yet.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we please, please, please have the diesel in the States? Please?
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like to see a Diesel-Electric Hybrid LR2 with a skidpad score of .90 or higher. Come on, Land Rover, you can do it....
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whats the point of this vehicle? it is a glorified Ford Explorer.
      • 1 Year Ago
      “…45 imperial miles per gallon.” What on earth is an imperial mile? Perchance, could you have meant, “45 miles per imperial gallon”?