Land Rover is expected to introduce a new diesel hybrid powertrain for use on the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year, and while our report last week indicated that these models wouldn't be sold here, Edmunds is reporting otherwise.

The stricter Euro 6 emissions regulations will be closer to what is required from diesel engines here in the US, which means that automakers will no longer have to develop a US-specific engine. Furthermore, Edmunds also says that sales of diesel cars and SUVs grew by 24 percent from 2010 to 2012, so this increased popularity could also play a big role in these vehicles being offered here. For Land Rover, it would pair its 3.0-liter diesel V6 with a version of the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission that uses an integrated electric motor.


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      CarCrazy24
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome news, this will be one fantastic all around SUV with a diesel/hybrid
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll confess I don't like SUV's that never leave the black-top. I'm also no great fan of diesel. However, the Range Rover, despite it's luxury appearance, does have real off-road 4WD capabilities and is an ideal vehicle for those who need both functions. I suppose a diesel- electric hybrid is a sensible choice for those with a need for this type of vehicle. In the UK, I have driven a fully electric RR for the last three years, and can testify to it's 200 + mile range capacity, excellent performance and reliability, both in urban and rural use. This vehicle should sell well, especially in those countries whose tax policies favour diesel.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      Beautiful, luxurious vehicle, in a class of its own for true off road capability combined with road going manners. Unfortunately almost in a class of its own for unreliability: http://www.reliabilityindex.com/reliability/search/142 And they are big, heavy cars to push.
        Marcopolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DaveMart
        @ DaveMart Dave the link you provided wasn't exactly scientific about it's assessment. Over the past decade Range Rover have dramatically improved the reliability of it's products, to the point where they have won numerous reliability and build quality awards. Like Jaguar, it's hard to kill the old image created during ' British Leyland ' years for poor build quality and unreliability. But today's Range Rovers are as reliable, and well built, as German or Japanese counterparts.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      If those figures are to be believed, then the diesel would get about 36 mpg, which is about double what the non-hybrid version gets. I find that implausible, but if it's true I would actually consider these cars 45% less douchey as a result.
      Basil Exposition
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a brilliant move. Few brands could pull this off because of the cost but history has shown buyers are willing and ready to pay ungodly amounts for Range Rovers so they can absorb the cost. Couple that with a stable of vehicles that stand to benifit the most from drastically increased fuel economy and I believe we have a winner.
      Merc1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think they would do better with just a regular diesel first. A diesel-electric drive system in a RR, it will spend a lot of time in the shop. Bold and gutsy move though. Price will be stratospheric. M
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would be happy with just a regular 6 cylinder turbo diesel.