No, Land Rover's Range Rover hybrids can't drive on water. But they can survive some hardcore conditions. The hybrids are about half way through an intense "Silk Road" voyage from London to Mumbai and are surviving quite nicely, thank you very much.

Hybrid Cars reports that the seven Range Rovers have collectively suffered four punctured tires and a cracked windshield but have otherwise not had any breakdowns along what will ultimately be a 9,950-mile journey. Three weeks into the test, the SUVs have averaged more than 40 miles per gallon (based on the slightly more generous European fuel economy standards. Also, if this is a number based on Imperial gallons, then the US mpg would be a more reasonable 33.3 mpg) despite carrying heavy loads, traveling on rough roads and enduring temperatures as high as 110 degrees. Indeed, the SUVs have survived the roads of countries like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and will skirt the Himalayas before reaching India.

Land Rover first showed off a production version of the Range Rover Hybrid earlier this month at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The model, the first hybrid to be produced by the UK SUV maker, will pair a 3.0-liter turbodiesel with 47-horsepower electric motor, providing 355 horsepower and an official fuel economy rating of about 37 miles per gallon. Land Rover plans on debuting the model overseas and has not disclosed plans to bring it stateside.


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      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      This isn't using the EU fuel economy standards. It's a non-standardized test. It gets what it gets. But it is UK gallons. This is more like 32mpg US.
        Marco Polo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        @ Rotation In your excitement you seem to have have jumped, without any evidence, from the authors "IF this is a number based on Imperial gallons", to "it's UK gallons ' and, again without any evidence, claim that "this is 32 mpg " not 33 mpg ? But maybe you have evidence not mentioned in the article(s). ?
        DarylMc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        Still impressive fuel consumption for this type of vehicle.
      mustang_sallad
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Three weeks into the test, the SUVs have averaged more than 40 miles per gallon (using the slightly more generous European fuel economy standards) " ??? Does this mean that the vehicles are following a standard fuel economy test speed vs time profile while navigating the Silk Road? I'm guessing you probably meant to say something about imperial gallons vs US gallons. Generous fuel economy standards have nothing to do with real world driving, and have everything to do with how you represent the real world in a lab environment on a dyno, obviously not the case here!
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mustang_sallad
        It means that Danny King wrote it.
          mustang_sallad
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          There was an edit, to mention the possibility that it's in imperial gallons, but they still left the original comment about fuel economy standards. Shows a fundamental misunderstanding of what fuel economy standards are and why the European numbers are more optimistic, pretty embarassing for a site like this!
      Jesse Gurr
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they do bring it over here they will have to install all that DPF and emissions crap like all other diesels making them even more expensive. Did they develop this system themselves or is this related to Ford's system they used on the Escape, which also got 34 MPG not using a diesel engine. That is what NYC taxi drivers get anyway. NYC streets and Silk road, probably not that much different. :P
        throwback
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesse Gurr
        RR owners have one of the highest income demographics of any brand, I doubt the added cost will dissuade a buyer. 33 mpg woth heavy loads driving through sand and rough roads is impressive.
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Range Rover, Land Rover are famous names in the world of 4WD. Unfortunately, despite virtually inventing the SUV, both marques suffered terribly during the nationalized British Leyland years from disastrous build quality and shocking unreliability. Despite these handicaps and changes in ownership, both marques have emerged in recent years to compete favorably with the world best. This latest foray into hybrid EV technology is a very promising development, and trials like this, although not comparable to real world driving, are very good publicity for a growing number of SUV's utilizing some form of EV technology. Precise mileages will always impossible accurately calculate, and should always only be taken as guides. However, this is a pretty impressive fuel economy from this class of vehicle.
      noevfud
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a heap. Drive that at 65mph on the freeway for an hour and see what the fuel economy numbers are. Driving at slow constant speeds won't even use the hybrid drive or the electric motor once the pack is depleted. More twisting the numbers in a PR release. ABG, if you are just going to put up BS press releases at least add a few facts, please.
        DarylMc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @noevfud
        According to Land Rover's web site in Australia the current 3L diesel non hybrid Range Rover uses on the highway cycle 7L/100Km, 33MPG US or 40MPG imp. I'm sure those figures would be quite close at 65MPH without all the gear on the roof.