and Land Rover
to offer hybrid vehicles
for sale within the next five years. It seems reasonable to conclude that they will parlay the experience gained from the government-sponsored testing
that they recently were awarded into real production systems. According to reports, Jaguar is considering using a system similar to the one that Mercedes-Benz
is working on for its flagship S-Class
hybrid. The S-Class is expected to pair a 3.5 liter V6 engine to the ZF transmission
, while Jaguar is said to be considering both a 3.0 liter diesel
engine and a 5.0 liter gasoline direct injected V8.
Land Rover, on the other hand, seems ready to create its own home-grown hybrid
system using something it calls the "Electric Rear Axle Drive." One thing that seems certain is that Tata
Motors has plans to keep its two new luxury marques on the top of the technology curve, which could mean good things for the two ailing brands.