It is quite obvious that the Chinese car market is one of the most important in world because of its fast growing sales. At the 2014 Beijing Motor Show we were able to see the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Hybrid but this time in a Long Wheelbase version accompanied with a standard hybrid model.
Main reason for delivery of this type of vehicle is the need for combination of luxury that we are getting from a large SUV like is the Range Rover and the improvements in fuel consumption for those that are more on the eco-friendly side. Just like always with Land Rover we have among the best comfort and luxury features that will spoil every passenger.
Important to say is that this hybrid will come with almost identical looks like the standard long wheelbase model that is not hybrid. Only difference is the fact that we have few hybrid badges appointed on the body. Compared to a standard version this extended one will bring about 7.3 inches more room for those passengers that will be occupying back seat. This increase will be noticeable and will allow much more comfort for those at the back.
2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Hybrid Specs
Under the hood of the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Hybrid we are getting standard 3.0 liter turbocharged diesel engine that is paired with 47 hp electric motor that also deliver 125 pound-feet of torque. Total power of this system is rated to 335 hp and impressive 516 lb-ft of torque that are transferred through a eight speed ZF transmission. With this amount of power and torque it is good to have all wheel drive system that can be quite helpful in some situations.
Even this vehicle offers electric motor of only 47 hp it will be possible to drive it in electric mode only for about one mile up to speeds of 30 mph. According to the company total weight of the vehicle is up for about 265 pounds because of the addition of electric components of hybrid system. This will certainly affect fuel efficiency but according to European test cycle it will return about 37 mpg in combined drive cycle. We know that EU test cycle is quite optimistic and that this number will be lower at EPA test but we do expect it to be about 30 mpg which is again quite impressive result.
At this point we do know that it will be available for order from May and that deliveries will start before the end of the year. For those potential buyers of this vehicle on the U.S. market we have bad news. Reports suggest that again this model will not be offered on the U.S. market but U.S. boss of Land Rover suggested that the diesel hybrid will be eventually delivered to this side of pond but the exact date or the year was not specified.
Review Of 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Hybrid
Since this model is specially designed for the Chinese market we do expect that the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Hybrid for other markets will be slightly different. We have received confirmation about this and reports suggest that biggest changes will be about exhaust system because of different local emission standards.