Range Rover now offered with mild-hybrid petrol setup

Range Rover now offered with mild-hybrid petrol setup

Following on from the introduction of the engine to the Range Rover Sport, it will now be offered on the firm’s largest SUV.

Land Rover is introducing a new straight-six petrol engine to its flagship Range Rover, with the unit coming with fuel-saving mild-hybrid technology.

The 3.0-litre straight-six ‘Ingenium’ engine produces 395bhp and 550 Nm of torque, and is able to propel the model from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 140mph – impressive stats for a model of this size.

However, one of the highlights of the engine is the mild-hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) technology, which comes as part of Land Rover’s greater goal of offering an electrified option on every new model from 2020.

The tech is based around the stop-start system and is paired to an electric motor that gathers energy when the car is decelerating, which is then stored in a 48V battery. The energy can then be used through torque assist, which helps to reduce CO2 emissions to 212g/km, along with a claimed fuel economy figure of 30.4mpg.

It also features an electric supercharger, which is said to produce ‘immediate boost’ that aims to eliminate turbo lag.

Nick Rogers, executive director of product engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Traditional Range Rover strengths have been heightened with the introduction of the latest 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine.”

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The same engine was introduced onto the slightly smaller Range Rover Sport in February as part of the HST special edition, with the unit being “well-received by UK customers”, the firm has said.

Alongside the new engine, the Range Rover’s infotainment has also been updated with a new standard ‘Smartphone Pack’ that features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The LED headlights have also been revised with a new anti-glare feature that can shut down individual LEDs so that drivers can see road signs better.

Visual differences, such as two new paint colours and 22-inch gloss black wheels have also been added to the options list of the updated model. 

The latest Range Rover is on sale now, priced from £83,655, although this engine will set you back at least £90,010.

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