It looks like Land Rover is really serious about its electrification bid as it adds a new mild hybrid system to its Range Rover. This time, the diesel mills get mild hybrid power for more efficient yet still potent motoring.
The Range Rover, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, receives a 48V battery and belt starter generator that gives the pair of diesel engines found under the hood a boost in performance. Those oil burners, by the way, are not the SDV6 and SDV8 that used to reside underhood.
Land Rover has replaced these with the new-generation Ingenium inline-6 diesels dubbed D300 and D350. Both displace 3.0-liters with the D300 dishing out 300bhp and 442kb-ft iof torque while the D350 puts out 350bhp and 516lb-ft. These numbers are more powerful than the outgoing SDV family and blast the Range Rover from 0-100km/h in 7.4 and 7.1 seconds, respectively.
Apart from more power, what these mild hybrid-equipped engines offer is better fuel economy. Despite its size and weight, the Range Rover with the said tech can average around 11-12km/L in mixed driving conditions.
The Range Rover Diesel with mild hybrid technology will initially be available for the European market. Here’s hoping All British Cars brings it into the country.