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2011 Automotive News

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
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Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, you have some competition.

The autosphere was surprised when news spread that Land Rover would debut its Range_e Concept SUV at next month's Geneva Motor Show. The test vehicle, based off a Range Rover Sport, is fitted with Land Rover’s latest plug-in hybrid driveline. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 is mated with an electric motor, along with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Precise specifications on both the electric motor and the entire PHEV drivetrain are still under wraps, but the company does say the Range_e has an EV range of 20 miles. When combined with the diesel engine, the vehicle can travel 691 miles before replenishing both the fuel tank and battery pack.

The Range_e headingto Geneva is one of several working prototypes used by the company for PHEV development. Land Rover hasn’t officially confirmed a version for production, but we wouldn’t be surprised if a similar system eventually works its way into future Land Rover and Range Rover models.