Hybrid, Diesel Versions of Range Rover Sport Coming to Frankfurt
Four-Cylinder Version of Sport Coming at Some Point in Future
Land Rover is keeping the pace of new product introductions at a brisk clip, with Land Rover chief program engineer Stuart Frith telling Australian automotive site Carsales.com.au that diesel and diesel-hybrid versions of the new Range Rover Sport would be at the Frankfurt motor show in September. The Range Rover Sport just debuted globally at the 2013 New York auto show in early April.
The hybrid model will use a V-6 diesel engine in conjunction with a motor/generator sandwiched between the engine and transmission, similar to the arrangement used in the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and other longitudinal hybrid SUVs. Unlike some other models that have been adapted for a hybrid drivetrain, the hybrid version of the Sport would retain its full seven-passenger and cargo capacity, Frith said, thanks to thoughtful packaging of the battery and associated hardware. For the non-hybrid diesel model, the 4.4-liter SDV8 will be coming back to the lineup, with the same 516 lb-ft of torque as in its predecessor model.
Frith hinted that the company is actively testing a turbocharged four-cylinder in the Range Rover Sport, and said the vehicle's massive weight loss relative to its predecessor has enabled this combination. Frith claimed performance and off-road capability are not diminished with the smaller powerplant.