Land Rover is going all out in hybrid technology. From mild hybrids to plug-ins, the British automaker is adding an electric assist in each of their models in a bid to make their SUVs run cleaner than ever. The latest Land Rover to get this treatment is none other than the marque's flagship model, the Range Rover.
For the 2021 model year, the Range Rover drops its SDV6 and SDV8 turbodiesels with a pair of diesel-fed mild-hybrid inline-sixes. Both have a displacement of 3.0-liters, but Land Rover claims these (relatively) compact units can deliver more power and torque than the outgoing engines. The spec sheet does back up that claim, though.
The “base” turbodiesel is dubbed the D300 and it's good for 300 PS and 650 Nm of torque. Those numbers are 42 PS and 50 Nm more than the old SDV6. The 0 to 100 km/h time for the D300 is 7.4 seconds, which makes it 0.6 seconds faster than last year's model.
The more powerful option is the D350 and, despite having two fewer cylinders from the TDV8, it has a higher output than its predecessor. Power is up by 11 PS at 350 PS, although torque is down by 40 Nm versus the eight-cylinder engine. Still, it delivers 700 Nm of torque, which is a substantial amount of pull from a six-cylinder hybrid-diesel. According to Land Rover, the D350 can do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 7.1 seconds.
Both benefit from a 48v battery with a belt starter generator or BSG. Thanks to that, the D300 can achieve a combined fuel economy figure of 12.8 kilometers per liter. The D350, on the other hand, can get up to 11.9 kilometers per liter in mixed driving conditions. Considering the Range Rover weighs well over 2.3 tons, one could say that these numbers are competitive for its size.
The mild-hybrid Range Rover is now available in Europe with other markets getting this powertrain combination in the coming months.
Will these mild-hybrid diesel Range Rovers be offered here in the country? Well, with Land Rover Philippines just recently launching the Range Rover (and Range Rover Sport) P400e plug-in hybrid, there is a good chance that it might make its way here. But with Europe getting their hands on the new mild-hybrid diesel first, we might have to wait a little longer.