Range Rover Offers Straight-Six Performance and Hybrid Refinement

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Land Rover’s flagship Range Rover premium off-road SUV has long been synonymous with big V8 power and fuel economy to match, rated at just 12 MPG city for the 2010 variant. Thankfully, for 2019 that fuel-economy number jumped significantly, now getting an admirable 22 City for the more efficient engine offering.

It all comes down to offering customers different engine choices so they can get exactly what they need. If you still want that potent 500 horsepower supercharged V8, more power to you. Or, perhaps you want to cruise around in a diesel Range Rover which gets nearly 30 MPG on the highway, you can have that too.

For 2020, they’re furthering their commitment to consumer choice, while improving fuel economy. The latest 395 hp Ingenium engine delivers 405 lb-ft of torque that propels the new Range Rover from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds and to a top speed of 140mph. Impressive numbers from a six-cylinder, indeed.

The latest 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine comes with enhanced performance and quicker responses which go hand-in-hand with improved fuel economy. These features are underpinned by the latest powertrain which features a mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) system designed to bring enhanced efficiency to the range with a fuel economy of 30.4 mpg, combined. It’s the latest step taken by Jaguar Land Rover to ensure it offers an electrified option on all new models from 2020.

Based around a new start-stop system, the latest 3.0-liter engine is paired with an electric motor that can harvest energy through deceleration and store it in a 48V battery. This energy can then be re-deployed through torque-assist, reducing CO2 emissions and the workload on the engine.

Nick Rogers, the executive director of product engineering for JLR, said traditional Range Rover strengths have been heightened with the introduction of the latest engine. Advanced technologies, such as Continuously Variable Valve Lift, work alongside a mild-hybrid system to improve fuel efficiency and lower emissions. The otherwise wasted energy is used to power the electric supercharger, which improves the torque curve at low engine speeds. 

It’s intriguing to see Land Rover incorporate this technology into their latest powertrain on the Range Rover. Not only is it providing additional power, but its electric power which can be deployed from a dead stop, allowing them to make the most out of that electric energy and only run the engine when it reaches optimal speed. In an ideal world, it will give you a smoother driving experience, better fuel economy and you’ll be helping the environment by creating less pollution.

In theory, a light hybrid system makes a lot of sense, and I’ve been a proponent of these types of powertrains for a while. However, in practice, it can be difficult to smoothly deploy all of the energy from the battery and engine to the wheels. We look forward to testing out this new engine and seeing if it lives up to the hype.


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