Jaguar Land Rover has added a 305bhp 1.5-litre 3-cylinder plug-in hybrid to its drivetrain lineup.
Designed, engineered and manufactured in-house, the new lightweight aluminium engine is 37kg lighter than its 4-cylinder version. It is paired with a 107bhp electric motor which drives the rear axle. A 6mm-thick steel undertray protects the battery without compromising the vehicles’ hallmark all-terrain capability.
Jaguar Land Rover claims there has been no compromise to interior space as the new electric hardware is cleverly packaged beneath the cabin floor of Land Rover’s Premium Transverse Architecture.
Jaguar Land Rover says its delivers “strong performance and customary refinement”. Claimed fuel economy is up to 71.4km/L, depending on the model.
A PASSION FOR EARTH (AND DIRT)
Jaguar Land Rover says the engine’s CO2 emissions are as low as 32g/km on the World Harmonized Tight-duty Vehicles Test Procedure combined test cycle. The plug-in hybrid is being introduced in the latest generation Range Rover Evoque and comprehensively updated Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Jaguar Land Rover’s latest plug-in hybrid system offers customers a cost-effective choice of modes to best suit their needs.
DRIVING MODES FOR ALL CONDITIONS
Electric-only mode delivers quiet, zero-tailpipe emissions driving on shorter journeys, with a range of up to 66km, depending on model.
Hybrid mode automatically combines petrol and electric driving for optimum efficiency on longer journeys. In this mode, the car adapts to the driving conditions. It also judges the remaining charge in the battery to maintain the charge or fuel economy.
As a third option for longer distances, the vehicle can be powered solely by the 1.5-litre Ingenium petrol engine, maintaining the battery charge.
The 15kWh battery can be powered up from zero to 80% in as little as 30 minutes using a rapid charger.
It takes between 1 hour and 24 minutes and 6 hours 42 minutes at home, depending on whether the car is plugged into a dedicated 7kW wall box or typical domestic electricity supply.