Land Rover confirms Range Rover PHEV

The plug-in Range will make its debut by the end of the year.

Jaguar - Land Rover (JLR) boss Ralf Speth confirmed what the entire automotive industry has suspected for months: a plug-in hybrid Range Rover is right around the corner.

The Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport will simultaneously inaugurate a brand-new plug-in hybrid drivetrain in the coming months. It will consist of JLR's turbocharged 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder engine, a compact electric motor zapped by a lithium-ion battery pack, and the Range's standard eight-speed automatic transmission.

Full technical specifications haven't been announced yet. Australian website Motoring believes the powetrain will generate about 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. It will offer an all-electric driving range of about 30 miles, at least according to the fabulously optimistic European testing cycle. Real-world range will most likely be much lower, but it will still be enough to give Land Rover's behemoth unrestricted access to zero-emissions zones in major cities all around the world.

The plug-in Range Rover duo will break cover by the end of the year. Given the nature of the announcement, we expect to see them both in late November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. They'll reach showrooms next year, in time for the 2019 model year.

Land Rover's research and development department ensured the gas-electric powertrain is modular. It will trickle down to other members of the JLR portfolio (including the Jaguar XF) after making its debut under the Range Rover's sheet metal.

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