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Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has confirmed that a plug-in hybrid electric Range Rover will launch before the end of 2017, as the company looks to get serious about its electric car promises.
The plug-in Range Rover (a Range Rover Sport version will also be available) will use a 2.0-litre turbo Ingenium petrol engine and a battery-powered electric motor.
The petrol engine should have 300hp, while the electric motor is expected to develop as much as 200hp, so a combined total of around 450hp seem likely. It'll have to be around that figure to match the performance of Volvo's XC90 T8 Twin Engine.
It's also expected that the industry-standard 50km of electric-only range and sub-50g/km of Co2 should be hit by the new car. The electric plugin module will also, in due course, be fitted to the Range Rover Velar, Land Rover Discovery, Jaguar XF and F-Pace. It's not yet known if it will fit the current all-steel Range Rover Evoque or Land Rover Discovery Sport platforms.
It's all part of Jaguar Land Rover's recent promise to offer electric or hybrid versions of all of its models from 2020 onwards. "The technology we are developing on the track allows us to deliver thrilling electric vehicles to our customers. The pace of change is exhilarating and we want to go above and beyond for our customers. From 2020 every new Jaguar Land Rover vehicle will be electrified. Customers will be able to choose from battery electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid power as well as ultra-clean petrol and diesel engines. Future mobility will not be boring. Our products will have passion and emotion as well as being distinctive, desirable and capable as they have always been and will stand out from the crowd" said Mr Speth in Frankfurt.