Compact Range Rover 2WD on its way

2010-05-20 11:19

Land Rover will introduce a two-wheel drive (2WD) option in

addition to its four-wheel drive derivative for the new compact Range

Rover.

On sale from next year, the 2WD vehicle is set to emit less than

130g/km of carbon dioxide, making it the lightest, most fuel efficient Range

Rover ever.

Jaguar Land Rover has committed to investing £800million (about

R8.9billion) in developing environmental technologies and remains committed to

developing vehicles with sustainable features.

Phil Popham, managing director of Land Rover, said: “Land Rover has

announced that the all-new compact Range Rover will be available in 2WD.

This is

good news for the company and for our customers.

“A 2WD option is just one way in which we are developing our

vehicles efficiency while adding to the Land Rover range and expanding our

customer base.

We will continue to make the ‘world’s finest all-terrain

vehicles’ for those customers who require 4WD but will also now offer an

alternative to those that don’t.”

As part of the introduction of the 2WD, Land Rover will be focusing

on three main areas of technology to reduce the weight of Land Rover vehicles

and increase engine efficiency.

The use of hybrid technology is part of the

significant developments for the larger vehicles in the range.

The first diesel

hybrid will be available in 2012 and on the road in 2013.

By the end of this year Land Rover will be testing the first diesel

hybrid prototype called the “Range_e” which is being developed using a Range

Rover Sport platform.

Tests of this vehicle will use the existing 3.0 litre TDV6

diesel engine featuring a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.



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