Last week we brought the first rumors about a 2WD version for the future Land Rover Range Roverand, we have to say, it’s nice when we get an almost immediate confirmation following such rumors. Today, LandRover has officially confirmed that the model will go on sale in 2011 and will emit less than 130g/km of CO2.

"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 whilst 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," said Phil Popham, Land Rover managing director.

Land Rover has also confirmed that a hybrid model will be unveiled in 2012 and on the road in 2013. The first diesel hybrid prototypes are called the ’range_e’ and are being developed using a Range Rover Sport platform. The goal is to achieve a range of 20 miles using electric power only emitting less than 100 g/km of CO2 emissions and to achieve a top speed of around 120mph.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Land Rover has announced that it will introduce a 2WD option (in addition to the 4WD derivative) for the new compact Range Rover. On sale in 2011, the 2WD vehicle will emit less than 130g/km of CO2 – making it the lightest, most fuel efficient Range Rover ever.

Jaguar Land Rover has committed to investing £800 million in developing environmental technologies and remains committed to developing vehicles with sustainable features which respond to customer demand.

Phil Popham, Land Rover managing director 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 whilst 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 2WD, Land Rover will be focussing on three main areas of technology to reduce the weight of Land Rover vehicles, reduce parasitic losses and increase powertrain efficiency. The use of hybrid technology is also 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 2010 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. The goal is to achieve a range of 20 miles using electric power only emitting less than 100 g/km of CO2 emissions and to achieve a top speed of around 120mph.

Land Rover has over 60 years of experience developing supremely capable vehicles with pioneering technology such as Terrain Response. Land Rover sells its vehicles in over 160 countries world-wide and is constantly looking at the market place and developing vehicles that customers in all these markets want to buy.

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5 comments:

  (815) posted on 05.24.2010

It , 2wd and hybrid? They’ve just ruin the rover’s reputation as a tough off roader.

  (859) posted on 05.20.2010

There is this odd combination of pure electric drive and gram co2 emission again. Would it be nice if as a journalist, you took the time to realize that doesn’t make sense rather than just parot it.

  (392) posted on 05.19.2010

I think Land Rover competitors need to be ready, because I guess this Land Rover will be going at the top.

  (367) posted on 05.19.2010

Lovely set of wheels. A total revamped on the rover’s looks. It looks more like a CUV.

  (347) posted on 05.18.2010

To be honest, I really don’t like an off road vehicle turn into hybrid it ruins the muscular and aggressiveness of the SUV.

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