2WD Range Rover coming in 2011
26th May, 2010
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 130 g/km of CO2 - making it the lightest, most fuel efficient Range Rover ever.
Jaguar Land Rover is 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
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.
Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true 'breadth of capability'
across the model range. Defender, Freelander, Discovery, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover each define the
world's 4x4 sectors, with 78% of this model range exported to over 140 countries.