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Range Rover to debut mild hybrid six

New inline six with mild hybrid boost to boost Range Rover power and economy

Land Rover logo1 May 2019

LAND Rover has ditched the Range Rover’s entry-level supercharged petrol V6 for a new inline six with an electric supercharger powered by a mild hybrid system that cuts fuel consumption by almost 20 per cent while at the same time improving power and performance.
 
Due in Australian showrooms in October as part of the 2020 Range Rover line up, the new Vogue variant will sit below the plug-in hybrid Vogue that combines a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with electric motors and bigger battery pack.
 
Pricing for the new six-cylinder Vogue will be announced later this month, but as a guide, the current V6 petrol Range Rover sells for $199,828 plus on-road costs – about $10,000 below the PHEV Range Rover.
 
Like the superseded six-cylinder engine, the new Ingenium petrol straight six is 3.0 litres, but almost everything else about the engine is fresh, including the forced induction system that combines a fast-spooling electric-powered supercharger and conventional exhaust-driven twin-scroll turbocharger.
 
Powered by a 48-volt battery charged by regenerative braking from a mild-hybrid motor-generator, the supercharger can achieve 65,000rpm in half a second, eliminating turbo lag.
 
Performance at low speeds is further enhanced by a boost to the powertrain from the mild-hybrid motor that also doubles as a starter motor.
 
The engine delivers 294kW of peak power and 550Nm of torque – 14kW more power and 100Nm more torque than the current engine.
 
Land Rover claims the Range Rover can shift the 2.2-tonne Vogue from zero to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 225km/h.
 
Fuel economy is a claimed 9.3 litres per 100km on the European combined test cycle, which is an improvement of more than 19 per cent on the current V6’s 11.5L/100km on the Australian test.
 
Jaguar Land Rover executive director of product engineering Nick Rogers said traditional Range Rover strengths had been heightened with the introduction of the latest 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine.
 
“Advanced technologies such as continuous variable valve lift work alongside a mild-hybrid system that harvests energy as you drive, to improve fuel efficiency and lower emissions,” he said. “The otherwise wasted energy is used to power the electric supercharger which enhances vehicle capability by enhancing the torque curve at low engine speeds for greater responses.
 
“Superior comfort is achieved thanks to the natural mass balance of the engine, which allows it to run more smoothly.”
 
Land Rover joins Mercedes-Benz in dumping V6 petrol engines for inline units. While Range Rover will debut the new engine, it will surely spread across the JLR range.
 
The new six-cylinder Ranger Rover forms part of the revised 2020 range that gets a number of tweaks, including upgraded LED headlights that can now turn off individual LEDs to reduce glare from reflective road signs.
 
Drivers in the United Kingdom and Europe can also select Tourist Mode to adjust the headlights for driving on the left- or right-hand side of the road.
 
A smart phone pack is now standard across the range, adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mobile device mirroring.
 
New colours for 2020 include a new grey, Eiger, and a fresh blue, Portofino.

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