Land Rover has confirmed that it will launch a hybrid version of its all-new Range Rover next year. Conventionally-powered versions of the Range Rover will arrive on dealer lots before the end of 2012.
Although Land Rover is saving the specific details of the electrified Range Rover for a later date, the British automaker confirmed on Thursday that its flagship vehicle will be available with a diesel hybrid system by the end of 2013. Land Rover says it is targeting CO2 emissions of 169g/km, which would roughly translate into 43mpg.
Despite Land Rover's lack of details, the company has been working on a diesel hybrid system since 2010 that will likely serve as the basis for the new model. Dubbed the “range_e”, that hybrid system relied on a 3.0L diesel V6 paired to an electric motor. The range_e boasted an all-electric range of 20 miles, but it remains to be seen in the Range Rover hybrid will be able to achieve such a lofty figure.
Land Rover is also rumored to be working on a plug-in hybrid version of the new Range Rover, although it will probably be 2015 before that model makes its market debut.