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Land Rover is taking on the challenge of launching two long-awaited new models in full containment: the Discovery Sport Hybrid and the Evoque Hybrid. The fruit of four years of work on the internal hybrid engine, the two 4x4s are now ready to hit the road.
The COVID-19 will not have the skin of the new Land Rover hybrids. Both models are already available to order, and are expected to have an impact on reducing CO emissions2 of the range, sought by the brand to escape the heavy sanctions of the European Union.
Hybrid technology developed in-house
The hybrid technology of the new Discovery Sport PHEV and Evoque PHEV was developed in-house by Land Rover. Chris Carey, engineer of the group and responsible for the development of vehicles in the PHEV range underlines a huge engineering effort.
Development began in 2016 in parallel with the design of the PTA architecture which serves as the basis for the Evoque and Discovery Sport, baptized for the occasion P300e in reference to the hybridization and the combined power of the two engines.
For the P300e, Land Rover has chosen to develop a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine block. It develops 197 horsepower and combines with an automatic transmission.
The electric motor has a power of 107 horsepower, which provides a cumulative power of 296 horsepower for the two vehicles. The electric motor was not integrated into the automatic gearbox, as often, but directly installed on the rear axle.
65 km of electric range and lower CO emissions2
The electric motor enables the two Land Rovers to be driven up to 135 km / h in electric mode. Depending on the WLTP certification cycle, the two 4x4s could reach 64 to 66 km of range.
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The 4×4 mode is ensured via the drive of the front axle by the three-cylinder petrol unit, and of the rear axle by the electric motor which has been attached to it. According to Land Rover, this architecture should not interfere with the crossing capabilities or autonomy.
With nearly 300 horsepower available, Discovery Sport achieves 0 to 100 km / h in 6.2 seconds when the Evoque will only need 6.1 seconds.
Both vehicles are equipped with Samsung batteries with a total capacity of 15 kWh, which will recharge on a wall outlet in just under seven hours. Fast charging up to 32 kW would allow them to recover 80% of autonomy in 30 minutes.
Finally, note that CO emissions2 were measured at 32 grams per kilometer for the Evoque and 36 grams for the Discovery Sport.