New Range Rover plug-in hybrid was confirmed for production image

Land Rover is planning to develop a plug-in hybrid version of the new Range Rover and the model is expected to be launched after 2015.

In a recent interview with the guys at autoexpress.co.uk, the Land Rover chief engineer for hybrid technology, Peter Richings, has said that a Range Rover plug-in hybrid will hit the market after 2015 but before 2020.

“The Range Rover is the logical place to start as buyers of the car are able to afford the technology. It makes sense to put it in the top car and let it filter its way down the range”, said the company’s official.

Additional details on the Range Rove plug-in hybrid are limited for the moment but as a quick reminder, the new generation of the luxury SUV has made its public debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. According to the British based automaker, the new Range Rove will be launched in the United States with a choice of two gasoline engines, a 5.0 liter V8 with 375 HP and a 5.0 liter supercharged V8 with 503 HP. The first one will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and the second one in 5.1 seconds.

On the Old Continent, the engine lineup will be made out of a 2,993cc twin turbo 24V V6 diesel, with 255 BHP and 442 lb-ft of torque, a 4,367cc twin turbo with 335 BHP and 516 lb-ft and a supercharged V8 petrol with 504 BHP and 461 lb-ft of torque. More details on the new Range Rover here.