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The Hybrid Range doesn't scream "eco."
...but does scream "luxury."
That's a good thing, as people who shout about how eco-tastic they are...
...tend to be the most irksome people in the world.
The RR Hybrid uses a diesel/electric setup.
The 3.0-litre V6 diesel model is pretty efficient for a 2-tonne car.
But adding a small electric motor pushes its economy to 44 mpg (UK).
Which, when you think about it, is pretty good.
All of the eco gubbins doesn't screw with its off-road ability, though.
Land Rover took a selection of Hybrid prototypes along the 10,000-mile Silk Trail in India.
It's a challenging route that took over 50 days to drive.
Not one of the cars has a mechanical malady. There were a few punctures, but that's about it.
Land Rover says the Range Rover Hybrid is for captains of industry and the like who don't want to lose the prestige of a Range...
...but want to be seen as environmentally responsible.
Great in theory, that. But the Hybrid is only available in the top "Autobiography" spec.
Which costs over £98,000. The same as the supercharged 5.0-litre V8.
Surely if you're dropping £98k on a car, you can afford the performance of a V8?
All told, the hybrid setup is remarkably smooth -- the switch between engine and EV is largely seamless.
And cruising around in a 2-tonne car using EV mode is pretty cool.
It's an excellent blend of econess and capability.