2013 Frankfurt Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Jaguar Land Rover said the 2014 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport diesel hybrids will go on sale in September, but the announcement does not include the U.S. market.
- The SUVs will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
- "In the future, Jaguar Land Rover's advanced technology will come to the U.S. market, but no details are being announced at this time," wrote a Jaguar Land Rover spokesman.
WHITLEY, United Kingdom — Jaguar Land Rover said the 2014 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport diesel hybrids will go on sale in September, but the announcement does not include the U.S. market. The SUVs will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. Pricing was not announced.
"The global announcement does not include the U.S. market," wrote Stuart Schorr, a Jaguar Land Rover spokesman, in response to an Edmunds query Wednesday. "In the future, Jaguar Land Rover's advanced technology will come to the U.S. market, but no details are being announced at this time."
The automaker is calling them the world's first premium diesel SUV hybrids.
Jaguar Land Rover is rushing the diesel hybrids to market in Europe due to upcoming changes in European emissions regulations. Dealers will begin taking orders for the SUVs on September 10, with deliveries slated for early 2014.
Both get the same powertrain, a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that delivers 335 horsepower, along with a 47-hp electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack and an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The company said the Range Rover Hybrid sprints from zero to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds, while the Ranger Rover Sport Hybrid sprints from zero to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds. The SUVs can travel at speeds of up to 30 mph on electric power alone, but only for a range of up to one mile before the diesel engine restarts.
No U.S. fuel economy estimates were provided by the automaker.
The Range Rover Hybrid has the same five-seat capacity and luggage space as the standard model and retains the full-size spare tire. The Range Rover Sport Hybrid's interior is also unchanged from the standard model.
In a major public relations push for the new diesel hybrids, Jaguar Land Rover said three Range Rover Hybrids will begin a nearly 10,000-mile trip on Thursday from the home of the Range Rover brand in Solihull, England to the headquarters of parent company Tata in Mumbai, India.
The trip will include part of the ancient Silk Road connecting Asia with the Mediterranean.
"These are the first hybrids to ever attempt this challenging route," said the company.
Edmunds says: Combining two expensive powertrains into one vehicle will likely result in a very expensive Land Rover. We won't know how expensive until it comes to the U.S. in the next couple of years.