Yes, yes it is true, but first of all don’t worry… Of course they will continue selling 4wd iconic quality off road vehicles, only now with a special attention to efficiency.
And also an alternative, not less iconic though. At the beginning the new era will consist in a 2WD option on the new compact Range Rover (that will be on sale in 2011).
The 2WD version will emit less than 130 g/km of CO², making it the lightest, most fuel efficient Range Rover ever.
The managing director, Phil Popham said: “A 2WD option is just one way in which we are developing our vehicles efficiency”.
Land Rover will be focusing on three main areas of technology to reduce weight, reduce parasitic losses and increase powertrain efficiency. The use of hybrid technology is also part of the significant developments for the larger vehicles in the range. The first diesel hybrid will be available in 2012.
By the end of 2010 Land Rover will be testing the diesel hybrid prototype, the “range_e” developed on a Range Sport platform. The goal is to achieve a range of 20 miles (32,2km) using electric power only, a top speed around 120 mph (193 km/h) for 100 g/km CO².
Source: Land Rover