Land Rover Range Rover Diesel Hybrid prototypes have successfully completed an arduous 10,472-mile long expedition to Mumbai, India
53 days after setting off from the factory in Solihull, UK, the three Land Rover Range Rover Diesel Hybrid prototypes have successfully completed the arduous 10,472-mile long expedition to Mumbai, India. The adventure has shown that the new Range Rover Hybrid is not only just as capable as traditional off-roaders, but more fuel efficient, backing up Land Rover global brand director John Edwards’ claim that “they’re the world’s first hybrid 4x4s with true Land-Rover-level off-road capability”.
It was a real performance test for Land Rover’s first hybrid as the cars followed the Silk Trail from the UK to India. The vehicles passed through 13 countries (UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China (including Tibet), Nepal and India), across a range of challenging terrains, extreme temperatures and altitudes of up to 11,000-18,000 feet. The conditions were hostile – check out the video to see the river crossings, the dangerous narrow roads at the edges of mountains and the dusty desert trails.
In terms of the technical details, Land Rover engineers reported that the average fuel consumption of the three Range Rover Hybrids was pretty good – 36-37 mpg with the electric motors and 3.0-liter V6 diesel. On the down side, they reported 15 punctured tyres along the way!