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    Range Rover Diesel-Hybrid Not Coming To The U.S.


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    September 11, 2012

    When Land Rover announced the new Range Rover earlier in the month, they announced one the powertrains would be a diesel-electric model. The diesel-electric powertrain will combine a 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 model that’s mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with an electric motor. The hybrid can hit 60 MPH in 7 seconds, get 45 MPG (on the European cycle, U.S. number will be less), and can ford water that is three feet deep.

    If this is your dream SUV and live in the U.S., I have some bad news. According to Automobile Magazine, Land Rover will not sell the diesel-hybrid Range Rover in the U.S. The reasoning is that the turbo-diesel V6 would need major modifications to meet emissions.

    For now, the U.S. will have the choice between a naturally aspirated V8 and supercharged V8. Both engines will come with an eight-speed automatic.

    Those who are still dreaming about a diesel-electric hybrid Range Rover can hold out some hope. Within the next year and a half, the European emission standards will closely resemble the U.S. standards.

    Source: Automobile Magazine

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    dfelt, on 11 September 2012 - 09:15 AM, said:

    Does the N/A represent v6 or diesel engines up to the supercharged V8?

    Naturally Aspirated V8 (I'll be making a quick change to the article)

    Much clearer to understand. Nice write up Mud. :)

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      Range Rover Evoque Convertible - A Convertible For All Seasons
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      Danella Bagnall, Range Rover Evoque Program Director, commented: "Roof down motoring is in our heritage. It started 68 years ago when we produced the original Series 1 Land Rover. We have tested the Range Rover Evoque convertible to the same all-terrain standards as every Land Rover vehicle before, and a few besides. Chassis bracings designed to preserve the Range Rover Evoque Convertible's torsional rigidity have been specially engineered to maintain excellent ground clearance that's comparable with five-door and coupe models."
       
      Approach, breakover and departure angles of 19, 18.69 and 31.0 degrees respectively provide outstanding all-terrain performance. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is designed to scale extremely steep 45-degree gradients, tilt to an incredible 35 degrees, and wade through water up to 19.7-inches (500mm) deep.
       
      The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is equipped with a variety of standard Land Rover off-road technologies, including the proven Terrain Response® system.
       
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      POWERTRAIN
      The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is available with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. Producing 240-hp and 251-lb-ft of torque it provides responsive in-gear acceleration, a 0-60mph time of just 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 112mph (180km/h).
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      360 degree Parking Aid
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      Autonomous Emergency Braking
      Autonomous Emergency Braking helps mitigate accidents when the vehicle is travelling at speeds below 21mph (35km/h), and is designed to reduce the severity of any impacts between 32-50mph (50-80km/h).
      The system uses a stereo camera mounted next to the rear-view mirror to monitor objects that pose a risk of collision, such as queuing traffic. If a collision is likely, the system is designed to alert the driver with both a visual and audible warning. If no avoiding action is taken, an additional driver warning is triggered while the system applies maximum braking pressure to bring the vehicle to a controlled stop1. Autonomous Emergency Braking is available when either Lane-Keeping Assist or Lane-Departure Warning systems are specified.
       
      Lane-Departure Warning and Lane-Keeping Assist
      Complementing Lane-Departure Warning, which warns the driver if they are drifting out of their lane by vibrating the steering wheel, Lane-Keeping Assist actively helps the driver stay in the correct lane by adding any necessary steering correction.
       
      The technology works by combining input from the forward-facing stereo camera to monitor road markings, as well as the electric power-assisted steering system.
       
      Should Lane-Keeping Assist sense that the driver is unintentionally changing lanes, it initiates a gentle steering input to return the vehicle to its intended position. Lane-Keeping Assist is designed to be completely unobtrusive: it is not active if the turn signals are activated, the driver can easily steer against it, and the system can be entirely disengaged if desired.
       
      Driver Condition Monitor
      Driver Condition Monitor reviews driver steering inputs to guard against a driver falling asleep at the wheel. Should this advanced technology detect the jerky, non-linear movements typical of driver suffering the symptoms of fatigue, it automatically triggers both an audible warning and a visual warning in the instrument cluster.
       
      The Range Rover Evoque Convertible also features a number of additional driver assistance technologies including Traffic Sign Recognition which scans the road ahead for certain road signs and, if detected, will display the information to the driver via the instrument cluster or Head-Up display.
      EXTENSIVE TESTING PROGRAM
      Since its launch, the Range Rover Evoque has been lauded for its driving dynamics and all-terrain capability. To ensure the Range Rover Evoque Convertible retains a similarly impressive breadth of capability, Land Rover chassis engineers undertook a rigorous test schedule on roads ranging from high-speed autobahns, to tight and challenging hairpins in the Italian Dolomites. Extensive development was also carried out on wet-handling test tracks, frozen lakes in Sweden and race circuits including the Nürburgring Nordschleife to further refine chassis settings.
       
      Verification prototypes covered hundreds of thousands of miles on test tracks, off-road facilities and public roads around the world, including in Canada, Dubai, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, USA and the UK. Extremes of temperature, altitude and endurance tested the Range Rover Evoque Convertible to its limits in a punishing program. Other vehicles were run around the clock on data rigs with hydraulic rams simulating particularly harsh full-life mileages.
       
      As a result, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible delivers comparable levels of composure, agility and off-road capability to the coupe and five-door derivatives and remains equally rewarding to drive, no matter how challenging the terrain.
      Mike Cross, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity, said: "Land Rover prides itself on being a leader when it comes to all-terrain capability and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is no different. Thanks to a combination of innovative engineering and the application of advanced technologies, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible will deliver a dynamic and assured SUV driving experience that has been tested around the world."
       
      The combination of weight distribution of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible and revised chassis settings required all parameters governing stability control, ABS, four-wheel drive and Terrain Response® settings to be recalibrated on a comprehensive range of surfaces. Evaluation near the Arctic Circle alone lasted for four months where temperatures frequently fell below minus 22-degrees Fahrenheit (minus 30-degrees Celsius).
       
      Designed and engineered at the Land Rover development center in the UK, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be built alongside the five-door and coupe derivatives at the company's award-winning Halewood manufacturing plant, supported by the UK Government's Regional Growth Fund. It goes on sale mid-2016 in over 170 markets worldwide.
    • By William Maley
      Jeep is looking to move upmarket to compete with the likes of the Range Rover.
       
      FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said last weekend at the opening of a Alfa Romeo and Maserati dealership near Toronto that brand is missing an opportunity.
       
      “When I see a Range Rover on the street, my blood boils, because we should be able to do a thing like that. And we will,” said Marchionne.
       
      At the moment, the most expensive Jeep is the Grand Cherokee which tops off at $48,795 for the Summit w/o options. Jeep is working a three-row model that will be coming out in 2016 - possibly named the Grand Wagoneer.
       
      Marchionne declined to provide any other details about the vehicle, partly due to the model not being on the current five-year plan.
       
      “Would I tell you that?. No, but we’re working on it now.”
       
      Source: Bloomberg
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