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Land Rover unveils special Range Rover Hybrid LWB for the Queen

Snapshot: Queen Elizabeth II has received a Range Rover Hybrid long wheelbase acting as a State Review vehicle.

It is a result of a collaboration between Land Rover Design and Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) and represents a one-off vehicle which will replace the previous Range Rover State review vehicle which dates back to 2002. This is actually the fourth State Review vehicle from Land Rover and has made its debut this week in Cardiff.

The model originally debuted in April last year at the Beijing Motor Show and is based on the standard wheelbase Range Rover Hybrid, but this stretched version has an additional 186 mm of legroom for those sitting in the back thanks to an overall length which has increased to 5.2 meters. The regular production version can be optionally configured with more luxurious rear seats that can recline up to 17 degrees.

When it went on sale in the second half of 2014, it was actually the first diesel electric hybrid vehicle sold in the country and features a 3.0-liter SDV6 engine working together with a 35 kW electric motor and an eight-speed automatic transmission provided by ZF. This hardware arrangement enables a generous combined output of 340 bhp and 4,000 rpm and a massive peak torque of 700 Nm available between 1,500 rpm and 3,000 rpm. Land Rover says this hybridized Range Rover delivers performances similar to the model equipped with the stronger SDV8 engine.

Compared to a conventionally-powered Range Rover, the hybrid variant has 26% fewer CO2 emissions (at 169 g/km) and has an average fuel consumption of 15.6 kmpl. It can also be driven in electric mode for as much as 1.6 km during which it can reach a top speed of 48 kmph.

The Range Rover Hybrid LWB uses the company’s reputable Terrain Response system and all-wheel drive technology available in the conventionally-powered gasoline and diesel Range Rovers. The driver has the possibility of selecting from one of the three available driving modes to further maximize efficiency or performance, depending on the current needs.

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