There is no indication of engine size, power and efficiency offered by the new propulsion system. However, it could use the Ingenium 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol unit from Jaguar Land Rover, one of the firms biggest sellers, as the diesel market has suffered huge losses.
Land Rover wants to silence the skeptics, especially when it comes to the electrified propulsion used in a supposedly basic 4×4. However, the company insists that an electric motor allows maximum torque from the moment of descent, and that torque delivery is more controllable, meaning that a hybrid would work better off-road.
At the same time, a similar gasoline and electricity test mule has been detected for the Range Rover Velar. Land Rover is predicted to launch the luxury SUV with the same P400e powertrain – coupling a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine with a nearly 400 HP electric motor – as the full-size Sport and Range Rover.
However, as with the Defender, the images do not reveal a loading port, suggesting that it is hidden from view or that instead we are seeing an upcoming Velar with soft hybrid system upgrades.
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