As vehicle technology moves forward at an almost alarming rate, hybrid models are cropping up all over the place and many experts are predicting that this time; they’re here to stay. With the British government’s encouragement and investment, pretty soon we’ll see charging points on almost every single road system in the country – which will obviously make a huge difference to the viability of owning such models.
Although German manufacturer Audi were the first to release a truly functional and successful hybrid model, most other leading carmakers have now thrown their hat into the ring, meaning that we can expect to see this technology become a staple in the very near future. Range Rover for one is investing millions in design and construction fees in the hope of bringing you the best solutions possible in time for 2014 – in fact, they’ve just released a shockingly brilliant vehicle with hybrid capabilities.
In this article, I’m going to take a sneak peek at some of the 4×4’s best attributed and attempt to convince you that hybrid technology is the way forward for you and your family.
Only a week or so ago. The official release date was October 2013, but launches in most European countries were staggered to provide the best possible impact.
Sadly for most of us poor people, the starting price is around £98,500 – which obviously places it out of our meager price range. Still, if you just can’t wait a couple of years until used models become available, you could purchase a used range rover sport to keep you going. Okay, it’s certainly not a hybrid model, but the aesthetics are strikingly similar.
As with any new model, depending on the price you’re willing to pay the spec of the vehicle will rise accordingly. Performance wise, the basic model can deliver 340hp and 516lb ft of torque. At 2.4 tonnes, this is a seriously fast contribution from the manufacturer and should not be overlooked.
Capable of achieving 0 to 60mph in around 6.8 seconds, it’s considerably faster than some of its closest rivals and indeed even the non hybrid edition of the same vehicle.
Just before this model was brought to market, many different testers were allowed to take it out for a test drive, and some even convinced the carmaker to agree to full expedition testing. In all cases, the individual drivers and passengers were immensely impressed with the performance and handling, claiming that it’s both predictable and stable, but more than capable of reaching high speeds when the need presents itself.
So, would I recommend you buy the new Range Rover hybrid model? Well, in truth, at the current starting price it probably isn’t a very good purchase at the moment, and you might be better sticking with standard models for the time being. Even so, if you’ve got cash on the hip and are looking for a cool way to impress your friends and pick up the ladies – there is not a single better vehicle around at the moment.
Have fun, whatever you decide to do!
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