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Monday, February 10, 2020

Turn on the wing for Land Rover



 Pending a 100% electrified range programmed for 2022, Land Rover offers its Discovery Sport equipped with micro-hybridization.  To reduce - a little - its CO2 emissions.


There is a start for everything.  Determined to reduce its CO2 emissions, the very chic Discovery Sport adopts a 48-volt alternator-starter that is recharged by the energy dissipated during deceleration and relieves the engine at start-up and during acceleration phases.  This micro-hybridization formula applied to a maxi-all-terrain will allow this model that Land Rover has sold for four years to nearly 500,000 units to display slightly more presentable scores.  Until the more advanced and even radical electrification formulas become less expensive.

 Hybridization in 48 volt mode cuts the engine below 17 km / h and provides a subtle "boost effect" which partially compensates for the lag time of the turbocharger.  These practically imperceptible effects at the wheel allow, according to the manufacturer, to reduce consumption by 7% on average or 8 grams of CO2 per kilometer less.  Micro-hybridization does not work miracles, but this treatment with a homeopathic dose made it possible to burn barely 7 liters of diesel per 100 km during our test, over a course of 350 kilometers carried out in town, on road and motorway.  aboard a 150 hp diesel model weighing not less than 2 tonnes.

 This version which emits 139 g of CO2 per kilometer must, however, bear an ecological penalty of 613 euros which peaks at 5,573 euros for the most powerful petrol models.  Less harm compared to the current - and, even more, future - penalties imposed on a conventional thermal engine.  Not to mention that even symbolic hybridization significantly reduces registration fees and the taxation of company vehicles.  All this could not preserve the Discovery Sport SUV-bashing or make this true 4 × 4 available from 38,100 euros a popular model.  Barred without being clumsy, perfectly soundproofed and comfortable, this luxurious cocoon, which nevertheless displays real crossing capacities, naturally behaves flexibly.  Which goes well with its relatively reasonable car vocation.

 An accelerated mutation

 Land Rover cannot fall asleep on these laurel menus.  The manufacturer will have to move up a gear by offering from 2020 a Discovery Sport (petrol) in a plug-in hybrid version capable of covering several tens of kilometers in all-electric mode.  The formula, which adds up, was successfully launched on board the opulent Range Rover, whose sales were boosted by the introduction of a rechargeable hybrid which now represents three-quarters of it and emits 110 g of CO2.  .

 The accelerated mutation of the Land Rover range, which will no longer offer any non-electrified model in 2022, was imperative given its extreme dependence on diesel which weighed more than 80% of its registrations.  To rebalance its range, the JLR group (Jaguar-Land Rover) has invested massively, notably in its English factories to which it will devote 1.17 billion euros in 2020, not without having launched a vast plan of job cuts.  A turn on the wing which begins to weigh on the finances of the Indian group Tata, owner of JLR since 2008. The shareholder would like to convince the German BMW or the Chinese Geely to come to support him in order to carry out his expensive transition  ecological.

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