Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is gearing up to take its own piece of that hybrid pie and a Discovery Sport hybrid is going to help them do it.
According to AutoCar, JLR is developing two new hybrid systems that will be used across their lineup. One of them will be a plug-in hybrid for large platforms like the Range Rover Sport. The second will be a hybrid system for smaller models like the Evoque and Discovery Sport.
Yes, this won’t be the first hybrid JLR has developed as a Range Rover V6 diesel hybrid has been on sale since 2013 but this time they’re coming out with a petrol plug-in hybrid powertrain that’s based on the new 295bhp four-cylinder Ingenium engine. Currently, the turbo-four can deliver up to 295 hp, but with a hybrid system in place, the output could be reduced. At least we know the in house hybrid electric motor, also called the Electric Drive Module (EDM), will be compatible with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
The battery portion of the hybrid will be located under the boot floor but we don’t know what its capacity is. If JLR wants to compete with other hybrids, the batteries will need to have an electric only range of more than 20 miles, maybe even 30 if possible.
The second mild hybrid system should make an appearance in the Discovery Sport, but we probably won’t see it until the second half of 2018.