Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Diesel hybrid for Jaguar and Land Rover

2009 Jaguar XF

The new Jaguar and Land Rover hybrid models will hit UK market within next 5 years, based on the two new engines 3.0 liter V6 that developed from today version of 2.7 liter V6 diesel engine and the new direct injection 5.0-litre V8 that will be launched next year.

A start-stop technology for the 3.0-litre V6 diesel will be the first to be launched in the Land Rover Discovery 3, Range Rover Sport, Jaguar XF and Jaguar XJ in 2010 that claimed for 10 percent boost in fuel economy.

The completely internal design of ZF 8-speed transmission with a fuel-saving feature, and a separate hydraulic reservoir that makes the 'box compatible with stop-start devices unlike today's six-speed ZF unit.

Jaguar is considering the system for a full-hybrid version of the next XJ with ZF's Dynastart electric motor to replace the torque convertor and it could be on the market by 2012 and Land Rover is looking at a different hybrid solution using "Electric Rear Axle Drive" rear-mounted motor.

[Source : AutoCar, UK]


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