Mike Stevens | Dec 10, 2009

WORKING WITH sister company Jaguar, Land Rover has been developing a hybrid system to improve the brand's eco-conscious image.

Similar in function to Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive, Land Rover's parallel hybrid system will reportedly feature a 3.0 litre diesel V6 paired with a 25kW electric motor, releasing just 100g/km in CO2 emissions.

Achieving emissions figures in-line with much smaller cars like the Mini Cooper D, Land Rover's hybrid would outdo the Lexus RX450h, which lists CO2 emissions figures of 148g/km.

According to British publication Autocar, the hybrid system will debut with the Range Rover Sport in 2012

Like the Prius, a Land Rover using a parallel hybrid system would have the ability to run on electric-only power for around 30km.

While Land Rover’s hybrid models are expected to use a more familiar petrol-engine hybrid, Jaguar has opted to go the full nine yards, shooting for a Chevrolet Volt style hybrid.

Jaguar’s chief engineer Kevin Stride confirmed in June that the Tata-owned British marque is working on a plug-in hybrid system that will focus on an electric motor as its main source of power, with a small traditional petrol engine functioning as a backup.

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