130g/km Range Rover revealed

  • New small Range Rover to emit less than 130g/km of CO2
  • First to be offered with front-wheel drive to cut emissions
  • Diesel/electric hybrid model also being trialled, due in 2013

Land Rover is attempting to lure company car drivers by announcing details of a front-wheel-drive model with CO2 emissions of less than 130g/km.

The company, which has built its reputation on go-anywhere 4x4s, will launch its first front-wheel-drive model next year. The new model, badged as a Range Rover, is a three-door using the 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine from the Land Rover Freelander.

With CO2 emissions of less than 130g/km, the new small Range Rover model will fall into a much lower company car tax band than any previous model from the company.

When it goes on sale in 2011 it will be taxed on 19% of its list price, rather than the 28% of the current lowest emission Land Rover - the 179g/km Freelander diesel.

The company is also trialling hybrid technology in a Range Rover Sport model. The electric motor is allied to the 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, and the aim is for the Range_e model to cover 20 miles using electric power only.

A production version is scheduled to go on sale in 2013.