The Range Rover Hybrid Proves Even The Elite Hate High Gas Prices

Only the most soulless hack can call the Range Rover Hybrid a "green car" with an entirely straight face. A large SUV, merely by its existence, is not green. The new hybrid diesel Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are, at least, attempts at slightly less conspicuous consumption.

What do you get with a Range Rover Hybrid? The base 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 and a small 47 horsepower electric motor which, when combined, will produce 335 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Not earth-shattering numbers, but not bad considering they also say it'll drop CO2 emissions by 26% and increase fuel economy to 44.1 mpg on the European combined scale.

Announced today, the pair of Range Rovers will go on sale next month in Europe with deliveries in the early part of 2014. The first chance to see these brutes in action will be tomorrow when they leave on a journey from Range Rover's home in Solihull, UK to Tata's HQ in Mumbai, India.

Make sure to pack some gin.