Jaguar Land Rover is testing a hybrid-electric version of its upcoming 2020 Defender SUV.
Spy photographers caught a prototype on public roads outside of the company’s research and development center in Gaydon, England. A look into the vehicle’s registration records confirmed it uses a hybrid powertrain.
The heavy bull bar offers serious off-road protection. (Photo: Glenn Paulina/Trucks.com)
Among the possible changes is adoption of alternative powertrains such as a hybrid-electric unit. Jaguar Land Rover offers a mild-hybrid Evoque, plug-in hybrid versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport and the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace.
The vehicle registration uncovered by photographers did not reveal exact powertrain specifications. The unit in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport combines a 2-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor. The combination delivers 398 total horsepower, 472 pound-feet of torque and 31 miles of all-electric driving range.
ADOPTING EV TECH
The electrified Defender could use a hybrid powertrain that regenerates from braking rather than an external charging station. In an interview with Trucks.com in February, Jaguar Land Rover of North America Chief Executive Joe Eberhardt said the company will adopt electric technology to assist off-road vehicles on a measured timeline.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender will debut later this year. (Photo: Glenn Paulina/Trucks.com)
In addition to its electrified parts, the Defender prototype spotted in England wore a number of accessories. A metal bull bar provided serious front-end protection. The Defender also had an integrated heavy-duty Warn winch for off-road recovery.