Skoda is continuing its electrification programme with the addition of a new iV plug-in hybrid model to its award-winning Octavia range. Using the same petrol/electric drivetrain technology seen in the Superb iV and the Octavia vRS iV, the new Octavia…
SEAT’s debut plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the Leon e-HYBRID, is now available to order, priced from £30,970. The e-HYBRID drivetrain combines a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with an electric motor and six-speed DSG transmission, resulting in a total power output of 201 bhp and a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds.
Toyota’s hybrid electric technology makes the new RAV4 Plug-in the most powerful version of the world’s best-selling SUV yet. The new model is due for UK launch in 2021. The new plug-in hybrid system sets electric power as the vehicle’s default running mode.
The updated Jaguar F-Pace gets an updated exterior, an all-new interior, the latest generation Pivi Pro infotainment and the choice of in-line four and six-cylinder engines including PHEV and MHEV technology. The four-cylinder, 398bhp PHEV has an all-electric range of up to 33 miles.
The Land Rover Defender now has advanced new powertrains, new model specifications and more options. For the 2021 model year a new Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) model – the P400e – combines a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 105kW electric motor, to deliver 398 bhp, CO2 emissions of just 74g/km and combined economy of 85.3mpg. It will run in all-electric mode with zero tailpipe emissions for up to 27 miles, including off-road where, Land Rover says, the immediate torque from the electric motor makes Defender even more capable.
Volvo’s electrification programme has now delivered a second plug-in petrol-electric hybrid powertrain for the XC40 compact SUV. The introduction of the new XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4 increases customer choice and opens the plug-in hybrid technology to a wider market. At the same time, two new mild-hybrid petrol options have been added to the range, in the form of the new XC40 B4 and B5.
The new Renegade 4xe will be the first electrified Jeep model to reach the UK. The Renegade 4xe can be driven on 100 per cent electric thanks to a 11.4 kWh battery paired with a 59 bhp electric motor, to ensure a range of 26mph and zero tailpipe emissions in full-electric mode. With two electric motors featuring Powerloop, all-wheel drive is always available to tackle off-road work
Jaguar Land Rover has now produced over 1.5 million Ingenium engines at its Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, UK, which makes a range of clean and electrified powertrains for all Jaguar and Land Rover models.
Skoda is continuing the tradition of its performance vRS models in the fourth-generation Octavia. This model is the first from Skoda offered in three different drive systems. In addition to the Octavia vRS versions with either a petrol or a diesel engine, the Octavia vRS iV – the brand’s first vRS plug-in hybrid – is now being launched. Both the 2.0 TSI Octavia vRS and the Octavia vRS iV have an output of 180 kW (242 bhp). The 2.0 TDI produces 147 kW (197 bhp) and is the only model in the vRS range to be available with all-wheel drive on request. All three variants feature sporty bodywork detailing including vRS-typical black touches.
Volkswagen is showcasing a comprehensive update of the best-selling Tiguan. Ralf Brandstätter who has been appointed the new CEO of the Volkswagen brand: “We launched our global SUV strategy with the second-generation Tiguan in 2016. It served as the basis for many successful models worldwide. Volkswagen is now taking the next step by electrifying, digitalising and networking the new Tiguan. This will equip the compact SUV to handle the challenges of the modern era.”