We've known for some time now that Land Rover was planning on getting into the hybrid game, but it appears that things are shaking out a bit differently than we had initially expected. It seems the automaker may not use a kinetic-energy flywheel system or the high-tech Electric Rear Axle Drive that has been in the works for the last few years.

Instead, Autocar is now reporting that Land Rover is well into development of its own parallel hybrid system similar in function to Toyota's well-known Prius-propelling Hybrid Synergy Drive. A conventional battery pack (which we assume means lithium ion) will hold the charge and the big SUV is said to include a plug to charge up while parked.

Underhood will reportedly be a 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine mated up to a 25kW electric motor. According to the British magazine, the technology will debut on the Range Rover Sport and will allow the vehicle to score carbon emissions of just 100 g/km with an electric-only range of up to 20 miles.

[Source: Autocar]