For all vehicle manufacturers, the need to reduce harmful emissions and provide the most economical performance possible is no longer simply an ambition, it’s a necessity. Introduced in September 2018, the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) standard has been used to measure and determine the efficiency of new vehicles, replacing the outdated New European Drive Cycle (NDEC) standard that had been operational since 1997.
So, why the change? The introduction of NDEC came at a time when hybrid and lower emissions models were only just entering the marketplace. As such, the NDEC tests have become somewhat unsuitable for purpose, providing inaccurate figures for the modern age of hybrid and electric vehicles. And this is where the WLTP standard comes in.
Vehicles with petrol, diesel and hybrid engines (MHEV or PHEV) will come with emissions figures, in addition to their fuel consumption. Electric vehicles, in addition to their range, will also include figures for their energy consumption.
The new WLTP test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete but also takes into consideration such factors as the addition of optional equipment. And, while test situations differ to real-world motoring - which is impacted by road and weather conditions, for example - they offer a more accurate assessment than ever before. For some, this will mean that fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures will appear greater than previously.
When reviewing the Land Rover vehicles available through Spirit Motor Group, you can rest assured that we detail the latest figures available, enabling you to make a fully informed decision on the right vehicle for you. Want to learn more about the WLTP standards? You can liaise with a member of the team at our dealership today to discuss the efficiency and economy of every model we have in stock.