Queen Elizabeth II was recently delivered a brand new, custom-made State Review vehicle designed by Land Rover Design and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations department.

The new vehicle – replacing the previous Range Rover 2002 model – is equipped with a rather silent diesel hybrid engine, which enables it to sometimes run purely on environmentally friendly electric power. The car is said to be based on the Range Rover Hybrid LWB, with a 3.0-litre SDV6 engine and an electric motor. The latest Range Rover is in fact the fourth State Review vehicle which Land Rover has provided so far. The first one was the Land Rover Series 1 from 1953.

The hybrid-powered Range Rover was first used on 11 June in Cardiff, Wales, when Her Majesty The Queen presented New Colours to the Royal Welsh Regiment, acting as their Colonel-in-Chief.

June 17, 2015 Driving photo: Newspress

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