Hybrid off-road vehicles: the taboo has been broken for some time, even if, at the moment, there are not many vehicles equipped with electrified engines that can really tackle difficult terrain. We are not talking about SUVs and crossovers, with high driving and sculpted shapes which, however, are more similar to a classic car. In difficult environments there is a need for adequate ground clearance, wide angles of attack, bump and exit to avoid getting stuck, four-wheel drive and low gears, replaced in the less specialized models by electronic programs that simulate the effect. It must be said that there are fewer “hard and pure” off-road vehicles than in the past, partly because being Spartan is a feature increasingly reserved for work vehicles, partly because the tendency to produce more efficient vehicles and less polluting leads manufacturers to remove historical names, such as the Mitsubishi Pajero, from the lists. Yet, mobility in difficult environments remains a need for many, so historic names such as the Land Rover Defender are reborn less spartan and more comfortable, but always with considerable mobility and without fear of mud, fords, sand and rocks. We have examined five mild or plug-in hybrid off-road vehicles, capable of fulfilling their task but with greater attention to the environment.
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