UK showrooms will get the new 2011 Range Rover in mid-September. The 2011 model gets a minimally revised nose with the major changes centered on its diesel powertrain that's preferred by most Europeans. The current 3.6-liter is replaced by a longer-stroke 4.4-litre V8 diesel. The new model also gets a new eight-speed ZF paddle-shift auto.
This combination, alongside subtle electronic modifications like a smart-charge alternator, raises power by 15%.
This complies with the new Euro 5 clean-air standards, reducing fuel consumption by 18.5% and CO2 by 14%. The model currently delivers 30.1mpg on the combined cycle -- the first time that a Range Rover has surpassed 30mpg.
The four-cam, 32-valve diesel receives a new cast-iron block and uses parallel sequential turbocharging similar to the Discovery's 3.0-liter V6. The model has a power of 309bhp at 3750rpm -- a slightly lower specific output to help it manage NOx.
It also has a torque that's 9.4% more at 516lb ft at 2000rpm. A sprint from zero to 60mph can be accomplished in 7.5 sec , with 1.1 sec faster than before.
Passing acceleration is even better. A Jag-style selector now controls the transmission and the Terrain Response system gains hill hold and acceleration control. This stops the car from running away on slopes, even if Hill Descent Control isn't engaged.
2011 Range Rover offers magnificent leather seat trim and waterfall lighting. When combined with the European leather trim of the door casings, and the headlining, the result is that it wraps the occupants in a feeling of luxury. Unlike conventional instruments, the Range Rover’s 12-inch TFT instrument display gives it more versatility.
The Dual View infotainment system with its 8-inch screen meanwhile is able to provide the driver and passengers with different images. The driver for example can look at the navigation display while the passenger can simply watch a movie. Since its model year 2010, the navigation systems of the Land Rover Range Rover have always used hard drive storage for its mapping. Thus, there is no need to buy DVDs.
It also has the 'towards guidance' feature that provides the icon-based information and junction maps with the actual images that one can see on the road. A portable Audio Interface allows a wide collection of audio storage devices to be connected like MP3 players or even USB sticks. For those who have the iPod, Land Rover developed a connector port specifically in order to prevent it from coming loose even when driving over rough terrain.
The 2010 model year was also the time when passengers preferred to be driven by chauffeurs. At that time, the exclusivity level offered for its rear seat passenger was considered as one of a kind. However, this was improved even further as there is now the option to have the rear seats recline and electronically controlled. Not only that, the passengers can also adjust the cooling and internal heating functions. Passengers can even control the winged head restraints and its four-way adjustable lumbar support.
When no one is sitting on the front passenger seat, the rear seat has controls that can make the front seat more forward and thus allow additional legroom in the back. The luxury experienced by the rear seat passenger does not stop there. A laminated rear-door privacy glass has been added which helps lower noise levels in the interior in addition to enhancing the luxurious feel.
For those who want even higher levels of comfort, customers can choose to have the 1,200W Logic 7 Harman Kardon High Dynamics Audio System. With 15 independent channels being played on 19 high-quality speakers, it is no wonder why the Logic 7 remains to be the best in-car audio system.