Land Rover’s base and HSE Range Rovers will be powered by a supercharged six instead of the naturally aspirated V-8, according to a leaked order guide that Land Rover fan site Oval News stumbled on. Last year, Land Rover announced the arrival of the all-new, fourth-generation Range Rover for 2013. The top-of-the-line Ranger has been sold out for the rest of the year but there’s no stopping this brand from improving its offerings.
This is actually not a new strategy for Jaguar Land Rover. Jaguar did the same thing for the 2013 XJ sedan. This means that just the Supercharged and Autobiography models will be powered by the Gen III AJ-V8 engine and only in the 5.0-liter supercharged version. JLR will drop the naturally aspirated V-8 in the base and HSE Range Rovers and will instead use the same 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 used in the Jaguar XJ and XF.
In comparison with the current eight-cylinder, the V-6 offers an output that’s a bit lower. The V-6 delivers 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. But then, fuel efficiency is likely to increase. Land Rover believes that the V-6 is capable of achieving 16/22 mpg city/highway, higher by two mpg in both the city and highway compared to the outgoing engine. The supercharged V-6 will still come with the same eight-speed automatic.
Meanwhile, stop/start will be standard equipment on all Range Rovers. Even with the new engine, the 2014 Range Rover will have the same starting price of $83,545 (including destination costs) as the previous model.
The top-spec Autobiography is the only model that raises its price to $135,995, which is $5,000 more expensive. The 2014 Range Rover will receive several minor trim changes as well as several reorganized and renamed option packages. It will also be available in the following three new exterior colors. The 2014 Range Rover is available in Corris Grey (instead of Orkney Grey), Loire Blue (which replaces Baltic Blue), and the all-new Scotia Grey.