Land Rover started taking orders for the 2014 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models on September 10. The upgraded models feature new technologies and more choices for the customer. Deliveries will start early next year. There will be variations depending on individual markets. The recently offered customer-focused driver assistance technologies include: Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning and Perpendicular Park.
Meanwhile, the new Land Rover InControlTM will offer a series of connectivity features. The 2014 models will be available with the same diesel and petrol powertrains from the outgoing model. But there’s a new engine available: the powerful 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel in the Range Rover Sport. Land Rover also introduced V6-powered, 340PS hybrid models (with CO2 ratings of only 169g/km) for the two bodystyles.
The 4.4 SDV8 that’s installed on the Range Rover Sport features a modified intake system that is comprised of twin-intercoolers, a new sump, new cast alloy engine mounts (resulting to a 10kg weight saving) and optimized calibration.
The turbo-diesel develops 339PS and a torque of 700Nm, offering optimum performance and driveability under real world conditions. The SDV8 powered Sport fitted with a ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission is capable of sprinting from zero to 62mph (100km/h) in 6.9 seconds. If it has the Dynamic Pack, it can also hit a top speed of 140mph (225km/h).
Depending on the market, Land Rover is offering the upgraded Range Rover and Range Rover Sport with two petrol engines (5.0L V8 S/C 510PS and 3.0L V6 S/C 340PS), two diesel engines (3.0L TDV6 258PS and 3.0L SDV6 292PS) and the newly presented hybrid powertrain. The 3.0L SDV6 292PS is offered only on the Range Rover Sport.
The first hybrid range from Land Rover uses the same powertrain. It is fitted with the 3-litre SDV6 turbo-diesel engine mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with a 35kW electric motor-generator instead of the torque converter. It has a total output of 340PS and it has a top-of-the-class 700Nm torque, enabling the vehicle to sprint from zero to 62mph (100km/h) in under seven seconds. The new models have a CO2 emissions rating of 169g/km and can return 44.1mpg on the combined cycle.