The world’s most popular SUVs a.k.a. the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models have just been updated for 2015 model year. As a result, the vehicles arrive with an extensive selection of in-car technology, including the Land Rover InControl but also an uprated SDV8 engine as well as an enhanced 8-speed transmission.
According to the official press release, the 4.4-liter SDV8 engine now produces 339 hp and 740 Nm of torque (40 Nm increase), while the ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic gearbox was re-engineered with a revised torque converter that incorporates a twin-spring damper. Fuel consumption remains unchanged: 32.5mpg (8.7 l/100 km) which translates into 229 g/km of CO2 emissions.
Regarding the performances, you should know that the 2015 Range Rover (2410 kg) powered by the 4.4-liter SDV8 diesel engine accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.9 seconds, while the LWB (2488 kg) hits the same speed in 7.2 seconds.
The 2015 Range Rover Sport (2398 kg) model powered by the same engine sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.9 seconds. All the models have a top speed of 229 km/h or 142.2 mph. The 2015 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models feature updated puddle lamps that project the vehicle’s silhouette onto the ground at night, while the fixed panoramic roofs with power blinds are now available too.
The updated colour palette includes the Aruba Silver and Kaikoura Stone, and long-wheelbase derivatives can be specified with 22-inch alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the 2015 Range Rover can be ordered with 19-inch alloy wheels with a Satin Dark Grey finish.
The Intelligent Cargo Mode is able to sense if the rear seats are about to make contact with the front seats when folded down and automatically moves the front seats forwards. Once the seats are folded flat, system moves back the front seats as close as possible to their original position.
Starting August, the customers located in UK can order the 2015 Range Rover Autobiography Black Long Wheel base, a model that promises to deliver higher levels of luxury with unique design finishes.
This model is available with the exclusive Lunar/Cirrus interior colour combination, while other details include Santorini Black and Bright Chrome exterior trim, LED tail lamps, unique 21- and 22-inch alloy wheels, new seat designs with Semi-Aniline leather, configurable mood lightning and additional swathes of leather.
2015 Range Rover Sport customers can order their new vehicle in Aruba Silver, while the roof and door sills can now be finished in body colour or contrasting black. As standard, the 2015 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models come with the Land Rover InControl Remote and InControl Secure.
For those who don’t know, the InControl Remote includes the SOS Emergency Call, Optimised Land Rover Assistance and a Smartphone App which enables you to connect remotely with your vehicle wherever you are.
InControl Apps allows owners to sync smartphone apps to the vehicle’s touchscreen, and is compatible with Apple and Android smartphones. The 2015 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are available to order from 16th July.