Land Rover offers new technologies and improved options for its upgraded Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models for 2014. Land Rover will begin taking orders for these upgraded models on September 10. Deliveries will begin in early 2014. The offerings will vary depending on the individual markets. Among the new customer-focused driver assistance technologies are Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning and Perpendicular Park.
Meanwhile, the new Land Rover InControl will offer a variety of connectivity features. The 4.4 SDV8 for fitment in the Range Rover Sport offers a modified intake system consisting of twin-intercoolers, a new sump, new cast alloy engine mounts (lowering the weight by 10kg) and optimised calibration.
The turbo-diesel offers 339PS and an enormous 700Nm torque, offering excellent performance and driveability in real world conditions. When mated to a ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission, the SDV8 powered Sport can get to 62mph (100km/h) in just 6.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 140mph (225km/h) when the Dynamic Pack is used.
The engine availability will depend on the market. There are two petrol engine options offered for the improved Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. These are the 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 (the latter being offered on just the Range Rover Sport) and the newly unveiled hybrid powertrain.
The same powertrain is used by Land Rover's first-ever hybrid models. It is the 3-litre SDV6 turbo-diesel engine that is 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 has a class-leading 700Nm torque, enabling the vehicle to get to 62mph (100km/h) in shorter than seven seconds. The new models have CO2 emission figures of 169g/km and record 44.1mpg on the combined cycle.
The upgraded model comes with an option to get the new Black Design Pack. Offered on Vogue, Vogue SE and Autobiography models, the pack includes a lineup of parts finished in Gloss Black, such as Range Rover script on bonnet and tailgate, front grille, door mirror caps, exterior door handles, bumper vanes, side vent graphic, wheel nuts, tailgate finisher, as well as a choice of a new 21-inch alloy wheels and a 22-inch alloy wheel with a new style finish. For its interior, the automaker offers the following new options: a powered upper seat articulation (for the driver and front passenger) and bigger 10.2-inch screens for the entertainment system.
Land Rover has given the new Range Rover a clean and elegant shape, as heavily influenced by re-interpreted Range Rover design cues. Thus, the new vehicle is immediately identifiable as a Range Rover, despite the fact that it further evolved the model’s already iconic design language.
With a length of below five meters, the new Range Rover has a footprint similar to its immediate predecessor. However, the new model is provided a more streamline and smoother profile – with a roofline that sits around 20 mm in access mode – allowing it to have a coefficient of drag of as low as 0.34 Cd, making this iteration of the Range Rover the most aerodynamic so far.
Meanwhile, the interior of the new Range Rover is as luxurious as it is modern and pure. It makes use of characteristic Range Rover design cues, which are now given a fresh treatment in the latest model. Of course, the distinctively strong, architectural forms of the interior are still there. Meanwhile, its clean and elegant surfaces are wrapped in the finest leathers and veneers.
Rear passengers of the new Range Rover could now enjoy a more spacious and more comfortable rear cabin, thanks to the fact that the legroom in this section has been expanded by over 118 mm. Buyers may also get the optional two-seat Executive Class seating package.
As always, Land Rover is allowing customers to personalize their own Range Rover according to their taste and preferences, taking this vehicle into a new luxurious level. In fact, the new Land Rover Range Rover could be specified with any of the available colors, finishes and features. For instance, customers may avail of the exclusive Autobiography series that boasts of its color-themed interiors. Customers may also choose from a range of stylish alloy wheels that measure up to 22 inches in diameter.