The new Range Rover is to get the new 3.0 litre Supercharged engine in place of the naturally aspirated 5.0 litre in the U.S. for the 2014 model.
That explains why a dealer marketing bulletin from Land Rover has gone out on the new Range Rover explaining to dealers what differences there will be between the 2013 and 2014 Range Rovers. And the biggest change is a new engine for the 2014 Range Rover.
In the U.S., buyers of the Range Rover basically have two choices: a 5.0 litre V8 with or without a supercharger. But from the 2014 MY Land Rover are dropping the naturally aspirated V8 and replacing it with the new 3.0 litre V6 supercharged we’ve seen in the new Jaguar F-Type and XJ.
That means the 2014 Range Rover will get less power with the V6 S/C than it did in the N/A V8 (35bhp and 43lb/ft of torque less) which also means the 2014 V6 Range Rover will be around 0.6 seconds slower to 60mph, but economy will improve by around 15 per cent.
Other changes for the 2014 Range Rover include new colours (Corris Grey, Loire Blue and Scotia Grey), extra equipment on the Autobiography ( Active locking rear diff, 1700W Meridian Sound), tweaks to the Infotainment and other small changes to stuff like badges.
As the Range Rover doesn’t get the naturally aspirated 5.0 litre in UK it seems unlikely Land Rover will suddenly start offering the 3.0 V6 Supercharged here. But we’ve asked Land Rover if there are plans for the RR with the V6 S/C in the UK, and we’ll update when we hear.