Land Rover has given the new Range Rover a public viewing in London and delivered details of price, performance, economy and much more.
But now, after a reveal today at the Royal Ballet School in Richmond (that’s London if you’re American) we get much more detail from Land Rover on the new Range Rover.
We already know the new Range Rover has been on a massive diet – despite growing in size – and comes in at up to 420kg lighter than the current model. We knew that would improve performance and economy – and it does.
The 5.0 litre V8 Supercharged Range Rover gets 503bhp and can now get to 60mph in 5.1 seconds (probably 5.4 seconds to 62mph) making it almost a second quicker than the current model. Economy improves too, with Land Rover claiming an improvement of 9 per cent to around 21mpg – although you’ll still be lucky to see 15mpg in the real world.
The 4.4 V8 diesel also continues in the new Range Rover and now gets 334bhp, which probably means it’s as quick as the old V8 Supercharged, although Land Rover aren’t saying at the moment, and does 32.5mpg, and nor are they telling us what the new 3.0 litre V6 diesel can do in terms of performance, but we do know is it has 254bhp and can do 37.7mpg.
Also in the offing – although not until late 2013, is the Range Rover Hybrid. That gets the 3.0 litre V6 diesel with 286bhp and an integrated electric motor which adds 47bhp. It can run on just the electric motor, ICE only or a combination of both for a combined 333bhp, 0-62mpg in 7.4 seconds and 169g/km.
Al; the new Range Rovers get Land Rover’s 8-speed ZF ‘box, Brembo brakes, increased ground clearance, increased wading depth and the new Terrain Response 2 system which decides for you how it needs to be set up.
The new body is said to be 30 per cent stiffer – which should improve both on road performance and off road comfort – and uses aluminium subframes and wishbones at the front and a mult-link setup at the back with an ew air-compressor allowing better performance and quicker responses from the air suspension.
There’s a raft of hi-tec stuff on offer including Keyless, soft close doors, power tailgates, coolers, Meridian hi-fi, digital instruments, voice control, new Climate and park heating, high quality leather and massage seats and interior illumination.
Dynamics and drive assist technologies are also an integral part of what’s on offer with Two-channel Dynamic Response, Adaptive cruise, emergency braking, Blind Spot monitoring, Reverse traffic detection and a surround camera system just some of the features.
We don’t know if we’re still going to see the old model designations – Range Rover Vogue, Vogue SE and Autobiography, but Land Rover say the new Range Rover will have a starting price of £71,295 for the Range Rover Vogue 3.0L TDV6 going up to Range Rover Autobiography 5.0L Supercharged.