Land Rover might only have revised the Range Rover last summer, but there’s now a new version, complete with a bigger and better 4.4-litre TDV8, plus it’s available as a limited-run Autobiography Black special edition to celebrate the car’s 40th birthday.
“The 2011 Range Rover retains its position as one of the world’s most complete luxury vehicles,” said Phil Popham, Land Rover Managing Director. “Its combination of reduced CO2 emissions and superior engine performance continue to make it a clear industry benchmark. And with the introduction of our all-new ’super diesel’, we see the Range Rover delivering over 30mpg for the first time.”
The big news is under the bonnet, where the Range Rover’s best selling diesel V8 engine grows from 3.6 litres to 4.4 thanks to a longer stroke. The combination of this engine and a new eight-speed automatic gearbox improves efficiency in terms of power, fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
The new engine uses sequential turbocharging to generate 309bhp (a 15 per cent boost on the outgoing engine) and 516lb ft of torque. Claimed fuel economy is now 30.1mpg on the Combined cycle (an 18.5 per cent improvement), and CO2 output sits at 253g/km (down 14 per cent from the old model’s 294g/km).
The performance increase means that the Range Rover now accelerates from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds.
The eight-speed gearbox is controlled via a rotary dial that rises out of the transmission tunnel, as in Jaguar’s XF and XJ models.
The flagship of the range will be powered by the 5.0-litre supercharged petrol engine which, along with a six-speed automatic gearbox, is carried over unchanged from 2010 model year cars.
Both petrol and diesel Range Rovers benefit from an enhanced version of the company’s Terrain Response system which will offer Hill Start Assist and Gradient Acceleration Control. The former holds the car on hills as the driver moves from brake to accelerator pedal, while the latter controls speed on steep downhill gradients even when Hill Descent Control is not engaged.
Prices for the 2011 model year Range Rover will be announced in August.