Land Rover has announced a series of updates for the 2011 model year Range Rover, including an all-new 4.4-litre V8 turbodiesel that sees the prestige off-roader top 30mpg for the first time in its 40-year history.
Most efficient Range-Rover ever
The new ‘LR-TDV8’ 4.4-litre turbodiesel is exclusive to Range Rover, and replaces the previous 3.6-litre V8.
Producing 308bhp and a massive 516 lb ft of torque (pulling power) it’s capable of hauling this premium luxury SUV from 0-60mph in just 7.5 seconds, has a 130mph top speed, and will compete 50-70mph in just 4.0 seconds (a very good measure of the vehicle’s real world performance).
However, the combination of all that torque and a new eight-speed automatic transmission also sees it become the most fuel efficient Range Rover ever. CO2 emissions fall from 294g/km to 253g/km, compared to the previous 3.6, while combined fuel economy is now 30.1mpg according to official EU testing figures.
No other Range Rover has ever topped 30mpg.
New eight-speed automatic
The new eight-speed automatic gearbox has a very tall ‘overdrive’ top gear for economical cruising.
But is also intelligently programmed to reduce fuel consumption at idle – therefore significantly improving urban mpg – and use lower gears from cold in order to help the engine warm up and reach its optimum operating temperature faster.
It is controlled via a rotary dial instead of a more traditional lever, which rises up out of the centre console only when the ignition is turned on – a feature borrowed from stable-mates Jaguar.
Terrain Response upgrades
In order to avoid confusion, the Terrain Response system that was previously controlled by a dial is now controlled by a switch.
Terrain Response offers a choice of chassis settings that enables the Range Rover to cope with a range of on- and off-road surfaces and hazards. For the 2011 model year it has been upgraded with Hill Start Assist and Gradient Acceleration Control.
Hill Start Assist, as in many cars, holds the Range Rover on the brakes briefly while the driver moves their foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator in order to avoid any danger of rolling backwards. Gradient Acceleration Control functions on severe gradients in cases where Hill Descent Control has not been engaged to prevent the vehicle from gathering speed too quickly.
The 2011 model year also sees some minor alterations to the Range Rover’s styling.
Diesel models get ‘Jupiter’ grilles and side vents, while an optional Exterior Design Pack offers different bumpers, revised side sills, stainless steel exhaust finishers and ‘Titan’ exterior detailing.
There are also new paint and alloy wheel choices, plus optional illuminated treadplates for the first time.
Autobiography Black 40th anniversary edition
In order to celebrate the Range Rover’s 40th anniversary, however, the company is also introducing the Autobiography Black 40th anniversary limited edition.
Unique Barolo Black paint, 20-inch Diamond Turned alloy wheels, unique grille and side vents, body-coloured door handles and Autobiography Black tailgate badging help the exterior stand out; the inside feature a choice of unique colour combinations, a repeated Autobiography Black logo motif, unique Grand Black door veneers, illuminated tread plates and a half wood Grand Black steering wheel.
Just 700 of these special edition Range Rovers will be made available globally.
Pricing for the limited edition and the 2011 model year Range Rover in general has not yet been announced. Set to go on sale in September, the 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol remains in the line-up alongside the new 4.4-litre V8 turbodiesel.
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