New Range Rover launched

  • Range Rover gets mild facelift
  • 4.4-litre V8 replaces 3.6-litre V8 engine
  • On sale from late September, price to be announced

This is the new Range Rover and it will arrive in the UK by late September. The new luxury 4x4 has had a mild nose job but it is the powertrains where the most dramatic changes have taken place.

The new 4.4-litre V8 diesel engine eplaces the 3.6-litre V8 diesel. This new V8 has a power output of 309bhp and 700Nm of pulling power. Fuel consumption has improved and this version averages 30.1mpg, this is the first time that a Range Rover has been capable of averaging 30mpg.  

Those of a green persuasion will be happy to see that emissions have been cut by 14% (41g/km). The new Range Rover with this 4.4-litre V8 emits 253g/km whereas the 3.6-litre V8 emitted 294g/km.

A new electronically controlled paddle-shift ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox has been added and this means this version of the Range Rover can get from rest to 60mph in a mere 7.5 seconds. Top speed has increased from 125mph to 130mph.

The Range Rover retains the flagship 5.0-litre LR-V8 supercharged petrol engine. This unit develops 503bhp and 625Nm of pulling power. This gives a time of 5.9 seconds for the zero to 60mph dash.

The designers have given the Range Rover a few minor tweaks but you will have to look closely to notice. There's a revised front bumper with fog lamp surrounds, front grille and side vents, revised side sills, rear bumper and stainless steel exhaust finishers.

Improvements to the Terrain Response system include hill start assist and gradient acceleration control. The gradient acceleration control is designed to provide safety cover on severe gradients when the driver does not have hill descent control engaged.

The new Range Rover will go on sale in the UK from late September and prices are still to be confirmed.