A British motoring icon, the Land Rover Range Rover has a decades-deep reputation for being an upscale, go-anywhere vehicle at home in royal company or traversing Midlands fields. Under BMW ownership, the previous-generation Range Rover set a high standard for wood- and leather-lined opulence, as well as refinement and comfort, something the company has built upon under the ownership of the Indian conglomerate, Tata.
The latest Range Rover uses an all-aluminum body structure and has shed more than 900 pounds compared with the previous model. The base engine is the new supercharged 340-hp, 3.0-liter V6 engine shared with the Jaguar XF. The Range Rover we drove had the supercharged 5.0-liter V8, which is standard on the (very) high-end Supercharged and Autobiography editions. We can attest to this engine's effortless acceleration, which Land Rover claims accelerates the premium SUV from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
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Rear-seat passengers get room to stretch out in new standard bucket seats, separated by a center console. A three-person bench is optional, as is a twin-screen rear entertainment system. The new Range Rover has a huge cargo hold in the extended rear overhang.
One thing that comes through clearly is the stately ride which is absorbent and steady. Handling is also surprisingly responsive for such a large coach.
We're sure the Range Rover's loyal buyers will be enthused with the new model. And they'll undoubtedly appreciate the 25-percent improvement in fuel economy, based on the EPA rating of 19 mpg.
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