The Range Rover in its present generation made the move from ‘midsize SUV’ to ‘luxury car on stilts’ with little fuss, and the buying market reacted warmly to it. With a hefty price increase also came a raft of updates and changes that made it more comparable to traditional luxury limousines like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8, which it was close to in price, making it a viable (if unconventional) alternative.
Luxury buyers like options, and lots of them. So this week, Jaguar-Land Rover Australia have added a couple of new options to the Range Rover that they reckon will be just what buyers wanted.
“The latest updates ensure customers enjoy the peerless comfort they’ve come to expect from a Range Rover, with more choice, convenience, and safety than ever.” — Nick Collins, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar-Land Rover
The biggest addition comes in the form of a new engine: The TDV6 mill will make way for the supercharged SDV6 engine instead, which packs a formidable 202kW and 625Nm. The new 3.0-litre oiler offers a considerable 12kW jump in power over the outgoing engine but still maintains its frugal 7.7L/100km economy figure. Not to mention its creamy-smooth operation.
Further, the larger 4.4L SDV8 engine also gets an update, though that comes in the form of an enhanced 8-speed automatic gearbox. Small tweaks and changes have come about which Land Rover says will increase the efficiency of the SDV8 Range Rover and lower its CO2 emissions, and that’s always a good thing.
Another addition to the options list comes in the form of adaptive cruise control with traffic functionality. Now, the Range Rover will be capable of maintaining a set distance between itself and the car in front, and apply the brakes or accelerate accordingly. In traffic, the Range Rover will be able to come to a dead halt should it need to, and then pull away again if the car in front has stopped for less than 3-seconds.
The 2019 Range Rover range will continue to kick off at $190,000 (before on-road costs), and cap at $398,900 before on-road costs and options.