Posted Feb 14th 2013 6:30PM
The 2013 Range Rover is on waiting lists so long that Land Rover isn't even importing the base model for lack of sufficient uptake in view of limited resources. When that backlog is all cleared up, there's a 15-page booklet worth of changes coming for the 2014 model year, the biggest of which is the disappearance of the naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine. It will be replaced in the base Range Rover and the HSE with a supercharged 3.0-litre V6.
The new Rangie's aesthetics have changed to help it improve its overall Earth friendliness, and that's the reason given for the engine switch: following "the widespread industry trend to downsize engines due to GHG [greenhouse gasses] legislation which requires continuing efforts to improve emissions and fuel consumption." The V8 produced 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, the supercharged V6 gets 340 hp and 332 lb-ft. That slows the 0-to-60 mile-per-hour (0-96 km/h) time from 6.5 seconds to 7.1, but improves gas mileage by two miles per gallon (an improvement of 0.85 L/100 km) across the board to 16 city (14.7), 22 highway (10.7) and 18 (13.0 L/100 km) combined and CO2 emissions drop by 22 per cent. Stop/start will come standard on both the V6 and the supercharged 5.0-litre V8, that latter engine still standard fitment on the Supercharged and Autobiography trims.
Elsewhere on the velveteen exploration mobile, the price of the Adaptive Cruise Control will drop from US$2,000 to US$1,295. The Active Rear Locking Differential gets combined with the Tow Package; both are available separately on the Supercharged and Autobiography trims for US$1,400 total right now, combined the two will cost US$1,300 on the 2014 model. (Canadian option pricing not yet available) The LED signature lamps, an option with the Vision Assist package, will be standard across the range, and two new colors are added and one disappears.
Click the link below to read the entire document, and you might want to rearrange your place on that waiting list if you're read something you like.