Land Rover Subtly Upgrades Range Rover and Range Rover Sport
Efficiency, Off-Road Skills Improved
Land Rover announced some subtle, but meaningful, changes to two of its most significant models. The current Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have only been on the market for a couple years. In that time, they’ve battled very nobly for dominance in the luxury-SUV market, taking on comers from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Cadillac, Porsche, and others with poise. However, the new updates will only help the Rovers maintain their enviable place in the market.
Most importantly for a Land Rover, both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will receive the company’s All-Terrain Progress Control system, which works in collaboration with the vehicles’ Terrain Response system to provide low-speed cruise control in off-roading situations. The system enables drivers to select a speed for the Range Rover to hold, between 1 and 19 mph. The vehicle will then maintain that speed, optimizing power and braking forces on each wheel to keep moving forward in varying terrain conditions.
The system, which works in both forward and reverse gears, helps the driver focus on steering the vehicle where it’s safest. It also will reduce driver fatigue on long off-road excursions, much like regular speed control does on-road. A new heads-up display also improves driver awareness, displaying things like satellite navigation, gear selection, and traffic-sign recognition on the windshield itself.
Other improvements for the Rovers include efficiency refinements for their gas (and overseas, diesel) V-6 engines. Land Rover claims a 1.9 percent decrease in fuel consumption for its supercharged V-6, achieved through the use of an optimized thermostat, more precise laser-drilled fuel injectors, and lower-friction engine components.
There’s no word on when we’ll see these upgrades on Land Rovers in the United States, but we look forward to a long, muddy road trip to test them out whenever they come.
Source: Land Rover