Despite only going on sale in December as a 2013 model, Land Rover’s new Range Rover SUV is already available for order as a 2014 model.
The latest model year brings one significant update, with the base model now featuring a supercharged V-6 engine instead of a naturally aspirated V-8.
Yes, the 2014 Range Rover adopts Jaguar Land Rover’s new supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, which offers 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque in its latest application.
Those figures may be down on the 2013 base model’s 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, but Land Rover promises similar performance together with improved fuel economy.
The V-6-powered Range Rover will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds, which is 0.6 of a second slower than the V-8, but fuel economy improves to 16/22 mpg city/highway, compared to the V-8’s 14/20 mpg city/highway thirst.
While top speed remains at a governed 130 mph, the weight over the front axle saved by dropping two cylinders should improve handling slightly. The towing capacity also remains at 7,716 pounds.
The 510-horsepower supercharged V-8 model remains unchanged, as does the SUV’s standard eight-speed automatic transmission. Further down the track Land Rover is expected to launch a long-wheelbase variant as well as a plug-in hybrid model based on its Range_e technology.
Land Rover is already taking orders for its 2014 Range Rover and plans to start deliveries this summer.
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