Jaguar Land Rover South Africa is introducing a comprehensive suite of updates to Range Rover and Range Rover Sport for 2015 model year, reaffirming their status as the world’s best luxury and premium sporting SUVs, unrivalled in their breadth of capability, both on and off road.
“As the world’s best luxury and premium sporting SUVs, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have long offered an unrivalled combination of performance, luxury and off-road capability,’ says Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover.
“These latest updates ensure both vehicles maintain their market-leading positions, with a special focus on performance, efficiency and increased personalisation options.”
The potent SDV8 now produces 250kW and 740Nm – a 40Nm increase – with a fuller torque curve from 1700 to 3300rpm thanks to detailed calibration changes. This improves in-gear acceleration by up to 6.5% in higher gears, ensuring effortless overtaking ability and enhanced towing capability. The ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic gearbox has been re-engineered with a revised torque converter incorporating a twin-spring damper. Despite such a large increase in torque, the SDV8’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions remain unchanged at 8.7 litres/100km and 229g/km CO2.
Range Rover Sport derivatives using the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine continue to offer a potent 250kW and 450Nm, but a new ZF 8HP45 8-speed automatic transmission saves 6kg, improves gearbox efficiency and ensures full compliance with new emissions requirements.
A new version of the Range Rover Sport, the TDV6 S (easily identified by its 19-inch alloys), introduces the 183kW turbodiesel engine and makes Sport accessible to a wider audience. Also available is a new SE derivative, with either the 215kw turbodiesel or supercharged petrol, and riding on with 20-inch wheels. A choice of three interior colour packages is offered.
Updated puddle lamps now project each vehicle’s silhouette onto the ground at night to light the way for occupants.
Fixed panoramic roofs with power blinds are now available and bring an additional sense of space and light to both vehicles’ luxurious interiors – these are only available as options on the base spec vehicles. Meanwhile, 19-inch alloy wheels with a Satin Dark Grey finish introduce a stylish option for buyers wishing to use smaller wheels in global markets where conditions and surfaces may prove more challenging.
Increased Range Rover derivatives
An updated colour palette features Aruba Silver and Kaikoura Stone, and long-wheelbase derivatives can be specified with a sophisticated 22-inch alloy wheel.
Inside, an Intelligent Cargo Mode senses if the rear seats are about to make contact with the front seats when folded down to increase luggage capacity, and automatically moves the front seats forwards. Once the rear seats have folded flat, the front seats are returned as close as possible to their original position.
Luxurious Autobiography Black can now be specified in all markets (LWB only on South Africa), and is available with an exclusive new Lunar/Cirrus interior colour combination. Autobiography Black signature details include unique Santorini Black and Bright Chrome exterior trim, LED tail lamps, unique 21- and optional 22-inch alloys, new seat designs with Semi-Aniline leather, customer-configurable mood lighting, and additional swathes of leather.
Even more choice for Range Rover Sport customers
The Range Rover Sport’s exterior colour palette has been updated for 2015 to include the distinctive new Aruba silver and Kaikoura Stone, and the roof and door sills can now be finished in body colour or contrasting black. Also available is a Stealth Pack on certain derivatives, which introduces a wide range of satin black exterior trim components.