Land Rover has just launched the new Range Rover, top-of-the-line luxury SUV in India at Rs. 1.73 crore ex-showroom. It will come in three variants with exclusive paint shades with the other two priced at Rs. 1.75 crore and Rs. 1.78 crore.
The Range Rover is a luxury SUV that can give some luxury cars a run for their money, and it still comes with genuine off-road ability, you know, for those times when you want to go dune bashing in the desert or visit an inaccessible jungle lodge. The new Range Rover is also more fuel efficient and has shed about 200 kg in body weight. And the model now available in India runs on diesel.
What’s is unique about the new Range Rover is its monocoque aluminium body that also has some of the largest single-piece body panels among all automobiles. Some of the aluminium used is aircraft-grade material, making the vehicle significantly lighter. Also read: Most expensive SUVs in India
The Range Rover styling follows the traditional look, of a boxy SUV, but it gets even sleeker LED and projector headlamps, with a clam-shell bonnet. The pillars are blacked out, blending into the glass, giving it a full-floating roof effect. The large 20-inch wheels add to the styling, with low-profile tyres (better suited to tarmac use). The Range Rover is about 40 mm longer than the previous variant, with total length going upto almost 5-metres, and improving interior space. It’s also fairly wide at over 2 metres wide.
Better off-road manners
The vehicle has been tuned for both on-road luxury and off-road capability. It has increased ground clearance to 296 mm at the maximum (with an adjustable air suspension system). It also has improved water wading capability, of 900 mm, for those pesky rivers that come in your path, or those flooded streets that you just have to drive through. The Range Rover comes with an improved “terrain-response” system too. This has five settings for different off-road conditions and now also includes an “auto” setting which automatically chooses the off-road mode needed, depending on the terrain you are driving on.
The Range Rover comes with a 4.4 litre V8 diesel with a twin-turbocharger putting out 334 bhp of power. It is a permanent all-wheel drive system transferring power through an eight-speed automatic transmission, with a lock-up mechanism for better fuel efficiency. It comes with massive disc brakes all-round with ABS, EBD, traction control and stability program, and now shifts to an electronic power steering system.
Luxury feature list
The features on the Range Rover include multi-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, DVD infotainment among other standard luxury features. In terms of safety the vehicle has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Also read: Six most comfortable SUVs
The new Range Rover has an advantage over equivalent luxury sedans such as the Mercedes S Class in India, because of the road conditions that prevail here. The tall stance and good visibility of an SUV make it easier to handle in the city, and when there are rough roads, flooded roads and bad speed breakers, the Range Rover can handle it all without breaking anything unlike some of the expensive luxury cars. This makes luxury SUVs like it more suited to Indian conditions than some luxury cars.