Well it looks like the competition is stepping up its game in the realm of luxury SUVs, so Land Rover has decided to take things to a whole new level, that more than likely won’t be trumped.
With Bentley hitting the market with the new Bentayga, Rolls-Royce prepping the release of its Cullinan, and even Mercedes-Maybach having a stake in the game, Land Rover isn’t about to leave the top end of the market to its rivals.
Land Rover certainly has a reputation to keep, especially as the nameplate prides itself for the development of the luxury segment. John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations managing director, revealed that the British car manufacturer is capable of “stretching” the model even further on the social ladder, stating: “I’ve never been worried about the Bentley threat – I have always thought it brings an opportunity to grow the segment. It recognizes we have created a segment and it is flattery that Bentley and Rolls-Royce soon want to join in.
The flagship Range Rover model currently starts at $84,950, but can be spruced up all the way up to $199,495 in the top-level, long-wheelbase SVAutobiography edition . Edwards says there should be room to push north of the $250K mark after all is said and done.
That would make it a good three times the price of the base model, which might seem quite the stretch, so JLR SVO will have to pull some serious tricks out of its hat in order to justify the asking price. But we assure you that Land Rover isn’t about to let Bentley and Rolls-Royce steal away its customers without a fight.
Land Rover would like to proudly introduce a truly one of a kind vehicle, the Range Rover Sentinel, which is the first fully armored model engineered by Land Rover’s Special Operations Division.
The Sentinel is based on the existing short-wheelbase Autobiography and is crafted out of super-high-strength steel. It meets the strict VR 8 standards, meaning it can withstand 7.62-millimeter high-velocity bullets designed to pierce through armor, DM51 grenades and a 33-pound charge of TNT. And even if the wheels are shot at, the Sentinel can be driven with deflated tires.
Some other awesome features include an anti-tamper exhaust system, a self-sealing gas tank, a backup battery and an emergency escape system that lets the occupants escape through the trunk if the doors are blocked on both sides. In spite of the upgrades, the Sentinel is nearly identical to a stock Range Rover when viewed from the outside, which ensures the occupants keep a low profile.
Options include a fire suppression system for the cabin and the engine bay, a loud speaker and a configurable siren. The cabin can be personalized by choosing from a wide range of fabric and trim options.
Under the hood lurks a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine that sends 335 horsepower to all four wheels via a specially calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission manufactured by ZF.
John Edwards, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations said, “The new Range Rover Sentinel is one of the most extraordinary Range Rovers ever produced. It has been expertly engineered by Special Vehicle Operations to provide class leading levels of protection to occupants against extreme attack, whilst retaining the Range Rover’s luxury and refinement with off road capability.”
The Sentinel made its global debut at the Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition at London’s Excel arena last week, turning heads and dropping jaws galore.
Well it looks like the calls were finally answered, as Land Rover is bringing two new fuel efficient diesel powertrains to the family in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport!
The two luxury diesel SUVs debuted at the 2015 North American International Auto Show and go on sale this fall.
Land Rover has incorporated a combination of new and proven innovative technologies to bring North American customers an engine with exceptional refinement, efficiency and performance.
The 3.0-liter Td6 turbocharged V6 diesel engine delivers stunning performance thanks to its powerful 254 horsepower engine and a low-end torque output of 440 lb-ft. Peak torque arrives at 1,750rpm in the Td6 while the gasoline V6 produces its 332 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm. This high torque output at low RPM, makes the diesel Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models particularly well suited to towing heavy loads and off-roading where reaching maximum torque at a lower gear is extremely beneficial.
Every aspect of the Td6 engine has been optimized to ensure emissions are as low as possible. This includes the new Low Pressure EGR system which has been critical to the success of Td6 emission ratings and further improves fuel economy.
A two-stage oil pump reduces engine losses while a revised design for the fuel-injectors has been introduced to improve efficiency and reduce hydrocarbon emissions. The injection cycle also employs an innovative two-stage process to eliminate the traditional ‘knock’ associated with diesel engines.
The Range Rover HSE Td6 and Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 SUVs will deliver 25 miles per gallon combined, which is a 32 percent improvement over the supercharged V6 gasoline engine, and reach a high of 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
We invite you to come visit us here at Land Rover Frisco in the heart of Frisco, Texas to take the all new Td6 for a test climb, and see for yourself how Land Rover has truly taken diesel power to the next level.