The "Range" as it is commonly called, doesn't get a complete overhaul very often. Born in 1970, the second generation did not arrive until 1994. It took another eight years to see the third generation in 2002. This year, for the 2014 model year, the fourth generation of Range Rover comes to life.
The Range Rover sits at the top of the Land Rover range. Priced at more than $100,000, it's not surprising that few are encountered on the road. The 2014's new shape is more refined, while maintaining the robust style, which is the Range Rover's trademark. The roof has been lowered by 20 millimetres, making it the most aerodynamic model to date.
As the Range Rover is not only a luxury vehicle, but also a multi-purpose truck, it's commanding driver positioning has been designed so that the driver feels in control and confident in the face of the elements of nature, or chaotic traffic. The upward visibility has been improves, thus improving the visibility of rolling hills, signs and traffic lights.
As is to be expected, the interior is of course very luxurious. The elements of classic Range Rover design, the intersection between the horizontal panel and the vertical centre panel have been preserved while providing a fresh and contemporary look. The centre console is wider and it's more refined controls are handy. Note the absence of the shifter, it has been replaced by a retractable knob that allows the driver to select the desired report.
Also new on the 2014 Range Rover is the availability of a 9-speed ZF transmission. The extra gears will help to improve fuel economy while improving performance, towing capability and steep-gradient driving. ZF says that the new transmission could improve fuel efficiency by as much as 10 MPG.
Through the optional full size sunroof, light floods the vehicle. The interior looks more spacious and connected to the outside. The high quality materials are enhanced by LED mood lighting, brightening night rides. Lighting is available in ten shades to suit all circumstances.
If your bank manager agrees to the splurge, the base model 2014 Range Rover is selling for $114,750, while the higher end model raises the bar to $144,000. Taxes are not included!
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca