Upgraded versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will arrive in Australia in the second quarter of 2014 featuring new powertrains, enhanced technology items and an expanded options list.
Detailed late last month, the hybrid system teams a 215kW/600Nm 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 diesel engine with a 35kW electric motor. Combined, they develop 250kW of power at 4000rpm and 700Nm of torque between 1500-3000rpm.
An eight-speed automatic transmission sends drive to all four wheels, motivating the duo from 0-100km/h in under seven seconds while consuming a claimed 6.4 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.
The Range Rover Sport will also gain the 250kW/700Nm 4.4-litre turbo-diesel V8 that is already available in the Range Rover Vogue and Autobiography variants that cost approximately $195K to $230K.
Among the new technology features added to both models is the parking exit function, which helps drivers automatically exit parallel parking bays. Perpendicular park and 360-degree park distance control are also added, the latter providing virtual object tracking along the sides of the car at vehicle speeds up to 16km/h.
Available optionally in select markets is a forward-looking camera that monitors the vehicle’s position between lane markings, supporting the lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition systems.
Inside, the Range Rover gains powered upper-seat articulation for the front seats as well as the option of larger 10.2-inch screens for rear-seat passengers.
The upgraded models will be available to order from September 10 following their debut at next week’s Frankfurt motor show.