INCREASED PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY FOR RANGE ROVER AND RANGE ROVER SPORT
It’s not really a surprise to state that the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are two of the world’s best luxury and premium sporting SUVs. But the news that Land Rover has decided to add even more capability when it comes to off-roading to both models manages to give us a little tingle of excitement and anticipation, especially as it concerns the addition of a world-first technology in the shape of Land Rover’s innovative All-Terrain Progress Control system, along with enhanced six-cylinder diesel engines, Head-Up Display (HUD) and an eye-catching new paint colour update to the exterior colour called Yulong White.
“Range Rover and Range Rover Sport offer an unrivalled combination of performance, efficiency, design leadership and off-road capability,” says Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover. “Our latest updates capitalise on these strengths, with our ground-breaking new All Terrain Progress Control, along with extra-efficient six-cylinder engines, which underline Land Rover’s commitment to sustainability.”
All-Terrain Progress Control
All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) is being introduced to both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport’s four-wheel-drive chassis to enhance the class-leading off-road capability that stands at the core of every Land Rover. But what does this eagerly-awaited system add to the lives of a Range Rover driver?
In a nutshell, ATPC has been designed to reduce driver workload, particularly when driving off-road, by allowing the driver to set a desired speed, either from rest or an existing speed, so that the car can move without the driver having to use any pedals. These vehicle settings are continuously monitored (and adjusted) so that optimal traction is maintained to enable progress in whatever conditions it faces.
This includes most types of steep gradients, rough terrain and low-grip surfaces, and the constant speed is highly beneficial when facing some of the more challenging off road environments where it is best to keep to a very low constant speed.
Available on Range Rover TDV6, Range Rover Sport SDV6 (not including SDV6 Hybrid) and all V8 Supercharged derivatives when specified with dual-range transmission and Terrain Response® 2, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are the first models that will be able to make use of the ATPC system that works both in forward and reverse gears at speeds from 1mph to 19mph (1.8km/h to 30km/h).
Cleaner engines means increased performance
Land Rover’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine has always managed to achieve, quite deservedly, plaudits for its performance and fuel economy – yet has somehow been enhanced even further by those rather clever people in the development department. Whereas once before it had been equipped with twin-turbocharging technology, Range Rover TDV6 derivatives now use a ball-bearing single turbocharger which works in collusion with Low Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation to help the TDV6 to produce 258PS / 190 kw and 600Nm along with a significant increase (8.5%) in fuel efficiency.
Range Rover Sport SDV6 derivatives find themselves with increases in performance of 14PS and 100Nm to 306PS / 225 kw and 700Nm with LPEGR also helping to increase fuel efficiency by 7% to 40.4mpg/7.0 litres per 100km and 185g/km.
It’s the first time that a Head-Up Display (HUD) has been available on the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, projecting key information as it does onto the windscreen, allowing drivers to see just what they want (and need) to see without taking their eyes off of the road. This data includes speed, gear position and shift indicator, cruise-control information, satellite-navigation instructions and Traffic-Sign Recognition – but not all at once. The driver can pre-select which information is displayed.
All just in time so that the driver can see just how good a job that Jaguar Land Rover has done on the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.
A late starter on the road (passing his test at the age of 31) Kevin drives. He gets into the car, starts it, and drives. No matter what car, it is being on the road that matters, and enjoying the feeling of being there. A passionate writer about many subjects, and author of an as-yet unpublished book based on his misspent youth in a pop band in the 80's, he works as a freelance copywriter in the North-West of England.
Away from his laptop keyboard, Kevin is a dedicated husband, dad, grandad and AFC Wimbledon football fan currently attempting to indoctrinate his 4 year old grandson into the music of his youth by playing The Jam on repeat throughout the house. He also performs stand-up comedy under the name of AFC Baggy and is the current Preston Comedian of the Year.