Euro NCAP recently released a new batch of crash tests and one of the models with the most anticipated results is the new Range Rover. The SUV received five stars, with a 91 percent rating for adult occupant protection, 84 percent for child occupant protection, 63 percent for pedestrian protection and 86 percent for the safety assist.
Range Rover SDV8 Tows an Airstream 684 Series 2 from England to Morocco and Back
Just like Julius Caesar's wife must be above suspicion, all products from Land Rover and especially its flagship Range Rover SUV must be capable of conquering all sorts of terrain and hauling anything you throw at it, regardless if a substantial number of owners will never set foot on dirt.
Having already shown its off-road prowess, Land Rover wanted to demonstrate what it describes as "the class-leading towing ability" of the all-new 2013 Range Rover.
For this reason, the British carmaker teamed up with Airstream hitching the latter's newly-launched 684 Series 2 aluminum travel trailer to a Range Rover Autobiography equipped with a 334hp (339PS) SDV8 turbocharged diesel engine and sending it to a trip from Airstream’s European home in the English Lake District, to the top of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and back.
The team was on the move often for more than 12 hours a day completing the challenge of towing the 2,399 kg (5,289 pounds) Airstream 3,676 miles (5,915 kilometers) in 11 days.
"The new Range Rover’s towing ability is nothing short of stunning. It pulled the two and a half tonne Airstream like it simply wasn’t there," commented Ben Samuelson, whose firm Samuelson Wylie Associates organized and executed the trip.
As for the Airstream trailer, Samuelson had this to say: "You can compare the Airstream to a boutique hotel – albeit a mobile one – and taking this combination of rig on your travels injects some serious style and comfort."
The British based automaker Land Rover has announced recently that the new Range Rover has a six-month to a year waiting list in the United States.
The new generation of the Range Rover, which is wearing the 2013 model year in its name, has been unveiled a few months ago and, since then, the popular luxury SUV has been launched in several markets across the globe. But despite the fact that the 2013 Range Rover can be called just about anything but cheap, the model is enjoying an increased popularity in the United States, where the waiting list for it stands between 6 months to 1 year.
“We are asking for as many vehicles as we can get. The vehicle is sold out for six months to a year”, said the executive vice president of operations at Jaguar Land Rover North America, Chris Marchand.
All versions of the 2013 Range Rover have been sold in the United States until this summer, when new units are expected to make their way into the auto market. The official starting price of the 2013 Range Rover in the U.S. has been set at 88,545 USD.
Range Rover dropping V8 base engine in favor of supercharged V6
The 2013 Range Rover is on waiting lists so long that Land Rover isn't even importing the base model for lack of sufficient uptake in view of limited resources. When that backlog is all cleared up, there's a 15-page booklet worth of changes coming for the 2014 model year, the biggest of which is the disappearance of the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine. It will be replaced in the base Range Rover and the HSE with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6.
The new Rangie's aesthetics have changed to help it improve its overall Earth friendliness, and that's the reason given for the engine switch: following "the widespread industry trend to downsize engines due to GHG [greenhouse gasses] legislation which requires continuing efforts to improve emissions and fuel consumption." The V8 produced 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, the supercharged V6 gets 340 hp and 332 lb-ft. That slows the 0-to-60 mile-per-hour time from 6.5 seconds to 7.1, but improves gas mileage by two miles per gallon across the board to 16 city, 22 highway and 18 combined and CO2 emissions drop by 22 percent. Stop/start will come standard on both the V6 and the supercharged 5.0-liter V8, that latter engine still standard fitment on the Supercharged and Autobiography trims
All New Range Rover Bags 10 Global Awards in Just 3 Months!
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) reveals the details of the list of awards it has received:
‘AUTOBEST‘ group of motoring writers, named the All New Range Rover ‘TECHNOBEST 2012’
‘Dream Machine‘ award from Autoweek
‘Luxury Car of the Year’ from both What Car?and Top Gear magazines
‘Best Cars – Import Category‘ from Auto Motor and Sport
‘4×4 Category Winner’ in The Sunday Times’ Top 100 Cars 2012
There are also several other awards and each of them adds a jewel on the crown!
Commenting on this delighting achievement, Land Rover Global Brand Director, Mr. John Edwards, said:
“We are proud of the recognition the Range Rover is receiving from international motoring organisations and publications. It is a fantastic achievement and a great endorsement for the model, which has only been in production for three months.”
Range Rover could move more upmarket to compete with a Bentley SUV
Land Rover has dropped its biggest hint yet that it is ready to take the Range Rover way upmarket to counter the challenge of a new Bentley SUV.
The Bentley EXP9 F concept car was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012, and a heavily revised production model is expected to hit the market by 2015, with a price tag that could be in the region of 200,000 Euros (£174,000).
Land Rover brand director John Edwards told Auto Express that the company is monitoring events closely.
He explained: "We have a chessboard approach to the market. We look at where we are and see if we can go left, right, up or down to expand. So, for example in terms of looking up, does the fact Bentley is doing an SUV present us with an opportunity? I think it does.
"The Range Rover is a phenomenal car and I think there is the potential to move it further upmarket.
"On the previous version we did an Ultimate Edition, which cost £125,000, and only originally planned to do 200. In the end we sold 600-700.
"On the current model, the Supercharged Autobiography is £99,000 and extras can push that up to £110k or £120k.
"There is a healthy demand overseas," continued Edwards. "Our research shows us that we have a lot of very wealthy customers who have a fleet of cars – Astons, Bentleys etc - but for 99 per cent of them, if you ask them which car they would keep if they could only have one, they always say the Range Rover.
"I used to think there was a ceiling price of £100k for a Range Rover. But now, while there obviously still is a ceiling price, we are a long way from that ceiling."
With the Bentley possibly featuring a W12 engine, making the Range Rover more powerful is an option, but sources suggest this is unlikely as the company feels a 5.1 second time for 0-60mph is perfectly adequate for a car of the Range Rover’s bulk.
And Edwards said: "Power is one thing we’d look at but adding more personalisation and individuality presents a bigger opportunity."
Edwards also outlined what he would expect a baby Land Rover to deliver if the brand was to proceed with model smaller than the Range Rover Evoque.
He said: "It would need to be tough, durable and robust and capable of living in an urban environment in an emerging city like, for example, Lagos."