Range Rover is a product of the British Car manufacturer company Land Rover. This is considered to be one of the early models of the SUV i.e. Sports Utility Vehicle. The history of Land Rover moves back to the 1947 when it started the journey. But the specific introduction of Range Rover took place in the year of 1970. During the early days, it was not designed to be a luxury car but as the days passed, the quality and effectiveness of this car has grown up to acertain level. It is certainly one of the ‘magnificence things that money can buy’.
There has been some evolution in the journey of the Range Rover. Land Rover has made an expansion to the original model into two more cars. Except the original one, the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque are the two models that have been derived. However, the Range Rover has got three different models itself Vogue, Vogue SE and Autobiography. The main motto of Range Rover has been to become able to travel in every nuke and corner of the earth and to consider their performance on and off the road, it can be said that they have been managed to do so. The prime luxury with the pinnacle of modern SUV, Land Rover Range Rover has grown into a car to watch out for.
STYLE AND DESIGN
Although the new Range Rover has been re-designed, it stays true to the iconic styling of its predecessors. The signature Range Rover elements like the clamshell bonnet, chrome plated grille, Range Rover lettering on the front and the floating roof (available with contrast colours) are firmly intact, which make the SUV unmistakably a Range Rover. However look closely and the changes become more apparent. The new Range Rover has smoother curves and is more aerodynamic. Faux side fender vent graphics are now positioned on the doors and give an immediate deja vu of the older models. Silver metal finish accent graphics are present throughout the car, on the lower part of the doors and bumpers. The rear tapers off sharply giving a more compact feel. However make no mistake about the dimensions of the Range Rover, it’s a huge vehicle, measuring a tad under 5-metres in length.
Perhaps the most striking features of the exteriors are the lights, which have been designed with utmost attention to detail. The headlight gets distinctive signature graphics and are extremely eye catchy with the LEDs having interlocking circles. The graphics on the headlights are made to resemble a high performance camera lens. The rear lights are stacked up and are equally striking with a bold square pattern. Puddle lights are placed under the rear view mirrors and on unlocking the vehicle, they project ‘Range Rover’ on the ground. 20-inch wheels carry a chrome finish and look stunning. The overall styling of the vehicle is spot on, with heritage and modern elements well executed to present one highly appealing exterior.
COMFORT AND CABIN
Let me tell you very clearly, there are many other vehicles out there that have the same off-roading capabilities if not better than the Range Rover and that too at a low asking price. However, unlike the Range Rover, none of them takes you across jungles and mountains and muddy-terrains and pretty much everything in such a style and kingly state of divine comfort.
The holy trinity of wood, aluminum and leather has been bestowed on the Range Rover in colossal amounts. Everything is build out of the best material possible and by the best manufacturing process there is. Cabin depicts solidity and richness with a fit and finish that will last ages. Dashboard is now way more logical and uncluttered as almost half of the switches and knobs has been ditched from the previous model. Now the 8” touch screen and TFT instrument panel carries out most of the functions. All the variants of Range Rover comes loaded with all the goodies you’ll ever need and then some more. Features like rain sensing wipers, xenon headlamps and DRLs, front park distance sensors with visual display, memory seats, volumetric and perimetric alarm, rear view camera, four-zone climate control, multi-functional steering wheel, mood lightning, aluminum tread plates, Meridian audio system, Bluetooth phone connection with audio streaming and 8” dual-view touch screen are standard across the range. Sliding panoramic roof, contrast roof coloring, power door mirrors with memory, heated steering wheel, surround camera system, soft door close, twin blade sunvisor, navigation system, keyless entry, rear seat entertainment system, winged headrests and many other goodies along with numerous interior trims are optional on the lower variants and standard on the higher ones. Lots of smart cup holders and cubby holes throughout the house (yeah, it’s that big) makes it quite practical too. Boot space is 32 cubic feet which can be extended up to 72 with rear seats folded down. Further, it is accessible via a fully electric split folding power tailgate. The cabin is spacious and with an extra 4” of rear legroom over the previous model it is literally a SUV cum limo.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
Land Rover has provided a total of 6 drivetrain options under the hood of the Velar SUV. The diesel variants get Land Rovers refined four-cylinder Ingenium diesel which tends to provide high levels of torque at low engine speeds. The base diesel variant gets the D180 2.0 Litre, four-cylinder diesel unit which is capable of producing about 180PS and maximum torque of 430Nm from 1,500rpm. This engine also tends to provide tremendous performance as well. While for those who prefers a slightly more powerful drivetrain can get their hands on the D240. This drivetrain gets two turbochargers. The D240 produces about 240PS and an exceptional 500Nm of torque from just 1,500rpm. Then there is also an option of a more powerful 3.0-litre V6 diesel in the form of the D300. This engine is capable of producing about 300PS of peak power and astonishing maximum torque of 700Nm.
The petrol variant, on the other hand, gets the 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium powertrains. The base models get the P250 variant which produces about 250PS of peak power and maximum torque of 365Nm, produces in between just 1,200rpm to 4,500rpm. While for those who wants more performance can get their hands on the P300 which is one of the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever used under the hood of the Land Rover. This engine makes about 300 Ps of peak power and 400 Nm of torque, however, this engine will be distributed later this year.
Lastly, there is also an option of 3.0-litre supercharged V6. Known as the P380, which is an all aluminum petrol engine, this unit is equipped with Twin-Vortex Supercharger, direct injection and dual-independent variable-camshaft which delivers an instant response. The engine is capable of producing about 380PS at 6500rpm and 450Nm of torque.All the powertrains mentioned above are paired to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with paddle shift controls.
RIDE AND HANDLING
For once, a car manufacturer’s claims stack up across the board. The current Range Rover steers with more fluidity, controls its body better via standard air suspension and ‘active lean’ software and rides with the competence of a limousine. It’s not a sports car, but it encourages relaxed driving and feels built to take care of everything with the minimum of fuss.It is also faintly startling to drive off-road for what is still a relatively large and heavy car; this thing will get to places you wouldn’t believe. It’s easy, too. Just leave the Terrain Response II off-road software in auto, and you can cross rivers (up to 900mm), climb mountains and traverse the most treacherous surfaces, all while listening to Radio 4 and wondering what all the fuss is about.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
All Range Rovers get highly sophisticated electronic systems to keep you on the straight and narrow, and that applies whether you’re on an A-road or venturing into the wilderness. The car has received a maximum five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP – although the organisation was less enthused about its performance in collisions with pedestrians. You also get automatic emergency braking and a lane departure warning as standard, while the options list includes blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assistance.
The anti-theft technology is state of the art too, prompting security consultant Thatcham to award the car the maximum five stars for resisting being stolen, and four out of five for resisting being broken into.
The new Range Rover is more luxurious and more refined, features a much quieter cabin and manages to coast over bigger hurdles and ford through deeper waters. It also proves it strength on straight tarmac, managing to easily haul its bulk to over 220 kmph before any sign of stress shows up.The new fourth-gen Range Rover has bettered the benchmark it has set for itself. And that is going to make it tougher for competitors including the ones to come like what could come off the Bentley EXP 9F concept.
Land Rover Range Rover Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 1,58,65,000/- (Range Rover 3.0l Vogue Petrol) to 3,43,88,000/- (Range Rover 5.0l LWB SVAutobiography Petrol) .Land Rover Range Rover has 13 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Land Rover Range Rover comes in 18 colours, namely Santorini Black-metallic,Kaikoura Stone-metallic,Yulong White-metallic,Corris Grey-metallic,Aintree Green-metallic,Causeway Grey-premium Metallic,Havana-premium Metallic,Aruba-premium Metallic,Chile-premium Metallic,Montalcino Red-metallic,Indus Silver-metallic,Firenze Red-metallic,Loire Blue-metallic,Scotia Grey-metallic,Mariana Black- Premium Metallic,Barolo Black-premium Metallic,Fuji White-solid,Barossa- Premium Metallic.