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New Technology and More Power for the Range Rover and Sport [w/video]

7 November 2014

Land Rover has announced a comprehensive series of updates for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

Land Rover has added something called  All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) to the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

ATPC allows the driver to input a desired speed, either from rest or an existing speed, without any pedal inputs once the brake is released. The system continuously monitors and adjusts the vehicle settings to optimise traction and maintain progress in all conditions.

ATPC reduces driver workload to enhance Range Rover’s off-road capability, maintaining composure over steep gradients, rough terrain and low-grip surfaces.  It is apparently particularly beneficial in challenging off-road environments where a very low constant speed is desirable.  ATPC works both in forward and reverse gears and is operational from 1mph to 19mph (1.8km/h to 30km/h).

Available on TDV6, SCV6 and V8 Supercharged derivatives, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are the first models to feature this new technology.

Under the bonnet, the performance and fuel economy of Land Rover’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder engines has been enhanced as well. Previously equipped with twin-turbocharging technology, TDV6 derivatives now adopt a ball-bearing single turbocharger. Along with Low Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation (LPEGR), a two-stage oil pump that reduces parasitic engine losses and a revised design of fuel-injector nozzle, the TDV6 continues to produce 258PS and 600Nm. Fuel efficiency, however, significantly increases: Range Rover TDV6 improves by an impressive 8.5%, while Range Rover Sport TDV6 improves by 5.7%.

Range Rover Sport SDV6 derivatives retain parallel-sequential turbocharging, but detail calibration changes increase performance to 306PS and 700Nm, increases of 14PS and 100Nm respectively.  LPEGR, a two-stage oil pump and revised fuel-injector nozzles also increase fuel efficiency. The result is a  7.0% improvement at 40.4mpg/7.0 litres per 100km and 185g/km.

Fitted with a 3.0-litre V6 supercharged engine, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SCV6 derivatives continue to deliver 340PS and 450Nm, while fuel efficiency improves by 1.9%. A new thermostat allows the all-alloy engine to reach its ideal operating temperature  faster, while laser-drilled injectors ensure an optimised spray of fuel directly enters the combustion chambers; elsewhere, revised camshaft chain guides, a two-stage oil pump, a new diamond-like coating for the piston and gudgeon pin, and lower viscosity oil all combine to reduce friction and improve efficiency.

Head-Up Display (HUD) also debuts on Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, projecting key information onto the windscreen. It allows drivers to view relevant information more quickly without glancing away from the road.

HUD data includes vehicle speed, gear position and shift indicator, cruise-control information, satellite-navigation instructions and Traffic-Sign Recognition. For maximum convenience, the driver can pre-select which information is displayed.

Finally, both Range Rover derivatives are now available with an updated colour palette featuring the Yulong White. Range Rover Sport is also offered in Kaikoura Stone.