Land Rover already had big news last year with the introduction of the all-new, fourth-generation Range Rover for 2013. Despite the range-topping Rangie being apparently sold out for the remainder of this calendar, the British marque isn't resting – a leaked order guide found by Land Rover fan site Oval News has revealed that the base and HSE Range Rovers will ditch the naturally aspirated V-8 for a supercharged-six.
If you keep tabs on Jaguar Land Rover, this game plan should sound pretty familiar to you – it is the same tack taken by Jaguar with the XJ sedan for the 2013 model year. What it means for Range Rover buyers is that only the Supercharged and Autobiography models will use the Gen III AJ-V8 engine and only in 5.0-liter supercharged form. In place of the naturally aspirated V-8 in the base and HSE Range Rovers, JLR will slot in the same 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 found in the Jaguar XJ and XF.
Compared with the outgoing eight-cylinder, the V-6 is down slightly on power: 340 hp versus 375 lb-ft and 332 lb-ft of torque versus 375 lb-ft. However, fuel economy is expected to go up – Land Rover expects the V-6 to achieve 16/22 mpg city/highway, up two mpg in both the city and highway from the outgoing engine. The supercharged V-6 will continue to use the same eight-speed automatic and stop/start will now be standard on all Range Rovers. Pricing for the 2014 Range Rover will start at the same $83,545 (including destination) as it does now, despite the new engine; the only model which sees a change in price is the top-spec Autobiography, which costs $5000 more at $135,995
The 2014 Range Rover will also see a number of minor trim changes, some reshuffled and renamed option packages, and three new exterior colors: Corris Grey (in place of Orkney Grey), Loire Blue (replacing Baltic Blue), and the all-new Scotia Grey.
We reached out to Jaguar Land Rover, but a representative was not able to comment on whether or not the new powertrain option was, in fact, true; he could only tell us that 2014 models would go on sale in early fall of this year.
Source: Oval News