Range Rover celebrates 70 years with an icon’s refresh

Sport and the big daddy versions grow up in terms of intelligence and feature lists

It may be hard to find a better car than the Range Rover when it comes to blending ultimate luxury with peerless off-roading capability but for the MY2018, Land Rover may have just managed to improve even the best.

Both the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport facelift versions were unveiled in Mumbai today wearing sparkling new LED Matrix Laser headlights to distinguish their new face from last year’s model. While only subtle cosmetic changes make you squint to spot the differences on the exterior, the insides get a major overhaul.

 

British Business Class

A gesture controlled sunroof, Stolen Vehicle Locator, WiFi hotspot that supports up to 8 devices, and the Touch Pro Duo dual-screen infotainment system we first saw in the Velar now makes it to these two cars too. Also new is the ConnectPro app that allows owners to prep their cars remotely before entering, you know, just like Batman would. But more like Alfred. It will set the AC to the preferred temperature, lock/unlock doors and can send navigation routes from your phone to the car’s Sat/Nav system. The long wheelbase version adds another 186mm of legroom that brings the optional Executive Class seating to life. In this configuration, the Range Rover’s back seat get a recline function along with a motorised centre console instead of a middle seat and the automated process is like a symphony as well, with enough moving parts as a complete orchestra. The front seat moves out of the way, footrests deploy, backrest reclines, personal screens adjust their angle…it’s also very British and very posh.

Mechanically, both cars get electronic air suspension, Terrain Response 2, Twin-Speed Transfer box with electronic centre differential and Adaptive Dynamics along with an unparalleled 900mm of wading depth, reminding us why there’s nothing quite like these luxury SUVs.

Engine options

The Sport version adds Torque Vectoring, lowered suspension and a seating position that’s optimised for spirited driving. A choice of Meridian sound systems, adaptive cruise control and 4-zone climate control rounds off the tech check boxes but for those who live for power. The Range Rover will be available in two petrol engines producing 335bhp and 520bhp or the diesel variants that make 254bhp or 335bhp. Opt for the Sport version and the engines remain similar but with a sportier chassis and gearbox. Prices for the Range Rover Sport start at Rs. 99.48lacs and for the Range Rover at Rs. 1.74cr ex-showroom so they might not be your first car, but if you’re looking out for a fourth member in your luxury car garage, this should be it.