- New supercharged V-6 base engine
- Completely redesigned in 2013 with a new aluminum unibody structure
- Signature boxy styling
The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover seamlessly combines off-road prowess with interior luxury and comfort like nothing else on the road today.
Though the Range Rover got a full redesign just last year, the changes keep coming for 2014 which brings with it the introduction of a new base engine, a supercharged V-6, along with stop-start technology which improves fuel economy even more. Last year, the Range Rover added a new aluminum unibody structure (it is still the only SUV to feature one) along with liberal use of aluminum in the front/rear suspension for drastic weight savings, around 700 pounds.
Exterior styling also evolved in the redesign, the latest Range Rover is sleeker and less boxy than its predecessor thanks to a lower roofline and a small increase in length. The high-walled stance that has become the model’s signature remains, as do the blacked out pillars which give the roof (available in black or silver) a floating appearance. Other changes included a new front grille and new wheel designs. A panoramic glass roof and power side steps for easier entry/egress are optional.
The new base engine is a 340-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 332 pounds-feet of torque, which replaces the old 5.0-liter V-8. That engine lives in on in supercharged form as the optional engine, making 510-hp and 461 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. Full-time four-wheel drive is also standard, along with a terrain response system that adapts to changing conditions. The new V-6 pushes fuel economy up to 17/23 mpg city/highway, while the optional V-8 checks in at 13/19 mpg.
The interior features plenty of standard luxury and comfort features, as well as a wide assortment of technology. Last year two new LCD screens were added, a 12.3-inch display in the instrument panel and an 8-inch touch-screen in the dash which relay crucial information to the driver and also provide an interface for the audio, navigation, and climate systems. The five-seat Range Rover also offers a heated steering wheel, satellite and HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation system, and three-zone climate control as standard. Despite minimal gains in overall length, there is now 4.7 additional inches of rear legroom which will make backseat passengers happy.
Standard safety features include a backup camera, six airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control, and traction control.