- Luxurious SUV seats up to five passengers
- Aluminum unibody frame to save weight
- Signature boxy, SUV styling
The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover seamlessly combines off-road prowess with interior luxury and comfort like nothing else on the road today.
For 2015, the Range Rovers gets a few minor tweaks after getting major changes the last two years. The front seats are now 10-way adjustable instead of eight and the HSE trim adds a few new features. A new driver assistance pack is also available, offering additional safety technology such as traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, parallel park entry and exit, perpendicular park, and 360-degree park distance control.
In its latest redesign, the Range Rover lost about 700 pounds as it shifted to an aluminum frame. Exterior styling also evolved; the latest Range Rover is sleeker and less boxy with 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 base engine, which debuted in 2014, is a 340-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 332 pounds-feet of torque. Also available is a 510-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 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. Two LCD screens, a 12.3-inch display in the instrument panel and an 8-inch touch-screen in the dash, 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.