- Newly available 254-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 engine
- Newly available SVAutobiography trim replaces Autobiography Black trim
- Long Wheelbase version offers 7.3-inches of additional rear legroom
The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover is a 5-passenger luxury SUV with a maximum cargo/towing capacity of 82.8 cubic feet/7,716 pounds. It has an aluminum, lightweight construction and multiple engine options for better performance and gas-mileage. It competes with the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Porsche Cayenne, and the Lexus LX 570.
Two wheelbase versions are available: the standard 115-inch wheelbase and the longer 122.8-inch wheelbase. The Standard Wheelbase (SW) has four trims: the base model, HSE, Supercharged, and Autobiography, while the Long Wheelbase (LW) offers three trim levels: the Supercharged, Autobiography, and new SVAutobiography.
Overall, the Range Rover has a minimalistic, sleek exterior with blockish, geometric body forms and lines. It features its signature contrasting rooftop with blacked-out A, B, C, and D pillars, chrome accents on the grille and side vents, and distinctive LED taillights. The SVAutobiography has a special, customizable two-tone color paintjob and a unique front grille. Standard features include automatic headlights, air suspension, power/heated side mirrors, a power liftgate, automatic dimming side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and 19-inch wheels. Xenon headlights, fog lights, side steps, a panoramic moonroof, towing equipment, unique “Dark Atlas” body styling, and larger 20-, 21-, and 22-inch wheels are available as well.
All engines for the Range Rover are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and 4-wheel drive (4WD). The SW Range Rover has a standard 340-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The HSE trim is tuned to make 380-hp with the same engine. A new 254-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 is available as well. Fuel efficiency for Range Rovers with the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 is an EPA-estimated 17/23. It raises to a 22/29 mpg rating for Range Rovers with the turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6. The LW Range Rover has a standard 510-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine. The SVAutobiography has the same engine, but it is tuned to achieve 550-hp. The LW Range Rover’s fuel economy rating is 14/19 mpg.
Inside, the Range Rover has an upscale leather and wood trim interior. The center console features a multimedia system that includes an 8-inch touchscreen, an integrated navigation system with voice control, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and a Meridian premium audio system. Other standard features include an automatic tilt/telescoping heated steering wheel, automatic temperature control, cruise control, remote keyless entry, push-button start, garage door opener, power/heated front seats, and a split 60/40 fold rear seat. Premium perforated-leather upholstery, 4-way tilt front headrests, 4-zone climate control, ventilated front and rear seats, heated rear seats, a massage/memory seat, adaptive cruise control, and rear audio controls are also available. The LW Range Rover has an additional 7.3-inches of rear legroom. The SVAutobiography trim has a special rear cabin with executive seating, a bottle chiller, power deployable tables, a multimedia system with dual 18-inch displays, and a sliding cargo floor. Its beautiful interior is covered with dark wood veneer, knurled and brushed metal, and full premium leather upholstery.
Standard safety features include front and rear airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, a backup camera, and brake assist. A surround camera system, a blind spot monitoring system, lane departure warning, automated parking, and a head-up display are optional. The available Terrain Response 2 system features several driver-selected modes for different road conditions, including an “Auto” mode that automatically reconfigures the transmission, suspension, and traction settings.