The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover retains its position at the very top of the luxury SUV segment. The current generation was new for the 2013 model year, artfully blending more than 40 years of off-road heritage with the latest in technology and refinement to create a very balanced reinterpretation of the now-basic-seeming Range Rover that started it all. Land Rover has added modern powertrains, more luxury options, and additional ways to customize the Range Rover experience while retaining the impressive off-road capabilities on all models.
As one owner once said, “It’ll climb mountains, rocks, and probably trees, all without disturbing your enjoyment of one of the subtler symphony movements”–although the champagne in your passenger’s flute may slosh a bit.
Today’s Land Rover Range Rover combines the classic lines of the original with a bit of streamlining, creating a modern take on the boxy, upright themes of past decades. From the side, the 2015 Range Rover looks fairly traditional, though the wraparound headlights, the more relaxed windshield angle, and the “floating” roof all help keep it fresh and interesting. Head-on, the Range Rover’s face is friendlier, with each surface seemingly flush with the next, from the grille to the headlights to the bumper and hood. At the rear, a slightly up-swept profile is reminiscent of the original. Inside the new Range Rover you’ll find very modern accommodations, with a distinctly high-tech look and feel; huge LCD screens nestle into wood and semi-aniline-leather surroundings. In the Autobiography edition (and especially the range-topping Autobiography Black), the feel is more hand-built bespoke than production-volume luxury.
Last year, Range Rover replaced the previously standard V-8 engine with a new supercharged V-6. Combined with the all-aluminum construction introduced in 2013–making this model fully 700 pounds lighter than its predecessor–that engine helps to further boost efficiency, allowing the big Range Rover to meet various challenging global fuel-economy and carbon emissions goals. To balance that somewhat, the 2014 model year also saw the introduction of a long-wheelbase model—it’s the limo of SUVs, or possibly the SUV of limos, depending on how you look at things. For 2015, Land Rover makes the LWB Rangie more attainable, introducing an HSE-trimmed version that uses the supercharged V-6. Long-wheelbase models continue to be available with the supercharged V-8, with varying degrees of fancy furnishings.
Lighter, stiffer, more efficient, and still quite powerful, the 2015 Range Rover is an impressive SUV, both on-road and off. Base and HSE models are powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine rated at 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. A supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 is also included on higher-tier models, rated at 510 horsepower. A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission
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