The Land Rover flagship, the Range Rover received subtle interior and exterior refinements for 2010 but the real story is the change which occurred under the hood. There is a new more powerful normally aspirated V8 as well as a more powerful supercharged V8. The entire 2010 Land Rover lineup received new engine options which offer both increased performance and efficiency. The new Range Rover engines offer 25% more HP, 16% more torque, and approximately 7% better fuel economy. They also feature direct fuel injection.
- 5.0-liter V8 supercharged, 510 bhp and 461 lb/ft torque
- 5.0-liter V8 naturally aspirated, 375 bhp and 375 lb/ft torque
The exteriors and interiors have been refined with even more premium materials and features. Interior refinements include the world’s largest (12″) TFT (Thin Film Transistor) screen used for the instrument cluster. Exterior improvements include new LED lights and a deeper front grill.
Land Rover’s world famous off-roading capabilities rely on their high utility suspension. For 2010 the Range Rover received an improved active dampening suspension.
During the press conference Phil Popham mentioned an all-new compact vehicle based on the LRX Concept shown in Detroit in 2008. Land Rover hopes to release more news on the upcoming compact and efficient Land Rover later this year.
Mr. Popham also briefly talked about the new V6 diesel engine which will be available in Europe. It’s a new 3.0-litre LR-TDV6 diesel engine available on Range Rover Sport and Discovery 4 (LR4) which delivers over 30mpg.
I’m not an SUV type of guy but Ive always admired the road presence Range Rovers have always possessed.