By THEODORE OPARA
The 2012 Range Rover consolidates its position as the world’s most luxurious SUV with a host of style changes and feature upgrades.
“The Range Rover always has been and remains the definitive, luxury SUV and one whose off-road performance matches its comfort levels and performance. New equipment levels and revised styling make it the one to beat in 2012,” says John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.
The Range Rover exterior has been enhanced for 2012 with detail styling changes. Headlamp and tail lamp back plates are now finished in gloss black, while the front grille surround is finished in Narvik Black. Door handles and side vents match the body colour to create a modern, integrated look.
The Grand Black wood veneers on the 2012 Range Rover now have a crisp inlay which reads ‘Range Rover’. Autobiography veneers are available in a choice of Burr Maple Prussian Blue, Anthracite Lined Oak or Ash Burl.
All derivatives include the widely acclaimed Logic 7, 1200W Harman Kardon High Dynamics Audio System, heated and cooled front seats and heated rear seats, and an 8-inch Dual View infotainment screen – allowing the driver to view the navigation display whilst the passenger can relax watching a video.
The powerful 4.4 LR-TDV8 – specifically designed for the Range Rover – develops 230 kW at 4,000rpm and 700Nm torque at between 1,500rpm and 3,000rpm. With combined fuel consumption of 9.4L1100km, this made it one of the most powerful and economical diesels in the world “‘at its introduction in 2011.
Combined with the super-efficient ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission it returns C02 emissions of just 253g/km.
The Supercharged LR-V8 remains one of the most uncompromisingly powerful and efficient petrol engines in its class, producing 375 kW at between 6,000rpm and 6,500rpm with torque of 625Nm from 2500rpm-5500rpm. This immense performance, allows the Supercharged Range Rover to accelerate from 0-100kmph in a mere 6.2 seconds.