The Range Rover is a fourth-generation luxury SUV by Land Rover, a marquee of the multinational automotive company Jaguar Land Rover. Launched in 1970 by British Leyland, the Range Rover is considered to be the flagship SUV of the Land Rover brand.
It was termed by the Musée du Louvre in Paris back in the 1970s, as ‘an exemplary work of industrial design’.
The company’s flagship fourth generation Range Rover, launched in 2012, has now received a facelift, in the face of fierce competition from other brands such as Porsche and Audi. And this could very well help the SUV reclaim its position at the top. In terms of styling, the facelift has revised the front grille to have a shiny black outer layer, while also widening the air vents on the front bumper. On the rear end, the Range Rover has been slightly modified as well, with the exhausts being integrated into the bumper to give it a neater look. The facelift offers six new designs for the alloy wheels and two new options in paint. While the base variant might not be as snazzy as the other models of the brand, it more than makes up with its Herculean size. Available in both standard and long-wheelbase, the latter one is quite the Titan, sure to intimidate all others as you cruise along the streets.
It is in the interiors that the influence of the facelift is most obvious, with technology and luxury being seamlessly integrated into one another. It’s quite like sitting in a tank that has been furnished on the inside to suit the comforts of royalty. The most noticeable change is the addition of the dual-screen infotainment system called Touch Pro Duo, fitted with a range of infotainment, vehicle handling and climate control functions. Land Rover has claimed the Touch Pro Duo to be extremely intuitive to use, although some might argue that having two screens proves as a distraction while driving.
The facelifts brings with it a multitude of modern day comforts such as electrically adjustable front seats that move in more than 20 ways, heated armrests and more USB/HDMI connection points than you could possibly wish for. There are four technological variants, termed Vogue, Vogue SE, Autobiography and the top-end one called SVAutobiography Dynamic. The top-end variant surely makes for one heck of a long name! On the engine side, the facelift brings in the option of a plug-in hybrid called the P400e PHEV, which is a combination of a 2-litre petrol engine and an electric motor that provides an impressive output of 389bhp. There is an 8-speed automatic gearbox and options of the V6 and the V8 engine, both in petrol and diesel versions, with the top end SVAutobiography Dynamic model being fitted with a 5-litre supercharged V8 petrol that gives it an edge over the others with its incredible 557bhp output.
The Range Rover is a monster of a vehicle, although a good one to look at and an even better one to drive. While it retains quite a lot of its old charm, the facelift certainly brings it up-to-date with contemporary times, especially in terms of technology and comfort. It sure does live up to our expectations and we hope it does to yours as well.