Cars Coming Soon: A Fuel-Efficient Range Rover
Some words just don’t seem to go together.
Jumbo shrimp. Long shorts. Airline food. You get the idea.
Even with the V6, though, “fuel economy” in the Rover remains a relative term.
Land Rover has officially announced that the 2014 Range Rover will be offered with a new supercharged V6 as its base engine, replacing the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8. The vicious 510-horsepower supercharged V8 will remain in top level trims, though, so worry not if 13 miles per gallon is your thing.
While the V6 is new to the Rover, it’s the same mill used in the Jaguar XF and XJ, which produces 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. In the Range Rover, it’ll power all 4 wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission and feature start/stop fuel-saving technology. The 0-60 sprint will take 7.1 seconds on the way to a top speed of 130 miles per hour. For reference, the 2013 Range Rover Supercharged V8 scoots to 60 in 5.1 seconds and is limited to a 155-mph top speed.
That extra performance is given up in favor of extra fuel economy. While still not great, the 3.0-liter engine is estimated to achieve EPA ratings of 16 miles per gallon in the city, 22 on the highway. That’s just 3 mpg better than the 2013 Range Rover Supercharged.
If getting your hands on one of these beasts sounds appealing, get in line. Land Rover says the Range Rover is sold out until at least summer, though I’m sure a dealer will happily take your order.
While “fuel-efficient Range Rover” might remain an oxymoron, “popular Range Rover” is certainly not.
Would you sacrifice the performance of the Ranger Rover’s supercharged V8 to gain 3 miles per gallon?