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The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - LUXURY CARSGUIDE - Kevin Hep­worth

IT’S the big­gest toy in the Land Rover playpen . . . and it re­mains one of the favourites al­most 40 years af­ter the badge was first dis­played.

Range Rover, in this case the range­top­ping Vogue col­lec­tion, was the first lux­ury off-roader and re­mains the leader of the pack for those want­ing to mix the good things in life with the abil­ity to take them just about any­where.

‘‘This is a con­sid­er­able step for­ward for what is al­ready re­garded as one of the world’s most com­plete lux­ury ve­hi­cles,’’ Land Rover manag­ing di­rec­tor Phil Popham says.

‘‘New en­gines de­liver for­mi­da­ble power, ef­fi­ciency and re­fine­ment while the new tech­nolo­gies are world first.’’

The Vogue is not go­ing to come cheap to Aus­tralia – but then, it never has. The $155,000 en­try level model is pow­ered by the carry-over 3.6-litre V8 turbo diesel with 200kW and 640Nm while the mid-specced Lux­ury ver­sion of the same en­gine pack­age is $179,500 and the fully trimmed Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy will set you back $208,900.

Step up to the petrol mod­els with the all-new 5-litre V8 and the 276kW and 510Nm nat­u­rally as­pi­rated ver­sion in ‘‘ba­sic’’ trim is $158,000.

Sit­ting at the top of the tree is the full-fruit su­per­charged Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy ver­sion of the same en­gine with 375kW and 625Nm for $229,500. That is a $16,800 rise over the out­go­ing su­per­charged model with its age­ing 4.2-litre V8.

‘‘The su­per­charged en­gine (as al­ready seen in the Jaguar) is one of the most ef­fi­cient in its class,’’ says Malcolm Sand­ford, en­gine group chief en­gi­neer. ‘‘As well as stun­ning top-end per­for­mance, th­ese en­gines de­liver the low-end flex­i­bil­ity es­sen­tial for re­al­world driv­ing.’’

Even in the most ba­sic trim, the cars boast 6-speed au­to­matic driv­ing the per­ma­nent 4WD through elec­tronic cen­tre dif­fer­en­tial with low range, cruise con­trol, hill de­scent con­trol, ter­rain re­sponse, air sus­pen­sion, 19-inch al­loys, full-size spare, nine airbags and an ab­so­lute grab-bag of elec­tronic sta­bil­ity pro­grams in­clud­ing EBD, all-ter­rain ABS, dy­namic sta­bil­ity con­trol, cor­ner brak­ing con­trol, roll sta­bil­ity, trailer as­sist sta­bil­ity and un­der­steer con­trol logic.

Add to that a sun­roof, rain-sens­ing wipers, rear-view cam­era, bi-Xenon lights, park­ing as­sist front and rear, full tow­ing prepa­ra­tion, fil­tered cli­mate con­trol, power seats, leather trim, an LCD vir­tual in­stru­ment panel, 11-speaker Har­man Kar­don au­dio sys­tem, nav­i­ga­tion, Blue­tooth and USB and iPod in­ter­face and the mix is al­ready rich. For the mid-spec Lux­ury there are 20-inch al­loys, Ox­ford leather seats with heat­ing and cool­ing on the front and heat­ing for the rear pas­sen­gers, heated steer­ing wheel, a Logic 7 14-speaker sound sys­tem and rear-seat DVD.

Step up to the Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy and the fare in­cludes adap­tive dy­nam­ics, elec­tronic rear dif­fer­en­tial, a five­cam­era sur­round view sys­tem, au­to­matic high beam dim­ming, up­graded leather seats, full leather fa­cia and

and

dual-view

dis­play head­liner screen.

The screen, also avail­able as a $1200 op­tion for the Lux­ury, is a truly im­pres­sive bit of break­through tech­nol­ogy.

Claimed to be a world au­to­mo­tive first, the screen al­lows a dif­fer­ent view to the driver than to the passenger.

Looking from one side, all the driver will see is the nav­i­ga­tion or in­for­ma­tion screen while from the passenger side a movie can be watched.

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