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
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.