This is the new 2011 Range Rover, which will reach UK showrooms in mid-September.
The new Range Rover, dubbed the 2011 model but on sale later this year, gets the faintest of nose jobs, but there are big changes for the diesel powertrain that most Europeans buy.
A longer-stroke 4.4-litre V8 diesel replaces the current 3.6, and there’s a new eight-speed ZF paddle-shift auto.
The combination - plus a series of subtle electronic tweaks like a smart-charge alternator - boosts power by 15 per cent and meets the new Euro 5 clean-air standards, slashing fuel consumption by 18.5 per cent and CO2 by 14 per cent. The model now delivers 30.1mpg on the combined cycle, the first time a Range Rover has ever beaten 30mpg.
The four-cam, 32-valve diesel gets a new cast-iron block and adopts parallel sequential turbocharging like the Discovery’s 3.0-litre V6. Power is 309bhp at 3750rpm (a slightly lower specific output than before, to help control NOx) and 9.4 per cent more torque (now 516lb ft at 2000rpm).
The 0-60mph time is trimmed by 1.1sec to 7.5sec, and passing acceleration is even better.
The transmission is now controlled by a Jag-style selector and the Terrain Response system gains hill hold and ‘gradient acceleration control’, which stops the car from running away on slopes, even if you haven’t engaged Hill Descent Control.