Land Rover’s latest Range Rover continues to be one of the most popular models in the luxury SUV segment, partially because the British brand continues to add features and refine the vehicle with each new model year. At this week’s New York Auto Show, Land Rover will present its 2016 Range Rover, which benefits from a more powerful gasoline V-6, a new diesel option, and some extra tech features. There’s also a new SVAutobiography flagship model for those seeking ultimate luxury.
Those with more humble bank accounts will be happy to know that the HSE model, powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, is now rated at 380 horsepower, up from 340 previously. The same specification is used for the recently revealed Range Rover Sport HST Limited Edition, which forms part of an expanded 2016 Range Rover Sport lineup. One of the biggest updates, however, is the addition of a new HSE Td6 diesel variant.
We’ve already reported on the HSE Td6. It features a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine good for 254 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, and according to Land Rover will return fuel economy of up to 28 mpg on the highway and a cruising range of approximately 658 miles. Towing capacity is 7,716 lbs. The Range Rover Sport also offers this option for the 2016 model year.
Beyond the powertrain upgrades, the 2016 Range Rover benefits from some all-new convenience features including a Gesture Tailgate, Automatic Access Height, improved Surround Camera System and enhanced smartphone connectivity with a revised suite of apps that make up the Jaguar Land Rover InControl infotainment system.
2016 Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 diesel models, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
For the Gesture Tailgate, the owner simply needs to point a foot under either rear corner of the vehicle to gain access into the luggage area. Having the proximity sensors near either side of the vehicle means the owner can open the tailgate from the curb when parallel parked.
Automatic Access Height is a system that will automatically lower the vehicle to aid egress. When the ignition is switched off or the driver's seatbelt is removed, the vehicle automatically lowers by 1.4 inches. Should any door handle be activated, the height decreases by an additional 0.6 inches. This is all done within three seconds, and the vehicle will stay in its lowered position until the vehicle is moving again at speeds of 9 mph or more.
The Surround Camera System, which relies on four cameras located around the vehicle, is improved by higher-resolution images.
Finally, there’s the updated InControl system. Included with this system is the InControl Remote app, which enables interaction with the vehicle via a smartphone. For example, using a linked smartphone, the owner can see how much fuel is in the tank, lock or unlock the car, receive a note if the alarm sounds, start the engine, and adjust the climate control. Also featured is InControl Protect, which will automatically notify emergency services and provide GPS location of the vehicle should it be involved in a collision severe enough to trigger the airbags. Occupants can also trigger an emergency call manually by pressing a button on the overhead console.
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