Despite encouragements in technology and making , the spirit of the iconic Range Rover has changed small over the decades. It’s still the crowning signal of go-anywhere, do-anything indulgence, even as the brand-new 2017 Bentley Bentayga has the same escapade. Yet, despite being outwardly much the same for 2016, a momentous modify can now be found under the hood of U.S. Rangies, a torquey V-6 turbo-diesel matching the Rover’s stylish yet businesslike character.
While diesel Land Rover Range Rovers have been accessible in Europe and other marketplaces for years, this is among the first contemporary Land Rover SUVs to offer a compression-ignition powerplant in America. The 2016 Range Rover Sport also can be requested with the same Td6 turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; it develops 254 horsepower in both versions. Being a diesel though, the V-6’s 440 lb-ft of torque serves well against this Range Rover’s 5485-pound mass, and it allows the enormous Shoshone to move off smartly with the support of the fast-shifting eight-speed automatic shell. You can interpret a more in-depth look at the brand-new motor’s school here. As we learned during our first drive in Europe, the Td6 is not fast yet it’s perfectly in day-to-day use. This is the first moment we’ve operated one on acquainted anchorages and to our try-out line, and our try-out car sounded to 60 mph in a retiring 7.3 seconds and covered the quarter-mile in 15.7 at 87 mph.
We’ve yet to evaluate the current Land Rover Range Rover with the grade 340-hp substance V-6, but a 300-pound-lighter Sport version with that motor knocked those marks in an alive 5.9 and 14.5 seconds. For remark, though, the Td6 is more than an second fast than our 2005 Land Rover LR3. Fuel economy is a distinct tale. Whereas most gasoline powered SUVs of this number are fortunate to normal more than 15 mpg in our guardianships, we spied 22 mpg in our Td6 try-out truck over nearly 1000 miles of mixed driving.
What’s more, the diesel’s 600-plus-mile Range means that you’ll need a hole stop well before it does. Along with the large power compactness of diesel fuel, much of this ratio is due to the Td6’s relaxed on-road trait, which never begs you to mistreatment the accelerator pedal. It has enough disposition to be moved through areas at an average rate unlike that other signal of off-road wealth, the Mercedes-Benz G-class and still has the utter to easily exceed any U.S. speed maximum. But the Td6 is much cheerful cruising, the six gently sounding away as the transmission deftly exchanges wheels in the backdrop.
This motor also doesn’t let off any broad diesel-y odors, is barely more clunky than a direct-injected gasoline V-6, and is only labelled out to spectators by a discreet “Td6” emblem on the Rover’s tailgate. Having to fill its tank at often-oily diesel pumps is one of the very few marks. The rest of the Td6 experience is axenic Land Rover Range Rover, which is to say full with solace, indulgence, and utility. Determining for 2016 remains properly lavish, beginning at $85,945 for the gasoline V-6 version. The Td6 carries a $1500 payment on top of that, and the HSE trim of our try-out car adds $7000 but brings a wide roof, soft-close doors, 20-inch wheels, refreshed front rooms with more adjustability, heated procreate rooms, and more. Our instance also encase the $2900 chauffeur Assistance collection (lane-departure warning , advanced putting aid, and head-up display), a $2400 procreate-seat entertainment system with multiple monitors, the $2110 Visual Assist collection (blind-spot monitoring, adaptive xenon lights with auto high-beams, configurable feeling lightening, a surround-view camera, and reverse traffic detection), $1295 adaptive cruise regulate, the $900 towing collection (evaluated for 7700 pounds), and a pair other additionals for an impressive whole of $106,675. That’s still far from the Rover’s top layer, as the Td6 is adapted toward the debased extremity of the array and cannot be spec’d in long-wheelbase or upmarket biography versions.
Thought as the most affluent of wheels, the Land Rover Range Rover has appreciable magnitude and supreme skillfulness to make it a natural meet for diesel torque. It acted a while for the Td6 to approach our shores, we’re certainly glad it’s finally here.