A new 4.4-litre turbodiesel V8 engine aimed primarily at European customers is the main new feature of the 2011 Range Rover line which also gets minor styling, drivetrain and equipment upgrades.
The new diesel bent eight, unique to the model line, has parallel sequential turbocharging and replaces a 3.6-litre unit. Claimed ‘official’ European test combined cycle fuel consumption is 30.1mpg, so this the first Range Rover on the right side of 30mpg.
The engine develops 313PS and 700Nm of torque while CO2 emissions are down 14% from 294g/km to 253g/km compared with the 3.6.
It’s also the latest to be bolted to ZF’s electronically controlled 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission. Claimed rest to 60mph acceleration is 7.5 seconds and top speed is up from from 125mph to 130mph.
The new automatic is controlled by a Jaguar style rotary knob which rises out of the centre console when the ignition is switched on.
The diesel versions now share a Brembo-based braking with the five-litre supercharged V8 model – the system has 380mm ventilated front discs with unique, lightweight aluminium six-piston opposed action monoblock callipers while 365mm ventilated discs with single piston sliding callipers are at the back.
The ‘terrain response’ system, which alters drivetrain configuration for road or off-road conditions, has been updated with ‘hill start assist’ and ‘gradient acceleration control’. The first retains the initial driver-generated brake pressure long enough for the foot to move from brake pedal to throttle, without the SUV rolling backwards. The second limits descent speed on severe gradients when the driver does not have hill descent control engaged.