Land Rover has showcased the 2016 models of its flagship SUV Range Rover, and Range Rover Sport at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show. Both these models are equipped with diesel powertrains are are about 32 percent more fuel efficient than the current ones. Both these models would go on sale by September 2015 in the United States and are later expected to make their way in India by mid 2016.
2016 Range Rover Td6 and Range Rover Sport Td6 SUVs would return a fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon (Around 10.63kmpl) and would enjoy a healthy 28 miles per gallon (Around 11.9kmpl) on the highways. It witnesses a significant improvement of over 32 percent against the ongoing models of the both these SUVs, which have the supercharged V6 motor. Under the hood, the 2016 models would have a 3.0L Td6 turbocharged V6 diesel engine which is good enough for a maximum power of 254 bhp and peak torque of 597Nm at 1750rpm. On the other hand, the petrol variants with the V6 churn out a top torque of 450Nm at 3500rpm. This high torque output at low rpm, makes the diesel Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models particularly well suited to towing heavy loads and off-roading where reaching maximum torque at low rpm is extremely beneficial.
Similarly, the low-end torque of the Td6 allows the vehicles to deliver 0-96.5kmph acceleration times comparable to the higher horsepower V6 gasoline models. The Range Rover Sport Td6 and Range Rover Td6 accelerate from 0-96.5kmph in 7.1 and 7.4 seconds, respectively, compared to 6.9 and 7.1 seconds for gasoline V6 models. Preliminary fuel economy figures for the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover of 22 mpg for city (9.35kmpl), 28 mpg for highway (11.9kmpl) and 25 mpg for combined (10.63kmpl) represent significant gains over traditional gasoline alternatives. The combined figure equates to a 32 percent improvement over the gasoline V6 engine. Total range increases to 1059 kilometers, a gain of 8.0% for the Range Rover Sport and 3.3% for the Range Rover.
Also, as part of a complete model redesign for the 2013 and 2014 model years, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport respectively, have moved to all-aluminum platforms, gained the option of V6 engines and have had significant design changes in an effort to continuously improve Land Rover product offerings. With the addition of Td6, we are advancing these vehicles even further. The latest Td6 diesel has been tested extensively to ensure it meets the expectations of buyers. Early in the development process Land Rover conducted test drive clinics with premium SUV buyers to determine whether customers would notice a difference between the driving feel of diesel versus gasoline models.