2023 Land Rover Range Rover: The First Luxury SUV, 50 Years Later

2023 Land Rover Range Rover: The First Luxury SUV, 50 Years Later

The Range Rover land rover It was the first luxury SUV, thus ushering in a new market niche. Since that distant time, today there are many manufacturers who have chosen to develop this type of car, but the Range Rover remains the pioneer.

For the re-creation of this iconic model, known throughout the world as NeatLand Rover designers chose to change it, rather than radically change it, to create the fifth generation.

The brand’s styling cues are there, the Range Rover still has the floating roof, clamshell hood, split-gate opening and strong beltline, but all of its clean body surfaces seem to have been softened, just in case. revive his image. and its color Gold of Batumi and its 23-inch alloy wheels painted black, our Range Rover First Edition it does not lack cachet.

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Great comfort

From behind the wheel, you have a feeling of dominating the road due to excellent all-round visibility, except for the rear. The soundproofing is very successful, the engine is smart in easy driving and the automatic transmission keeps the report free of vibrations.

The body is rigid and the air suspension, whose calculations are continuously variable, adapts in advance to the road profile based on data from the navigation system. The Range Rover has a new five-link rear suspension, active anti-roll bars powered by a 48-volt electric system, rear-wheel steering, and a vectored rear differential, which helps this beast with some noise when cornering. body movements are well controlled. That said, the Range Rover doesn’t have a sports performance, all these accessories serve more to ensure comfort than dynamics. The only drawback we can make is that the 23-inch rims negatively affect comfort on rough road surfaces.

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BMW twin-turbo V8

Under the hood of our Range Rover First Edition, there’s a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 supplied by BMW. That 523 horsepower, 553 lb-ft of torque engine has no problem revving this 2,700+ pound SUV, and the Range Rover is as quick as a Cadillac Escalade-V for the 0-100 mile sprint. /h. The only downside is that the stop/start system causes a slightly noticeable vibration, both when stopped at a traffic light and when starting. Towing capacity is rated at 7,700 pounds, and the Range Rover is capable of crossing a 900mm drop, although most buyers would never dare!

Our fuel consumption resulted in an observed average of just over 15 liters per 100 km, even though most of our trips were done in solo driving. A 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine can also be ordered for more discreet use.

A hybrid powertrain consisting of a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder and an electric motor is also available, and Land Rover plans to launch an electric Range Rover in 2024.

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Coordinated interior

The Range Rover welcomes the driver and passengers in an ideal environment created by a stylish design. The color scheme and textures are stunning, and the 13.1-inch curved central screen with haptic feedback seems to float on the dashboard. Ditto for the screen to replace the container block.

Wireless connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is on the cards, and a charging port for mobile phones is located in the center of the dashboard. Our Range also has a standard rear bench seat that allows the passenger on the right to benefit from increased comfort by pressing a button on the screen in the center of the armrest, which moves the front seat as far forward as possible. and tilt the rear seat back.

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the bad side

The Achilles heel of the manufacturer remains, again and again, the long-term reliability of its cars. In a recent poll Car Dependency Research by specialist firm JD Power and Associates, which measures problems reported by customers in the first three years of use, Land Rover ranks 26th out of 26 brands listed. Obviously, this survey only covers the brand’s 2019 models and improvements could be made since then, but it will take some time before we see if Land Rover has managed to change the situation.

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