A RAFT of new model-year tweaks to the Range Rover and its Range Rover Sport sibling sees the vehicles get more power and additional technology, but updated puddle lamps are surely the one improvement most likely to delight well-heeled buyers.
The revised lights, which project the vehicle’s silhouette onto the ground at night to help passengers avoid stepping in puddles when returning to the car at night, join a fixed panoramic sunroof with power blinds in bringing an extra level of luxury to the car maker’s mighty SUVs.
Bringing additional performance to the SDV8 model where it matters, namely, overtaking lesser mortals, is a 30 lb ft increase in the engine’s torque from 1,700 to 3,000rpm. Land Rover says this improves the diesel model’s pulling power by up to 6.5% from fifth to eighth gear, without any reduction in the car’s claimed 32.5mpg economy.
Meanwhile, the two models now feature greater levels of connectivity including the ability to sync the apps on Apple and Android smartphones to the car’s touchscreen.
The revisions are accompanied by a wider choice of personalisation options including Intelligent Cargo Mode. This optional labour-saving device senses if the rear seats are about to make contact with those in the front, when they are folded down to increase luggage capacity. Assuming they are, it automatically slides the front seats forward to make way for them.