New 2011 Range Rover revealed

In one of the most anticipated events of the year, Land Rover has revealed the all-new Range Rover for 2011 for the first time.

Unveiled on the 40th birthday of the popular luxury SUV, the new 2011 Range Rover boasts enhanced exterior styling, a new engine and extra terrain response equipment.

Under the bonnet, a new V8 diesel engine has been described as ‘class leading’ by Land Rover. The LR-TDV8 4.4-litre replaces the 3.6 V8 in the range although the 5.0-litre supercharged LR-V8 is retained.

The new 4.4-litre V8 is cleaner than the outgoing unit and returns more than 30mpg – a first for Range Rover.

Performance hasn’t been compromised either, with 313PS of power matched to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The result is a 0-60mph sprint time of 7.5 seconds and an increase in top speed from 125mph to 130mph.

Paul Walker, chief programme engineer says: “The performance of our new LR-TDV8 can only be described as awe-inspiring. We are confident that the combination of reduced CO2 emissions, EU5 compliance and the massive increase in performance while delivering a huge improvement in fuel economy, is world class.”

The flagship 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8 is matched to a six-speed transmission and delivers 510PS and propels the Range Rover from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds.

Land Rover has improved the off-road capabilities of its luxurious 4×4 with the inclusion of hill start assist and gradient acceleration control to its Terrain Response system.

The Range Rover’s exterior has been refreshed with some subtle improvements to the grille and side vents. Illuminated treadplates for the front doors and a choice of five alloy wheels offer more options and two exterior colours have been added in the shape of Fuji White and Baltic Blue.

In addition, an Exterior Design Pack is available, comprising a revised front bumper, fog lamp surrounds, revised side sills, rear bumper and steel exhaust finishers.

Phil Popham, Land Rover managing director, said: “The 2011 Range Rover retains its position as one of the world’s most complete luxury vehicles. Its combination of reduced CO2 emissions and superior engine performance continue to make it a clear industry benchmark."

Prices for the new Range Rover will be announced closer to the release date, which is expected to be in September 2010.