Automakers can be their own worst enemy. A marketing bulletin announcing changes to the 2014 Range Rover apparently found its way onto the internet which includes pricing, available options, and the addition of a new 3.0-liter V-6 Supercharged engine. Starting with the 2014 model year, the base Range Rover and HSE trim levels will no longer offer the V-8 configuration, instead opting for the new 3.0-liter V-6 engine in its place. If you buy a Range Rover for its V-8 engine, don’t sweat it, as this mill will still come stock with the usual 510-horsepower.
The base 2014 Range Rover model will now come with a 3.0-liter V-6 Supercharged engine and will start at $83,545. As for the HSE trim, it too will feature the new V-6 engine and will now start at $88,545, a $45 bump in price over the 2013 model. The V-8 Supercharged and Autobiography models ring in 2014 with a $99,995 and $135,995 price tag, respectively. The Supercharged model sees its price rise $45 while the Autobiography trim gets a more robust $5,000 added to its bottom line.
Land Rover’s parent company, Tata Motors, is no stranger to downsizing its engines , particularly with a 3.0-liter Supercharged V-6. Jaguar, the other automaker under Tata’s tutelage, did the same thing with the XJ sedan for the 2013 model year. For the foreseeable future, Land Rover will employ the 3.0-liter V-6 Supercharged engine in place of the naturally aspirated V-8. In other words, only the Supercharged and Autobiography trim levels will come standard with the 5.0-liter V-8 engine. As to be expected, the new V-6 engine offers a little less power than the V-8 it’s replacing. The V-6 is rated at 340 hp and 332 pound-feet of torque while the V-8 churns out 375 hp and 375 lb-ft. However, power isn’t sacrificed for the heck of it as Land Rover estimates fuel economy will jump up to 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. That’s good for a two mile increase on both city and highway measurements.
Another notable addition under the hood of the 2014 Range Rover lineup is the use of start/stop technology on both available engines. Other minor tweaks to the 2014 Range Rover lineup include some renaming of optional packages and three new exterior colors: Corris Grey, which replaces Orkney Grey, Loire Blue, now in favor of Baltic Blue, and Scotia Grey, which is all-new for the 2014 model year. When we reached out to Land Rover, they declined to comment on the new 3.0-liter V-6 Supercharged engine and only said that the 2014 Range Rover is expected on the market later this fall.
Source: Oval News