Set to be launched in late spring or early summer, the brand’s twenty first anniversary vehicle will offer a host of firsts for a generation of Land Rovers. A host of exciting new features and upgrades are set to debut with this new Range Rover, including the all new All Wheel Steering mechanism. This new technology will allow the Vehicle’s centre of gravity to be raised, which in turn, improves the stability and ride of the vehicle. This is expected to dramatically reduce the risk of rollover accidents that occur often with Land Rovers. The all new All Wheel Steering system is also reported to offer a quieter and smoother ride, as well as offering greater passenger comfort.
Another highly anticipated new feature on the list of Land Rover Vehicles is the replacement of the current V5 with a brand new V6. The decision to replace the traditional two-litre engine with a six-litre power unit has been reported by the company to have increased efficiency by up to thirty per cent. This efficiency increase is particularly notable when compared with the launch of the Range Rover models in the previous eighteen months, which saw the introduction of the powerful V8. An increase in passenger volume should further boost these benefits.
All wheel steering is one of Land Rover’s most popular systems, however, it was found to cause some problems when driving on wet or muddy conditions. The all wheel steering system will now be featured on a variety of different vehicles from the Classic, to the X grades. All wheel steering has been built into the new X grade Rover models, and all new vehicles from the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Grand Marquis will feature the new All Wheel Steering concept. For those Land Rovers already fitted with All Wheel Steering, there is still time to convert your vehicle to the new all wheel steering system. However, before taking the plunge, it is important to note that all wheel steering is only designed for vehicles with a rear wheel drive.
Despite the new look and performance gains in the latest SUV models, the new V8 faces several problems. It is reported that the new V8 has suffered from problems while braking, and overall in the handling tests. The lower profile of the engine is believed to be a problem, as is the lower efficiency of the SUV. Overall, although the SUV models have new technology and a sporty feel, they are not as practical as the new Range Rover models.
The engineers at Land Rover have tackled some of the challenges facing the SUV, such as handling and braking. However, it is the all wheel steering system that has received the most criticism. Many of the comments noted regarding the all wheel steering of the previous generation vehicles were largely unfair, as the system allowed drivers to feel comfortable while driving aggressively. For this reason, engineers have worked hard to address any perceived problems with the all wheel steering system of the new model vehicles.
Overall, the new Land Rover models are expected to be better, thanks to the partnership with Microsoft. However, there is little doubt that the new vehicle will still be a firm favourite among SUV owners, and will continue to be a strong rival of the redesigned Ford Focus. The new Range Rover models are also set to continue to be sold in limited quantities, due to fears about the high price of the new V8. However, once consumers have had a chance to experience the reliability and performance of the new Range Rover models, they should find that buying one is a great choice.