The Ins and Outs of the All-New 2016 Land Rover
Built for beat-up terrain, the all new 2016 Land Rover model has some fantastic upgrades. Land Rover has lived up to its expectation and has designed an SUV that will rival with other top end SUVs. With luxury in mind, the 5-door Land Rover has maintained its reputation as the off-road car of choice with safety and comfort features to boot.
The Land Rover comes with a full time 4-wheel drive and an auto-locking rear differential. It comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission and a towing capacity of a massive 7,716 pounds (3,500 kg). This model has over 18,000 different combinations for interior and exterior options and extras for you to compare.
It is available in 4 trims:
Apart from the Base trim, there is a choice of two types of wheelbases:
- Standard wheelbase: 9 feet, 7 inches wheelbase with a total length of 16 feet, 5 inches.
- Long wheelbase; Also known as LWB it offers a 10 feet, 3 inches wheelbase with a length of 17 feet, 7 inches overall.
Among the biggest changes seen in the 2016 model is the new Gesture Tailgate, which automatically opens the lift gate when a foot is swiped under the rear bumper. The loading height can now be automatically adjusted thanks to the built-in Automatic Access Height. There is an inclusion of an all new turbo-diesel V6 power plant that can only be found in models with the HSE trim. The InControl infotainment suite, surround-view cameras, and smartphone apps are all getting upgrades as well.
The vehicle has an increased horsepower of 380 which is a 40 hp rise from the current model with an 8-speed shift auto-transmission for the base model. It also offers the supercharged 3.0-liter Flex Fuel V6 engine with a torque of 332 lb-ft.
The 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 will debut at 254 hp with torque at 440 lb-ft. Fitted with a 510-hp, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 power plant and you can compare it to the older edition. This 8-cylinder engine has 461 lb-ft in torque and fuel economy of 14 mpg city/19 highway/16 combined.
Scheduled for a return to all subsequent Land Rovers is the Terrain Response system. This is a traction enhancing system that automatically changes the braking, suspension, and throttle. This is so that the vehicle is able adapt to any terrain it’s driven on; whether going down a mountain side, or in the sand or muddy conditions. The high clearance and an undercarriage that’s semi-sealed allows for crossing streams and rivers that any other car would sink into.
For appearance, features for new models include 19, 20, or 21-inch alloy wheels, power sunroof, heated power-adjustable, and auto-dimming mirrors. The interior offers luxury finishes, such as leather upholstery, tilting steering wheel, ample leg room, cruise control, and automatic climate control. Parking sensors for both front and rear sides and a rear-view camera are also included.
The 2016 Land Rover has lots of built-in technology, these standard options include:
- Bluetooth-interfaced InControl 8-inch infotainment touch screen
- Smartphone apps
- GPS navigation
- 380-watt Meridian premium audio system with 13 speakers
- Satellite radio
- Video monitor
- DVD/MP3 player
- Xenon automatic headlights with power washers
For higher trims, expected extras include: heated rear seats, massaging front seats, panoramic sunroof in the LWB editions, and trim pieces. The Land Rover Autobiography, which is the high-end version, features an upgraded Meridian audio system with 29 speakers, 3D Surround Sound, and 1,700 watts. It also has an 18-way driver and passenger power-adjustable and massaging front seats. A four-zone climate control and surround camera system are also featured.
The standard wheelbase Land Rover has a cargo space of 71.7 cubic feet while the LWB has 82.8 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded. This is usually considered small compared to its size. It is regarded as quite safe and stable because of the safety equipment built-in. These options include 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, rollover protection, HID (high-intensity-discharge) headlights, and traction control. It has airbags mounted at the front and side plus on the front and rear headsets. It also has a post-collision safety system and InControl emergency telematics. Security extras include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warnings.
This car has an MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of $86,000 while the HSE is at around $93,000. For the V8 supercharged edition expect a price of $104,000, LWB at $109,000, and the Autobiography version starts at $141,000. At this price, it’s more expensive than its Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, and Cadillac counterparts. But to compare it to them is not to do it justice since it is a Land Rover after all.