The shape of the Range Rover began to look dated by the mid 1990’s with a design that had remained virtually unchanged from 1970. A change was needed to compete with the next generation of luxury cars and growing competition. The new Range Rover was launched in 1994 and it was immediately met with some unfair criticism but this failed to dampen matters and the modern streamlined styling ensured the brand would be carried through to the next generation of luxury four wheel-drive.
The engine department currently has the 4.0 & 4.6 specifications in house, these are reliable units but still thirsty for fuel consumption. The 0-60 performance is impressive at 9 seconds for a vehicle in excess of 2 tonnes. The standard Land Rover ladder chassis is still utilised however it is much wider and includes crash cans to absorb frontal impact and these also work with sensors to operate the airbag systems. The six cylinder BMW diesel differs from the saloon car unit with a modified sump to allow for off-road use and the extreme angles encountered. The diesel unit will obviously give improved fuel consumption but at a cost of restricted performance in comparison to the V8.
On the automatic gearbox there is a single gear selector that utilises a large H-gate to select high & low ranges. There is no diff lock as the viscous coupling locks the centre diff automatically when conditions demand. Add the traction control available on most models and you have an off-road vehicle with great capabilities.
Currently the market for a brand new off-road vehicle with a price tag of a luxury vehicle is limited with very few people willing to fulfill its potential. As pre-owned vehicle prices fall I can see more and more New Range Rovers at more off-road events and competitive trials especially as Air Suspension is the most significant new feature of the model (the system that was perfected and supplied with the LSE Range Rover Classic).
The intricate electrics and electronics make the New Range Rover substantially different from previous models as all sorts of electronic gadgets are fitted as standard. This includes memory seats, sat-nav and a central ECU located under the drivers seat that controls and monitors virtually everything. Appropriate software is required for faults diagnostics and is a service usually only available from a main dealer and some independents.
Before thinking about buying a Used New Range Rover you must ensure that all electrics are in perfect working order. The heating system can throw up common faults and this could be a simple repair of the heater blender motors that can take 7-8 hours workshop time to replace.
With the current Global market conditions there has never been a better time to buy a pre-owned/used Range Rover with massive savings on Forecourt prices.