North American updates for the 2016 Range Rover, HSE is getting 380hp V6 from Range Rover Sport HST

2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography (16)

All things we’ve already read about but in a more detailed list – new items:

  • New for the 2016 Range Rover HSE is a 380hp supercharged V6 engine
  • A turbodiesel Range Rover HSE will be available in North America for the first time
  • Surround Camera System improvements; when surround view is selected; the images from each camera combine to create an overhead view of the vehicle.
  • Hands-Free Gesture Tailgate is activated via sensors at sides of bumpers for easy curb access
  • I’m going to call out the details on the Automatic Access Height system as the most interesting new information:

For the 2016 model year, the driver-adjustable access height function becomes fully automated. The Automatic Access Height system automatically lowers the vehicle’s air suspension once the transmission is placed in Park (P), for improved entry and exit into the vehicle.

When the ignition is switched off or the driver’s seatbelt is removed, the vehicle automatically lowers by 1.4in (35mm) to aid entry and exit. Should any door handle be activated, the height decreases by an additional 0.6in (15mm) for enhanced convenience. The total time from switching the ignition off or removing the seatbelt to achieving a maximum ride height reduction of 2in (50mm) is three seconds. The vehicle automatically returns to its optimized ride height at a speed of 9mph (15km/h).

Official PR:

2016 Model Year Range Rover line-up

Complementing the introduction of SVAutobiography, a comprehensive suite of revisions will be available for the 2016 Range Rover line-up, underlining its status as the ultimate luxury SUV. Key updates extend to a more powerful V6 engine and turbodiesel options for the HSE model, all-new convenience features including a Gesture Tailgate, Automatic Access Height, improved Surround Camera System and enhanced smartphone connectivity with a revised suite of Land Rover InControl™ technologies.

New for the 2016 Range Rover HSE is a 380hp supercharged V6 engine. Building on the all-aluminum 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, with its laser-drilled injectors, two-stage oil pump and diamond-like coating for pistons and gudgeon pins, Land Rover engineers have carried out detailed calibration changes to achieve extra power for the 2016 model year. A potent 380hp, increased by 40hp over the previous version is the result.

With maximum torque available at 3500rpm and a broad power band, the new 380hp supercharged V6 provides effortless in-gear acceleration coupled with outstanding levels of refinement.

A turbodiesel Range Rover HSE will be available in North America for the first time as part of the 2016 model year enhancements. Featuring a single turbocharger, Low Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation (LPEGR) and a two-stage oil pump to reduce losses, the 3.0-liter Range Rover Td6 engine offers a powerful 254hp and 28mpg highway, providing excellent performance, reduced running costs and an exceptional cruising range of up to 658miles (Highway) for maximum convenience. Peak torque of 440lb. ft. is available at just 1,750rpm to ensure effortless in-gear acceleration and the capability to tow up to 7,716lbs (3500kg) with exceptional flexibility.

A Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system uses Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to reduce NOx emissions, ensuring the Td6 achieves US LEV 3 status. The DEF is injected into the exhaust and, as the resulting mixture passes through the SCR, NOx is turned into harmless nitrogen gas.

In addition to the cleansing efficiency of the SCR, every aspect of the Td6 engine has been optimized to ensure emissions are as low as possible. This includes the new Low Pressure EGR system which has been critical to success of Td6 emission ratings and further improves fuel economy.

All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) makes the world-renowned off-road capability of the Range Rover more accessible. Operational from 1.1mph to 19mph (1.8km/h to 30km/h) in forward and reverse gears, ATPC allows an ultra-low creep speed to be set using the steering wheel-mounted cruise-control interface when stationary or when the vehicle is in motion2. This allows the driver to concentrate purely on steering the vehicle over and around obstacles, while it maintains a constant speed that may otherwise be difficult to achieve over very challenging terrain. By reducing driver distractions and optimizing traction in this way, ATPC enhances off-road capability and safety. ATPC can be overridden by simply pressing the brake or accelerator.

The new Surround Camera System2 provides improved clarity, creating sharper and clearer images on the central touchscreen display. A network of four cameras positioned in both front and rear bumpers and the side mirrors crisply relays the vehicle’s surroundings to the driver for maximum safety and convenience. The reverse camera automatically displays the view behind the vehicle when reverse gear is engaged; when surround view is selected; the images from each camera combine to create an overhead view of the vehicle.

A standard rear-camera wash system operates in conjunction with the rear window wash function to improve visibility in inclement weather.

The standard Hands-Free Gesture Tailgate integrates hands-free functionally to the powered electric tailgate. Vehicle owners will simply have to point a foot under either rear corner of the vehicle to gain access into the luggage area. The proximity sensors are located to the sides of the rear bumper rather than the center, allowing the tailgate to be conveniently operated from the curb. This feature is also fully compatible with a tow bar, so the exceptional 7,716lbs towing capacity of the Range Rover is uncompromised.

For the 2016 model year, the driver-adjustable access height function becomes fully automated. The Automatic Access Height system automatically lowers the vehicle’s air suspension once the transmission is placed in Park (P), for improved entry and exit into the vehicle.

When the ignition is switched off or the driver’s seatbelt is removed, the vehicle automatically lowers by 1.4in (35mm) to aid entry and exit. Should any door handle be activated, the height decreases by an additional 0.6in (15mm) for enhanced convenience. The total time from switching the ignition off or removing the seatbelt to achieving a maximum ride height reduction of 2in (50mm) is three seconds. The vehicle automatically returns to its optimized ride height at a speed of 9mph (15km/h).

The suite of Land Rover InControl® connected-car technologies continues to expand for 2016, with advanced new standard features.

InControl® Remote™ allows drivers to remotely activate vehicle systems using a smartphone app. Functions include:

  • Remote Lock/Unlock enables owners to verify the vehicle’s status, and lock or unlock the doors as desired
  • Remote Alarm Reset sends a smartphone alert if the vehicle alarm is sounding, and provides the option to remotely reset if required
  • Remote Beep and Flash helps to locate the vehicle in a busy parking lot by flashing its lights and sounding discreet alarm pips
  • Remote Engine Start allows owners to bring the cabin to a pre-set temperature using the climate control system

InControl® Protect™ can connect the driver with Roadside Assistance through the simple push of a button or can automatically call emergency services and notify them of the vehicle’s location should the airbags deploy. InControl® Remote™ & Protect™ are subscription based services, which are complimentary during the new vehicle warranty period.

InControl® Apps™ allows smartphone users to seamlessly access and control compatible third party apps stored on their device through the vehicle’s touchscreen3.

The Range Rover SVAutobiography, along with the updated Range Rover 2016 Model Year line-up, will be on sale Fall, 2015.