The Land Rover LR4, which came to Canada four years ago (2011 model year) offers as the 2014 model a completely new powertrain with not radically new outlook.
We will get the new LR4 sometime in late 2015, and most probably as 2016 model.
THE Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Group flourishes under the Indian TATA ownership and the new LR4 is aso profiting from this rise. To be honest, I was not able to test the previous generation and will not make an “timeline” comparison. Anyway, this is an excellent SUV with very high quality craftsmanship and materials. It is ready the host the British Royal Family for weekend hunting trips or urban events of all kinds.
JLR Canada (via BHG Media) provided as a fully equipped model in “Fuji White” with “Ebony Windsor” seats.
The ‘regular’ LR4 has an MSRP of 70,990 Canadian dollars. With all the options including leather package, vision assist package, roof rails, retractable cargo area cover and grand black lacquer trim finisher plus the destination charge, the price climbs to 77,350. This is the cost of enjoying the middle range of the noble off-road living.
I lived one week and 500 kilometers long with this vehicle. In the Niagara Region I had to opportunity to taste the off-road capabilities in a limited manner and was convinced I would stretch the limits much further. There are many more advantages to test and enjoy also on the asphalt.
The tall, long, wide and rectangular body speaks unmistakably Land Rover style. Happily, this design means a spacious cabin with excellent visibility. Being categorically a seven-seater, the second-row seating is sufficient for three adults, while two stowaway seats beneath the floor of the cargo area can be used mainly for emergency or kids.
Also the Land Rover cannot escape a certain degree of downsizing. For better fuel economy, a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine has replaced the former 5.0L V8.
This new power plant produces 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, I did not notice any lack of sufficient power. Paired with a new eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, the torque is distributed over a wide band of revolutions.
The passenger compartment is quite and despite the not-so aerodynamic body, you do not hear much of wind, road and engine noise, probably due to an excellent insulation. While on the road, the most dominant comfort factor for me was the smooth and adaptable air suspension.
Having said that, do not expect a sporty behavior from this vehicle with the tall centre of gravity.
I was able to test Terrain Response System, choose grass-gravel-snow and did not get much feeling from mud-ruts, and sand.
By using the LR4’s adaptable air suspension system, you can enjoy 240 millimeters of ground clearance. However, I could not go this far, because of “more civilized terrain”.
Our test vehicle was equipped with the optional vision assist package, for enhanced visibility thanks to a five-camera array. This system allows the driver to observe what is happening around the vehicle at the touch of a button. This system makes a lot of sense in off-road duties and greatly helps to avoid rocks, logs and obstacles. Instead, I used these cameras also proved while parking or operating the vehicle in congested Toronto.
The 19-inch alloy wheels were fitted with Continental all-season performance tires which provide a balance between “urban walks” and “off-road assignments”.
The cargo area is accessed via a split-door design, which features a compact folding tailgate (which seconds as an excellent seat when putting on your wellies) and an upswing lift gate to protect you from the rain. If long items need to be carried, you can readily fold both the second- and third-row seats. In order to enjoy the Niagara Parkway on a sunny Sunday with my son, we loaded the vehicle with two full-size bicycles and stored them with ease.
The quality of the leather seating, trim pieces and interior build materials is all top-notch. The tall windows and raised seating positions promote excellent visibility throughout the vehicle, and all but the tallest individuals should be able to get comfortable in the two front seating positions.
Unexpected touches on my test unit include adjustable front seat armrests, a heated steering wheel and a chill box for beverages and snacks hidden in the centre console.
The average consumption was 13.5 liters. This is closer to theoretical values which are labeled as 14.6 city, 10.5 highway
Article: Varol McKars
Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars
Test vehicle was provided by BHG Media on behalf of Jaguar-Land Rover Canada
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