Charting the Changes – The 2015 Land Rover Lineup
Earlier this week the Los Angeles Auto Show unofficially kicked off the new-car model year. Land Rover, for its part, showed off the all-new Discovery Sport, on the floor of the convention center as well as at a purpose-built urban off-road course in West Hollywood.
In conjunction with the show, company officials announced changes to the rest of the Land Rover and Range Rover lines for the new year. Setting aside the new Disco Sport, the 2015 lineup is mostly a carry-over of last year’s models as the company prepares for a host of upcoming product launches in the next 18 months. For now, here is what you can expect from the Green Oval.
LR4 – Known throughout the rest of the world as the 4th-generation Discovery, the trusty family-size Land Rover lives on for one more model year relatively unchanged. Starting at $50,400, the LR4 now offers JLR’s new InControl Apps and smartphone integration. The supercharged V6 continues as the only engine, paired to a standard 8-speed automatic with an optional hi-lo transfer case.
LR2 – A carryover on its way to retirement, the aging Freelander 2 platform will become obsolete once the Discovery Sport arrives in the spring. A turbo four-cylinder connected to a 6-speed transmission is the only powertrain configuration for Land Rover’s compact, which starts at $36,660 including leather upholstery and dual sunroofs.
Range Rover – No major changes for the flagship model, except the addition of an HSE trim level for the long-wheelbase version, which previously require Supercharged or Autobiography specification. Prices for the 2015 Range Rover start at $83.495.
Range Rover Sport – All-new least year, the Sport moves into 2015 virtually identical. The big news is the addition of the ultra-performance SVR version, which will unleash a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and top 160 mph, starting at a little over $110,000. The supercharged-V6-powered Range Rover Sport starts at a less stratospheric $63,525.
Range Rover Evoque – Practically unchanged after a host of 2014 tech upgrades, the 2015 Evoque gains Reverse Traffic Detection when equipped with Blind Spot Monitor, and adds Perpendicular Park in conjunction with the optional Advanced Park Assist. The 2015 Range Rover Evoque is priced from $41,100.