Less than three months after the all-new 2013 Range Rover hit U.S. shores and Land Rover has already released a 2014 model, which brings a new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine to replace the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, with sales to begin this summer.
Land Rover said this new engine will be offered in "key global markets which favour smaller capacity petrol engines", which sounds kind of strange if you consider that the V6 will be offered in North America but not in the United Kingdom…
The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 comes fitted with a Stop/Start system and produces an output of 335hp (340PS) at 6,500rpm and peak torque of 332lb-ft (450Nm) between 3,500 and 5,000rpm.
The V6 is paired to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, and according to Land Rover, it accelerates the 2014 Range Rover from naught to 60mph (96km/h) in 7.1 seconds (100km/h in 7.4 seconds), which makes it slightly slower than the outgoing 375hp 5.0-liter V8 model that completes the sprint in 6.5 seconds.
On the other hand, Land Rover says that, with CO2 emissions of 254g/km, the V6 supercharged unit achieves a 15 percent reduction over the 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8. The carmaker has not released any fuel economy numbers yet, but it's safe to say that it will be more economical than the V8 model it replaces.