Range Rover keeps adding more bling to the Vogue. Fortunately, they also upgrade the car’s other features.
And for 2012 the king of all SUVs receives a host of style changes and feature upgrades, including new option packs for the Vogue and Autobiography models. The styling, as you can see, is still going toward vulgarity with new gloss Black head and tail lamp back plates.
Other highlights include the front grille surround finished in Narvik Black, door handles and side vents match the body colour, and new 20? V spoke alloy wheels finished in mid silver sporting a Range Rover branded centre cap.
As mentioned, there is two new option packs – Vogue Silver and Vogue Black. Both of them are fitted with Logic 7, 1200W Harman Kardon High Dynamics Audio System, heated and cooled seats for each passenger, and an 8-inch Dual View infotainment screen – allowing the driver to view the navigation display whilst the passenger can relax watching a video. Additionally, the Vogue Silver Pack offers a Supercharged Design Pack comprising of a bright noble finish to the front grille and side vents.
The Black Vogue benefits from the Exterior Design Pack, including revised front bumper with fog lamp surrounds, front grille and side vents in Titan finish, revised side sills, rear bumper and stainless steel exhaust finishers.
Inside the car, you find the Grand Black wood veneers now have a crisp inlay which reads ‘Range Rover’ while Autobiography veneers are available in a choice of Burr Maple Prussian Blue, Anthracite Lined Oak or Ash Burl.
Other unique Autobiography features include three new option packs – Prestige, Dynamic and Technology – which can be ordered individually or in combination:
Prestige Pack includes extended Autobiography colourways, Grand Black veneers and reclining rear seats; the Dynamic Pack includes the exterior Design Pack with the addition of 20? Shadow Chrome alloy wheels; whilst the Technology Pack comprises Vision Assist, 4-zone air conditioning, the Harmon Kardon Logic 7 1200W audio system and rear seat entertainment.
As for the engines, you still get three choice of diesel V8, supercharged petrol V8, and naturally aspirated petrol V8.
The 4.4 liter V8 diesel, which is the best of the lot if you ask us, develops 313PS at 4,000rpm and 700Nm torque and returns 30.1mpg. Combined with the super-efficient ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission it returns CO2 emissions of just 253g/km.
The supercharged V8 is only of any use if you live somewhere where petrol is cheap. It makes a fantastic 510PS with torque of 625Nm from 2500rpm, and can do 0 to 60mph in 5.9 seconds. But you pay the price, literally, at the pumps!
The naturally aspirated V8 is like a compromise between the two, offering 375PS and 510 Nm of torque.