New JLR straight-six to see Aussie debut in 2020 Range Rover

Jaguar Land Rover Australia has confirmed that its new straight-six Ingenium engine will see its Australian debut in the 2020 Range Rover, with the order books for the new variant opening later this month. 

The new engine, as we’ve previously reported, is slated to be the replacement for the ageing Ford-era supercharged V6, and has already made its debut in some other markets in the smaller Range Rover Sport.

Displacing 3.0-litres and fitted with a turbocharger, an electric supercharger, and a 48V mild-hybrid system, the new engine will be fitted to the updated Range Rover in its most powerful 294kW and 550Nm guise.

With such strong outputs, it will make the Range Rover good for a 6.3 second 0-100km/h sprint, while helping it achieve a top speed of 225km/h. Fuel consumption is listed at 9.3L/100km – decent for a car of the big Range Rover’s size.

In addition to the new engine, the Range Rover will see a number of other overdue updates for the 2020 model year – most notably, the Smartphone Pack which will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard across the range.

Additionally, the Matrix and Pixel LED headlights have been tweaked with a Sign Post Dimming function to help avoid glare being reflected off road signs, and for the latter, a Tourist Mode that can adjust the headlight beam for left or right-hand side driving at the push of a button.

Finally, two new paint colours have been added to the options list – Eiger Grey and Portofino Blue to replace Corris Grey and Loire Blue respectively – along with a new 22-inch gloss black wheel design.

Full pricing and specifications for the 2020 Range Rover lineup, including the new straight-six-powered variant, will be announced later this month, with initial deliveries currently slated for October.

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