New generation Range Rover and the Jaguar XF Sportbrake on sale in Ireland

Following their launch to the Irish market last week, new generation Range Rover and the Jaguar XF Sportbrake are now on sale here with prices starting at €47,220 and €119,355 respectively.

Following their launch to the Irish market last week, new generation Range Rover and the Jaguar XF Sportbrake are now on sale here with prices starting at €47,220 and €119,355 respectively.

The new 4th generation Range Rover, just launched here, is ‘the evolution of a true world icon’ according to Eddie Kavanagh, general manager, Land Rover Ireland.

Previous Range Rover owners had advised designers and engineers of the new version ‘don’t change it, just make it better’.

Improvements include making the car lighter, stronger and more refined - while keeping Range Rover DNA.

And downsizing its engines.

The new TDV6 which emits 196g/km C02 represents a 50 percent reduction in road tax.

This engine size is expected to account for over 80 percent of sales here.

The improvements include more rear leg and knee room, due to a 40mm longer wheel base than in the current model, and improved comfort features. Entry and exit have also been made easier.

Other improvements have been made to the car’s aerodynamics giving it a lower roof, more elegant proportions, including a powered tailgate and soft-closing doors.

The floating roof and clamshell bonnet have been retained from the previous model.

This new RR is the world’s first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure; some 420kg weight has been saved over the outgoing model - equal in weight to five adults - helping to improve fuel economy and C02 emissions.

Aluminium absorbs more energy than steel, making this a strong, safe car.

The reduced weight helps to improve vehicle dynamics and contributes to more agile and response handling.

Also new, is that the brand’s Terrain Response now automatically selects from the five terrain settings.

The car can also climb higher, up to 4500m, and has the most advanced Slip Control System of any SUV.

It does the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.4 seconds, has 296mm ground clearance and can now wade through water up to a depth of 900mm, and go higher up to 4500m. The new RR has a number of advanced technologies onboard like the 8-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering and Stop/Start.

Land Rover Ireland expect to sell 60 units of the new generation Range Rover in a full year, subject to supplies being available.

Jaguar Land Rover has also launched its new XF Sportbrake to the Irish market, hailed as the most versatile derivative of the Jaguar XF.

Prices are from €47,220 - €60,550.

Doug McCoy of Jaguar Ireland expects to sell 50 units of the Sportbrake which comes powered by very refined and powerful 2.2 and 3.0 turbo-diesels, with a power output range from 163hp-275hp.

Engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

All 2.2 diesel models have annual road tax of €280 while the 3.0 diesel comes in at €570 a year.

This premium estate car is practical, elegant, capable and offers powerful, sporty driving.

A full five-seater with an additional 48mm of rear headroom over its car sibling, thanks to the extended roofline styling.

The overall cargo area is a maximum is 1675 litres.

The XF’s main competitors include the Audi A6 Avant, BMW 520 D Touring and Mercedes Benz E220 CDI Estate.

Against an overall drop of 10.7 percent in new car sales and LCV sales in this country in 2012, Jaguar Land Rover showed a combined overall gain of 58 percent.

Since assuming the Land Rover franchise in 2009, JLR here have increased sales by 168 percent from 424 units to 1,140 units in 2012.

In 2011, its first year of sales, the Range Rover Evoque sold 250 units in Ireland, which Gerard O’Farrell, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover in Ireland said was a great success.