Land Rover LR4 3.0 V-6, downsizing has not worked the magic for Land Rover

2015-05-04 23:26:34
Land Rover LR4 3.0 V-6, downsizing has not worked the magic for Land Rover
Land Rover LR4 3.0 V-6, downsizing has not worked the magic for Land Rover

The auto industry is hurling towards downsizing engines with displacement and cylinder counts but not at the expense of power. The LR4 having experimented this has ended up unsuccessful as it opted for a V-6 producing 340 in place of the V-8 with 375 hp horsepower.  Here we are going to test just that.

Last year the LR4 had a 5.0 Liter V-8 producing 375-hp and 375 lb-ft torque coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission for assist. This time around the bigger engine has been replaced by a smaller 3.0 Liter V -6 that produced lesser 340-hp and 332 lb-ft torque. When we went in to the real world testing with the V-6 the above said downsizing theory has failed to work for the LR4.

 The number we obtained after testing the 2015 LR4 fitted with a V-6 showed that it runs 0.2 seconds slower for the 0-60mph race against the more powerful V-8 engine powered LR4 of last year. Driving it in real world surroundings the LR4 appeared lazy particularly when we whipped it at high speeds and could clearly see that it is struggling to overwhelm the blunt aerodynamics of the SUV structure. The new eight-speed compared to the old six-speed transmission certainly shifted better, but during downshifts it was hesitant.

The focus of downsizing of engines is related to the fuel economy numbers and the LR4 also stumbles in this aspect. The new engine has been rated by EPA for 15/19mpg for city and highway compared to the earlier version’s 12/17 but when we tested the current model it produced just 15mpg which precisely was the one we discovered in the LR4 of 2011 paired with a V-8 engine. We thought that this could be attributed to the extra weight that the current model carried to the tune of 200 pounds though both the vehicles have the same equipments.

Unfortunately the aluminum magic has not been performed on the LR4 like its siblings Land Rover Range Rover, Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Sport. This will happen only when the next generation is launched. The combination of the interfering stability-control system and the hefty mass produced a woeful skidpad figure of 0.65g.  The braking-stop however is an acceptable 174 feet but was marred by the accompanying nose dive of the old.

We realize that not every driver owning an LR4 expects to have d riving dynamics fit to fight BMW but the vehicle passes with flying colors in every other aspects. The body with its boxy style has stood up the test of time and looks good while the interior is spread with fine quality material and massive amount of glass that offer fantastic lighting inside.

With low cowl and tall roof the LR4 offers the sensation of providing large interior room among the contemporary vehicles and with it also  provide outstanding side and forward vision  to the occupants. The base 2015 Land Rover LR4 with 3.0 Liter V-6 costs $51,325 and the model we tested cost a heftier $62,104 with added options.

Land Rover models:

Land Rover Range Rover
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Land Rover Discovery Series II
Land Rover Freelander
Land Rover LR4
Land Rover LR3
Land Rover Defender
Land Rover LR2
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Land Rover Discovery