Driven: Range Rover in Iceland
Tom Ford takes the new Range Rover to Iceland... and the edge
Posted: 27 Mar 2013
So I've spoiled the ending a bit. But this is the newest, most revolutionary version of a car that - if you look at the past couple of years' rock solid sales figures - wasn't in dire need of transformation. Land Rover has simply decided that the best form of market-leading defence is attack, on all fronts; new Range Rover is supposedly lighter, faster, more efficient, more luxurious, more capable in all conditions. Better in every way. In true TopGear style, we thought we'd like to test the practice, rather than the theory, and headed here, to Iceland. The harshest, most aggressive terrain we could find. To beat the Range Rover's bold claims to death with live volcanoes, black sand and lava rock.
So far, though, the Range Rover has been doughtily impressive. Not being upside down and bleeding in an Icelandic Pit of Doom helps, but on the sweeping, wide roads and past few hours of on-road driving, the new car has been quietly resolute. It looks unmistakably like a Range Rover in its profile and stance - its floating roof and slab sides punctuated by vertical side gills - but all sympathetically modernised. It's Land Rover's Porsche 911 moment, a thorough generational overhaul that still aims to keep the car's visual character firmly in place. Yes, there are zeitgeisty LEDs and daytime running lights, head- and tail-lights cut back into the bodywork and a myriad of contrast colour options in the brochure (you can have the roof and side gills in unmatching shades these days), but given a silhouette or a glimpse, you'll still not mistake it for anything else. Good.