Given that an all-new Range Rover is coming for 2013, it comes as no surprise that the 2012 Range Rover is largely a carryover from the 2011 model. Prices are up slightly over last year, with introductory MSRPs ranging from $80,275.00 for the Range Rover HSE through $126,665.00 for the Autobiography.
All information on this page is for U.S.-specification vehicles unless otherwise indicated.
As it was for 2011, the 2012 Range Rover is available in four trims. The introductory trim is the well-equipped HSE which then moves up to the HSE LUX. Topping out the line are the Supercharged and the Autobiography. Introductory MSRPs range from $80,275.00 for the HSE up through $126,665.00 for the top-of-the-line Autobiography.
The HSE and HSE LUX feature a 375-horsepower V8, while the remaining trims are equipped with a supercharged engine that increases horsepower to 510.
There are a fair number of options and packages for all trims except the Autobiography, which offers only optional wheels (a $1,500.00 add-on) and exterior colors (see all 2012 Range Rover exterior color swatches). Popular options for the remaining three trims include the Rover® Towing Prep package ($2,000.00), which includes Adaptive Dynamics; upgraded harman/kardon® LOGIC® 7 Hi-Fie audio system ($1,350.00); and the Vision Assist Pack ($1,800.00), which includes the Surround Camera System, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Automatic High Beam Assist.
Since the 2012 model is a carryover from 2011, engine options do not change. The HSE and HSE LUX feature the 375-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, while the Supercharged and Autobiography enjoy increased power via the 5.0-liter supercharged engine.
Engine options for 2012 remain precisely as they were in 2011. The Range Rover HSE and HSE LUX are equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 that delivers 375-horsepower and 375 ft.-lbs. of torque. The Range Rover Supercharged and Autobiography receive a supercharged variant of the 5.0-liter V8 that ups horsepower and torque to 510 and 461 ft.-lbs. respectively.
In short, those who enjoy power behind the wheel should be pleased with what the Range Rovers have to offer. Backing both V8 engines is a six-speed automatic transmission with CommandShift®, which offers clutchless manual shifting through all six gears.
Power on all trims is delivered to a full-time four-wheel drive system that uses Land Rover’s Terrain Response® system for maximum off-road control. The Terrain Response system offers several user-selectable settings that improve traction and control on grass, snow, mud, ruts, rocks, etc.
Engine (HSE, HSE LUX): 5.0-Liter V8 Engine with 375-Horsepower and 375 ft.-lbs. Torque
Engine: 5.0-Liter Supercharged V8 Engine with 510-Horsepower and 461 ft.-lbs. Torque
Transmission: Six-Speed Automatic w/ CommandShift
Fuel Economy (MPG): 12 City / 18 Highway
If you’re willing to wait a year, the 2013 Range Rover will feature exterior styling cues derived from the 2012 Evoque.
The next generation Range Rover is due for the 2013 model year, which means the 2012 model received only minimal exterior changes and updates. However, if you’re willing to wait a year, the 2013 Range Rover will feature exterior styling cues derived from the popular Range Rover Evoque. It will come as no surprise to those familiar with the Range Rover line to learn the vehicle has undergone only three generational changes since it was first introduced in 1970.
With the notable exception of the Range Rover Autobiography, most of the exterior colors available on the Range Rover line are subdued. Popular colors for the 2012 model year include Firenze Red (the brightest color available on the HSE, HSE LUX, and the Supercharged), Galway Green, Bournville (rich brown), Nara Bronze, and Sumatra Black. The Autobiography offers a full range of custom colors that includes Paris Blue, Caribbean Blue, Bering Grey, Calama Copper, Ordos Yellow, and many others. Also available on the Autobiography are ChromaFlair® custom colors such as Spectral Red, Spectral Blue, and Spectral Green.
While the exterior of the 2012 Range Rover is firmly entrenched within the 40+ year heritage of the brand, the interior reflects Land Rover’s commitment to continual improvement. As such, Land Rover interiors have greatly improved over the past several years. The imposing squares and hard edges that made up the interiors of previous Land Rovers has been mostly absorbed by a softer interior aesthetic that features more intricacy and curves.
Interior features include a 12.3-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) virtual instrument display panel, automatic climate control with air filtration, electric windows with one-touch operation, automatic dimming mirrors, and much more. Sample interior colors include, but are certainly not limited to, Navy Oxford (bluish-black), Navy Parchment Oxford (light tan), Sand Oxford (darker tan/cream), and Ivory Oxford (white). Trim finishers include Burr Walnut Wood, Cherry Wood, and Black Lacquer.
The 2012 Range Rover has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and is not on the 2012 list of vehicles to be test. However, the 2012 Range Rover is equipped with a suite of active and passive safety features that ranges from the Terrain Response system to a full complement of airbags. Airbags are placed throughout the vehicle and include side curtain airbags, driver airbag, passenger airbag, a driver’s knee airbag, and front seat pelvic and thorax airbags.
All trims of the 2012 Range Rover come very well equipped, but the Supercharged and the Autobiography are clearly at the top of the trim range. Even so, the Range Rover HSE and HSE LUX can be optioned up impressively. For example, 2012 Range Rover HSE option packages include Rover® Towing Prep, an upgraded 19-speaker harman/kardon audio system, rear seat entertainment package, Vision Assist Pack, a Luxury Interior Package, and more.
Standard features include, but are not limited to, an acoustic windscreen with laminated front row side glass, electric tilt/slide sunroof, power-folding and heated exterior mirrors, Xenon headlamps, the aforementioned 12.3-inch TFT virtual instrument panel, filtered climate control, heated leather steering wheel with multi-fuction switches, and parking sensors both front and rear.
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