Tony O'Kane | Sep 3, 2009

LAND ROVER HAS RELEASED pricing and specification details for the Australian-market 2010 Range Rover Vogue line-up. The upper-crust offroader now boasts more equipment, improved visuals, two new petrol V8 engines and slightly higher price-tags.

The biggest change is the dumping of the old 4.2 litre supercharged petrol V8 and its replacement with a 276kW 5.0 V8 and a 375kW supercharged 5.0 V8.

Although slightly down on power compared to the outgoing 4.2 litre v8, the naturally-aspirated V8 gives buyers an entry-level petrol model which sits just above the base 3.6 litre turbodiesel V8 at the lower end of the Vogue range.

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The 3.6 litre LR-TDV8 engine carries over unchanged, and still boasts 200kW and 640Nm from its eight cylinders.

Consuming 11.1 l/100km on the combined cycle, it's also the most frugal engine in the line-up, contrasting with the naturally-aspirated and supercharged 5.0 V8s which consume 14.0 l/100km and 14.9 l/100km respectively.

All powertrains are bolted to a six-speed tiptronic auto and all models feature permanent four-wheel drive.

An electronically-controlled dual range transfer case improves off-road tractability, and adaptive air suspension is standard.

Braking hardware is upgraded for the diesel and naturally-aspirated petrol models and now features 360mm front rotors gripped by two-piston sliding calipers. The Supercharged V8 gets an even beefier system, scoring 380mm front rotors and six-piston Brembo calipers.

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Exterior updates are mild, mainly consisting of new bumper designs, a refreshed grille and updated headlamp clusters. The most noticeable changes are on the inside.

The Range Rover Vogue TDV8 and 5.0 V8 come with leather upholstery and a leather-clad dash, steering wheel and gear selector.

The instrument panel has now been replaced by a 12-inch TFT display, which is driver-configurable and can display a wider variety of vehicle information.

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Bluetooth, a sunroof, satellite navigation and an 11-speaker Harmon Kardon stereo system are also standard.

But it's the up-spec models that get the most gizmos. The Vogue TDV8 Luxury gets a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon stereo, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated leather steering wheel, two headrest-mounted rear DVD screens and Range Rover's "Venture Cam" around-car camera monitoring system.

A set of 20-inch alloy wheels also replace the 19-inch items worn by the based TDV8 and 5.0 V8.

In addition to the TDV8 Luxury's features, the top-of-the-range Range Rover Vogue Autobiography and 5.0 V8 Supercharged Autobiography get a rear limited-slip differential; even more lashings of leather and wood trim; a "vision assist" package that monitors blind spots, plus Range Rover's Dual View touchscreen interface.

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The Dual View screen is similar to the screen featured in the upcoming 2011 Jaguar XJ, and enables the driver to view the sat-nav screen and the passenger to watch a movie simultaneously on the same screen. The touchscreen's voice control system has also been upgraded for 2010.

The 2010 Range Rover Vogue range kicks off at $155,000 for the base TDV8, and rises to $229,500 for the 5.0 V8 Supercharged Autobiography. Full pricing is below.

TDV8 - $155,000

TDV8 Luxury - $179,500

TDV8 Autobiography - $208,900

5.0 V8 - $158,000

5.0 V8 Supercharged Autobiography - $229,500

NOTE: All prices indicate retail pricing and do not include on-road costs

Order books are open now with deliveries are slated to commence around the middle of this month.

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