2005 Detroit Auto Show Index by TCC Team (1/8/2005)
A Land Rover for the Nürburgring?
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With styling cues more like those of the original Range Rover, particularly in the rear section, visually there’s no denying its heritage. Side pillars have been blacked out and combine with a lot of side glass to create a “floating roof” look. In back, the tailgate is made of aluminum and the glass can open separately.
The Sport will be powered by a 390-hp 4.2-liter supercharged V-8 and a six-speed automatic transmission, combined with, of course, four-wheel drive. A normally aspirated 4.4-liter, 300-hp V-8 will also be offered. The brand’s Dynamic Response suspension system and Terrain Response off-road system will help provide top performance on- and off-road. Hill Descent Control will also be standard on all models, as will a four-corner air suspension.
The interior will be quite lavish, with options including a Harmon/Kardon audio, bi-xenon headlamps, and an individual-screen navigation system. The Sport is somewhat smaller than the standard Range Rover, and will fit between the LR3 and Range Rover in price.
Range Rover gets Jaggy
2006 Land Rover Range RoverEnlarge Photo
Most notably, specially tuned Jaguar engines now replace the BMW-derived unit that has powered the Range Rover since its 2002 introduction. A supercharged version joins the Range Rover lineup for ’06, with a supercharged 4.2-liter V-8 offering 400 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The new 4.4-liter naturally aspirated V-8 makes 305 hp and is standard on all other Range Rovers.
The luxury SUV also gets a new front bumper, grille, headlights, and taillights (the look can best be described as more complicated); and changes have been made to the steering and air suspension system. A new touch-screen system is standard; adaptive front headlamps are available, as is a rear-view parking-aid camera and new entertainment system for rear-seat passengers.
Avalon shamelessly embraces empty-nesters
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The new Avalon, styled at
Substantially larger both outside and inside, the new Avalon provides more comfort for all occupants, and better performance, while offering better efficiency than before. Power is provided by a new 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 with VVT-I variable valve timing and five-speed automatic transmission, allowing a 0-60 time of only 6.6 seconds, with an EPA fuel economy rating of 22 city, 31 highway and a ULEV emissions certification.