Land Rover is taking the stage at this year's 2009 New York Auto Show with a completely revamped lineup of SUVs--including a renamed entry-level sport-ute.
The trio of Land Rover models now includes the 2010 LR4, the replacement for the outgoing LR3, as well as the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport. All three share a normally aspirated, direct-injection 5.0-liter V-8 engine co-developed with Jaguar, updated sheetmetal and interiors, and according to Land Rover, more off-road prowess than ever.
The 2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport keeps its position in the middle of the lineup, with seating for five and a more sporting style than the formal Range Rover and the people-hauling LR4. The Sport offers up two powertrains--the 5.0-liter V-8 in its basic 375-horsepower form with identical torque output, or a supercharged version with 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed paddle-shifted automatic helps the basic version accelerate to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds; the Supercharged Sport hits 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.
Land Rover promises the Range Rover Sport's dynamics have gotten better--and the Sport already was one of the most astonishing SUVs on the highway. A new Adaptive Dynamics system to automatically adjust shocks, and a performance mode in the Sport's Terrain Response all-wheel-drive controller makes the sport-ute more agile and more comfortable, Land Rover says. Off-road prowess is boosted with a sand launch-control mode and recalibrated traction control. Steering response has been improved and a new set of brakes (Brembos on Supercharged Sports) are fitted. And to highlight the changes under the sheetmetal, light updates like a new grille and bumpers, LED headlamps and a completely revamped interior have been adopted. Adaptive cruise control, an impending-obstacle alert system, a hard-drive navigation system and MP3 connectivity are new options, along with automatic high beams.
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For 2010, the Land Rover Range Rover adopts the same pair of powerplants, with acceleration times equal to the smaller Sport. Slighter changes outside are applied to the grille, headlights and bumper, while the interior's been tweaked with a 12-inch screen that replaces the gauges with simulated dials and other displays. Adaptive Dynamics is grafted on its driveline as in the Sport, and new safety gear includes adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and an optional surround-camera system. New brakes and a retuned stability-control system round out the changes to the range-topping Rover. The same infotainment and navigation systems from the Sport are standard on the Range Rover, as is HD Radio.
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Big changes at Britain's SUV maker come in the name of its base SUV, the 2010 Land Rover LR4. It supersedes the LR3 in the lineup, and the new name signifies big mechanical changes all around. Chief among them, the LR4 adopts the 375-horsepower V-8 shared across the lineup. It's good for a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 7.5 seconds.
Elsewhere, Land Rover has updated the suspension, steering, brakes and traction control in the LR4, which makes it handle more responsively on and off-road, Land Rover claims. New aerodynamic add-ons cut its drag and help the fuel-economy cause. Inside, dramatically new fittings increase interior space for the five- or seven-seat LR4, and make it feel more upscale, according to Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director. New equipment includes HD radio, MP3 connectivity, push-button start, and the surround-camera system.