Land Rover brought out the next generation of its largest model at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2006 Range Rover is offered with a 400-horsepower supercharged V-8 or a naturally aspirated V-8. Both V-8s are derived from Jaguar engines and operate using drive-by-wire throttle control.
Land Rover claims the new Range Rover is quieter than its predecessor and has sharper steering. Newly available technology includes adaptive headlights, a tire-pressure monitor, and a touchscreen that works with the navigation, audio and phone systems. The screen also provides offroad driving information. An improved air suspension incorporates adjustable ride height.
The posh Range Rover is manufactured in Britain and was redesigned for 2003 for only the third time in 32 years. It gained an all-new, stiffer monocoque body with an integrated chassis during that redesign. Land Rovers have a long history of providing unsurpassed offroad capabilities.
For 2006, Land Rover also is offering a brand-new Range Rover Sport model, which is listed separately in the Research section.
The sport utility vehicle's revisions focus on the grille, bumper, power vents, lamps and wheels. Either 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels are available. The supercharged version gets Brembo front brakes, a mesh-patterned grille and power vents. Built on a 113.3-inch wheelbase, the Range Rover is 195.7 inches long overall, 86.3 inches wide (including the mirrors) and 75 inches tall.
Ground clearance measures 8.9 inches, but that can rise to 10.8 inches for offroad treks. The SUV's wading depth is 19.7 inches and approach angle is 29 degrees (34 degrees for off-roading). Traditional design touches include a clamshell hood, an upright front end, a "floating" roof and a horizontally split tailgate.
The Range Rover seats up to five occupants. The interior can be trimmed in luxurious leather and genuine wood, and two new trim color blends are available for 2006. Three-zone automatic air conditioning is standard. The supercharged model has special stainless-steel pedals. Backseat DVD entertainment and a rearview camera are now available.
Under the Hood
Two V-8s are available under Range Rover hoods. The normally aspirated 4.4-liter V-8 produces 305 hp and 325 pounds-feet of torque. Land Rover also offers a supercharged 4.2-liter V-8 that generates 400 hp and delivers 420 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines team with a ZF six-speed-automatic transmission. Permanent four-wheel drive includes a Torsen torque-sensing center differential. The two-speed transfer case can be shifted between Low and High modes while moving.
The SUV is equipped with eight standard airbags, including the usual frontal-impact devices, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front passengers and side curtain-type airbags for all outboard occupants. Antilock brakes and all-terrain Dynamic Stability Control are standard.