Land Rover brought out the next generation of its largest model at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Range Rover is offered with a supercharged V-8 or a naturally aspirated V-8. Both are derived from Jaguar engines and operate using drive-by-wire throttle control.
Land Rover's Terrain Response technology, which has five terrain settings for on-road to extreme offroad conditions, is standard on all 2007 models. A rear electronic differential is now standard on supercharged models and available on other models. The parking brake is now electronic and operated by a switch. Also new are electronically released twin glove boxes.
For 2007, Range Rovers come with a restyled front, a driver's side knee airbag, improved ventilation and more extensive wood and metallic finishes. The front seats now have optional cooling in addition to the standard heating feature. Land Rover says new acoustic windshield glass makes the cabin quieter, but the 2007 Range Rover has not yet been tested.
The Range Rover Sport model, which debuted in 2006, is listed separately in the Cars.com Research section.
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 its 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. Adaptive headlights and a tire pressure monitoring system are optional.
The Range Rover seats up to five occupants. The interior can be trimmed in luxurious leather and genuine wood. Three-zone automatic air conditioning is standard. The supercharged model has special stainless-steel pedals. A touch-screen that provides offroad driving information and works with the navigation, audio and phone systems is optional. A backseat DVD entertainment system and a rearview camera are also available.
A rotary switch selects from five Terrain Response settings. One is for normal driving, a second is for slippery conditions, and the remaining three are offroad settings for mud, sand and rock-crawling. Land Rover says an upgraded evaporator and new center top vents help improve air conditioning and ventilation.
Under the Hood
Two V-8s are available under Range Rover hoods. The normally aspirated 4.4-liter V-8 produces 305 horsepower 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. An air suspension incorporates adjustable ride height.
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 airbags for all outboard occupants. Antilock brakes and all-terrain Dynamic Stability Control are standard. The head restraints in the 2007 Range Rover are meant to prevent whiplash.
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