Land Rover announced a few key upgrades to its flagship Range Rover model over the din of international auto journalists at the Madrid Auto Show in Spain last week. Chief among the improvements is the inclusion of Land Rover's Terrain Response system that comes with five preprogrammed terrain settings that are chosen via a knob in the center console. The luxurious barge has also received an additional rear electronic differential to compliment the standard center differential on all models. The rear 'e' diff is standard on the Range Rover Supercharged and an option on NA models. Finally the Range Rover's interior has been tweaked to increase storage space and up the premium plushness. New front seats also gain air-cooling and the ventilation has been improved with additional vents that help lower fan noise.
Check out a full release after the jump for the nitty gritty and a photo comparison of the 2006 and 2007 interiors.
[Source: Land Rover]
2007 Range Rover interior
2006 Ranger Rover interior
RANGE ROVER EQUIPPED WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY AND AN ENHANCED PRESTIGIOUS INTERIOR FOR 2007 MODEL YEAR
Land Rover announced that the Range Rover gains extra technology and interior features for the 2007 model year
IRVINE, Calif., May 25, 2006 - The Range Rover gains a series of enhancements to its cabin, chassis and off-road upgrades for the 2007 model year, reinforcing its position as the world's most complete luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV).
The latest improvements to Land Rover's flagship include interior design refinements and a host of technical improvements that strengthen the vehicle's blend of outstanding capability and exceptional comfort. Its off-road performance is further extended by the adoption of Land Rover's highly acclaimed patented Terrain Response ™ system.
"To maintain the Range Rover's outstanding reputation, we continuously look at how we can update and upgrade the vehicle," says Richard Beattie, Land Rover North America's Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing. "We have further refined Range Rover substantial equipment levels to meet the requirements of both new and existing Range Rover customers."
The two powerful V8 petrol engines introduced for Range Rover last year continue - a 400 bhp / 291 kW supercharged unit and a naturally aspirated 305 bhp / 225 kW engine.
An optional rear 'e' (electronic) differential is now available (standard on Supercharged models) and works in conjunction with the vehicle's standard center 'e' diff and the new Terrain Response system to give the latest Range Rover greater breadth of capability than ever before.
The intuitive Terrain Response system is fitted as standard on all Range Rovers at 2007 model year, and allows the driver to select one of five distinct vehicle settings to suit the terrain. Key software and hardware settings for the vehicle's powertrain, transmission, braking, stability-control and suspension systems are then optimized to tackle these specific conditions.
"Not only does Terrain Response deliver exceptional off-road performance and composure," says Beattie, "it also reduces driver effort and increases confidence. And it can benefit on-road driving too, so it's a perfect example of Land Rover's commitment to providing the greatest breadth of capability in the class."
Interior enhancements apply across the Range Rover line-up for 2007 model year. The cabin gains better stowage space (including electronically-released twin glove-boxes), an updated airbag layout, a cleaner center console design, an electronic park brake, and a new fascia, as well as substantially improved air conditioning and ventilation. Switchgear and the audio system have been improved, and there are more extensive wood and metallic finishes, all contributing to an enhanced prestigious feel.
The new front seats are now available with optional cooled-air ventilation, in addition to the standard heating feature, and anti-whiplash head restraints contribute to improved safety.
IMPROVED CABIN BOOSTS STOWAGE SPACE AND PREMIUM QUALITY
All 2007 Range Rovers have revised interiors to improve storage space and further increase their premium ambience.
"Most of the changes are very practical, designed to enhance day-to-day living with the vehicle," says Land Rover's design director Geoff Upex, "with much improved stowage and better positioning of controls. The vehicle is now equipped with twin glove-boxes and improved center console storage and cup holders. The new electronic park brake and offset gear shifter are better oriented towards the driver."
"The fascia is all new - to meet the latest safety standards – so we've taken the opportunity to refine the highly regarded architectural design theme, increasing both luxury and craftsmanship. The new fascia design also improves the renowned Range Rover 'command view' driving position."
The smart new door casings feature more extensive use of wood. Instruments have new graphics and the bezels and other interior details are now highlighted by a richer alloy finish. The center console switchgear has been redesigned to improve both functionality and tactile appeal.
The front seats are also new and offer the option of dedicated air-conditioning units for the squab and cushion of both driver and passenger seats. Each seat features its own control that governs the supply of cooled or heated air that is dispersed gently through the perforated center trim panel.
For an even quieter interior, the Range Rover gains new acoustic windshield glass, laminated with a triple-layer polymer that reduces transmitted exterior noise by up to 6 dB.
An enhanced airbag layout relocates the side airbags, formerly in the doors, to the seats, to improve cushioning in the event of a side impact. A driver's side inflatable knee bolster is also added to all models, and the passenger front airbag has been redesigned.
The cabin air-conditioning system has been comprehensively revised to offer improved cooling, better airflow distribution, lower noise and greater comfort levels. The new 9 kW evaporator (replacing a 7.8 kW version) enables 15 percent more heat to be removed from the cabin. Additional new center top vents help improve ventilation and lead to a significant reduction in airflow noise at high fan speeds.
TERRAIN RESPONSE AND 'E' DIFFERENTIALS BOOST OFF-ROAD PROWESS
Technical upgrades for the Range Rover 2007 model year include the addition of Terrain Response, Land Rover's patented technology to make off-road driving easier. Terrain Response allows the driver to choose one of five terrain settings via a simple rotary control, conveniently located on the Range Rover's new center console.
Terrain Response then implements the most appropriate settings for the vehicle's many advanced electronic controls and traction aids, including ride height, engine torque response, Hill Descent Control, Dynamic Stability Control, electronic traction control, differential locking strategy and the electronic characteristics of both the automatic transmission and torque converter.
The five Terrain Response programs optimize the vehicle set-up for virtually any on-road or off-road driving conditions:
0. General driving
0. Grass/gravel/snow (for slippery conditions on-road as well as off)
0. Mud and ruts
0. Rock crawl
The rear 'e' (for electronic) differential is also new for the 2007 model year, to improve on-road handling and off-road dexterity. It is standard on the Range Rover Supercharged, and available as an option on the naturally aspirated engine. All models have a center 'e' differential.
Vehicles with the naturally aspirated V8 engine now gain the performance suspension settings of the supercharged model; these revised spring and damper rates improve both ride control and handling response.
An electronic park brake replaces the space-consuming conventional hand brake lever in the center console area. It is engaged by a simple pull of a switch. It is automatically disengaged when the vehicle moves off, or can be released manually.
RANGE ROVER: THE WORLD'S MOST COMPLETE LUXURY SUV
The original Range Rover was the world's first luxury SUV when it was launched in 1970. There have been three new distinct versions, with the most recent model unveiled in 2002. Since the release of the latest version, sales of Range Rovers have been running at record levels. In the US, Land Rover sales for the first quarter of 2006 were up by more than 34 percent while globally Land Rover celebrated its best quarter in history with sales up more than 26 percent.
The 2007 model year upgrades come on top of a number of major improvements for the 2006 model year, when two new V8 engines were introduced. Both give better performance and greater fuel economy than the single V8 they replaced. The flagship model uses a 400 bhp / 291 kW 4.2-liter supercharged V8, which is 35 percent more powerful than the previous engine, has over 25 percent more torque – which contributes to refinement and ease of driving – and is about 1.5 seconds quicker from 0-60 mph (100 km/h).
The other V8, a naturally aspirated 305 bhp / 225 kW 4.4-liter unit, is also quicker, more refined and more economical than the previous engine.
Both engines were specially developed to offer higher levels of torque at lower revs and can operate at extreme angles during tough off-roading. They also feature enhanced protection from dust and rocks, and are substantially water-proofed to meet Land Rover's tough wading requirements.
"Supreme breadth of capability is a hallmark of the Range Rover," says Beattie. "It inspires a sense of confidence no matter what the conditions. The latest Range Rover line-up offers effortless performance irrespective of terrain and has better on-road performance than ever before."
"These revised models offer the finest blend of performance and refinement ever offered on a Land Rover vehicle," Beattie adds. "They are more technologically advanced, more comfortable and more capable than any previous Range Rover, underlining the car's reputation as the world's most complete luxury SUV."