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The Range Rover gains extra technology and enhanced interior for 2007 model

United Arab Emirates: Thursday, April 19 - 2007 @ 15:49

The latest improvements to Land Rover’s flagship model include a host of interior design refinements and technical improvements that strengthen the vehicles outstanding capability and exceptional comfort.

“To maintain The Range Rover’s outstanding reputation, we continuously look at ways to update and further enhance the vehicle, said Andy Gawthorpe, Managing Director for Land Rover Middle East.

The two powerful new V8 petrol engines introduced for The Range Rover last year continue – a 400 bhp Supercharged unit and a Normally Aspirated 306 bhp engine.

An optional rear ‘e’ (electronic) differential is now available (standard on Vogue and Supercharged models) and works in conjunction with the vehicle’s standard centre ‘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 Rover 2007 models, 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 optimised to tackle these specific conditions.

‘Not only does Terrain Response deliver exceptional off-road performance and composure,’ says Andy Gawthorpe, ‘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 provide 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 strategy, a refreshed centre 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 premium 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 cabins 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. The vehicle is now equipped with twin glove-boxes and improved centre console storage and cup holders. The new electronic park brake and offset gear change are better oriented towards the driver.

The front seats are also new and offer the option of dedicated air-conditioning units of both the driver and passenger seats. Each seat features its own control that governs the supply of cooled or heated air, bled gently through the perforated centre trim panel.

For an even quieter interior, The Range Rover gains new acoustic windscreen glass, laminated with a triple-layer polymer that reduces transmitted exterior noise by up to 6 dB.

An enhanced airbag strategy 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 enables 15 per cent more heat to be removed from the cabin. Additional new centre top vents help improve ventilation and lead to a significant reduction in airflow noise at high fan speeds.

A new hybrid TV system offers digital TV with stereo audio (where available), whilst its improved aerial diversity and triple tuner systems ensure better analogue reception too.

‘E’ differentials boost off-road prowess

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 Vogue and Supercharged models. All models have a centre ‘e’ differential.

Vehicles with the normally 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 conventional hand brake lever in the centre 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.

The Range Rover: The world’s most complete luxury 4×4

The original Range Rover was the world’s first luxury 4×4 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, Range Rover sales have been running at record levels.

The 2007 model year upgrades come on top of a number of major improvements for the 2006 model year, when the two new V8 petrol engines were introduced. Both give better performance and greater fuel economy than the single V8 they replaced. The flagship model uses a 400 bhp 4.2-litre supercharged V8, which is 35 per cent more powerful than the previous engine, has over 25 per cent more torque – which contributes to refinement and ease of driving – and is about 1.5 seconds quicker from 0-62 mph (100 km/h).

The other V8, a normally aspirated 306 bhp 4.4-litre unit, is also quicker, more refined and more economical than the previous engine.

‘Supreme breadth of capability is a hallmark of The Range Rover,’ says Land Rover managing director Andy Gawthorpe. ‘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. 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 4×4.’

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