Land Rover Reveals New LR4 in New YorkPosted on April 8th, 2009
Fourth-generation sport-utility vehicle packs a more powerful engine and revised terrain-response system
The Land Rover LR3 is a three-time Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year winner: athletes love its cargo versatility and user-friendly interior. So the LR4, one of three new Land Rovers revealed at the New York International Auto Show, is high on our radar.
The LR4 improves on the original formula with a more powerful engine, revised terrain-response system, new safety technology and fresh styling. Its 5-liter V-8 engine is a variation on the block in the Jaguar XF, optimized for off-road driving.
The engine has a deeper sump than the Jaguar block to prevent oil starvation when the vehicle is at extreme angles. Engineers waterproofed the belt drives, alternator, air conditioning compressor, power steering pump and starter motor to maintain the vehicle’s water-fording capabilities.
The 375-horsepower engine mates to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission: zero-to-sixty acceleration is 7.5 seconds. Engineering advances have increased scheduled service intervals to 15,000 miles.
Revised suspension, bigger brakes
The LR4 is more stable on uneven terrain, thanks to new suspension knuckles and a larger anti-roll bar. New brakes derived from the Range Rover Sport include 14.2-inch discs with dual-piston calipers up front, and 13.8-inch rear discs with single-piston calipers.
Engineers have added a sand launch control to the terrain response system, improving the LR4‘s performance in soft sand. In rock crawl mode, the system automatically applies small amounts of braking at speeds below three miles-per hour to reduce the car’s tendency to roll.
A gradient release feature on the hill descent control system prevents the car from lunging when the driver releases the brakes on a steep grade. The system temporarily maintains brake pressure when the driver takes his foot off the pedal, and progressively eases the brakes off to control acceleration.
New styling inside and out
New LED headlamps and taillamps give the LR4 a fresh look and improve visibility at night. A high beam assist feature automatically switches the high beams off to avoid blinding drivers in the oncoming lane.
For the first time, buyers can upgrade from standard nineteen-inch wheels to twenty-inch rims as a factory option.
Inside, the LR4 seats five passengers in the standard configuration with an optional third row. Front seats have longer seat cushions for better support and adjustable head restraints in lieu of the seat-mounted grab handles. A new console tilts towards the driver to improve visibility and access to controls.
An available portable audio interface adds connectivity to MP3 players, USB sticks and iPods. Buyers can also add high-definition radio.
A new surround camera uses five digital cameras to give the driver a 360-degree view around the vehicle. A tow assist function manipulates the camera angles to focus on the trailer. Guide lines over the image illustrate both the vehicle and trailer’s trajectory.
The LR4 is available with keyless entry and start.
2010 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport
Land Rover also revealed the 2010 Range Rover and high-performance Range Rover Sport. A supercharged V8 engine available on both models develops 510 horsepower, and accelerates from zero-to-sixty in 5.9 seconds.
A new twelve-inch thin film transfer screen in the instrument panel replaces mechanical gauges and dials with virtual ones.
Standard safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and the surround camera system. For more information on Land Rover’s all-new lineup, visit the consumer web site.
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