(Source Ford motors) Land Rover released images of its
flagship vehicle, the 2006 Range Rover. In addition to its striking
new exterior details - including front grille and bumper, power
vents, lamps and wheels - the 2006 model gains two new powerful
engine options, including a supercharged version.
“The Range Rover has always been the world’s most complete
luxury vehicle,” says Land Rover’s managing director Matthew
Taylor. “With this new flagship for the company, we believe that
the best luxury SUV in the world is now even better.”
|| 400 HP@
cc (256 cu. in.)
|| 420 lb-ft @
Acceleration 0-60 mph
|| 140 mph
Starting at $90,544
engines are lightweight and use advanced torque-based engine
management systems that, together with drive-by-wire throttle
control and variable camshaft phasing (on the normally aspirated),
continually adjust the engine to deliver optimum performance, fuel
economy and emissions.
While the result is increased performance, the upgraded engines are
expected to have better fuel economy than the outgoing V8.
The Range Rover retains its iconic shape, but there are subtle yet
distinct changes. All Range Rovers for 2006 get a new front bumper
design, new headlamps and taillights, a new front grille and revised
power vents. New 19-inch alloy wheels are also offered. The
supercharged derivatives are distinguished by additional styling
modifications including mesh-design front grille and power vents,
unique 20-inch alloy wheels, and special black-on-silver badges.
“We’ve only changed the design where we can provide subtle
enhancements,” says Land Rover’s director of design Geoff Upex.
“The Range Rover is about grace and class, not extravagance.”
Additional enhancements for 2006 include:
Dynamics: Sharper steering, crisper braking performance, and
improved air suspension
Refinement: A quieter interior and additional color combinations.
Technology: Adaptive headlights, tire-pressure monitoring,
touch-screen control for audio, phone
and off-road driving information.
rear-view camera that projects directly to the front-fascia screen.
Entertainment: Available rear seat entertainment package featuring a
six-disc DVD changer, twin
screens, and headphone pods, all fully integrated with the
vehicle’s sound system.
The Range Rover for 2006 will be
unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January,
and will be available in North America in summer of 2005. It will be
joined by Range Rover Sport, providing Land Rover with two premium
vehicles at the top of its range.