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2007 New Car Model Guide: Land Rover SUVs


For 2007 there are four sport-utility vehicles in the fleet for Britain's Land Rover. Fancy flagship Range Rover tops the line with a supercharged edition that's the most powerful Land Rover ever. Range Rover Sport, a sport tourer model gears for long-distance driving with supercharged and naturally-aspirated engine choices, as the LR3 mid-size SUV stocks sophisticated mechanical hardware for heavy-duty four-wheel-drive (4WD) performance. And a new compact-class SUV comes ashore wearing the badge of LR2.

Land Rover Range Rover
2007 Land Rover Range Rover

Marked by a high stance and boxy profile with roof floating above tall windows, the elegant Range Rover contains mechanical hardware for serious off-pavement roaming and a five-seat passenger compartment laced with every conceivable accessory for luxurious comfort. Range Rover HSE stocks an aluminum 4.4-liter V8 with 305 hp through a six-speed automatic with H-gate for the CommandShift manual mode, which operates even in lowest range of 4WD. Range Rover Supercharged packs a 4.2-liter V8 supercharger pumping 400 hp. Upgrades for 2007 include the terrain response system (TRS) which matches vehicle dynamic systems to the terrain.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport
2007 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

This SUV resembles a streamlined Range Rover but rides on LR3's platform with six-inch wheelbase snip. It's designed for sporty road work as well as sure-footed off-road duty with 4WD equipment aboard. The plush cabin makes room for five with twin sport buckets on the first row and a folding bench for three on Row 2. Like Range Rover, the Sport shows two V8 engine choices with naturally-aspirated and supercharged modes. The 4.4-liter natural plant nets 300 hp while the 4.2-liter supercharged unit romps to 390 hp. Each gets the six-speed automatic gearbox with CommandShift mapping.

Land Rover LR3
2007 Land Rover LR3

Land Rover's mid-size LR3 projects a stepped roofline and blunt face with distinctive double-bar grille. The cabin contains bucket seats up front, a second-row bench for three and the optional two-seat third tier that's standard on deluxe HSE model. Engine choices are a 4.0-liter V6 developing 216 hp or the optional 4.4-liter V8 worth 300 hp, and both engines use the six-speed automatic transmission with CommandShift manual mode. LR3's 4WD mechanism has a two-speed electronically-shifted transfer case and it's always working, either in high range for normal driving or low range for off-road crawling.

Land Rover LR2
2007 Land Rover LR2

The latest SUV from Land Rover fits in the compact class and amounts to a larger and more powerful successor to Freelander. Its body styling draws cues from Range Rover Sport. The five-seat passenger compartment is a luxurious space fitted with safety gear, including seven air bags, plus vehicle controls like dynamic stability control (DSC) and roll stability control (RSC). LR2's powertrain is a transverse-mounted 3.2-liter in-line-six netting 230 hp through a six-speed automatic with CommandShift controls. The all-wheel-drive (AWD) system from Haldex of Sweden comes with TRS and hill descent control (HDC) plus gradient release control (GDC).