(from Land Rover
Press Release) Land Rover today 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.”
Two new engines add to Range Rover’s performance upgrade. A normally
aspirated 4.4-liter V8 engine produces 305bhp, while a supercharged
4.2-liter V8 produces 400bhp; making this the most powerful Land
Both 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:
steering, crisper braking performance, and improved air
quieter interior and additional color combinations.
headlights, tire-pressure monitoring, touch-screen control for
audio, phone and off-road driving information.
Safety: A rear-view
camera that projects directly to the front-fascia screen.
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.