Range Rover Flagship brings refinements to the 2009 Model Year
The Land Rover Range Rover is recognized as one the most capable, luxurious and complete SUVs available. To reinforce that enviable status, there are upgrades across the lineup and a spectacular new Autobiography Package for the Supercharged edition.
Standard on all Range Rovers, Land Rover's acclaimed Terrain ResponseTM system brings amazing off-road capabilities to this premium SUV. A knob conveniently positioned on the center console automatically adjusts a host of powertrain and chassis systems to suit driving conditions. Five available positions optimize normal pavement driving as well as snow, mud, sand, and extreme rock crawling. For ultimate mobility, all Range Rover Supercharged models are also equipped with an electronically controlled locking rear differential, which is optional on the Range Rover HSE.
SIGNIFICANT 2009 UPGRADES
All Range Rovers benefit from softer leather fitted to the instrument panel this year. Front door seals have been improved to reduce road and wind noise intrusion.
The 2009 color palette now includes Bournville (a very dark brown metallic), Santorini Black (metallic), and Galway Green (a dark hue).
The Range Rover HSE (standard model) receives new wheels. The 19-inch version has seven sets of double spokes. The 20-inch aluminum wheel include with the HSE's LUX package has nine solid spokes.
Wheel designs for the Supercharged edition are also freshened. The standard 20-inch wheel has seven double spokes (different from the HSE's wheel), while an attractive polished 10-spoke wheel is an available option. A third Diamond Turn 20-inch wheel with 7 V-shaped spokes is exclusive to the new Autobiography Package.
The new Autobiography Package adds unmatched elegance to the Range Rover's interior trim. All seat surfaces are upholstered with soft semi-aniline leather. The top of the instrument panel, sides of the center console, and top surfaces of the doors are also clad in leather. The wood panels in the Autobiography consist of 14 pieces located strategically throughout the interior to provide an especially luxurious appearance. The climate control system is upgraded to the full four-zone configuration and special climate controlled glass is fitted to help keep the interior cool and comfortable. The rear-seat entertainment system offered in Range Rovers is standard as part of the Autobiography Package, as well as an exclusive, unique Autobiography badge positioned on the tailgate.
SMARTEST CONTROL EVER ADDED TO AN SUV
Land Rover's highly esteemed Terrain ResponseTM system is standard Range Rover equipment. A simple turn of this control knob sets a comprehensive range of chassis and powertrain systems to suit drastic differences in terrain. Throttle response, automatic transmission operation, electronic differentials, anti-lock brakes, the air suspension, traction control, and Hill Descent Control are optimized to function according to the terrain and conditions to give any driver the confidence to traverse challenging terrain. The five available Terrain Response settings are: General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow (applicable to any slippery condition), Sand, Mud and Ruts, and Rock crawl.
An electronically controlled infinitely variable locking rear differential is standard in the Supercharged Range Rover and optional in the HSE. An electronic locking center differential is standard on both models.
A CABIN FIT FOR A KING
Function, luxury, and beauty blend so well in the Range Rover's interior. The general layout of the interior and detail to features are practical, yet are designed to enhance the day-to-day driving experience. Use of an electronically-controlled parking brake system allowed room to move the shift lever closer to the driver and helps increase center-console storage capacity. Twin glove boxes-one stacked atop the other and opened by an electric release button-make convenient use of the passenger side of the instrument panel.
The Range Rover's instrument panel conforms with the latest safety requirements, while exemplifying highly praised architectural design theme. The command-view driving position is a customer favorite. In the gauge cluster, the instruments highly legible graphics are surrounded by bezels exhibiting a rich brushed-aluminum finish.
Several special features ensure a comfortable driving experience. Two vents at the top of the instrument panel enhance circulation and minimize the fan noise. Three-zone climate control is standard and four-zone is available in the HSE with Luxury package and in the Supercharged model. The acoustic windshield and front side glass contains a triple-layer polymer lamination that reduces exterior noise by as much as six decibels.
Electric cushion heating is standard in the front and rear seats to take the edge off winter mornings. Dedicated air-conditioning units are available as an option on the front seats to circulate cool air through center trim perforations in both the cushion and backrest areas.
All switchgear is ergonomically designed for intuitive operation, convenient reach, and a fine tactile feel. A light pull of a small lever activates the parking brake. It can be released manually or automatically merely by driving away.
COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
The Range Rover boasts a long list of features that are an essential part of what makes this a luxury SUV. Front seats have adjustable lumbar support while the rears have a 60/40 split and double-folding feature to accommodate bulky cargo or luggage.
A rear-view camera along with power folding door mirrors with heated surfaces and puddle lamps provide the driver with an optimum view of the surroundings. All of the windows and the glass sunroof open and close with one-touch operation. An automatic-dimming inside mirror with the HomeLink remote-control system and an integrated trip computer with message center are two other convenient options.
Range Rover's Driver Information System has a touch-screen interface. The standard GPS satellite navigation system provides full on- and off-road functionality for unlimited guidance coverage.
The 710-watt, 14-speaker harman/kardon® LOGIC7 surround sound system includes a six-disc CD changer as well as stereo AM/FM and SIRIUS satellite radio reception. Steering-wheel-mounted controls and an auxiliary jack for connecting MP3 players enhance this system's ease of use. To keep the driver's attention focused during travel, a personal telephone integration system using Bluetooth technology and voice control over the navigation, audio, and telephone systems are both standard.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Range Rover safety systems incorporated with a body structure engineered to absorb collision energy are comprehensive. Head restraints at every seating position are not only comfortable, they effectively help guard against whiplash injury in the event of a rear collision. Range Rover's nine air bags are engineered to provide supplemental crash protection. There are dual front air bags and seat mounted side/thorax air bags for the driver and front passenger, plus separate head protection side curtain air bags for both front and rear outboard seating positions. The driver also benefits from an additional knee air bag. The lap and shoulder restraints for front-seat occupants are equipped with pre-tensioning devices that quickly eliminate slack in a collision. The driver is further protected against contact with the steering column by another air bag located at knee level.
In the interests of small passenger safety, the Range Rover's rear doors are equipped with child locks. An anti-trap feature is built into all windows and the sunroof. The rear seat is fitted with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) hardware.
A heating grid integrated with the windshield expedites the removal of frost and condensation. Front and rear foglamps are standard equipment. The Bi-XenonTM headlamps, which are equipped with power washers, provide excellent night-driving visibility.
Another standard feature is a keyless entry system with a rolling security code. The comprehensive alarm system includes an engine immobilizer.
Front and rear park distance control systems help the driver avoid contact with low-visibility hazards. In the event any tire loses inflation pressure, a monitoring system alerts the driver to that condition.
THE WORLD'S MOST SUPREMELY CAPABLE SUV
For over 30 years, the Land Rover Range Rover's has held its status as the most complete and capable luxury all-terrain SUV on the market.
The firm foundation underpinning every Range Rover is its monocoque construction. The main body shell is galvanized on two sides while aluminum-alloy is used for the front fenders to save weight. The permanently engaged four-wheel-drive transfer case is equipped with two speeds and an electronic locking center differential. The six-speed automatic offers both Sport and CommandShift (manual) modes and Terrain ResponseTM, a system that is an extensive range of electronic controls that regulate the center differential as well as the ABS disc brakes, four-wheel traction control, air-spring suspension, dynamic stability control, and Hill Descent Control.
Four-corner independent suspension with extra-long wheel travel, air springs, and automatic leveling provides a poised highway ride, sure handling, and practically unstoppable off-road mobility.
The Range Rover offers two different engines to provide excellent performance. The flagship's supercharged and intercooled DOHC 4.2-liter V8 delivers 400 bhp. The 420 lb-ft of available torque provides effortless passing acceleration and quiet highway cruising. The Land Rover HSE is powered by a sophisticated 4.4-liter DOHC 32-valve V-8 engine delivering 305 bhp and 325 lb-ft of torque.
Extensive measures are taken to ensure that these engines perform reliably during off-road extremes. They're well protected from rock damage, water and dust ingestion, and oil starvation while driving at steep angles. Special throttle calibrations are in place to provide the driver with sensitive control of the torque delivered during low-speed off-road treks.
The Range Rover is known for its luxurious styling coupled with its immense breadth of capability. With effortless performance for daily driving as well as deep reserves in store for when adventure calls, it inspires confidence in even the most trying circumstances. The refinements added in recent model years have raised the bar well beyond the reach of any competitor. The 2009 Range Rover is more sophisticated and technically advanced than any product we've offered in the past. We're confident that this vehicle's reputation as the world's most complete luxury SUV will continue to shine.