Land Rover is targeting Bentley levels of opulence with this revised version of the third-generation Range Rover.
The 2010 edition of the jumbo SUV is due on sale in July. It gets tweaks to its transmission, chassis, electrical architecture, cabin and exterior styling.
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Sean Henstridge, lead designer on the project, says the new styling is designed to give the Range Rover a “less cluttered look”. His team’s mild revisions include a slightly deeper grille, a new bumper and slimmer, “more jewel-like” headlights, with LED side lighting. There are new rear lamp clusters, too.
The interior has been given a makeover with fresh switchgear, including two four-way thumb switches on the steering wheel. Satin aluminium finish bezels have been added to many of the interior fittings.
The latest Range Rover gets a 12in TFT instrument panel in place of a conventional instrument cluster. The screen can be configured to give different information, but its main trick is to offer different 3D displays between the animated speedo and rev counter. A quicker-thinking hard disk-based sat-nav system is fitted, as is voice control.
Also new to the car is a ‘360-degree’ camera system, which gives the driver an overall view of the road around the vehicle.
There are major changes under the skin. Like the newly revised Range Rover Sport and Discovery models, the Range Rover gets three new engines, all offering substantially improved performance and modest gains in fuel economy.