The Land Rover LR3 receives some new features for the 2007 model year: leather-trimmed seating, a power glass sunroof, a 240-watt harman/kardon sound system, and controls for that audio system mounted on the steering wheel. All four of these features are included as standard equipment. Further, the driver's seat includes a power lumbar adjustment, the front passenger's window gets a one-touch up or down feature, and there are additional new features for the upscale LR3 SE. In addition, the LR3 gets three-flash turn indicators to assist with lane-changing on the freeway.
The LR3 is Land Rover's mid-grade sport utility vehicle and replaced the former Discovery model. The LR3 was launched with a V-8 engine, but in 2006 a 216-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 was offered in addition to the 300-hp, 4.4-liter V-8. The LR3 has strong off-pavement capabilities due to its ground clearance, power, and Land Rover's Terrain Response System. Basically, the driver sets a dial and the vehicle's advanced electronics and mechanical equipment respond to grass/gravel/snow, mud/ruts, sand, or rock-crawl parameters. The LR3 also provides excellent traction on pavement, in either its normal setting or when, for example, the grass/gravel/snow setting is selected in inclement winter conditions.
The LR3 is available in V6 SE, V8 SE, and very upscale HSE trim levels. Like the V8 SE, the HSE is powered by the V-8 engine and comes standard with three rows of seating. The V6 SE comes with two rows and a third-row option. Standard equipment on the SE models includes a two-piece aluminum tailgate, 4-wheel drive with electric traction control, center and rear locking differentials, a 6-speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock technology, dynamic stability control, hill descent control, Terrain Response, eight air bags, a 240-watt audio system with an in-dash 6-disc CD changer, dual-zone climate controls, power seats, and heated exterior mirrors. The V8 SE adds a standard third-row seat, a rear park-distance monitor, rear-seat air conditioning controls, front fog lamps, headlamp washers, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a Homelink garage door opener, and puddle lamps on the rearview mirrors. The HSE adds a 550-watt harman/kardon Logic7 digital surround-sound audio system, second- and third-row remote audio outputs, a DVD-based navigation system with voice-recognition technology, and a 7-inch touch screen.
The Land Rover LR3 competes in the Midsize Premium Utility segment, which consists of three models. Buyers in this segment look for quality, comfort, and exterior styling, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Lexus GX 470 (25,454 units sold), Land Rover LR3 (16,930), and Saab 9-7X (5,789). The Land Rover LR3's 16,930 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 12.5 percent compared to the previous year.
|V6 SE||6 speed automatic||$41,435||216-hp / 4.0L 6-cyl||14/19|
|V8 SE||6 speed automatic||$48,235||300-hp / 4.4L 8-cyl||14/18|
|V8 HSE||6 speed automatic||$53,235||300-hp / 4.4L 8-cyl||14/18|