Range Rover expands its model lineup for 2006 with the new Range Rover Sport. The new model uses underpinnings, including the full Terrain Response off-road system, from the LR3 as well as the engines and upscale interior design cues from the Range Rover. To these, the Sport adds a Dynamic Response suspension system that brings a quality of on-road dynamics new to a brand that formed its reputation on amazing off-pavement performance.
Land Rover's Range Rover celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2006. The company's flagship combines off-road capabilities with luxury car amenities to provide what Land Rover believes to be the best of both worlds for traveling on or off pavement. Range Rover's on-road capabilities are enhanced for the 2006 model year with the launch of a new version-the Range Rover Sport-that fits into the company's lineup between the LR3 and Range Rover. The Sport is fully capable off pavement, as it is built on the same chassis as the LR3. However, the Sport is designed for enjoying wide-open paved spaces on Interstate highways. It has enhanced aerodynamics and a Dynamic Response system that uses hydraulically controlled anti-roll bars and its air suspension to keep the vehicle flatter when cornering. The air suspension, combined with sports car-style monotube shocks and special suspension damping, provide control at speed and a smooth ride around town.
The Range Rover and Range Rover Sport both are available in HSE and Supercharged versions with a full range of standard features and even higher-end options. For example, satellite radio is standard in the supercharged Range Rover but an option in the HSE and in both versions of the Sport. Both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are powered by engines developed around the V-8 used in the Jaguar, though changes are made so, for example, the engines still operate when the vehicle is tipped at a 45-degree angle while off-roading. The standard 4.4L V-8 provides 300 hp on Sport models (305 on Range Rover models), while a supercharged 4.2L V-8 generates 390 hp on Sport models, and an even 400 hp on Range Rover models. The power flows through an adaptive 6-speed automatic transmission to Range Rover's four-wheel-drive system.
The Range Rover and Range Rover Sport compete in the Large Premium Utility segment, where luxury appointments, three rows of seating, entertainment systems, towing and off-road ability are more than desirable attributes, they are the price of entry. A total of 12 models comprise this high-dollar, high-feature segment.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM Domestic-badged models occupy the top three positions on the segment sales chart, led by the Cadillac Escalade with 29,876 units sold in calendar year 2005. Next was the Lincoln Navigator (25,844 units sold), followed by the Hummer H2 (16,054). Land Rover sold 13,430 Range Rovers and 10,441 Sports in 2005. Also competing are the Infiniti QX56, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Lexus LX Series, Hummer H2 SUT, Toyota Land Cruiser, and the Mercedes-Benz G- and GL-Class.
|HSE||6 speed automatic||$56,535||300-hp / 4.4L 8-cyl||14/19|
|Supercharged||6 speed automatic||$69,535||390-hp / 4.2L 8-cyl||13/18|