Three New Land Rovers Revealed

Range Rover Sport
Range Rover Sport
Land Rover has unveiled three new models at the New York motor show.

The Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Discovery models have all gone under the knife, with changes to both the interior and exterior. Land Rover has also developed a range of new engines for the three new models that promise greater performance and efficiency.

The new Discovery has been revised to appear softer, with more rounded edges, while the feel of the interior is closer to that of a Range Rover than the previous model. All new models have also undergone a complete front end redesign, which includes new grille designs and headlights with LED running lights.

Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover Discovery
The biggest change to the Land Rover line-up, however, is the introduction of a new range of engines.

An all new 3.0-litre TDV6, developed in partnership with Jaguar, will feature in both the Discovery and Range Rover Sport models where it will provide 242bhp and an enormous 443lb ft of torque. Land Rover claims peak torque arrives at just 2000rpm, but 359lb ft will be available within half a second of the start of acceleration.

In addition to being 29 per cent more powerful than the 2.7-litre diesel engine, the new TDV6 will also be nine per cent more efficient. It won’t, however, replace the 2.7-litre unit, which will remain on sale in the Discovery GS.

The most dramatic improvement can be found on the Sport model, which gets a new supercharged V8, taken from the Jaguar XFR/XKR, that will also feature as part of the Range Rover engine line-up. The new 5.0-litre V8 will power the Range Rover sport from rest to 60mph in just 5.9sec thanks to a 29 per cent more power gain and 12 per cent rise in torque. That means the Range Rover Sport’s supercharged V8 will produce 503bhp and 461lb ft of torque.

Range Rover
Range Rover
Unsurprisingly, the new Ranage Rover Sport has undergone extensive testing at Germany’s Nurburgring (what car hasn’t?) that has allowed Land Rover to develop the Sport’s handling and performance. Land Rover claims the new Sport can now take a typical corner up to 15mph faster and has better throttle and steering response when in the new Dynamic setting in its Terrain Response system.

The Sport also gets an adaptive damping system based on Bilstein dampers that monitors each wheel 500 times per second to control traction, reduce understeer and improve ride quality.

Prices are still to be confirmed, but the new Range Rover will go on sale in May, followed by the new Sport and Discovery models in September.

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  • Monkey on a bike 08 Apr 2009

    Really like those interiors, real nice.

  • Plotloss 08 Apr 2009

    Not sure about new Sport that could be the colour/wheels though.

    New Range Rover looks suitably purposeful.

  • P-J 08 Apr 2009

    Definately improvements there in all. Interior of the Disco is a vast improvement, but not sure of the rear view (prefer the current one). Front looks nicer tho.

    RR Sport - has Kahn designed their alloys???
    ETA picture

    Edited by P-J on Wednesday 8th April 12:19

  • FNG 08 Apr 2009

    Who are they kidding with the number plates on the press shots?

    They're on the rear, but none on the front. Anyone know which mythical market doesn't need front number plates?

    I know it's nitpicky but if they'd just design the front end of cars to look good with a number plate in the first place...

    Aside from that - not much change here, but better interiors are a big help and the 3.0TD is a belter.

  • Dracoro 08 Apr 2009

    FNG said:
    Who are they kidding with the number plates on the press shots?

    They're on the rear, but none on the front. Anyone know which mythical market doesn't need front number
    The US market isn't that mythical to me winkbiggrin

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