April 6, 2004
Land Rover previews LR3
Irvine, California – Land Rover previewed the LR3, an all-new SUV that makes its debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 7.
“A true Land Rover, the LR3 benefits from a clarity of purpose and conviction that is evident from the clean design to the versatility and outstanding driving experience. Like all new Land Rovers, it’s always great to drive on-road, as well as being best-in-class off-road,” said Matthew Taylor, managing director, Land Rover.
Developed by and for Land Rover, it was designed to offer excellent on-pavement behaviour while upholding Land Rover’s rigorous off-road standards. Power is from a Jaguar-sourced 4.4-litre 300 horsepower V8 – tailored to meet Land Rover requirements particularly for off-road usage – a six-speed ‘intelligent shifting’ automatic gearbox, permanent four-wheel drive, fully independent electronic air suspension and seating for up to seven adult-sized passengers.
The Land Rover LR3 features Terrain Response. This new and patented system allows drivers to maximize the capability built into their vehicle; the driver simply selects one of five terrain settings via a rotary switch, and the vehicle’s electronic controls and traction systems are optimized for that surface.
Comfortable seating in all three rows, available in-vehicle entertainment and the fold-flat seats all contribute to packaging that allows LR3 to appeal to a broad-base of customers. As with Range Rover, cargo access is through a split-tailgate. For LR3, Land Rover has developed an asymmetrical gate, easing access to the cargo area.
“LR3 is a Land Rover designed to fulfill the needs of the North American consumer,” says Mike O’Driscoll, president, Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover, North America. “It blends innovative technology and refinement with traditional Land Rover strengths to rewrite the definition of a modern, premium SUV.”
The Land Rover LR3 will go on-sale later this year.