Last year saw the addition of a 272-horsepower (and 472-lb-ft of torque), 3.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 to the options list for the plush Land Rover Range Rover. The updates for the 2008 model are less substantial, but they do play their own part in climate change - mostly inside the capable sport-utility vehicle.

Inside the Range Rover, passengers now enjoy four-zone air conditioning. Rear-seat passengers now can control their own air temperatures and vents. Along with this system, Land Rover has added infrared-deflecting glass at the winshield and sides, so that the amount of heat transmitted into the vehicle is reduced. Land Rover says this allows the Range Rover to cool more quickly and more effectively.

Other changes to the substantial SUV include more stow space inside, and additional leather trim on the climate controls and the center console. Clients can now choose from seven woods to trim their Rovers - all from sustainable forests, the company notes - and a wooden gearshift knob now is available.

New interior and exterior colors have been added, and 20-inch polished alloy wheels are a new option.


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