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2006 Land Rover LR3 Sport Utility

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2006 Land Rover LR3

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Overview

The Land Rover LR3 was introduced as an all-new model for 2005 to replace the old Discovery. A new V6 model has been added to the lineup for 2006, lowering the price of entry. The LR3 in an impressive achievement. While other mid-luxury SUVs are surrendering off-road capabilities, the LR3 combines responsive on-road performance with anywhere off-road capability in a comfortable, safe and secure vehicle.

The LR3 offers the competence of the Range Rover and some of its luxurious feel. Underway, it feels composed and secure, with little noise and vibration transmitted into the cabin. It incorporates the latest in electronic systems, which select the best combination of traction, power, gearing, and braking to suit any type of terrain and surface, to put serious off-road trekking within the reach of most enthusiasts. By twisting a knob to Snow, Sand, Mud and Ruts, or any one of five different settings that cover every imaginable type of driving condition, you can optimize the settings for the LR3's mind-boggling array of electronic controls and traction aids. In short, the LR3 can go just about anywhere on the planet. And it does it in style.

The 4.4-liter V8, a modified Jaguar engine, develops 300 horsepower and delivers strong throttle response, with 315 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a six-speed automatic, smoother and more responsive than a traditional four-speed, and permanent four-wheel drive. The 4.0-liter V6 engine introduced for 2006 produces 216 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The brakes are excellent.

The LR3 has a spacious, airy cabin with comfortable seats and intuitive controls. It can seat up to seven passengers with the optional third row, and the seats fold flat into the floor individually, making this a versatile utility vehicle.

Model Lineup

The 2006 Land Rover LR3 is available in V6 ($38,950), SE ($45,450) and HSE ($53,450) trim levels. The V6 is powered by a new 4.0-liter engine, while the SE and HSE feature the Jaguar-developed DOHC 4.4-liter V8 launched with the 2005 models. Trim in the V6 is basic, though Land Rover hasn't stinted on equipment or capabilities, and across the three models, a variety of option packages allow owners to pick exactly the price and trim level they desire, from the most basic to most luxurious.

Safety equipment standard across the line includes four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and emergency Brake Assist. Seven-seat models come with eight airbags; five-seat models come with six airbags.

All models are equipped with power-adjustable heated exterior mirrors, electronic cruise control, programmable key fob, and 65/35 split folding rear seat. The V6 and SE come standard with 18-inch aluminum wheels and 255/60HR18 mud and snow radial tires. The HSE is equipped with 19-inch aluminum wheels and 255/55HR19 mud and snow radial tires.

The V6 is equipped with an AM/FM audio system with single-disc in-dash CD player and six speakers. The V6 can be upgraded to the SE level with the SE Premium Package ($3,000), including leather seating surfaces, 240-watt Harman/Kardon audio system with steering wheel controls, power tilt/slide front sunroof, second row auxiliary port, and SE badge on rear tailgate.

The SE comes well-equipped with leather, sunroof, a 240-watt Harman Kardon stereo with six-disc in-dash CD player and nine speakers, automatic climate control, power everything, and a long list of the latest safety features.

The HSE has an upgraded 550-watt Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 surround sound stereo audio system with six-disc CD changer and 14 speakers, rear park distance control. Third-row seating is standard on the HSE

The HSE adds On/Off-Road Navigation system with voice-activation, the Lighting Package (bi-Xenon headlights, rain sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror, Homelink Rear Park Distance control, automatic headlights, and front fog lights), the Rear Seat & Climate Package, and the Personal Telephone Integration system with console cradle and Bluetooth Connectivity. The HSE can be further upgraded with the Luxury Package ($1,750), which includes adaptive front lighting system, cold climate package, and center console cooler box.

The V6 and SE can be further upgraded with the Rear Seat & Climate Package ($2200), which includes second-and third-row fold flat seats, third-row side curtain airbag, third-row map lights and accessory power outlet, rear luggage net, and additional front cup holder, second-row A/C and heating controls, two vents at second-row headliner, two vents at third-row C-pillar and one outlet at the third-row lower level. The Bluetooth cellphone setup is available for the SE.

Options packages available on all models: The Cold Climate Package ($1,050) includes heated front windshield, heated front and second-row seats, and heated windshield washer jets. Heavy-Duty Package ($625) includes a locking rear differential and a full-size spare alloy wheel. Tow Package ($500) includes a Class III receiver hitch and remote-control rear height adjuster.

Walkaround

The Land Rover LR3, introduced as an all-new product for 2005, replaces the Discovery. In fact, this vehicle continues to carry the Discovery name in other parts of the world. Land Rover says it's using the new alphanumeric nomenclature in the U.S. to better focus marketing efforts on the Land Rover brand. No matter what you call it, this vehicle is a huge improvement over the Discovery Series II. The LR3 is the first vehicle totally developed by Land Rover following its purchase by Ford Motor Company in 2000 and a $1.4 billion overhaul of the Solihull manufacturing facility in the UK.

The LR3 is considerably longer than the old Discovery. Its wheelbase is 13.6 inches longer. The new length is equal to that of the Ford Explorer and significantly improves highway stability, especially while towing. The added length gives the LR3 more grace and style than the Discovery.

Overall, the LR3 presents a contemporary design but one that still conveys a sense of functionality. Land Rover styling has always been distinctive, generally driven by real world, functional requirements. The LR3 is no exception, carrying over most of the practical touches from the previous Discovery, but with sensible improvements.

Most distinctive is the use of the stepped roof line, a recognized brand element preserved from the old Discovery. The stepped roof offers a distinct visual profile, but also creates headroom for rear-seat passengers to compensate for the high floor required to clear the center differential.

Another example of distinctive Land Rover design is the asymmetric rear tailgate, which operates as an easy-open clamshell for the top half, and a standard tailgate for the bottom half. The result is exceptional ease of access, and reduced load lift height, while preserving a sheltered fold-out tailgate surface for true tail-gating at a campsite or stadium parking lot. Also noticeable is the use of a functional air intake vent on just one side because that was all that was needed.

Interior Features

The Land Rover LR3 is a comfortable vehicle. Seating comfort was notably improved over the old Discovery. Driver and front passenger get power-adjustable seats with adjustable armrests, and the second-row seats have generous headroom and legroom. Even the third-row seats can be considered habitable for adults.

The large windows, longer wheelbase, and two overhead sunroofs, create a spacious, airy interior. The low beltline, with window sills well below shoulder level, not only helps lower the center of gravity, but also improves forward and downward vision, an important advantage when driving through rugged terrain or traversing narrow tracks, especially those with exposures to seemingly bottomless ravines. The instrument panel is clean, modern, and in keeping with the geometric exterior design. Controls are good sized, tactile, and significantly more intuitively arrayed than Land Rovers of the past.

The new interior design gives up nothing to other SUVs in practical flexibility, which is welcome departure from past Land Rovers. The second-row seats fold down into the footwell, leaving a perfectly flat surface. Many SUVs do not offer the benefit of flat cargo areas. The third-row seats, if so equipped, can also fold flat, creating a six-foot load floor. Each rear seat folds independently, leaving numerous options for seating and cargo.

As with every previous Land Rover, practicality in the outback is reflected in functional interior appointments. For the variety of stuff carried on a camping trip, there are four glove boxes, readily accessible stash zones and numerous drink holders. Flip-down grab handles are located at all four doors, and comfortable, solid grab points built into the front-seat headrests give occupants something to hold on to when the driver is exploring the LR3's impressive tilt, climb, and descent limits.

Driving Impressions

Driving the Land Rover LR3 down flooded forest trails, curving mountain roads and high-speed freeways has revealed a class-leading combination of capability, utility, luxury and style. The LR3 handles the toughest of off-road obstacles brilliantly, yet is comfortable on rush-hour freeways.

Driving on paved surfaces, the immediate sensation is of security, composure and protected personal space. The driver is seated high above the average car, and insulated from outside noises, vibrations or intrusions. The thick steering wheel is notably solid and progressive, transmitting very little road vibration.

The LR3 is truly a new generation of vehicle for Land Rover: For the first time it uses a combination monocoque/frame with a system of bracing that supplies sufficient rigidity to support a long-travel suspension. This setup replaces the traditional Land Rover body-on-ladder frame structure. This new approach accounts for much of the LR3's lighter weight, crisper handling, and solid feel.

The LR3 is pleasantly cushy on the highway and large roads, soaking up bumps and potholes with minimal jarring. Its suspension provides more on-road comfort than was the case with the previous Discovery. Granted, the LR3 doesn't feel as taut as a BMW X5, but it's more comfortable than the X5 on dirt roads.

The LR3 will reliably hold a given line through a tight corner, but the air suspension allows some body travel. On corners, the body rolls (leans) slightly, but the grip of the tires is readily apparent, creating a slightly disconcerting feeling of hanging out over the edge of the road. Nevertheless, with rack-and-pinion steering, independent double-wishbone suspension at all four corners, stiff wheels, wide tires and the latest in electronic stability control, the longer we drove, the more confident we became of the LR3's capabilities at speed.

Braking is remarkable, both in terms of overall feel and sheer stopping power. The pedal is progressive, with no vibration coming through, and it always feels like there is more stopping power readily at hand. The brakes themselves are large 13.3-inch discs (13.8-inch discs at the rear) with four-channel ABS. The anti-lock brake system also works off-road. Enhancing the hardware is an array of electronic systems, such as Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist, Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Active Roll Mitigation (ARM). Essentially, all of these systems track driver input at the wheel, throttle, brake pedal and compare it to what is happening at each wheel. When a tire loses grip or an emergency braking situation is sensed, one or more of these systems react to improve the vehicle's operating position. In many cases, these adjustments will be transparent to the driver. What the driver will experience is better control in serious stopping and handling situations.

Two brake-based systems, Hill Descent Control (HDC) and all terrain Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) work to enhance driver control in difficult terrain. The Hill Descent Control system, used to restrict downhill speeds on steep terrain, is adjustable through the steering wheel cruise control buttons.

The LR3 offers strong throttle response, a departure from older Land Rovers. The 4.4-liter 300-horsepower V8 is a stroked version of Jaguar's 4.2, adapted to the LR3's particular requirements. The increased stroke length enhances torque, so that the V8 delivers 315 pound-feet at 4000 rpm. Combined with the electronic six-speed transmission, the V8-equipped LR3 moves out smartly at part throttle, and has passing power in reserve. Land Rover says the V8 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8 seconds, which is respectable performance.

For owners who don't need heavy-duty grunt, the new V6, with 216 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, is enough for nearly all applications.

With its lengthened wheelbase, the LR3 can now be considered a serious tow vehicle for a ho

Summary

The Land Rover LR3 offers brilliant off-road capability with on-road comfort. The addition of the V6 model lowers the cost of entry. The LR3 may be the best vehicle for anybody who needs a comfortable daily driver that really can go anywhere any four-wheel vehicle might go.

New Car Test Drive correspondent John Stewart is based in Southern California.

Model Line Overview
Base Price (MSRP)
$38,950
Model lineup:
Land Rover LR3 V6 ($38,950); SE ($45,450); HSE ($53,450)
Engines:
4.0-liter V6, 4.4-liter dohc 32v V8
Transmissions:
six-speed automatic
Safety equipment (Standard):
ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist; Cornering Brake Control (CBC); Active Roll Mitigation (ARM); all-terrain Dynamic Stability Control (DSC); Hill Descent Control (HDC); Park Distance Control; frontal, side-impact and side head curtain airbags
Safety equipment (Optional):
N/A
Basic warranty:
4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:
Solihull, England
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Land Rover LR3 HSE ($53,450)
Standard equipment:
leather seating surfaces w/Alcantara door panels; dual-zone automatic climate control w/programmed defrost; 550-watt Harman/Kardon Logic7 digital surround-sound AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash changer, 14 speakers; steering wheel mounted audio controls; cargo space cover, foldable & removable w/two positions & integrated roller cover, stores into floor when not in use; defroster, electric rear window; instrumentation, full including tachometer, fuel filler-door indicator, message information center & outside temperature display; navigation on/off-road w/7-in color screen, DVD based, voice-activated operation & 4WD Information Center; auto-dimming rearview mirror; 12-volt accessory outlets (2); power windows w/backlit controls & on-touch down for drivers window; power central locking system w/superlocking, emergency key entry via concealed panel in drivers door; sunroof, power tilt & slide plus fixed Alpine roof over 2nd & 3rd row seats w/integrated sun blinds; retained accessory power for windows & sunroofs; cupholders (6); seats, 1st row, reclining, 8-way power adjustable drivers, 6-way power adjustable front passenger w/dual folding front armrests; driver-seat memory; rear seats split 65/35 folding; leather wrapped, tilt, telescopic steering wheel w/electronic cruise control/audio controls
Options as tested:
Heavy Duty Package ($625) includes active locking rear differential & full-size spare tire & alloy wheel; Tow Package ($500) includes Class III receiver & remote control rear height adjuster
Destination charge:
N/A
Gas Guzzler Tax:
N/A
Price as tested (MSRP)
$54,575
Layout:
four-wheel drive
Engine:
4.4-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
300 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
315 @ 4000
Transmission:
6-speed automatic ZF electronically controlled with Sport and Manual modes; 2-speed electronic transfer gearbox with shift-on-the-move capability
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
N/A
Wheelbase:
113.6 in.
Length/width/height:
190.9/75.4/74.1 in.
Track, f/r:
63.2/63.5 in.
Turning circle:
37.6 ft.
Seating capacity:
5
Head/hip/leg room, f:
40.4/NA/42.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:
N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:
42.4/NA/37.6 in.
Cargo volume:
90.3 cu. ft.
Payload:
N/A
Towing capacity:
N/A
Suspension F:
independent, double wishbone with long-travel air springs; multi-mode Terrain Response system
Suspension R:
independent, double wishbone with long-travel air springs
Ground clearance:
7.3 in.
Curb weight:
5796 lbs.
Tires:
255/55R19
Brakes, f/r:
disc/disc w ABS, Brake Assist, Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Active Roll Mitigation (ARM), all-terrain Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Hill Descent Control (HDC) in.
Fuel capacity:
22.8 gal.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

Land Rover Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Up to 6-Year / 100,000-Mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty - calculated from the original in-service date and zero miles.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Less than 5-years old and less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 150-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program 3 day exchange
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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