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Land Rover Updates: New York Auto Show

author photo by Jeffrey Archer April 2012
  • One new model is an upscale LR4, dubbed the HSE Luxury.
  • The automaker also showed a limited edition Range Rover Sport.
  • An updated DC100 adds an "expedition" theme to the concept.

Land Rover celebrated its 25th anniversary in the U.S. at this year's New York Auto Show by revealing an updated version of its DC100 concept and upscale new trim levels for two production models. While the revised DC100 concept previews a new take on the next-generation Defender, high-end LR4 HSE Luxury Limited Edition and Range Rover Sport Supercharged Limited Edition models add a variety of upscale features to the automaker's already luxurious LR4 and Range Rover Sport SUVs.

For car shoppers interested in adding a Land Rover to their collection in the near future, the automaker's most important announcements in New York were the release of the LR4 HSE Luxury Limited Edition and the Range Rover Sport Supercharged Limited Edition. Available exclusively in a unique Santorini Black exterior finish, the LR4 HSE Luxury features unique 20-inch alloy wheels and several silver exterior accessories that include mirror housings, roof rails, a revised front grille surround and a tailgate emblem that announces the "HSE Luxury" trim level. Interior revisions include Zebrano wood trim and upgraded leather that covers nearly every surface in the cabin.

Similar revisions are offered in the Range Rover Sport Supercharged Limited Edition, which will be limited to just 500 units for U.S. buyers. According to Land Rover, the SUV's exterior will be finished exclusively in one of four unique colors and is complemented by red-painted brake calipers and red exterior trim. Inside, the SUV offers sporty updates ranging from carbon fiber trim to a color-contrasting leather interior, while added standard features include a 17-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system.

Land Rover also released yet another version of its eye-catching DC100 concept in New York. First released at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, the new DC100 previews the next generation of Land Rover's famous Defender SUV, which was sold in the U.S. throughout the 1990s. The most recent concept version features several expedition-related upgrades ranging from a snorkel intake for driving in water, an integrated winch and a heavy-duty roof rack.

While Land Rover has not yet confirmed if the DC100 will see production, the automaker says the upscale special editions of its Range Rover Sport and LR4 SUVs will be available later this year. Although pricing has not yet been announced, we expect the SUVs to command a premium over their counterparts, which start around $50,000 for the LR4 and $76,000 for the Range Rover Sport Supercharged.

What it means to you: Although the DC100 is certainly attention-grabbing, the LR4 and Range Rover Sport special editions provide a new option for in-market car shoppers.

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