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2006 Midsize SUV : LAND ROVER LR3
Built on an all-new platform, Land Rover’s LR3 replaced the Discovery for 2005. Seating up to seven occupants, the LR3 premium sport utility vehicle can be equipped with a Jaguar-derived 300-horsepower, 4.4-liter V-8 that’s been altered to handle severe off-road conditions. Terrain Response technology has five terrain settings for on-road to extreme off-road conditions. Two trim levels have been available: SE and step-up HSE.
A new model with a 4.0-liter V-6 engine joins the lineup for 2006. Third-row seating is now standard in the HSE model, which includes a 550-watt Harman Kardon Logic7 audio system with 14 speakers. Optional adaptive headlights turn to illuminate road curves more effectively. A height-adjustable air-spring suspension is standard. A low access setting permits easier entry and exit. Seating for five occupants is standard, but the HSE can seat up to seven. Rear occupants enjoy stadium-style seating, and Land Rover claims the third-row seat is big enough for 95th-percentile adults.
The second- and third-row seats fold flat. A DVD-based navigation system with off-road capability is available. Antilock brakes and an electronic parking brake are installed. Side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags for the first and second rows are standard. Separate side curtains are included to protect third-row occupants. The LR3 is an excellent touring machine that’s well ahead of its Discovery predecessor. In addition to an impressive selection of off-road features, this squared-off SUV boasts a beautifully refined power-train that shifts gears smoothly and has no shortage of V-8 power. The taut suspension yields a firm ride; it’s pleasant on the highway and acceptable on urban pavement.
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