Monday, February 21, 2011

Land Rover LR4 has Style and Off-Road Moxy

Off-road capability combines with elegance in the 2011 Land Rover LR4.
Last year, the LR4 replaced the LR3 in the Land Rover lineup and competes with other large luxury SUVs.

The LR4 has a hearty 375-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 engine that makes 375 pounds-feet of torque and is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission.  Four-wheel drive is standard, and there's a Terrain Response system that lets you change the vehicle’s characteristics to adapt to driving conditions such as mud, snow, and pavement. 
Land Rover says the LR4 has a towing capacity of  7,716 pounds and a payload rating of 1,670 pounds, which puts it ahead of a number of its competitors. Fuel economy is 12 mpg in the city and 17 on the highway.

The LR4 comes standard with 19-inch wheels, but 20-inchers are optional.  
Land Rover says halogen headlamps are also standard, but bi-xenon units are offered if you prefer a more high-tech oriented look. 
Ride height can be adjusted by using the electronic air suspension in case you need more ground clearance and there is a  hill start assist and hill descent feature that Land Rover says gives electronic assistance when navigating tough and slippery terrain.

Inside, you'll find plenty of luxury, such as heated leather seats and a heated steering wheel, door inserts and center console trim pieces made of straight-grained walnut wood and a 240-watt Harman Kardon audio system with nine speakers and an auxiliary input. If that's not enough, opt for the 480-watt Harman Kardon stereo with 14 speakers, or you can choose  HD and satellite radio, navigation system, and a DVD entertainment system.  Land Rover says a wireless cell-phone link is  standard for 2011.

There is a good list of safety features on the LR4, including front and rear parking aids and a rearview camera. Land Rover offers a five-camera system that gives full 360-degree visibility for tight maneuvering and has trailer motion prediction to help backing up when you are towing.  Other safety features are antilock brakes, an electronic stability system with trailer stability assist, and a slew of airbags.
The LR4 ranges in price from around $48,000 to around $60,000.

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