- The Washington Times - Friday, October 2, 2009

FRANKFURT, Germany | Land Rover completes the introduction of its much-acclaimed new lineup for 2010 at the IAA Frankfurt, presenting for the first time a luxurious reclining rear-seat package for the Range Rover, as well as the exclusive new Range Rover Sport Autobiography derivatives.

Land Rover’s latest lineup showcases exciting developments across the range, including more powerful new engines offering greater fuel-efficiency, dynamic upgrades and striking exterior and interior design improvements for the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Discovery 4. These vehicles are now starting to go on sale in dealerships around the world. The Freelander 2 TD4e, introduced earlier in the year, offers an innovative intelligent Stop/Start system, making it the most fuel-efficient Land Rover to date.

“As we start to see early signs of stability in markets around the world, we’re convinced that one of the best ways to help get things moving again is to excite potential customers with new and improved vehicles,” says Phil Popham, Land Rover’s managing director. “Our range for 2010 is without doubt our strongest ever, and early signs are that these new products are receiving an outstanding reception in the marketplace.”

For 2010, Land Rover’s flagship Range Rover offers a powerful new supercharged LR-V8 engine (alongside the popular TDV8), revolutionary interior technologies and enhanced driving dynamics to reinforce its position as the world’s most complete luxury 4x4. Now, a series of further refinements, with the focus on enhanced luxury for rear-seat passengers, make their global debut at IAA Frankfurt.

Land Rover is introducing a sophisticated feature of electronically controlled reclining rear seats, which will be particularly valued by chauffeur-driven customers. The seats can be independently controlled by the left- and right-seat passengers, and comfort is further enhanced by the availability of heated and cooled seats, four-way adjustable lumbar support and airline-style winged head restraints. Rear-seat passengers can also enjoy significantly increased legroom by remotely moving the front passenger seat to its forward-most position (when the front passenger seat is unoccupied). The addition of laminated rear-door privacy glass significantly reduces interior noise levels, too.

The peerless luxury and exclusivity provided by the Range Rover is given a further boost by the addition of four sumptuous interior color combinations on the Autobiography series, and the availability of the world-class Logic 7 1200W Harman Kardon High Dynamics audio system, with 15 independent channels driving 19 premium-quality speakers.

The stylish Range Rover Sport for 2010 offers enhanced vehicle dynamics and significantly improved performance, thanks to two new powerful, refined and efficient engines: the formidable Supercharged LR-V8 5.0 liter and the LR-TDV6 3.0-liter Advanced Sequential Turbo Diesel. Along with striking exterior design changes and a new interior, Range Rover Sport maintains its class-leading credentials.

Now, an unprecedented level of personalization for Range Rover Sport is available, too, with a stunning selection of six Autobiography Sport limited-edition themes, featuring stylish duotone premium leather interiors, as well as unique exterior design cues, including the grille, vents and 20” diamond turned finish alloy wheels - all presented for the first time at the IAA.

Three of the themes - Cannes, Portofino and Valencia - have a more luxury-orientated character, while the other three - Le Mans, Monaco and Monza - have an overtly sporting theme and feature a dramatic new body kit, which is tailored to accentuate the sophisticated style of the 2010 Range Rover Sport. The striking body kit is also available as a separate option.

The sophisticated new look of the Discovery 4, as well as its new name, signals the comprehensive changes under the skin, which have delivered significant improvements in performance and refinement.

Pulling power and fuel economy are substantially improved by the new LR-TDV6 3.0-liter Advanced Sequential Turbo Diesel, which delivers a massive 36 percent more torque while reducing combined fuel consumption to more than 30 mpg. The performance gains are complemented by enhanced all-terrain capabilities, a new-look front end and a redesigned interior that brings new levels of refinement and appeal.

The Freelander 2 TD4e model is the first model to incorporate features from the company’s program of eTerrain technologies, delivering significant reductions in fuel consumption and carbon-dioxide emissions. Land Rover’s intelligent Stop/Start system is standard on all diesel manual models and cuts carbon dioxide emissions by 8 percent, resulting in a combined cycle of 42.2 mpg and 179g/km of carbon dioxide.

Though the Freelander 2 TD4e is the most fuel-efficient Land Rover ever, its durability and all-terrain performance remain uncompromised by the new fuel-saving technologies.

The Land Rover’s range is completed by the iconic Defender, which combines rugged dependability and off-road performance with surprising on-road refinement.

For added personalization, two exciting limited-edition models are now available: the Defender Fire and Defender Ice. Inspired by the world’s most challenging landscapes, the Fire and Ice models blend classic Land Rover functionality with a stunning new style featuring striking two-tone color schemes.

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