Description: Compact Near-Luxury Sport Utility Vehicle
Base MSRP Range: $56,535 - $69,535
Invoice Price Range: $51,447 - $63,277
Where built: England
This new SUV resembles a streamlined Range Rover but rides on LR3's platform with six-inch wheelbase snip. It's designed for sporty road work as well as sure-footed off-road duty with 4WD equipment aboard and price points that pin Sport between Range Rover and LR3. The plush cabin makes room for five with twin sport buckets on the first row and a folding bench for three on Row 2.
Like Range Rover, Sport shows two V8 engines with naturally-aspirated and supercharged modes. The 4.4-liter natural plant nets 300 hp while the 4.2-liter supercharged unit romps to 390 hp. Each gets the six-speed ZF automatic gearbox with CommandShift mapping. On supercharged Sport, Land Rover's standard terrain response system (TRS) matches various vehicle dynamic systems to the terrain. Sport options include an adaptive front lighting system (AFS) with xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps plus adaptive cruise control.
A contemporary suite of three powerful sport-utility vehicles comprise the 2006 wagon fleet for Britain's Land Rover. Fancy flagship Range Rover tops the line with a new supercharged edition that's the most powerful Land Rover ever. A new sport tourer SUV called Range Rover Sport, geared for long-distance driving, brings supercharged and naturally-aspirated engine choices, while the LR3, marking a third generation for the mid-size Discovery wagon, contains sophisticated mechanical hardware for heavy-duty four-wheel-drive (4WD) performance.