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IRVINE, Calif., May 31 -- The award winning 2003 Range Rover from Britain's Land Rover officially goes on sale Saturday, June 1 at North America's Land Rover retailers. Since its world premiere last January, more than 3,000 orders have been placed for the stunning new vehicle.
"We believe the new Range Rover is the world's most capable vehicle, with the greatest breadth of ability of any vehicle ever made," said Bob Dover, Managing Director of Land Rover. The experts agree as CAR and DRIVER names the new Range Rover it's "Best Luxury SUV" in the July issue. Earlier, Britain's TOP GEAR named Range Rover its 2002 "Car of the Year."
The new Range Rover HSE, which has a MSRP of $69,330 is only the third all-new Range Rover in 31 years and is set to reinforce Land Rover's reputation as a maker of rugged, yet luxurious premium vehicles.
Among the new Range Rover's key features are:
* All-new stiffer monocoque body with integrated chassis * All independent suspension with interconnected air springs * Advanced five-speed automatic transmission featuring CommandShift control, allowing manual up and down sequential shifting, and a two- speed, electronically activated transfer gearbox which has the ability to shift from Low to High ratio on the move * A new torque-sensing center differential continuously and automatically changes the torque bias between front and rear axles depending on available traction * Extensive use of aluminum for weight reduction * Outstanding crash test performance and occupant protection * More interior space than previous model * Greater ground clearance than previous model * Focused product range: one body style and one engine, but with a choice of elegant interior styles and options, including luxury woods and leathers
The all-aluminum, 4.4-litre, 32-valve V8 produces 282 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and generates 324 lbs-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm. 0-60 comes in 9.0 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph.
The new Range Rover undoubtedly offers the highest degree of passenger safety of any vehicle ever made by Land Rover. The comprehensive package of active and passive safety features includes eight standard airbags protecting both front and rear passengers.
The Range Rover is covered by a four-year, 50,000 mile warranty, 24 hour road service, six-year, 100,000 mile corrosion warranty, with no-cost maintenance during the warranty period.
More information is available by calling 1-800-FINE 4WD or at http://www.rangerover.landrover.com.
Land Rover North America, Inc., established in 1986, imports and distributes Range Rover, Discovery Series II vehicles and Freelander manufactured for sale in the U.S. by Land Rover in Solihull, England. Land Rover's worldwide operations are wholly owned by Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan. Land Rover is part of the Premier Automotive Group, and has North American headquarters in Irvine, California. For information about the Land Rover Retailer nearest you, call 1-800-FINE-4WD or log on to http://www.LandRover.com.
Vehicle specifications and features are subject to change. For the latest Land Rover pricing and product information, contact Land Rover North America Corporate Communications at (949) 341-6843.