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Land Rover

Land Rover For 2001

By Carey Russ

British off-road specialist Land Rover builds vehicles that combine an old-world feeling with thoroughly modern technology. Its premium Range Rover line celebrated its 30th anniversary in June, 2000, but the 2001 Range Rover is hardly the same vehicle as its 1970 namesake. The smaller Discovery Series II has a new product lineup this year.

Range Rover
Think of a Range Rover as a premium British luxury sedan that can go almost anywhere in sumptuously elegant comfort. Both of the 2001 models, the 4.6 SE and 4.6 HSE, are powered by a 4.6-liter aluminum V8 engine and feature permanent four-wheel drive, electronic air suspension, and traction control and anti-lock brake systems designed to work as well off-road as on pavement. The available navigation system is designed to tell position off-road as well as in civilized areas.

Discovery Series II
The Discovery Series II made its debut in 1999 and quickly became the best-selling Land Rover vehicle ever sold in this country. Three new trim levels are added for 2001, and standard equipment levels have increased. All have a 4.0-liter, 188-hp all-aluminum V8 engine and permanent four-wheel drive. Off-road enhancing features include all-terrain traction control and anti-lock brake systems, and hill descent control. An "Active Cornering Enhancement" electronic suspension system that counteracts body lean in corners is available.

Land Rover Specifications 2001

Range Rover
4.6-liter V8
Peak horsepower:    222 @ 4750 rpm
Peak torque, lb-ft: 300 @ 2600 rpm

Front-engine, permanent four-wheel drive
 4 - speed automatic

Body-on-frame construction
Front suspension: solid axle with variable-rate air springs
Rear suspension:  solid axle with variable-rate air springs

4-wheel all-terrain antilock disc

City / Highway: 12/15
Fuel tank:      24.6 gallons
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