Jan 31 2010 Edward Stephens
A different view from Land Rover
PASSENGERS in the front of new Range Rovers can now watch the television set into the dashboard without breaking the law - because the driver watching the same screen will see something different.
While the passenger can catch the latest movie, the poor old driver will only be able to see the directions given by his or her satellite navigation system. One screen, two views.
The revolutionary dual-view screen is a world first for the Solihull-based car maker and is just one of the innovations persuading Land Rover enthusiasts to order a new car for when the new March registrations come in.
The new Land Rover, Land Rover Sport and Discovery 4 are packed with innovations which build on the qualities of the previous generation of models.
The 2010 range of all three Land Rover models have undergone styling changes to the bodywork with the Sport getting a 'leaner fitter' front end, while changes to the Range Rover include a deeper grille, shallower lamps and a cleaner bumper design. The Disco gets new headlamps, a new grille and a re-designed bumper.
All three get new rear lights - which use LEDs instead of traditional bulbs - as well as signature LEDs in the headlamps.
Inside the Range Rover gets even better quality materials, using things like twin needling to accentuate the leather and the option of a full leather headlining while the Sport and Discovery interiors have been given a totally new look.
Range Rovers are available with either a 3.5 V8 diesel engine or a 5.0-litre petrol V8. Prices start from £66,000.
Range Rover Sport prices start from just under £46,000 and the cars come with either 3.0-litre or 3.5-litre diesel engines or a 5.0-litre V8 petrol engines.
For anyone wanting a 4x4 at slightly less money the new stop/start Freelander 2 is still every inch a Range Rover but at a more affordable price, from £21,750.