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2009 Land Rover LR3


2009 Land Rover LR3
Land Rover's unique LR3 has attracted the attention of the automotive and general press by receiving many major awards since it arrived on the market as a 2005 model and becoming one of the most awarded Sport Útility Vehicles in the world. These accolades hail the LR3 for its technical sophistication and design prowess, and acclaim the LR3 for providing the standard amenities and on-road handing of an urbane luxury vehicle, while still offering extraordinary off-road qualifications. 2009 Land Rover LR3

2009 Land Rover LR3
The amazing breadth of capability offered by the Land Rover LR3 continues with the following content and appearance enhancements for the 2009 model year.

2009 Land Rover LR3
New 'Standard Features' for 2009:
• Body color painted:
o Wheel arches, front and rear bumper, lower tailgate applique' and tailgate lift handle - provides a unique, fresh appearance to the LR3.
• Straight Grained Walnut Wood at the center console uprights and end caps. Or the choice of Grand Black Lacquer wood, as a no cost option.
• Standard 19' aluminum alloy wheels
• Clear side repeater lenses
• Exterior door handles with Tungsten finish, (replaces the previous model years black finish)
• New Interior Leather Trim
o Almond leather with Nutmeg carpet (replaces Alpaca Beige leather and carpet)
• New Exterior Paint: Galway Green (dark green color; replaces Tonga Green)
• The 3rd row seat and 2nd and 3rd row climate control become a value priced stand alone option package.

2009 Land Rover LR3
LR3 is the only model offered for 2009, with HSE and HSE LÚX trim levels offered as separate option packages. Powered by a 300-hp 4.4-liter DOHC V-8, the Land Rover LR3 (no longer adorned with an SE badge) provides two-row, five-passenger seating, four-corner independent height-adjustable air suspension, Land Rover's exclusive Terrain Response™ system, six airbags, elegant and rugged leather seating surfaces, power sunroof and fixed Alpine roof, a 240-watt harman/kardon® AM/FM audio system with six-disc in-dash CD changer, rear park distance control and a long list of other standard equipment.

The HSE option package adds: Premium DVD-based satellite Navigation System with a 7-inch touch screen and voice activation and 4x4 driver information center, personal telephone integration system with Bluetooth® connectivity, power tilt-telescope steering column, front park distance control, cold climate package, SIRIÚS satellite radio, and HSE exterior identification badging. While the 19' Six-Spoke alloy wheels are standard on LR3 and LR3 with the HSE Package, the all new 19' Slotted Seven-Spoke alloy wheels are available as a no cost option.

The HSE LÚX package includes all the items in the HSE package above, plus: Premium ruched leather seats, 19' Slotted Seven-Spoke alloy wheel design, memory settings for the driver's seat, steering column, and mirrors, a 550-watt harman/kardon® LOGIC7 premium audio system with 14 speakers, Bi-Xenon™ headlamps and adaptive front-lighting, and a center console cooler box to chill your favorite beverages or snacks.

The 7 Seat Comfort Package - third-row seating and rear climate control equipment become a stand-alone option package for 2009 MY. The package is value priced and we anticipate a high take rate for this convenient feature. The 3rd row seat is designed to fit a 6'2' passenger, with all seating large enough to allow seven passages to ride in complete comfort. The 7 Seat Comfort Package also includes and additional 3rd row side curtain airbag SRS (increasing the total number of airbags to 8), forward-facing, flat-folding third-row seats, third row individual head restraints and three-point safety belts, 35:30:35 split flat-folding 2nd row seat, and Rear Climate Control with 2nd and 3rd row controls for air conditioning, heating and airflow.

Vital Stats and Specifications
Vital Stats
Engine : 4.4 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 300 hp
Torque: 315 ft-lbs

6-speed Automatic
Roof rails have been deleted from all LR3s, and are available as an accessory item.

The Integrated Body-frame construction provides a stiff frame for the LR3 by combining hydroformed-steel frame rails with a rigid monocoque body. This technology helps protect the occupants in case of a collision, provides a foundation needed to support off-road excursions, and has a vibration resistant base for smooth and controlled on-pavement ride and handling.

The integrated construction facilitates more efficient interior packaging. Rubber mounts and dampers between the frame and body provide a higher degree of isolation from noise, vibration, and harshness.

Premium materials such as aluminum, magnesium, and high-tensile-strength alloy steel are used in key areas to save weight. Outer steel body panels are galvanized on both their inner and outer surfaces to prevent corrosion. The two-piece tailgate is aluminum, which is lighter weight and easier to use.

LR3 offers three rows for seven occupants as optional equipment. The use of stadium seating with each successive row of seats positioned slightly higher in the vehicle provides a clear view of the road ahead and added comfort for rear passengers. The second seating row is split 35:30:35 for flexibility in accommodating passengers and cargo. Folding the rear seats yields a flat load floor able to carry sporting paraphernalia or building materials exceeding six feet in length. The tailgate is a two-piece design with an upper portion that rises and a lower segment that hinges down for easy loading. The roller blind that hides valuable possession from sight is substantial enough to serve as a shelf suitable for light packages or cargo.

The 4.4-liter V8 in an LR3 has an aluminum block and heads, chain-driven dual-overhead camshafts, sequential fuel injection, distributorless ignition, and four-valves per cylinder, Delivering 300 bhp at 5500 rpm and 315 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.

An electronically controlled 6-speed ZF automatic transmission provides gear ratios for confident off-road driving, excellent launch performance, quiet highway motoring, and efficient cruising. Three shift modes are available, automatic, sport and CommandShift. In the automatic mode, up- and down-shifts are electronically regulated for smooth, rarely noticeable gear changes. In the Sport mode, shifting is keyed to maximum acceleration performance, enhancing response. In the CommandShift mode, the driver enjoys full manual control over the gear selected for supreme on- or off-road confidence.

The LR3's standard electronic two-speed transfer case provides permanently engaged four -wheel drive and shift-on-the-move capability. An electronically controlled, infinitely variable locking center differential controls the front-rear torque distribution and interacts with the vehicle's extensive suite of electronic traction and stability systems. Shifting into low range multiplies available torque by a factor of 2.93:1.

To maintain mobility through adverse conditions, the LR3's driveline and braking systems cooperate providing four-corner traction control (ETC), hill-descent control (HDC), dynamic stability control (DSC), anti-lock brakes that function on- and off-road, electronic brake force distribution (EBD) for controlled, efficient stopping regardless of vehicle load, and emergency brake assist (EBA). An electronically controlled, infinitely variable locking rear differential is available as optional equipment.

Four-corner independent suspension consisting of unequal-length control arms and long-travel air springs provide the surefootedness expected of all Land Rovers. Electronic control of the springs and dampers provide soft or firm response, automatic load leveling and three selectable suspension settings: access (for ease of entry), standard, and off-road. Cross linking of the four springs and dampers gives the LR3 improved off-road performance by constantly varying spring rates.

The power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system provides excellent driver feedback and a tight 37.6-foot turn circle that's essential for negotiating off-road hazards and obstacles.

Four-wheel disc brakes with ventilated rotors at each wheel provide ample stopping power. In addition to the usual ABS on-road function, Land Rover's four-wheel, all-terrain ABS is calibrated to avoid wheel lock on a wide variety of terrain types. Hill Descent Control automatically limits forward speed to 2.2 mph in low range and 3.7 mph in high range.

Radial tires with mud and snow tread ratings are specially developed by Land Rover for optimum on- and off-road performance. Aluminum-alloy wheels are standard to minimize unsprung weight and to provide an attractive, upscale appearance. All LR3s are equipped with 255/55R19 radial tires.

Land Rover is the only SÚV maker that offers a Terrain Response™ system which automatically adjusts a host of electronically controlled systems to suit driving conditions. The Terrain Response™ knob positioned on the center console configures the engine's throttle response, the transmission's shift characteristics and gear selection, the center differential's operation, the air suspension, and many dynamic systems (DSC, 4ETC, and HDC) for maximum traction, stability, and control. If the LR3 is equipped with a locking rear differential, it also regulates that component's operation. The five available modes are:
• General—Terrain Response™ is never off, and the General setting is compatible with all on- and off-road conditions. This is analogous to the automatic setting on a digital camera.
• Grass/Gravel/Snow—Select this program to maximize traction on firm but slippery surfaces. This setting optimizes performance on wet leaves and grass or hard-packed snow and ice.

• Mud/Ruts—This setting makes a dramatic difference over soft, wet ground where a degree of wheelspin is useful for maintaining momentum. Since Low Range is recommended during such conditions, selecting this program triggers a prompt to also shift the transfer case.
• Sand—The label says it all. This setting gives the driver additional control in conditions where the ground easily gives way such as dry, soft sand, or loose dirt. Because there are dramatic engine and transmission programming adjustments and changes in the traction control and differential lock operation, the Sand program allows the vehicle to power through desert conditions with ease.
• Rock Crawl—Available only in Low Range, Rock Crawl is for conditions where large obstacles such as clusters of boulders are expected. In this mode, the LR3 provides the needed wheel articulation, throttle control, ground clearance, and low-speed traction.

Thanks to Terrain Response™, the LR3 is able to venture farther off-road with assurance that the journey home will be completed.

Systems aimed at protecting the occupants' well being are integral to the LR3's design. The foundation is a hydroformed-steel ladder frame engineered with buckle points that collapse in a controlled manner to absorb energy during a frontal impact. Load paths are engineered to avoid over-riding smaller vehicles and to manage energy concentrations caused by off-set contact with a fixed object or a second vehicle. Beams integrated with the door and roof-pillar structures avoid intrusion during side-impact collisions. The steel monocoque body shell serves as a safety cage to help resist impact or roll-over incursion. The centrally located fuel tank is well protected from damage during side or rear collisions.

A full complement of air bags supplement the injury protection provided by the three-point belts located at every seating position and the belt pre-tensioners provided for front occupants. The front-mounted air bags deploy in two stages depending on the accident severity and information received from weight and belt-tension sensors. Front-seat-mounted airbags offer thorax protection during a lateral collision. Roof-mounted side-curtain airbags deploy in a side collision to provide head protection. Six airbags are standard, a total of eight airbags are fitted (two additional) when the LR3 is equipped with the 7 Seat Comfort Package.

In addition to the above major safety systems and electronic controls described in the Chassis presentation, the LR3 has countless other attributes aimed at helping ensure safe travel. Command seating provides the driver with an excellent view of traffic and conditions. LATCH (Lower Anchor and Tether for Children) equipment is provided in two middle row positions for the safe accommodation of toddlers in child safety seats. Rear doors are equipped with child locks; the standard central locking and keyless entry systems help make sure no door is accidentally opened. Advanced technology head-, tail-, and fog lamps provide the driver and other motorists the visibility needed in low-light conditions. Deep-tinted glass and a standard security system with engine immobilization help protect the LR3 and its contents from theft or intrusion.

The LR3 is equipped with a 240-watt harman/kardon® AM/FM-stereo radio system with six-disc in-dash CD changer, nine speakers, and steering-wheel-mounted controls. The HSE LÚX Package includes a more powerful 550-watt harman/kardon® LOGIC7 digital surround sound system with 14 speakers. This system offers an auxiliary connection for MP3 players and personal audio output connections in the second- and third-row seats.

DVD-based navigation with a 7-inch LCD touch-sensitive screen, 2D and 3D map displays, and on- and off-road guidance capability is standard in the HSE. A special 4x4 screen presents the Terrain Response™ system settings for transmission gear and transfer case range plus the front-wheel-angle position, suspension movement indication, HDC control status, and current suspension setting. Additional equipment included in the HSE Package include: SIRIÚS Satellite radio, a center console cooler box, and a Bluetooth® Personal Telephone Integration System.
The aforementioned Personal Telephone Integration System accommodates the owner's mobile telephone by means of Bluetooth® wireless technology. Thanks to a fiber optic multiplex network called MOST (Media Oriented System Transport) entertainment, communication, and navigation communications are all exchanged at high speed.

A factory installed rear seat entertainment system is an available option. This package includes duel video display screens built into the headrests of the front seats. The system includes a six-disc DVD changer, a remote control, and input jacks for video games and MP3 players.

As a result of efficient space utilization and upright design, the LR3 offers one of the most spacious interiors available in the mid-size SÚV category. The electrically-adjustable, ergonomically-designed front bucket seats provide a lumbar adjuster for the driver and standard leather trim. The tilt steering wheel is also sheathed in a soft grade of leather. Alpine windows in the rear portion of the roof and a standard power glass moonroof maintain a bright interior mood. Second- and third-row seats are positioned like stepping stones to give every occupant a comfortable view of the road or terrain ahead. The second-row bench is a 35:30:35 split design to facilitate trading seats for cargo room when necessary.

The dual-zone automatic climate control system uses CFC-free refrigerant. A rear climate control system is optional and part of the 7 Seat Comfort Package.

A package containing Bi-Xenon™ (HID high and low beams) headlights and front park-distance control is optional on the base LR3 (included in the HSE Package). Rear park distance control is a standard feature on LR3.

A programmable key fob provides remote control over the central locking system and the air suspension's height setting. Outside rear-view mirrors are heated to enhance visibility in inclement weather. Adaptive lighting that swivels the headlamps in synch with steering movement is standard in the HSE LÚX and optional in the other models.

LR3 brings Land Rover prestige and core values to the heart of the SÚV market thanks to its wealth of highly functional equipment and attractive pricing. Like all Land Rovers, the LR3 excels both on- and off-road thanks to its robust foundation, advanced technology, attention to detail, and top-quality construction.

Eight distinctive exterior paint colors and two leather interior colors are offered.

Source - Land Rover

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