Britain's Land Rover has introduced the next Range Rover, featuring a combination of on- and off-road abilities. The new Range Rover HSE, which will be available in North America in June as a 2003 model, is only the third all-new Range Rover in 31 years.
Among the new Range Rover's key features, according to Land Rover, 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
- Outstanding crash test performance and occupant protection
- More interior space than previous model
- Greater ground clearance than previous model
Central to the new Range Rover's on- and off-road handling and ride is the totally new sub frame-mounted fully independent air suspension. The chassis also features a number of electronic traction control systems including Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and the Land Rover-pioneered Hill Descent Control (HDC). Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) supplement the standard anti-lock brakes (ABS).