Land Rover showcases latest models at Geneva
Making its debut at the show is the Freelander 2 TD4 diesel automatic. Using the same six-speed automatic transmission as the 3.2-liter i6 petrol Freelander 2, the TD4 is powered by the all-new 160 PS 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine.
It has a combined average fuel consumption of 33.2 mpg and as with all Land Rovers, the carbon dioxide generated by Land Rover's manufacturing activities and UK customers' vehicle use for the first 45,000 miles has been balanced through an industry leading offset program run by Climate Care.
The automatic transmission features Land Rover's CommandShift for manual sequential gearchanging and a sports mode for more spirited driving.
"Since sales of the diesel manual and i6 petrol model began in December 2006, demand for the Freelander 2 has been really encouraging," commented John Edwards, Land Rover UK managing director. "And it is already a multi-award winner, picking up the BBC Top Gear SUV of the Year and What Car? Best Compact 4x4 awards. A tremendous achievement."
For the personal touch, Land Rover has also introduced an accessories program for the Freelander 2.
"Land Rover has a long tradition of allowing customers to order vehicles to suit their needs but this new program allows the greatest degree of personalization ever offered to Freelander customers," Edwards added.
For 2008 model year, the Range Rover Sport – Land Rover's best selling vehicle worldwide in 2006 – offers new refinements and subtle cabin enhancements. A new Ebony color center stack is standard, an improved Brunel metallic finish replaces the Rhodium finish and dark stained Zebrano is available as a new wood finish. A new tan premium leather upholstery color is now available, with improved carpet mats and a stainless steel tread strip.
8-way electric passenger seats and electric lumbar support adjustments for driver's seats will be introduced on all top end SE and HSE spec vehicles and satellite navigation will become standard on all SE models.
The Discovery 3, winner of 95 international awards, is also upgraded for the 2008 model year.
For the first time, straight grain satin walnut or piano black wood finishes are available as standard on all HSE models, as are premium ruched leather seats, driver seat cushion pockets, eight-way passenger seat adjustment and powered lumbar support adjustment for the driver. Further upgrades across the model range include a more premium Ebony center stack and center floor console, 'noble' plating finish to fascia air vents and other controls and silver plated finish to the speaker bezels.
Due to the overwhelming demand for Land Rover's efficient Discovery 3 TDV6, and the 32 percent more economical Range Rover and Range Rover Sport TDV8 models, the sale of naturally-aspirated petrol models will cease from 2008 model year.
Last but by no means least, the significantly enhanced 2007 Defender completes the line-up on the Land Rover stand featuring a new 2.4-liter common rail diesel engine, six-speed gearbox with wide ratio spread, a fully integrated fascia, new seating configuration and high output heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.