Woman at the Wheel - Land Rover
Valencia Mohammed | 1/23/2009, 4:53 p.m.
The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Fit for a Queen
Land Rover€s prestigious Range Rover is widely recognized as the planet€s most capable and complete sports utility vehicle. To reinforce that enviable status, several cabin improvements have been implemented for the 2008 model year. Land Rover€s acclaimed Terrain Response system was added as Range Rover standard equipment last year. A handy control dial positioned on the center console automatically adjusts a host of powertrain and chassis systems to suit driving conditions.
Five available positions optimize normal dry-pavement driving, snow, mud, sand and rock crawling. A second 2007 improvement was the addition of an electronically controlled locking rear differential to the list of standard equipment.
On the heels of last year€s complete redesign of the interior cabin, a few finishing touches arrive this fall:
€ Door sill plates are changed to an attractive ribbed-metal design.
€ A convenient storage slot for the rear seat entertainment system€s remote control is added to the rear seat center armrest.
€ A previously optional leather dash top cover is standard equipment.
Land Rover€s design director Gerry McGovern is especially proud of how function, luxury, and beauty blend so well in the Range Rover€s interior. He explains, €General layout and detail features are purposely practical and designed to enhance the day-to-day driving experience. For example, use of an electronically-controlled parking brake system facilitated moving the shift lever closer to the driver and increasing center-console storage capacity.€
The Range Rover€s instrument panel conforms to the latest safety requirements while exemplifying our highly praised architectural design theme. Luxury and craftsmanship live in harmonious accord.
The Range Rover€s command view driving position is a customer favorite and we provide no less than nine air bags. In the gauge cluster, the instruments highly legible graphics are surrounded by bezels exhibiting a rich brushed-aluminum finish.€
You need big money to buy this baby. The manufacturer€s suggested retail price is $-77,675. The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover offers 12 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.