2005 Range Rover Model Year Details

2005 Range Rover
Overview
Powertrain

Chassis & Suspension
Exterior
Interior
Options
Special Editions

 



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Photo: 2005 Range Rover (Official press photo)


Overview

Although no major mechanical changes took place for the 2005 model year, there were several electronic enhancements, including

The MSRP for the HSE model was increased to $73,750, about $2,000 over the 2003 model. The 2005 Westminster edition was priced at $86,000.

Powertrain

No major changes from 2004. Top speed now governor-limited to 122 mph compared with the claimed 130 mph top speed of the 2003 model. 

 

Chassis & Suspension

No changes from 2003.

 

Exterior

For 2005, Tonga Green replaced Epsom Green and the remaining colors carry over- maintaining total exterior choices at nine. The standard colors were Java Black, Giverny Green, Zambezi Silver, Chawton White, Adriatic Blue, Tonga Green, Alveston Red, Maya Gold and Bonnati Grey.

 

Interior, Navigation and Entertainment
The main changes for 2005 involved the navigation, communication and entertainment electronics. The copper wiring network supporting the information and entertainment features was replaced with a new fiber-optic harness. This formed the basis of the new M.O.S.T system (Media Orientated Systems Transport), a multimedia fiber-optic network connecting several systems needing to communicate. For example the GPS navigation has to work with the security system, the car telephone has to work with the entertainment system so it will mute when a call is received, voice activation and hands-free speakerphones require a microphone, and a display is needed for navigation and DVD playback to name just a few.

The navigation screen was replaced with a new low-temperature polysilicon VGA (video graphics display) screen with 3.5 times higher resolution than the LCD screen it replaced. The new display is touch sensitive, with the ability to control several vehicle systems through a combination of hard and soft buttons. In addition to the usual trip computer functions such as fuel consumption, tank range, average speed and the like, a new 4x4 Driver interface (photo below) was introduced that graphically displays vehicle settings and positions, such as the angle of the front wheels, the suspension setting and direction of travel. This is quite useful in off road driving conditions such as slogging through deep mud ruts.

4X4 Info Display

The new GPS premium navigation system for 2005 was DVD- rather than CD- based and incorporated voice activation. One DVD contained maps for the entire continental United States, compared with 8 CDs for the earlier system. It uses not only GPS signals, but dead-reckoning and map-matching techniques to guide you when the vehicle loses sight of the GPS satellites as happens when in a tunnel or in dense tree cover etc. The off-road mode guides you to your destination by degrees and keeps track of where you've been by setting trace points which can be followed when returning to your start point.

The new harman/kardon® LOGIC7™ surround sound system had 14 speakers using 710 watts of digital amplification. A six-disc CD changer in the glovebox could play MP3 formatted discs as well as regular CDs. The system could be controlled three ways: by voice command, steering wheel controls or the touch screen. The interior of the 2005 model is easy to distinguish from 2003 and 2004 by the nav system and the chrome speaker rings or badges on the speakers which says Harmon Kardon. 

The personal telephone integration system allows owners to use their own mobile phone in the car either via an integrated cradle or with the wireless convenience of Bluetooth™ technology.

As in 2003 and 2004, two wood finishes and six leather colors were available. American cherry or burled walnut wood could be paired with Parchment, Navy, Ivory, Aspen, Sand or Charcoal leather.

Options
Three options continued to be available for the HSE:
1. Heated Accessories Package (heated front and rear seats, integrated ski bag, heated steering wheel)
2. The Luxury Interior Package (Heated Accessories Package plus contour seats w/ 16-way driver & passenger seat adjustment, upgraded leather on upper dashboard, door-pulls and cubby box lid.
3. Optional 20" 7-spoke alloy wheels

Westminster badge

Special Editions
Westminster Edition:
The limited "Westminster" edition was continued from 2004, with Java Black pearlescent paint and 20-inch bright alloy wheels (see photos on 2004 page). A silver WESTMINSTER badge on the tailgate identified the vehicle as one of only 300 to be built in Java Black. The interior used  wood "similar to that seen on the finest grand pianos", along with supple Jet Black leather and deep cut pile carpeting (see Westminster Edition section on 2004 page). The only features in the interior not in Jet Black were the ivory headliner and grab handles. 

All Westminster models had the "heated accessory package". The Westminster also introduced Rain Sensor windshield wipers that activate automatically when water is detected, and an integrated cargo area luggage net.

Autobiography:
This edition continued as usual in the UK, and a small number were imported into the US by LRNA during the 2005 model year. The sticker price was $97,750.

 

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