2007 Range Rover Model Year Details
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Overview
Powertrain

Chassis & Suspension
Exterior
Interior
Options
Special Editions



Special thanks to Kevin Kelly for information on these pages

Photos: 2007 Range Rover (Official press photos)

 



Overview

After the introduction of the new Jaguar-derived engines and transmissions for the 2006 model year, it would have been reasonable to expect no major changes for a while. But for the 2007 model year, the Range Rover underwent another fairly significant facelift. For most of the world, the big news was the introduction of a new V8 diesel that for the first time gave similar performance to the gasoline/petrol V8s. That was not all however -- all markets saw substantial revisions to the interior, with the instrument panel, climate control system, airbag layout, trim fittings, switchgear, and storage facilities redesigned. Finally, there was the introduction of Land Rover's Terrain Response system and electrically activated center and rear differentials, aimed at improving the Range Rover's already awesome off road capability while making off road driving even more effortless.

2007 RRNo significant exterior changes were more made.

The MSRP for the HSE model was increased to $77,250, with the Supercharged model commanding a price of $92,750. Both prices included a $715 destination  charge.

Powertrain

Engines:
The big news was the all-new TDV8 Diesel, developing nearly as much power (272 bhp) and much more torque (472 ft lb) than the petrol/gasoline V8s -- over 50% more power than the formerly used BMW diesel. The new 90 degree V8 was 3630cc with 32 valves, twin turbos, twin camshafts and was rated as one of the world's quietest and smoothest diesels. The new diesel version does 0-60 mph in about 8 seconds (quicker than the 2003-2005 petrol V8) while maintaining the same fuel economy as the outgoing diesel (25.1 mpg combined average).  Top Speed is limited to 124mph. The diesel version was not available in the US.

Drivetrain:
An electronically controlled infinitely variable locking rear differential was new for 2007. Standard on the Supercharged Range Rover and optional on the HSE, this device aids traction and handling on- and off-road. The 2006 infinitely variable locking electronic center differential was continued as standard on both models. 

The Terrain Response™ system, first introduced on the Range Rover Sport, was added to the full size Range Rover in 2007 as standard equipment. A control dial positioned on the center console can be set to any one of five available modes to handle different terrain situations from normal dry-pavement driving to snow, mud, sand, and extreme rock crawling. Depending on the setting, the vehicle's electronics adjust the settings of the throttle response, automatic transmission operation, electronic differentials, anti-lock brakes, air suspension, traction control, and Hill Descent Control systems to optimize performance in the given conditions.  The five available Terrain Response™ settings are:

A new electronically controlled parking brake system replaced the earlier mechanical setup.

Terrain Response Dial

handbrake

Terrain Response dial with settings for (clockwise from left) normal, grass/snow, mud & ruts, sand, rocks.
Also note revised controls behind knob (lower part of picture) for air suspension settings (left), Hill Descent Control (center) and transfer case high/low range (right).

View from above the console -- note electronic handbrake lever behind the Terrain Response controls in lower part of image.

Official Land Rover Press Photos.

The 4-year, 50,000 mile warranty with complimentary scheduled service was continued as before.

Chassis & Suspension

The HSE’s suspension calibrations (spring and damper rates) were "upgraded" to match those on the Supercharged model, giving a somewhat harder more sporty ride, with vertical wheel travel reduced to 7.6 inches/194 mm at the front (down from 10.75 inches) and 11.5 inches/292 mm at the rear (down from 13 inches).  On the other hand, the recalibrated suspension settings evidently gave an increased ramp breakover angle in off road mode of 30 degrees (instead of 28 degrees on the 2003-2005 models).

The Terrain Response system took over some control of the suspension height settings, but the manual control was retained and moved to a new position behind and to the left of the gearshift (see photos above).

Exterior

Design: Unchanged from 2006.

Exterior colors were expanded to nine options: Chawton White, Java Black, Giverny Green, Tonga Green, Buckingham Blue (new), Rimini Red (almost burnt orange, a slightly lighter version of the formerly available Alveston Red), Stornoway GrayZermatt Silver.

Wheels: The HSE models come standard with the 7-spoke 19x8 inch aluminum alloy wheels and 255/55R19 tires in all markets, with the more sensible 18 inch wheels seemingly going the way of the dodo bird.  The supercharged models came with 9-spoke 20x8.5 inch wheels and 255/50R20 tires.

Although the foregoing was the official situation, in practice most of the early production 2007 HSE models also came with the 20 inch wheels, possibly due to a shortage of the 19 inch tires because of a strike at the Goodyear factory causing them to be on backorder.


dashInterior, Electronics, Navigation and Entertainment
The most obvious change was to the dash area, where the ignition key was moved from its former location on the center console to a new spot on the driver's side of the face vents on the dash. Balancing this on the other side of the vents are two switches controlling the two glove boxes. On top of the dash are extra air vents.

In the gauge cluster, the instruments had new, more legible graphics and bezels with a brushed-aluminum finish. A new "Range Rover" logo appeared on the passenger side of the dash.


On the center console, a new electronic handbrake had a one-touch lever control activated by a light pull. It disengages automatically with forward travel, or can be manually released. Elimination of the mechanical handbrake linkage facilitated the moving of the gearshift to the left, closer to the driver, making room for a new storage compartment on the right of the console.

Official Land Rover press photo: New dash layout with vents added on top, ignition switch below and left of nav screen, glovebox switches below and right of nav screen. Also off-center gearshift with new console storage compartment beside it and Terrain Response dial behind .

door trimTwin glove boxes -- one stacked atop the other and opened by an electric release button to the right of the air vents on the dash -- make convenient use of the passenger side of the instrument panel.

Redesigned front seats had a new active head restraint design to help guard against whiplash injury during a rear-end collision, and were claimed be more comfortable. A new option was dedicated air-conditioning units that circulate cool air through center trim perforations in both the cushion and backrest areas (standard on the Supercharged model). Separate controls were provided for the driver and the front passenger.

Photo at left: revised door trim. Official Land Rover press photo.

Side-impact airbags were relocated form the doors to the seatbacks, allowing a new door panel design with more wood trim. A knee airbag was added for the driver, increasing the number of airbags to nine, while the passenger-side airbag was reengineered for enhanced deployment.

A new acoustic windshield was laminated with a triple-layer polymer capable of reducing the transmission of exterior noise by up to six decibels.

controls The air-conditioning system was upgraded to offer improved cooling, better airflow distribution, lower noise and greater comfort levels. A new 9 kW evaporator replaced the existing 7.8 kW version, giving about a 15% increase in cooling power. The new center top vents helped improve ventilation for front-seat occupants, and yielded a reduction in airflow noise at high fan speeds. Three zone (driver, passenger and rear) controls for the climate control were provided on all models.

Photo at right: Close-up of revised controls on dash. Note new positions for ignition key (top left) and glovebox switches (top right). Also knobs at lower left and right for seat heating and cooling controls. From Official Land Rover press photo.

Color and trim selections are continued from 2006.



Options

Luxury Interior Package (HSE only / Std. on S/C)

$5,000

Individual Options

  • 20-inch seven-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, 255/50R20 tires (HSE only)

$4,000

  • DVD-based Rear Seat Entertainment system (all models)

$2,500

  • Electronically controlled infinitely variable locking rear differential (HSE only / Std. on S/C)

$500



Special Editions

The Supercharged model was effectively a special edition, but beyond this no others were offered on the US market. In the UK the Autobiography version continued as usual.

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