First Look: 2010 Land Rover Range Rover

The current-generation Range Rover has already had one minor refresh, and for 2010 it gets another one. This update is pretty minor on the outside--with LEDs in the headlamps and the taillamps and a slightly restyled bumper--but it's more substantial under the skin. The same two new engines in the 2010 Range Rover Sport appear here, along with adaptive dampers and a new Dynamic mode for the Terrain Response System, both of which are in the new Range Rover Sport Supercharged as well.

The new V-8 engine, in standard and supercharged form, was co-developed with Jaguar. Displacing 5.0 liters, it features direct injection and offers a power output of 375 hp (standard) and 510 hp (supercharged). Acceleration times of 7.1 and 5.9 seconds, respectively, are quoted for the 0-to-60-mph run. New, more powerful brakes balance the new, more powerful engines. Some additional safety features making their first Land Rover appearance include a blind-spot warning system, automatic high beams, and pre-collision automatic braking (with adaptive cruise control).

Not that it needed it, but the 2010 Range Rover also boasts a new interior, which tops out with a new, full-leather option that covers even the ceiling in cowhide. Exclusive to the top Rover is an all-electronic instrument cluster. A dual-view monitor, which allows the front-seat passenger to watch a movie while the driver views the navigation map on the same screen, is offered in other markets, but Land Rover still needs approval from U.S. regulators before it can come here.

The 2010 Range Rover is expected to start arriving at U.S. dealerships in July 2009.

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