All-New LR3 Added to '05 Land Rover Lineup
Introducing only its ninth all-new model in its 56-year history, Land Rover will add the new LR3 to its '05-model-year lineup. The LR3 is the company's answer to the Discovery, which ended production in 2004. This is the first new Land Rover vehicle developed entirely under Ford Motor Company ownership. Available in SE and HSE packages, the LR3 is said to be packed with power, technology, and a spacious interior cabin unmatched in its class. Distinctive exterior styling is accented using aluminum, magnesium, and Boron steel and was created using Land Rover's new Integrated Body-Frame architecture. The LR3 uses a Jaguar-based 4.4L DOHC aluminum V-8 engine mated to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission, a two-speed electronically shifted transfer case, and a center differential lock. The new engine is designed to develop 300 hp at 5,500 rpm and 315 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, and features enhanced dust- and water-proofing and revised breathing to enable the vehicle to wade in as much as 24 inches of water.
Land Rover also debuts its patented Terrain Response system, which is designed to optimize driveability and control, as well as maximize traction over a variety of surfaces. A rotary knob on the center console allows driver input by choosing one of five terrain settings: a general driving program; grass/gravel/snow for slippery surfaces; and three special off-road modes: mud/ruts, sand, and rockcrawl. The Terrain Response system then automatically selects the most appropriate setting for the vehicle's advanced electronic controls and traction aids, including ride height, engine torque response, hill-descent control, electronic traction control, and transmission settings. The new LR3 also has a permanent four-wheel-drive system, with power being normally split 50/50 between the front and rear axles, and a fully independent height-adjustable air suspension, and is available with a locking rear differential. Four-wheel disc brakes, ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and an emergency brake assist (EBA) are also standard features on the new Land Rover model. A number of interior enhancements also exist, as do many technologically advanced exterior and chassis features, designed to increase occupant safety in the event of a collision.
GM Enhances Truck Lineup in 2005
Fuel economy improvements, new models, and new useful features will enhance GM's portfolio of trucks in 2005. The improvements have been adopted across GM's entire light-duty fullsize pickup and SUV lineup. Fuel economy improvements are achieved through a new cooling system consisting of twin electric cooling fans, which draw power from the electrical system only when required. Also, a new patented regulated-voltage control system monitors the battery's charge status and controls the vehicle's generator to minimize parasitic losses. If GM reaches its goal to sell 1.3 million light-duty fullsize pickups and SUVs, a savings of 28 million gallons of fuel at an average of 15,000 miles driven per year will result. This adds up to one supertanker carrying 1.4 million barrels of crude oil. GM will also offer the '05 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra hybrid models for retail sale. Both hybrid models promise as much as a 10 percent improvement in fuel economy, while maintaining the performance and capability expected from a fullsize pickup. Other improvements for '05 include a more-potent 310hp version of GM's Vortec 5300 5.3L V-8 for 4WD Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cabs, and a new 290hp version of the Vortec 5300 5.3L V-8 engine for the Chevy TrailBlazer EXT, GMC Envoy XUV, and Envoy XL. Many of the SUVs will also benefit from new interior enhancements, and the Heavy Duty models will feature a redesigned hood and grille.