2010 Land Rover LR4
When it comes to off-road prowess, Land Rover is the global benchmark. Now, after five years with few changes, their middleweight LR3 has been revamped, and rechristened the 2010 LR4.
While you may not notice much new outside, the front end is smoother. Headlights are new, each with a ribbon of daytime running LEDs, flanking a new grille, now infused with contemporary Land Rover DNA.
Body-colored wheel arches house new nineteen-inch wheels.
But the new LR4 still faithfully echoes the Discovery’s classic stepped roofline. And the LR3’s funky asymmetrical rear glass treatment also remains. The taillights and bumper are new, ending the more upscale but still very capable look.
Power is a big change, with a Jaguar-derived direct-injected 5.0-liter V8 now under the LR4’s hood. Its 375 horsepower is up 80 over the LR3’s 4.4-liter.
That extra power was quickly evident during our first outing on the leaf-strewn back roads of central Vermont. Unchanged is the solid, sure footed feeling that is Land Rover.
The upgraded six-speed automatic with manual mode took full advantage of the new V8’s broader power band. And the LR4’s two-speed transfer case, with multi-mode Terrain Response system, made quick work of a deep woods rock-crawl.
The LR4’s interior is a huge improvement. Styling is all-new. It’s more contemporary, more cohesive, and much more user-friendly. The new seats are more comfortable too, while outward visibility remains fantastic.
The LR4 is available now, starting at just over $48,000.
direct-injected 5.0-liter V8
Staring at just over $48,000