Land Rover LR3 Origins
After a brief and somewhat successful ownership by BMW, Ford purchased the Land Rover brand and was responsible for the release of the LR3 in the United States. For the first year, the LR3 was available in SE an HSE trim packages with both boasting a 4.4-liter, V-8 engine and four-wheel drive. Consumers were quick to notice the luxurious interior and innovative technology that separated the LR3 from its predecessors.
The LR3 was available in base, SE, and HSE trim levels with a noteworthy third-row seat capable of seating seven. The base level dropped in engine performance, yet the previous 4.4-liter V-8 was found in the two higher trim tiers. As expected, the interior remained on par with other Land Rover models, and thanks to Ford, actually improved in some areas.
In 2007, the LR3 upgraded again, making leather upholstery, power sunroof, and a variety of other features standard on the available trim models. Again, it provided consumers with three options, including the SE in a V-6 and V-8 model and the HSE in a V-8 only.
The SUV continued to remain a popular choice for many consumers, yet size and affordability set the brand apart in the market place. Once the 2008 LR3 reached consumers, the models were limited to the V-8 SE and V-8 HSE, both featuring four-liter engines with automatic transmission. The luxury package on the HSE included upgraded leather upholstery along with additional features, such as a navigation system.
As the LR3 entered its last year of production; the lineup was reduced to the single, V-8 trim level with the HSE as an optional package. The 2009 LR3 fell somewhere between the smaller LR2 and the larger and ultimately more luxurious Range Rover. This allowed consumers to choose an affordable SUV with the many perks of its higher-grade counterparts.About the Land Rover LR3
The last Land Rover LR3 was produced in 2009 leaving several models to step in and take its place. The LR2, a smaller SUV, is still in production today and sold in the United States. Along with Land Rover’s other vehicles, including the Evoque, the luxury brand continues to offer a variety of options for consumer seeking out reasonably-priced luxury and performance in an SUV.Land Rover LR3 Features
The Land Rover LR3 truly found a niche with consumers making it a great selection for off-road enthusiasts. While combining features on par with other SUV brands, the Land Rover LR3 was able to appease those searching for performance regardless of the terrain they travel. From quality V-8 engines to the innovative technological features, the LR3 was able to complete and gain market share in the few short years it was available on the market.Land Rover LR3 Evolution
Thanks to new ownership by Ford, the first 2005 LR3 featured a new platform along with a plethora of technological upgrades, which helped the model stand apart from the rest. The SE reached 13/18 mpg city/highway and included an optional navigation system, MP3 players, and third row seats. Although many of these features were optional on the SE, the HSE came standard with these amenities along with a wide variety of other features making it worth the higher price tag.
From a fixed glass roof that works tirelessly to block UV rays to a touch screen navigation system and Harman Kardon stereo, the 2006 LR3 continued to compete with other SUV luxury brands. Standard leather upholstery allowed consumers to ride comfortably on the alloy wheels and either four-liter V-6 or 4.4-liter, V-8 engine. The 2007 LR3, available in two SE trim packages and the HSE trim, kept on pushing the envelope in terms of performance and luxury.
In 2008, the base or V-6 SE trim level disappeared from the lineup, leaving consumers with two models boasting a 4.4-liter, V-8 engine. The HSE out-performed the SE, offering navigation systems and Bluetooth as standard features along with upgraded 19-inch, alloy wheels and the 1 four-speaker Harman Kardon Logic 7 sound system.
By the final production year, the sole V-8 model with optional HSE trim packages reached its plateau. Offering the three rows of ""stadium-style"" seating standard along with four-wheel drive and 12/17 mpg city/highway, the car left a mark and created a level of sophistication other brands now attempt to achieve in its place.