2005 Land Rover LR3


The introduction of an all-new model from Land Rover is big news, since it has only happened nine times in the company’s 56-year history. The launch of the new LR3 is that much more significant, as it’s the first new vehicle developed entirely under Ford Motor Company ownership.

Carefully developed and engineered to Land Rover’s exacting standards, the LR3 is packed with power, technology and a spacious interior cabin virtually unmatched in its class.

Available in SE and HSE derivatives, LR3 offers the advantages of a powerful and responsive 300 hp 4.4-liter V8 engine, mated to a
six-speed electronic automatic transmission. This transmission is intelligent—adapting its shift patterns to driving style and road conditions—and equipped with Command Shift™, allowing the driver full control over gear changes.

“A true Land Rover, the LR3 benefits from a clarity of purpose and conviction that is evident from its clean design, versatility and outstanding driving experience. Like all new Land Rovers, its on-road composure is on a level with its outstanding off-road capability,” said Richard Beattie, executive vice president, Land Rover North America.


  • Distinctive exterior styling using aluminum, magnesium and Boron steel reflects Range Rover and Discovery cues using new Integrated Body-frame™ architecture
  • Jaguar-based 4.4-liter, 300 bhp DOHC, aluminum V8 engine tailored for Land Rover. Six-speed, ZF automatic transmission and two-speed electronically shifted transfer case and center differential lock
  • Optimal packaging with a fold-flat interior and seating for up to seven full-size adults
  • Exceptional breadth of capability from permanent four-wheel drive and fully independent, height-adjustable air suspension with available locking rear differential
  • Production debut for Land Rover’s innovative Terrain Response™ and Integrated Body-frame™ architecture designed to minimize the effect of impacts with smaller vehicles
  • Advanced safety engineering uses up to eight airbags and steel safety cage

The LR3 introduces sophisticated new technologies that are a first in the industry. Among them is Land Rover’s patented Terrain Response™ system that optimizes drivability and control, as well as maximizing traction over a variety of surfaces. The driver simply chooses one of five terrain settings via a rotary knob on the center console:


  • general driving program
  • ‘grass/gravel/snow’ – for slippery surfaces
  • three special off-road modes
             - mud/ruts, sand, rock crawl

    Terrain Response 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.

    Highly responsive on-road performance was a top priority for the LR3. The new powertrain uses a specially developed 4.4-liter version of Jaguar’s acclaimed AJV8, DOHC engine that develops 300 bhp @ 5,500 rpm. Changes for Land Rover use include increased displacement (up from 4.2 liters), more low-end torque – 315 lb. -ft. @ 4,000 rpm, enhanced dust- and water-proofing, and revised breathing to enable the vehicle to wade in up to 24 inches of water.

    For Land Rover use, the water and oil pumps have been re-engineered as has the oil sump to cope with wide ambient temperature ranges, operating environments and angles of operation.

    The engine is mated to an intelligent, six-speed, ZF automatic transmission with CommandShift™ and a two-speed transfer case with electronically lockable center differential. As with all Land Rover vehicles, the LR3 has permanent four-wheel drive with power being normally split 50/50 between the front and rear axles.

    2005 Land Rover LR3A new approach to body structure achieves the benefits of a stiff monocoque combined with the strength and off-road articulation made possible by a traditional separate chassis frame.

    This Integrated Body-frame™ structure allows Land Rover to deliver all the comfort, refinement and on-road attributes of a monocoque, while continuing to set new standards in off-road performance. The combination of a tough frame mated to a rigid body structure provides occupants with a secure zone in the event of a collision, while also acting as a stable foundation for a suite of advanced dynamic control systems which give the vehicle its sure-footed confidence.

    The design of the chassis was evolved with safety in mind. Advanced computer design techniques enabled Land Rover engineers to simulate a variety of scenarios and to evaluate the collision performance of the design before any metal was cut. The body structure uses high strength steel in vital areas such as the A-pillar and roof cross members to provide occupants with a safety-cage.

    The complex design of the chassis frame, with its hydroformed construction, reflects this work in its contribution to the safety and crash performance characteristics of the new LR3. The front structure of the frame is designed to provide the collision load path with buckle points to control its collapse in the event of an impact. The load path is deliberately designed to take into account differential crash performance. The front structure is placed so as to impact another vehicle down low at its strongest point to minimize the effect of the collision.

    LR3 has extremely powerful four-wheel disc brakes and ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution EBD and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) to provide an automatic extra boost when a panic stop is detected.

    Emergency maneuvers and cornering control on slippery surfaces is made safer thanks to Dynamic Stability Control. The parking brake is set electronically using a lift tab on the center console. It operates a drum cast into the rear wheel disc rotors.

    If a crash cannot be avoided, LR3 is equipped with eight airbags on seven-seat vehicles and six on five-seat models. The driver and passenger airbags deploy in two stages depending on the severity of the frontal impact and work in harmony with the seat belts.

    North American vehicles are fitted with weight and seatbelt tension sensors that detect the presence of an occupant and deploy or inhibit the passenger airbag accordingly.

    The side impact protection system has a combination of seat-mounted thorax airbags for the front seat occupants and side curtain airbags for all rows.

    The use of lightweight materials including aluminum, magnesium and Boron steel has given LR3 great strength but maintains a GVW of 7,121 lbs. Complex door seals are fitted to improve refinement by controlling wind noise and dust ingress.

    Unique Land Rover design cues include its bold, geometric vertical and horizontal elements; its stepped roof (to boost headroom); its asymmetric rear tailgate (to reduce load height when the lower part of the tailgate is closed, and reduce ‘reach in’ distance when opened); the use of an air intake on only one side of the body (it’s all that was needed); and its large glazed areas.

    2005 Land Rover LR3This vehicle was designed from the inside out so a great deal of attention was given to passenger comfort and ergonomics. Front row, bucket seats are fully electrically adjustable and are trimmed with leather upholstery. The second row bench seats three and is set higher in Land Rover’s “stadium seating” configuration. The optional front facing third row of seats is set higher so all passengers can see forward as well as upward though the Alpine windows in the rear roof section. The entire cabin has a light and airy feeling.

    When rear seats are folded they can be pushed down to make a flat floor more than six feet long and level from the new drop down rear tailgate to the back of the front seats.

    The cabin environment must be able to cope with a broad range of operating conditions, from the deserts of Dubai to the frozen tundra of Sweden. Automatic temperature control air conditioning is standard with separate controls for the left and right front seats. An optional rear heating and air conditioning unit is available for vehicles with third row seating.

    A 300-watt harman/kardon® AM/FM-stereo audio system with six-disc in-dash CD changer and nine speakers is standard in the SE. A 550-watt harman/kardon® LOGIC7™ digital surround-sound AM/FM-stereo audio system with six-disc in-dash CD changer and 14 speakers is standard in the HSE.

    A new state-of-the-art, touch-screen DVD-based navigation system is now available with both 2D and 3D map displays.

    Because of the continually increasing number of electrical requirements in a modern vehicle, and the need to carefully interface a number of electronic control units and processors, Land Rover engineers divided the electrical system into four main elements that are grouped according to the speed of transmission required. The system that links the in-car entertainment and navigation systems uses fiber optic cabling and is called the MOST® (Media Orientated System Transport) network.

    The LR3 also features adaptive headlights that swivel with the direction of travel to illuminate the road ahead. Park distance warning sensors for the rear of the vehicle are standard on HSE. Power assisted rack and pinion steering has a smaller turning radius than previous Land Rovers.

    Throughout the development process for LR3, designers and manufacturing engineers worked with the accessory engineers to create a well-integrated and production-grade range of accessories that fits well with the main design concepts. Not only does the accessory program include conventional items such as floor mats and mud flaps, but unique products that exploit the vehicle’s design features and fit the lifestyle of future owners.

    One such item is a day tent that encloses the rear hatch. There’s also a sliding load space floor, dog guard, cargo divider, woodgrain interior enhancements and body protection items.

    Pricing for the Land Rover LR3 will begin at $44,995 for the SE and $49,995 for the HSE, when it goes on sale this fall. Pricing includes a $665 destination and delivery charge.

    LR3 will be covered by a 4-year, 50,000 mile warranty, 6-year, unlimited mileage corrosion warranty and Land Rover’s 24 Hour Road Recovery plan.




    90-degree V8


    Aluminum-alloy cylinder head and block
    Aluminum bedplates supports crank with multiple fasteners at each bearing saddle


    4.4-liters (268 cu. in./4394 cc)
    Bore: 3.47in.
    Stroke: 3.56in.

    Compression Ratio:


    Horsepower @ rpm:

    300 hp @ 5,500 rpm

    Torque @ rpm:

    315 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

    Fuel management:

    Sequential multi-port fuel injection


    Distributorless ignition system
    Dual knock sensors
    Coil on plug ignition
    Electronic throttle responds to DSC and Terrain Responseä inputs to vary output

    Fuel requirements:

    Premium unleaded

    Fuel tank capacity:

    22.8 U.S. gallons (86.3 liters)

    Performance, 0-60 mph:

    8.0 seconds

    Top speed:

    121 mph (195 km/h)

    EPA mileage rating:

    14/18 mpg city/highway

    CONSTRUCTION Integrated Body-frameä with hydroformed, boxed-steel ladder frame and welded steel monocoque underbody



    Double-sided, zinc-coated steel outer-body panels



    Drive system:

    Permanent four-wheel drive

    Traction control:

    Four-wheel Electronic Traction Control (4ETC)

    Transfer case:

    Two-speed electronic transfer gearbox
    Shift-on-the-move capability
    Electronically controlled locking center differential
    Optional rear differential lock

    Transfer Ratios:

    High 1.00:1
    Low 2.93:1


    ZF HP26 six-speed electronically controlled, intelligent automatic with CommandShiftä manual control


    Locking torque converter

    Normal, Sport and Manual shift modes

    Gear Ratios:



















    Electronic Air Suspension with automatic load-leveling and multiple modes: Access (50 mm/2.0 inches lower), Standard, Off-Road (55 mm/2.2 inches higher), plus Extended. Cross-link valves for improved off-road performance

    Front suspension:

    Independent, double-wishbone with long-travel air springs
    10.0 inches (255 mm) of vertical wheel travel

    Rear suspension:

    Independent, double-wishbone with long-travel air springs
    13.0 inches (330 mm) of vertical wheel travel


    Multi-mode system to maximize traction and control in a variety of driver-selectable settings: General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, Rock Crawl

    Modifies response of engine, transmission, differentials, dynamic systems (DSC, 4ETC, HDC) and air suspension




    Power-assisted rack-and pinion

    Turns lock-to-lock:


    Turning circle:

    37.6 ft. (11.45 m)



    • Power-assisted four-wheel ventilated disc brakes


    • 13.3-in. front / 13.8-in. rear discs (337/350 mm)


    • Dual hydraulic circuits with front/rear split


    • Four-channel, all-terrain Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)


    • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)


    • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)


    • Cornering Brake Control (CBC)


    • Active Roll Mitigation (ARM)


    • 8.3-in. (210 mm) parking brake operating on transfer box rear-output shaft


    • Hill Descent Control (HDC)


    • Restricts downhill speeds (speed varies based upon Terrain Response mode and can be varied with driver input)


    • Minimum target speeds: 1.6 mph (2.5 km/hr) in Low Range, 3.7 mph (6.0 km/hr) in High Range


      All-terrain Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)




    • 18x 8-inch aluminum-alloy wheels


    • 255/60HR18 mud & snow radial tires



    • 19 x 8-inch aluminum-alloy wheels


    • 255/55HR19 mud & snow radial tires


  • Spare: 175/80R19 temporary spare


  • Optional full-size spare tire and alloy wheel


    Overall length:

    190.9 in. (4848 mm)

    Overall width:

    75.4 in. (1915 mm)

    Overall height:

    74.5 in. (1891 mm)**


    113.6 in. (2885 mm)

    Track, front/rear

    63.2/63.5 in. (1605/1612.5 mm)



    Seating capacity:

    Five (seven optional)

    Head room, front/rear:

    40.4/42.4 in. (1027/1076 mm)***

    Head room, third row:

    40.1 in. (1018 mm)***

    Leg room, front/rear:

    42.4/37.6 in. (1078/955 mm)

    Leg room, third row:

    36.3 in. (923 mm)

    Shoulder room, front/rear:

    59.2/59.4 in. (1503/1508 mm)

    Cargo capacities:

    All seats folded: 87.4 – 90.3 cu. ft. (2.48 – 2.56 cu. m)
    Behind 2nd row seat: 42.1 – 44.5 cu. ft. (1.19 – 1.26 cu. m)
    Behind 3rd row seat: 9.9 cu. ft. (0.28 cu. m)

    Maximum loadspace length:

    72.1 – 76.8 in. (1831 – 1950 mm)

    Loadspace width:

    Between Wheel Arches in. (1146 mm)


    48.6 in. (1235 mm)


    Ground clearance


    Under differential:
    Under front axle:
    Under rear axle:

    7.3 – 9.5 in. (185 – 240 mm)
    8.0 – 10.2 in. (203 – 258 mm)
    8.4 – 10.6 in. (214 – 269 mm)

    Angle of approach:

    32.2 – 37 degrees

    Angle of departure:

    24.9 – 29.6 degrees

    Ramp breakover angle:

    22.8 – 27.9 degrees (excluded angle)

    Maximum gradients



    45/45 degrees drive through
    35/35 degrees continuous

    Side slope

    35 degrees continuous

    Maximum wading depth

    27.6 in. (700 mm) with EAS in Off-Road mode


    Curb weight:

    5426 lb. – 5796 lb. (2461 kg – 2629 kg)

    Gross Vehicle Weight Rating:

    7121 lb. (3230 kg)

    Towing Capacity:

    7716 lb. in Low Range

    Maximum roof-rack load:

    165 lb. (75 kg)

    **Including roof rails. With EAS in Standard mode

    ***With available moonroof

    Figures represent the range with EAS in Standard mode and in Off-Road mode, except for Wading Depth, where EAS is in Off-Road Mode only

    Note: Departure angle is 14.7 – 17.6 degrees with towbar

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