During mid-2000, the Land Rover brand's ownership officially changed hands with Ford Motor Company purchasing the company from BMW Group. Now a member of Ford's Premier Automotive Group, Land Rover's 2001 lineup continues to offer premium luxury alongside off-road capability. A number of enhancements have been made to the Land Rover Discovery Series II. Instead of relying on a single trim level, the 2001 Discovery Series II consists of SD, SE and LE trims (seven-passenger models of the vehicle are marked with a ‘7' following the trim name). The 2001 Land Rover Discovery Series II also includes a newly-available 10-speaker audio system provided by Alpine. For 2001, the Range Rover's smaller displacement 4.0-liter V-8 has been dropped. The 4.6-liter V-8 is promoted to the base powerplant for the SE trim level of the luxury sport utility vehicle.