The fourth generation Range Rover has been revealed, and it promises to carry on as the ultimate luxury SUV while significantly improving on efficiency.
The first thing Land Rover wants you to know about this new Range Rover, is that it now weighs 420kg less than the car it replaces. The weight savings are made possible thanks to the extensive use of aluminium, meaning that the monocoque body structure is 39 per cent lighter.
At first glance, the new Range Rover’s body shape is familiar – carrying on with the typical boxy shape, blacked-out A- and C-pillars, as well as a slightly sloping roofline. There are modern cues as well, with a slight hint of the Range Rover Evoque at the front. Compared to the interior of the older Range Rover, the new interior seems minimalist – with more of the functions seemingly operated via a touchscreen interface, rather than a wide array of buttons.
Land Rover claims a comfortable ride with improved handling thanks to the weight loss, while the air suspension has been completely re-engineered, front and rear.
The new Range Rover comes with Land Rover’s latest Terrain Response system, which automatically selects the appropriate vehicle settings in relation to driving conditions. Available engines will be: a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol, a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel, and a turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 diesel.
More specs will be released prior to its public debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show. It will be available to order from September this year, with deliveries expected for early 2013.