Lighter, stronger and more refined, that’s what’s promised for the fourth generation Range Rover announced (officially) on the 15th of August 2012. The internet and car mags have been awash with sightings and speculation about the new Range Rover and looking at the official photos they weren’t far off, it is what I expected to see.
They say it’s “unmistakably a Range Rover” and I think it is. It still looks every bit a Range Rover even though it has gone through a radical overhaul with a front end that bares a resemblance to its smaller stablemate the Evoque although that’s where the similarities end.
The big news is its new all-aluminium monocoque body which makes it an environment friendly 420 kg lighter than the outgoing model and is obviously going to pay dividends when it comes to fuel economy and emissions, this sits on an all new aluminium chassis with “four corner” air suspension to give a smooth uncompromised ride.
Rear seat passengers benefit from 118mm more legroom and it looks like it has Limousine sized rear doors to complement its larger interior space.
Designing the next generation Range Rover, following over forty years of success, came with a huge responsibility to protect the DNA of such an icon,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer
Offering even more comfort for rear seat passengers you can opt for the two seat Executive Class seating option, this promises to create exceptional rear seated luxury. The whole package is based on luxury from the finest leathers for seats to the most mature woods for their trim veneers and the next-generation Terrain Response® system which analyses and corrects the vehicles settings for the current road conditions ensures optimal comfort.
Powering the Range Rover is a choice of a refined V8 petrol or TDV6 and TDV8 Diesels. No performance details released except the promise of low CO2 emissions. More details will be released when it goes on show in Paris next month.
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By Simon Manley