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by Tim Beissmann

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured the all-new Range Rover testing in Europe, revealing the luxury SUV’s new body and key design elements for the first time.

The new model will become just the fourth all-new Range Rover from the British brand in more than 40 years, and replaces the current third-generation SUV that launched back in 2002.

Tipped to be unveiled at the 2012 Paris motor show in September, the new Range Rover is expected to hit international markets, including Australia, in 2013.

While maintaining its traditional boxy design, the new Range Rover clearly draws inspiration from the urban styling of the hugely successful Range Rover Evoque. The prototype exhibits more heavily raked front and rear windows and a tapered roofline.

It also appears decidedly more car-like, with sleeker, less prominent front and rear bumpers, a more rounded front bonnet edge and cleaner side panels.

The front-end will benefit from LED-infused headlights that are swept back like the Evoque, while the vertical tail-light towers also feature stylish black boarders and darker lenses.

Our sources believe the widespread use of aluminium throughout the new Range Rover’s construction should see the fourth-gen model shed between 300-400kg, potentially bringing the new model below 2.5 tonnes.

The lower body weight will help in all areas from fuel economy and emissions to acceleration, ride and handling.

The interior is also set to borrow from the Evoque, with earlier spy photos revealing the same touchscreen inside prototypes of the big new Rangie.




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