Land Rover has unveiled an evolutionary design for its iconic off-roader that will be available locally from January 2013, though the big news lies underneath.
The all-new Range Rover switches to a new aluminium monocoque body that is nearly 40 per cent lighter than the steel body previously employed – saving up to 420kg over the previous model.
Land Rover is not revealing detailed data until September but says the new Range Rover is quicker, more nimble and more fuel efficient by significant margins.
The design of the new Rangie is inspired by the brand’s smallest model, the Range Rover Evoque.
The front end styling features a headlight, grille and clean bumper design clearly related to the Evoque’s face, while the Range Rover photos released so far show a model wearing the same alloy-wheel design with magnet-shaped spokes.
The body shape is generally more rounded than the old Range Rover, though blacked-out pillars again feature to retain the vehicle’s trademark ‘floating roof’ effect.
Inside, the new Range Rover’s interior has an even greater affinity with the Evoque, sharing numerous styling cues and materials.
An extra 118mm of rear legroom has been introduced, and there will be an optional ‘Executive Class’ seating layout for owners looking for the most opulent of back seats.
Technology includes a new-generation version of the company’s impressive Terrain Response system that allows drivers to tailor the Range Rover’s settings for different driving conditions and surfaces.
The new Range Rover incorporates Jaguar-Land Rover’s rotary dial gear selector, which first appeared in the Jaguar XF, and other features will include a Meridian surround sound system, driver assist systems and automatic open/close upper and lower tailgates.
Land Rover says the Range Rover’s advanced chassis will maintain the vehicle’s reputation for a luxurious ride but deliver improved handling and agility.
Engines will include a V6 turbo diesel, V8 turbo diesel and V8 petrol.
“The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle – that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability,” says Land Rover’s global brand director, John Edwards. “However, its clean-sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enable us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling.”