Land Rover has released a few images of the new fourth-generation Range Rover prior to its debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The new Range Rover is the first SUV in the world to have an all-aluminum monocoque. This makes it 420kg lighter than the outgoing version, thanks to its all-aluminum construction. Now, even the Land Rovers join the Jaguar party of all aluminium construction— like its brethren the XJ and XK.
John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, said: "The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle - that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability. However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling."
The all-new Range Rover design has been derived from a fresh new interpretation of Range Rover design cues. Clamshell bonnet, floating roof, split tail gate are retained on the new Range Rover for instant recognition. The head lamps and the tail lamps have been derived from the Evoque. This is the new addition to the Land Rover family.
The fourth generation of Range Rover gets next-generation version of Land Rover's Terrain Response® system, which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings for the terrain. To ensure exceptional durability and reliability, the new model has been subjected to Land Rover's punishing on- and off-road test and development regime, with a fleet of development vehicles covering millions of miles over 18 months of arduous tests in more than 20 countries with extremes of climate and road surfaces.
The fourth-gen Range Rover gets four-corner air suspension, which makes ride plusher than the previous generation and the Halewood automotive manufacturer claims an enhancement in its handling characteristics and also steering feel. Land Rover also claims to have taken measures to rigorously optimize the body structure and acoustic lamination of the windscreen and side door glass have significantly reduced noise levels.
Even the wheelbase of the new Range Rover has been increased, thus increasing the interior leg space in the second row by 118mm. It gets the new touchscreen system that is seen on the Evoque, facelift version of XF and the 2012 MY XJ. Also for the first time, the Range Rover gets the rising gear knob. The rear seats also come with the option of a new two-seat Executive Class seating package for the ultimate in rear-seat luxury. The other bells and whistles include the exclusive Meridian surround sound music systems and power upper and lower tailgates.
The Range Rover will be available with the 3.0V6 and the 4.4-litre V8 diesel engines and the petrol will be the existing 5.0-litre engine. Also, the transmission will be the ZF, and is most likely to be the new eight-speed one, that we have seen on the 2.2-litre XF.
The new Range Rover will be unveiled at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, which commences in the last week of September. That is when the new Range Rover will be launched in Europe, while deliveries will commence in 2013. The plan for Indian launch hasn’t been disclosed yet.