Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:01 AM
The new Range Rover is upon us and the first thing you'll notice is that the body isn't quite as chunky as previous models. Will the Range Rover purists react with fury to the newer, sleeker lines or will they agree that it is still "unmistakably Range Rover"? Whatever the case, the changes to the latest incarnation of the Range Rover are not just cosmetic.
It is the world's first SUV with a lightweight, aluminium monocoque body structure and the 420kg weight loss - that's a 39% weight loss on the predecessor - helps mightily with the fuel economy and CO2 emissions. At this stage, figures on fuel economy and emissions are not available (and we'd be surprised if they are Prius-bothering stats) but there are three improved engines on offer. They are the supercharged V8 petrol engine, the TDV6 and TDV8 diesels. We'll simply have to take one for a spin to find out!
As well as promising better efficiency, there's a new function for off-roading with the introduction of Land Rover's Terrain Response 2 Auto, which we expect will continue with Range Rover's trend towards making all-terrain driving fun and foolproof. It analyses driving conditions and can automatically select the right setting for the
Because Range Rovers these days are luxurious as well as functional, there are some classy touches to make it a sweet ride. The optimised body structure and acoustic lamination of the windscreen reduce cabin noise, the new suspension architecture will help with that lovely "I'm driving while sitting on my sofa" sensation, there's an exclusive Meridian surround sound music system, and there's 118mm more legroom in the back. There's also the option of an Executive Class seating package for the back seat for added chauffer-style comfort.
The order books will open next month with first deliveries expected from early 2013 across 160 markets worldwide. As a bonus, it is being built at Land Rover's Solihull factory using low-energy technology so it's a great way to support clean, green British manufacturing too.
By Georgia Lewis
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