The new fourth-generation Range Rover is the world’s first SUV with a revolutionary lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure.
It’s 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model – which ways 2,810kg kerb / 3,200kg gross – enabling total vehicle weight savings of up to 420kg.
Aluminium front and rear chassis architecture has been developed, too, with completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension. While the luxurious ride has been retained, the vehicle’s handling and agility have been significantly improved.
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.’
JLR describes the new car’s design as ‘a fresh new interpretation of Range Rover design cues’ but it’s still ‘instantly recognisable as a Range Rover’.
The new Range Rover also debuts a ground-breaking 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.
Inside measures like the rigorously optimised body structure and acoustic lamination of the windscreen and side door glass have significantly reduced noise levels.
The cabin also features more than 118mm more rear legroom and customers will also be able to choose a new two-seat ‘Executive Class’ seating package.
Designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK.
Range Rover order books open from September with customer deliveries scheduled to start from early 2013.