News : Fourth generation Range Rover breaks cover
The fourth generation Range Rover is an all-new model that has been developed from the ground up, capturing the innovative spirit and iconic design of the original model which changed the world of motoring when it was launched over 40 years ago. The most significant development over the excellent L322 that it replaces is its revolutionary lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure, which is 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model – enabling total vehicle weight savings of up to 420kg.
The lightweight aluminium platform has delivered significant enhancements in performance and agility, along with a transformation in fuel economy and CO2 emissions. In addition to the strong and rigid lightweight body, an all-new aluminium front and rear chassis architecture has been developed with completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension. While the ride quality has been retained, handling and agility have been significantly improved. The new suspension architecture delivers flatter, more confident cornering, with natural and intuitive steering feel.
The all-new Range Rover has a clean and elegant shape which is derived from a fresh new interpretation of Range Rover design cues. The sculpted flanks and floating roof remain, but a rising shoulder line, Evoque-style wraparound head- and tail-lamps, and low scuttle line are evolutions that make the L405 a much more contemporary-looking design. While instantly recognisable as a Range Rover, the new vehicle takes a significant step forward with a bold evolution of the model’s iconic design language.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, headed up the design theme and was more than aware of the challenge of designing the fourth iteration of one of the UK’s most iconic cars to remain in production. ‘Designing the next generation Range Rover, following over forty years of success, came with a huge responsibility to protect the DNA of such an icon. Our design team worked incredibly hard to capture the elegant proportions and pure surfaces which have been a feature of the best Range Rover designs.’
Amongst the industry-leading innovations is 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. And 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.
Measures like the rigorously optimised body structure and acoustic lamination of the windscreen and side door glass have significantly reduced noise levels, while the new suspension architecture has enabled engineers to achieve even more luxurious ride comfort and refinement.
The interior incorporates Range Rover design cues, but executed with a very contemporary Evoque-like treatment, and clean, elegant surfaces which are flawlessly presented using the finest leathers and veneers. With over 120mm more legroom, the rear occupants benefit from vastly increased space and comfort, with the option of a new two-seat Executive Class seating package for the ultimate in rear-seat luxury.
To deliver the model’s characteristic effortless performance, customers have the choice of a refined supercharged V8 petrol engine, TDV6 and TDV8 diesel engines combining responsive performance with outstanding CO2 emissions.
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.’
Full specifications will be revealed at the car’s official launch at the Paris Motor Show in September.
Range Rover at a glance:
- World’s first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure
- 420kg weight saving over outgoing model delivering improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions
- An unrivalled breadth of capability with transformed handling and agility
- State-of-the-art adaptive dynamics to further improve peerless ride quality
- Enhanced all-terrain performance with introduction of Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 Auto®
- The pinnacle of SUV refinement, with a more spacious and luxurious interior and a truly composed driving experience
- British designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK
- Manufactured in a new, state-of-the-art aluminium manufacturing facility, Solihull, UK