Development on the new Range Rover started in 1995, and it went through several metamorphoses before management were completely happy with the direction it was going in….
Land Rover and BMW produced competing design proposals, and it was the British iteration of the concept that won through at the end of the day.
Former Rover director of design (who moved to Land Rover in 2000), Geoff Upex and lead designer Don Wyatt were responsible for how the new Range Rover should look. Both men saw the directive from BMW, that they should start with a clean sheet of paper (instead of basing it on the P38A) as a positive advantage, and embarked on their task with some relish.
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