The all new range rover 2014 is set to make its public debut at the Paris motor show in a month's time before going on sale early next year.
For the first time in its 42 years of car making, the company has come up with an drastic change in this model by adoption all-aluminium monocoque body/chassis that carves up to 420kg off the current Range Rover's core weight. This will bring unprecedented benefits in fuel economy, emissions, performance and agility.
The new model becomes the world's first aluminium monocoque SUV, utilizing techniques already developed for the aluminium XK and XJ of sister brand Jaguar. In future, almost all of Jaguar Land Rover's higher-value models are likely to be made this way.
Global brand director John Edwards says that while it preserves the Range Rover's “essential, unique character”, the new car's clean-sheet design and lightweight construction will “transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling”. The first official pictures of the new Range Rover show a wheelbase increase of about 100mm, and there are similar increases in front and rear tracks. Together, these changes promise increased natural stability. Engineers talk of “transformed handling and agility” for the 2013 model, an impressive claim indeed given the high standards set by existing models.
Last Updated: 21st Aug 2012, 11:41 am