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THE ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER By Brian Foley

The Range Rover set a trend for luxury SUVs when it was introduced 40 years ago.The basic shape and style of the 4th Generation Range Rover may not look all that different, but there are many significant changes, as follows:

• Lighter, stronger and more refined.
• 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.
• State-of-the-art adaptive dynamics and further improved ride quality.
• Enhanced all-terrain performance with introduction of Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 Auto®
• More spacious and luxurious interior.

Under Indian ownership, the Range Rover is British designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK , and is manufactured in a new, state-of-the-art aluminium manufacturing facility, Solihull, UK

The all-new Range Rover is the most capable and most luxurious Land Rover yet. The world’s first SUV with a revolutionary lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure 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 luxurious ride has been retained, the vehicle’s handling and agility have been significantly improved. The new suspension architecture delivers flatter, more confident cornering, with natural and intuitive steering feel.

Amongst the 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.

The highest luxury car standards of refinement are evident in the cabin. The rigorously optimised body structure and acoustic lamination of the windscreen and side door glass significantly reduce noise levels, while the new suspension architecture increases ride comfort and refinement.

With over 118mm 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. Other interior luxury features include exclusive Meridian surround sound music systems, powered upper and lower tailgates, plus advanced chassis and driver assistance technologies.

The range of engines includes V8 petrol, TDV8 and TDVV8 diesels.

Deliveries are scheduled to start from early 2013. As regards prices, expect Euro = Expensive.