The all-new Range Rover will be available to order from September 2012 with deliveries expected in early 2013. It will be built in the UK at Land Rover’s plant at Solihull.
The new Range Rover’s 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. Which will pay dividends in reducing CO2 emissions and improving fuel consumption.
There will be a choice of three engines, a V8 supercharged petrol unit, and two diesels a TDV6 and the excellent TDV8, which is so good that unless the cost of fuel is totally irrelevant would be our choice.
The air suspension has been redesigned to utilize the all-new aluminium front and rear chassis architecture which has vastly improved the Range Rover’s agility offering flatter cornering with improvements to the ride quality.
It will also feature the next generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response system. The Terrain Response 2 Auto analyses the current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings for the terrain.
On the outside the Range Rover has been given a cleaner smoother exterior, taking styling cues from the Evoque although perhaps not so radical.
The inside has been minimalised in a good way to give the interior a cleaner contemporary look, yet retaining the elegance and sophistication that is expected of Range Rover. Meridian has been appointed as Range Rover’s audio supplier which adds that extra British-ness to the sound quality.
Thoughtful there is 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, hopefully they have improved rear seat access and door opening.
We will have full specification and prices (our guess would be £80-£100,000 depending on spec) nearer the Paris Motor Show 2012 in September when we should expect to the see the new Range Rover in the flesh.Published 15 August 2012