The new Range Rover was shown at a splendid press conference in Antwerp...
Recently we assisted the presentation of an all-new version of word’s finest SUV, the Range Rover. It has become even more refined, but thanks to its brand new all aluminium bodywork, it got (much) lighter, and with even more horses under the bonnet, continues to deliver ever better driving pleasure and performance.
The new Rovers have become more frugal too, and a state-of-the-art high-efficiency diesel hybrid with target CO2 of 169g/km is being developed for introduction later in 2013…
Hans Knol ten Bensel
The car remains unmistakeably a Range Rover, and is a modern interpretation of iconic design cues.
At just under 5m long, the new Range Rover has a very similar footprint to the outgoing model, but with a smoother and more streamline profile – the most aerodynamic Range Rover ever, with a drag coefficient starting from 0.34 – the roofline sits 20mm lower in access mode. Also the cabin retains the characteristic strong, architectural forms, and these are emphasised by extremely clean and elegant surfaces which are flawlessly executed using finest leathers and veneers, as the accompanying pictures show of the immaculately-trimmed colour-themed interiors of the exclusive “Autobiography” series.
A master in terrain… and on the road
With the adoption of the latest body and chassis technologies, the vehicle’s all-terrain performance has moved on to another level. We see the next-generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response® system, which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically select the most suitable vehicle settings. Traction and dynamic stability is provided by the proven Range Rover full-time intelligent 4WD system, with a two-speed transfer box, working in parallel with the sophisticated electronic traction control systems.
Refined and effortless driving experience
In the interior the Rover styling icons are abundant...
Range Rovers are renowned for providing occupants a sensation of serene isolation from the hectic world outside, and the new model has been engineered to do even better.
Attention to detail throughout the development process has eliminated all unwanted sounds and traces of harshness, and measures like the rigorously optimised body structure, acoustic lamination of the windscreen and side door glass, and new dual-isolated engine mounts have led to a significant reduction in noise levels.
The new chassis architecture is combined with completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension, improving both comfort and road handling.
Customers have a choice of a petrol 510PS LR-V8 Supercharged and two diesel (3.0-litre 258PS TDV6 and 4.4-litre 339PS SDV8) engines, all of which are now paired with a smooth and responsive ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new Range Rover features a revolutionary all-aluminium monocoque body structure which is 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model.
Combined with weight savings throughout the chassis and driveline, the lightweight structure contributes to a model-for-model weight saving of up to 350kg compared to the outgoing vehicle.
The large circular dials are now (almost) virtual, but not less stylish...
The lighter structure has also made it possible to introduce the sophisticated 3.0-litre TDV6 engine into the model line. With performance just as strong as the previous 4.4-litre TDV8 Range Rover, the smaller engine takes the total weight saving up to 420kg, and delivers a dramatic 22 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, achieving figures of 37.7mpg (7.5 lit/100km) and 196g/km.
As said, the new Range Rover’s environmental credentials will be further enhanced by the introduction of a state-of-the-art high-efficiency diesel hybrid model later in 2013 (target CO2 169g/km).
The side door louvres are now only a styling element, but add grace and character to the car...
We let you enjoy the photos we took at the presentation, taken in rather subdued lighting conditions, but which added character to the event… Read (and see) more soon when we collect some driving impressions!
Hans Knol ten Bensel