Land Rover has officially launched the all-new Range Rover, just two weeks after the British carmaker first revealed online what it actually looks like.
As the world's first SUV with a lightweight, all-aluminum body, the all-new Range Rover takes the renowned capabilities of the brand's flagship model to a new level, with even greater luxury and refinement, enhanced performance and handling on all terrains, and significant advances in sustainability.
"Launching the all-new Range Rover represents a major milestone for Land Rover, being the first exciting output from an unprecedented investment in premium vehicle technologies," said Land Rover global brand director John Edwards. "The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle--that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability. However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling."
The new model measures just under 5m long, giving it a very similar footprint to that of the outgoing model. However, it has a smoother and more streamlined profile, making it the most aerodynamic Range Rover ever.
The all-new Range Rover is also the most refined and most capable model ever as it receives a next-generation version of Land Rover's terrain response system. It also has an all-new lightweight suspension system that delivers class-leading wheel travel, providing exceptional wheel articulation to deal with the toughest conditions. Its wading depth has also been improved to 900mm while its towing capability has also been increased to 3,500kg.
Engine choices for the Range Rover are: a gasoline-powered and naturally-aspirated, 370hp, 5.0-liter V8; a supercharged version of the aforementioned engine that puts out 503hp; a diesel-fed, 254hp, 3.0-liter V6; and another diesel-fueled, 334hp, 4.4-liter V8. All four are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
With the new aluminum structure, Land Rover claims that the performance and fuel consumption of the all-new Range Rover has improved.
The supercharged, 503hp V8-powered model, for example, can now run from zero to just under 100kph in 5.1 seconds, an improvement of 0.8 seconds over the outgoing model, yet its fuel consumption has been cut by nine percent.
Delivery of the all-new Range Rover to customers is expected to start in early 2013.