Pics of the new Range Rover have been released and are circulating online. This fourth-gen car (current one has been around since 2002) will make its world debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show and will go on sale next year.
The Range Rover’s classic shape is maintained, but Evoque influences are evident at both ends. The big news for this new Rangie is a new all-aluminium monocoque body and chassis that makes it 420 kg lighter than the current car. This is a world’s first for the SUV segment, but Jaguar-Land Rover is an expert in this, having done the same for the Jaguar XK and XJ limo.
Autocar UK quotes global brand director John Edwards as saying that the new bodyshell is not only 39% lighter than the old steel structure, but also stiffer in both torsion and bending. The new front and rear subframes are also crafted from aluminium. The same report mentions a longer wheelbase (by about 100 mm) and front/rear tracks. All of the above should make the Range Rover more agile than ever.
Three engines will be offered, a 3.0 V6 diesel, an updated 4.4 V8 diesel and a 5.0 supercharged petrol V8. All three will be paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox by ZF. Terrain Response 2 is new and improved. Full details when the car is officially unveiled.