You’ve seen some pictures earlier, and now it’s for real: Land Rover has launched the next generation of its Range Rover at the Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park, London. The order books are open, with prices ranging from £71,295 to £98,395 (RM356k to 492k) and sales set to begin later this year.

The top engine offering is the familiar supercharged V8 that develops 510 PS (you find these in R-edition Jags), but the more sensible might plump for either a 3.0 litre TDV6 or a 4.4 litre SDV8, which respectively develop 258 and 339 PS. All are driven through an eight-speed automatic. A diesel-hybrid model is on the cards for next year, targeting a CO2 emissions figure of just 169 grams per km. In comparison, the 3.0 litre TDV6 emits 196 grams per km.

The new car’s USP is its all-aluminium construction – Land Rover says it’s the first SUV in the world to have a monocoque body made entirely of the low-density metal – which shaves 350 kg off the weight of the outgoing model.

This facilitates the introduction of the small 3.0 litre TDV6 to the powerplant line-up (with this engine, total weight saving leaps to an impressive 420 kg) and results in a 5.1-second century sprint time for the supercharged model (whose fuel consumption is cut by 9%). In turn, the entry-level engine can return 7.5 litres per 100 km, which is a considerable 22% reduction.

So has it grown or shrunk? Wheelbase is up 40 mm to almost three metres; so is overall length, by 27 mm to nearly five metres. As a result, rear legroom improves by 118 mm. The roofline is 20 mm lower but ground clearance is 18 mm higher.

There’s Dynamic Response lean control and continuously-variable damping to help you corner as flat as possible, electric power steering with Park Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring and Adaptive Cruise Control with emergency braking, amongst lots of others.

Convenience features include soft door close with power latching, power split tailgates and electrically deployable towbar. The instrument panel is fully digital and the central 8-inch touch-screen is split-view. Sound system’s from audio specialists Meridian, and of course, you get massage seats as well.

Land Rover recently invested £370 million in the Solihull, UK plant for the Mk4 Range Rover’s production, turning it into the world’s largest aluminium body shop.