Lighter new Range Rover delivers higher mpgAugust 19, 2012
The all-new Range Rover has a 420kg weight saving over the outgoing model, delivering improved fuel economy and CO 2 emissions.
The new Range Rover is the world’s first SUV with a revolutionary lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure, which makes it 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model enabling total vehicle weight savings of up to 420kg.
As well as a transformation in fuel economy and CO 2 emissions, the lightweight aluminium platform has delivered significant enhancements in performance and agility.
An all-new aluminium front and rear chassis architecture has also been developed with completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension. While the luxurious ride has been retained, the vehicle’s handling and agility have been significantly improved. The new suspension architecture, with adaptive dynamics, delivers flatter, more confident cornering, with natural and intuitive steering feel.
The new Range Rover features a next-generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, ‘Terrain Response 2 Auto’, which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings for the terrain.
To ensure exceptional durability and reliability, the new model has been subjected to Land Rover’s punishing on- and off-road test and development regime, with a fleet of development vehicles covering millions of miles over 18 months of arduous tests in more than 20 countries with extremes of climate and road surfaces.
The new model will be available with TDV6 and SDV8 diesel engines and a supercharged V8 petrol engine. Land Rover says that the new engines will combine responsive performance with ‘outstanding CO 2 emissions’.
Designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK – employing the latest low-energy aluminium body construction technologies.
Available to order from September 2012 with customer deliveries scheduled to start from early 2013, the all-new Range Rover will be a truly global car, available in over 160 markets worldwide.