New Info About 4th Generation Range Rover Emerge
The fourth generation of the highly successful Land Rover Range Rover will be launched in fall 2012 and according to company insiders, it promises to be the most radical and technically advanced model in the entire history of the British brand.
This rendering was created by the guys from Autocar.co.uk by using accurate info from Land Rover sources to show how the all-new Range Rover will look like when it will replace the current third generation model that was launched more than a decade ago.
Known within the company as the L405, the new Range Rover will adopt some of the styling of the sleek Evoque and as a consequence it will ditch some of the design cues of the model that have been around for decades. The interior cabin of the SUV promises to offer a considerably higher level of quality and luxury.
The vehicle is going to be manufactured around an all-new pressed aluminum monocoque so it will lose some weight compared to the current model, although it will be bigger. Autocar says that the British engineers will manage to shave off about 500 kg and the new model will be 25 mm longer.
With this newly developed architecture, the rear wheels of the Range Rover have been pushed further towards the back of the vehicle and the advantage is that the new model will offer more legroom by up to 125mm and thanks to the fact that the rear doors will be longer, the cabin access will be further improved as well.
Compared to today’s Range Rover Sport, the fourth generation of the SUV will adopt a more sloping roofline and a more steeply raked windscreen while the headlamps will be less obtrusive and slimmer. The vent in the front wing will be slanted in order to reflect the angle of the car’s windscreen.
The car will be motivated by the same array of V6 & V8 diesels, as well as V8 and supercharged V8 engines. Some say that Land Rover also plans on offering a gasoline V6 and a supercharged V6 gasoline unit. The new gasoline V6 might make it into a hybrid version of the Range Rover which the automaker previewed earlier this year when they’ve unveiled the Range_e concept. Most likely, it will adopt a 69 kW electric motor which will be incorporated in the 8-speed automatic gearbox. It will feature a 14 kWh battery and it will be able to offer a drive range of up 20 miles on electric mode.
Compared to the current model, all of the next generation variants of the Range Rover will be considerably more frugal thanks mostly to the implementation of the pressed & riveted aluminum monocoque we’ve mentioned before. It is expected that the entry-level Range Rover TDV6 model will have CO2 emissions of less than 200 g/km.
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