The best has just got better
What is the world’s most refined and capable luxury SUV? Can you guess which car this is?
The all-new (fourth generation) Range rover of course!
It is lighter (39%), stronger and quicker (0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 sec with the petrol 375kW LR-V8 supercharged version) than its predecessors, and – with 40-years of breading under its belt – one would expect a leader… and, judging from word emanating from their P.R department, the latest generation of Range Rover is just that!
Inside the cabin
The new model is the World’s first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure (i.e. it is the outer skin itself that provides the vehicle’s structural support) giving the new 3.0l turbo diesel model a 420kg weight-saving over the outgoing model, thus delivering improved fuel economy. Range Rover 4 has a very similar footprint to the model it is replacing, but with a smoother and more streamlined profile: the most aerodynamic Range Rover ever! With almost 12cm more legroom, the rear compartment offers significantly more space and comfort, with the option of the desirable new two-seat Executive Class seating package for the ultimate in rear-seat luxury… Kate and William would love that! The new model features the unique Command Driving Position, which places the driver in an elevated, upright seating position – typically more than 90mm additional height compared with other premium SUVs –providing a supreme sense of confidence and control that we know will be popular with South African drivers.
What makes her move?
With its highly acclaimed line-up of torque-rich engines, the new Range Rover delivers swift and effortless performance. Customers can choose between a petrol 375kW LR-V8 supercharged engine, or either of two diesel (3.0-litre 190kW TDV6 and 4.4-litre 249kW SDV8) engines, all of which are now paired with a smooth and responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. The lighter structure has also made it possible to introduce the sophisticated 3.0-litre TDV6 engine into the model line. With performance just as strong as the previous 4.4-litre TDV8 Range Rover, the smaller engine takes the total weight saving up to 420kg, and delivers a dramatic 22 percent reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Achieving a performance of 7.5 l/100km, these figures are very impressive and I look forward to reporting back on this once I have actually tested the car.
Keeping the Range Rover individual
Enabling customers the ability to create their own perfect bespoke vehicle, the Range Rover can be extensively tailored with a variety of colours, finishes and special details, from the immaculately-trimmed colour-themed interiors of the exclusive Autobiography series, to the stylish range of alloy wheels of up to 22 inches in diameter.
Premium Range Rover technologies
The driver and passengers’ well-being is assured by the latest interior technologies for comfort, convenience and seamless connectivity. The new and improved features include:
To enhance dynamic performance, and to ensure that drivers enjoy a relaxed and stress-free experience behind the wheel, the new Range Rover incorporates a comprehensive range of advanced chassis and driver assistance technologies. Among the new and enhanced features are:
With order books now officially open and sales scheduled to start in late 2012, the all-new Range Rover will be introduced in 170 markets worldwide. Currently available models are priced between R1.3m and R1.525m, so I would expect at least the same – but probably more – for the fourth generation variant, and from a glance I think the 3.0-litre 190kW TDV6 will be the pick of the bunch.
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