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New Range Rover features all-aluminum body 39% lighter than the outgoing steel body; up to 22% reduction in fuel consumption; diesel hybrid version in 2013

New Range Rover at the reveal event. Click to enlarge.

In an event held at The Royal Ballet School in London, Land Rover introduced the new Range Rover, the fourth generation of the SUV. The new Range Rover features an all-aluminium monocoque body structure which is 39% lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model. The all-aluminium body enables the new vehicle to significantly enhance both performance and efficiency.

Combined with weight savings throughout the chassis and driveline, the lightweight structure contributes to a model-for-model weight saving of up to 350 kg (772 lbs) compared to the outgoing vehicle. The new Range Rover offers a choice of three engines (one gasoline and two diesel); a high-efficiency diesel hybrid model will be coming in 2013, with target CO2 emissions of 169 g/km.

The new Ranger Rover currently offers a choice of a gasoline 510PS (503 hp, 375 kW) LR-V8 Supercharged engine and two diesel (3.0-liter 258PS (254 hp, 190 kW) TDV6 and 4.4-liter 339PS (334 hp, 249 kW) SDV8) engines, all of which are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The weight saving from the aluminum body heightens the characteristic Range Rover sensation of effortless performance, but also improves efficiency. For example, the 510PS LR-V8 Supercharged model can now accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds, a reduction of 0.8 seconds over the outgoing model. Fuel consumption, however, is cut by 9%.

The lighter structure has also made it possible to introduce the sophisticated 3.0-liter TDV6 engine into the model line. With performance just as strong as the previous 4.4-liter TDV8 Range Rover, the smaller engine takes the total weight saving up to 420 kg (926 lbs), and delivers a 22% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, achieving figures of 7.5 l/100km (31.4 mpg US) and 196 g/km.

At just under 5m long, the new Range Rover has a very similar footprint to the outgoing model, but with a smoother and more streamlined profile. It is the most aerodynamic Range Rover yet, with a drag coefficient starting from 0.34—the roofline sits 20mm lower in access mode.

Amongst the innovations featured in the vehicle is a next-generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically select the most suitable vehicle settings.

A new advanced lightweight suspension architecture delivers class-leading wheel travel, providing exceptional wheel articulation and composure to deal with the toughest conditions.

Traction and dynamic stability is provided by the proven Range Rover full-time intelligent 4WD system, with a two-speed transfer box, working in parallel with the electronic traction control systems.

Wading depth has improved by 200mm to 900mm, and the Range Rover is the best towing vehicle in its class with a 3,500 kg (7,716 lb) trailer capability.

The new Range Rover incorporates a range of advanced chassis and driver assistance technologies. Among the new and enhanced features are:

  • Two-channel Dynamic Response active lean control, and Adaptive Dynamics with continuously variable damping.

  • Electric Power Assisted Steering, which enables Park Assist—technology to help drivers parallel park their car in tight urban parking spots.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control—with new Queue Assist feature which allows the system to continue functioning at low speeds and down to a complete stop.

  • Intelligent Emergency Braking (including Advanced Emergency Brake Assist)—to help drivers avoid a collision if the traffic ahead slows quickly or another vehicle suddenly moves into their lane.

  • Blind Spot Monitoring—with new Closing Vehicle Sensing feature to detect vehicles which are closing quickly from a further distance behind.

  • Reverse Traffic Detection—to warn drivers of potential collisions during reversing manoeuvres.

  • Surround Camera System—with T Junction view, Trailer reverse park guidance, and Trailer hitch guidance.

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. Sales of the outgoing Range Rover remain extremely strong, the company said. In the last 12 months Land Rover has sold more vehicles across its range than in any other rolling 12 month period, retailing nearly 280,000 units world-wide.



This unit may go from Super Ultra gas guzzler to Ultra gas guzzler?


Keyword being "up to". Since aluminium production is way more energy intensive than steel, those hundreds of kilos of aluminium correspond with multiples hundreds of kilos of fuel consumption in its production extra, that the fuel consumption reduction in use will have to slowly offset and hopefully improve.

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