Land Rover has finally pulled the covers off its fourth-generation Range Rover. New from the ground up and designed by Gerry McGovern, it is the first SUV in the world to sport an all-aluminium monocoque body structure. This means that it weighs up to 420kg less than the model it replaces. Now this is excellent news because less weight equates to better fuel economy (never a Range Rover strong point, let’s be honest) and reduced CO2 emissions. It should also, as Land Rover SA claims, result in better handling and improved feel when pushing the limits on your favourite back road.
Adding to this enhanced dynamic prowess is a completely re-engineered air-suspension system that promises flatter and more confident cornering. At the other end of the scale it’ll still deliver the deliciously cushy ride that’s long been synonymous with the Range Rover badge. Yep, even with those Saturn-sized 22-inch alloy wheels.
You can also bank on more rear legroom (+118mm), a redesigned centre stack as well as a more intuitive Terrain Response 2 Auto system that analyses current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings. Land Rover is yet to confirm the official engine lineup but you can expect the 2013 Range Rover to kick off with the lovely TDV6 and TDV8 diesel motors. Further details will be announced when it’s officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show next month.