2013 debut for the new Range Rover

by Tony Toner

The all-new, 4th - generation Range Rover is set to roll straight in early 2013, 43 years after Spen King's original creation was launched in 1970. As the planet's first SUV, the Range Rover has show the way in high-rise luxury motoring since.

This latest model sits on a lightweight monocoque body structure that is 39%, (420kg), lighter than the outgoing model that is lighter and stronger, offering better fuel use and reduced CO2, all with new levels of refinement. Added to the given of luxury, enhancements to the ride quality is down to suspension redesign and steering feel, ably helped by the next-generation version of Land Rover's Terrain Reply system, which analyses the present driving conditions and instantly selects the most acceptable automobile settings for the terrain.

The new Range Rover model has been the subject of 18 months of punishing on- and off-road test and development regime, with a fleet of development automobiles covering millions of miles of strenuous tests in more than 20 nations with extremes of climate and road surfaces.

Purchasers have the selection of refined V8 gas engines and TDV6 and TDV8 diesel engines combining responsive performance with notable CO2 emissions.

John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, said: "The new Range Rover preserves the indispensable, unique character of the vehicle - that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capacity. Nevertheless its clean sheet design and revolutionary light construction have enabled us to radically change the experience for luxury car buyers, with a step change comfortably, refinement and handling."

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer commented, "Designing the next generation Range Rover came with big responsibility to offer protection to the DNA of such an icon. Our design team worked amazingly hard to capture the classy proportions and pure surfaces which have been a feature of the best Range Rover designs."

Internally, the Range Rover provides occupants with mobile serenity, the acoustic lamination of the windscreen and side door glass reducing sound levels. Distinctive Range Rover design cues, using chic surfaces which are flawlessly presented using the finest leathers and veneers swath all inside. There is over 118mm more legroom, the rear occupants benefit from vastly increased space and comfort, with the option of a new two-seat Executive Class seating package for the final word in rear-seat luxury.