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2017-01-19 14:03

WHAT A LEGEND! Range Rover has a rich history of classic models. Image: MotorPress

Cape Town - The following video released by Land Rover shows the evolution of the Range Rover over the past 48 years.

It showcases the different models and designs from the 1969 Velar prototype and concludes with the 2017 Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic. 

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Land Rover chief design officer, Gerry McGovern said: “Range Rover has, over time, achieved iconic design status through a progressive evolution of its unique DNA, culminating in a vehicle of peerless distinction.”

The visual was created to mark key dates in the history of the SUV, as production of the original two-door model ended 23 years ago this month (January). The SV Autobiography Dynamic goes on sale around the world in 2017.

McGovern added: “From its sense of evolution and sophisticated sensibilities inherent in its interior design to its understated yet powerful exterior proportions, Range Rover stands alone. There's simply nothing else like it.”

READ: Autobiography writes new chapter in 4x4

The evolution of the Range Rover is visualised with the following models:

1969 Range Rover Prototype (Velar): Range Rover’s story begins with the 26 pre-production models, which wore Velar badges to hide its identity.

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1970 Range Rover Classic (two-door): Following the Velar comes the Range Rover Classic two-door. 

1973 Range Rover Classic (Suffix C)

1981 Range Rover Classic (four-door): The four-door variant was introduced in 1981, quickly followed by the first application of an automatic transmission in Range Rover in 1982. In

1989 the luxury SUV was the first 4x4 to be fitted with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and in 1992 it became the first SUV in the world fitted with electronic traction control and automatic electronic air suspension.

1994 Second-generation Range Rover (P38a).

2001 Third-generation Range Rover.

2012 Fourth-generation Range Rover: The Range Rover was the world’s first all-aluminium SUV.

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2014 Fourth-generation Range Rover Long Wheelbase: In 2014, the Range Rover was the first vehicle to employ Land Rover’s advanced semi-autonomous All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) technology – effectively an off-road cruise control for autonomous control of speed on all terrains.

2015 Range Rover SV Autobiography.

2016 Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic: The SVAutobiography Dynamic, shares its V8 engine with the acclaimed Range Rover Sport SVR and is specially calibrated to produce 680Nm and accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in only 5.4 seconds. The SV Autobiography Dynamic is currently available to order in South Africa with pricing starting at R2 999 100.

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