Sleeker Range Rover launched

2012-09-07 10:00

The all-new Range Rover has been unveiled at a star-studded event in the UK where full technical details of the luxury 4x4 range, which includes a diesel hybrid, were also released.

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Land Rover made the announcement at the The Royal Ballet School in Richmond, London; it will go on sale in South Africa in January, 2013.


This the fourth-generation of the luxury SUV is said to be lighter, stronger and more refined than its predecessor. The automaker claims it is the first SUV to use an all-aluminium monocoque body that is 39% lighter than the outgoing model’s steel body, contributing to a 420kg weight saving and ensuring lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures.

Despite its modern construction and fuel-saving efforts, the latest Range Rover – which will be introduced in 170 markets – still follows the original clean, boxy design fine-tuned over the last 40 years. John Edwards, Land Rover's global brand director, said: “Launching the all-new Range Rover represents a major milestone for Land Rover, the first exciting output from an unprecedented investment in premium vehicle technologies.

“It preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle – that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability.  However its clean-sheet design and revolutionary light construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling.”


The vehicle was designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK and will be assembled in a state-of-the-art new low-energy plant in Solihull, UK.

At just under five metres, the new Range Rover has a very similar footprint to the outgoing model, but it’s more streamlined profile also makes this the most aerodynamic Range Rover yet. The cabin, Land Rover says, has a “fresh and very contemporary” look with “strong, architectural forms and clean and elegant surfaces” using a mix of leather and veneers.

Apart from looking good, the new Range Rover also has 118mm more legroom and the option of a two-seat Executive Class seating configuration for rear passengers.

Customers can also create “bespoke” cars using the range of trim colours and finishes, and special details, available to them.


The car has keyless entry, an electric deployable towbar, power upper and lower tailgates, high-resolution displays, a connectivity package for mobile devices and four-zone aircon.

More than just a pretty face, this Range Rover is said to be new from the ground up and is equipped with the latest body and chassis technologies and the evolution of Land Rover’s Terrain Response system which analyses driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable suspensioin and drive settings. Range Rover’s full-time intelligent 4WD system is, of course, standard but wading depth has been increased to 900mm and the towing capacity increased to 3500kg.

Lean control, parking radard, adaptive cruise control, emergency braking assistance, a reverse traffic detection system and surround camera system with T-junction view and trailer hitch guidance are a few of the electronic driver aids available.

Customers will have a choice of a supercharged petrol V8 and two diesel engines – TDV6 and SDV8 - each with an eight-speed auto transmission.

A diesel hybrid with a CO2 emissions target of 169g/km will come later in 2013.

  • mogo.naut - 2012-09-09 11:34

    No comments?

  • jc.smit - 2012-09-09 17:20

    Don't like the look to be honest...

      lutendo.thivhafuni - 2012-09-10 08:16

      I also don't like the looks. The rear and front lights design indenting into the sides of the car is something. The angle of the front grille not so attractive, it changes the shape of the mighty Range Rover look! The interior design is good though!

  • morgaenart.farto - 2012-09-09 18:05

    This is a must have for the small-willy brigade. "CA LAW" who drives like a total cnut on Cape Town West Coast road will be first in line for this one...

  • lourensenchrisna.kruger - 2012-09-10 07:33

    420 kg weight saving over previous model - wow that is impressive.

      trevorlbennett - 2012-09-10 16:17

      Don't expect it to be a light weight, that's because the outgoing model was really overweight. I'm interested on how much does it weigh compared to the other Luxury SUVs?

      mogo.naut - 2012-09-10 16:39

      Trevor - This outgoing model was already about 300kg lighter than the one it replaced! So they're on the right track though. Besides this car is full of tech and has better off-roading capabilities than its competitors. I'd never expect this to weigh less than the likes of X5, ML and so on.

  • autotrax.sa.1 - 2012-09-10 17:29

    Never been a fan of the Range Rover range but have to admit that with this current offering, they are on the right track. Still has some old school (previous model stylistic features) but a great looking vehicle nevertheless.

  • Mcebo Mkhize - 2012-09-21 07:58

    Wow , this car is a powerful car to have anywhere anytime

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