The all-new, fourth-generation, Range-Rover is undergoing its final few months of testing

The all-new, fourth-generation, Range-Rover is undergoing its final few months of testing before making an expected showroom debut early next year. The launch of the new car will see the biggest technical leap yet in the 42-year history of the model as it switches to an all-new aluminium monocoque platform.

Developed from the pressed-and-riveted technology used by Jaguar under the XJ saloon, the new lightweight platform is expected to shave a massive 400kgs from the weight of today’s production car. Sources suggest that if the Mk4 is equipped with the new V6 petrol engine being developed by JLR, the lightest version of the new Range Rover could tip the scales at just under two tonnes.

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However, the new Range Rover will be heading further upmarket, with entry-level prices likely to start at £70,000 and there’s no definitive news yet on the likely engine line-up for the new vehicle. Indeed, in preparation for the new model, today’s Range Rover is now only available with V8 petrol and V8 diesel engines and in two upmarket trims: Westminster and Autobiography.

Range Rover’s design team hasn’t strayed too far from the look of today’s model, though the boxiness of today’s car has been significantly softened. The roof now slopes more towards the rear and the tailgate is much less upright.

The rear light clusters have also been slimmed down and the wing vent is now much smaller and is inclined rearwards. At the front, although the headlamps are not completely upright, the nose retains its bluffness and the grille design is said to be close to that on the 2012-model year Range Rovers.

There’s no news on the interior design, but it is unlikely that the design team have abandoned the current model’s distinctive upright wooden ‘stantions’ that support the centre console.

Hilton Holloway

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20 February 2012

Two of these belted past me on the M1 over a week ago. Got pics but can't seem to load them. Roof looked as high as ever so not so evoque inspired but it certainly moved. The one thing I noticed is when they braked they appeared to have led lights similar to the new xj as in 3 straight lines. Also had more sculptured wheel arches.

20 February 2012

[quote Autocar]However, the new Range Rover will be heading further upmarket, with entry-level prices likely to start at £70,000 [/quote]

Wow!

I guess this will also mean a shift in the Discoveries position in the range or is there possibly a new model to fill the larger size lower price end of their range?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

20 February 2012

MrTeg If you go on the Rangey official website, prices start at £70K. I see this is the lead-in to the new model. We also think the new ally RR Sport will come in five and seven-seater versions and the Disco will effectively become part of the new DC100-inspired Land Rover family. The gap between Evoque and RR family is expected to be filled by an Evoque XL.

DKW

20 February 2012

[quote Autocar]the new lightweight platform is expected to shave a massive 400kgs from the weight of today’s prod..[/quote] Impressive. Subtract the weight of a typical European passenger and that's the weight of an Ariel Atom they've saved. Or subtract the weight of an American passenger, and they've saved the weight of a Bentley Mulsanne. It's lost it's distinctive RR shape regrettably - it could be anything, even a Nissan Patrol.

20 February 2012

They need to get the design of this right - Hopefully they will.

I have to say I really don't like the Mirror Units. They look to curvy and round, don't really suit a Range Rover. They look like they have been borrowed straight from the Nissan Cube.

On a side note - it looks a bit small - Im guessing thats just the Camo as I can't imagine they would make it any smaller than the current model, nevertheless it doesnt look any bigger than the RRS.

20 February 2012

[quote HiltonH]MrTeg If you go on the Rangey official website, prices start at £70K. I see this is the lead-in to the new model. We also think the new ally RR Sport will come in five and seven-seater versions and the Disco will effectively become part of the new DC100-inspired Land Rover family. The gap between Evoque and RR family is expected to be filled by an Evoque XL.[/quote]

I don't think I've ever been called Mr Teg! lol. Please less of the formality.

I must admit, I forgot about the Evoque XL but wasn't aware the RR Sport was being used to effectively plug the gap.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

20 February 2012

[quote HiltonH]MrTeg If you go on the Rangey official website, prices start at £70K. I see this is the lead-in to the new model. We also think the new ally RR Sport will come in five and seven-seater versions and the Disco will effectively become part of the new DC100-inspired Land Rover family. The gap between Evoque and RR family is expected to be filled by an Evoque XL.[/quote]

Interesting.

I guess LR are in a bullish mood, given their sales success so they obviously believe the customers will pay these prices. But still, I couldn't help blurting out "yikes" when I read the starting price of £70k!

Economic crises, what economic crisis?

20 February 2012

The car that makes all other luxury cars redundant.

20 February 2012

The buying snobs are responsible for this 70K price tag for a poshed up Landy. Its like a dog chasing its own tail these days

jer

20 February 2012

Westminster sounds like one of the names given to one of those Japanese nody cars that look like a Jaguar or a Riley.

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