Exclusive Autocar image reveals look of new Range Rover, on sale next year

This is the final look for the all-new 2013 Range Rover 4, which is undergoing its last few months of testing before an expected showroom debut early next year.

The launch of the fourth-generation model brings with it the biggest technical leap yet in the Range Rover’s 42-year history as it switches to an all-new aluminium monocoque platform.

The new Range Rover will be heading further upmarket, with entry-level prices likely to start at around £65,000 and rising to at least £120,000 for the plushest model, which is expected to use the recent Autobiography Ultimate Edition - with its teak-lined load bay and higher-end leather trim - as inspiration.

Range Rover’s design team hasn’t strayed too far from the look of today’s model, although the upright boxiness of today’s car has been significantly softened. At the front, the nose is now inclined rearwards and the ‘stand-off’ bumpers that marked the current model have been dropped for a more smoothly integrated design. The Mk4 Range Rover has the presence of the old model, but it also looks far more modern.

The distinctive ‘gill’ vents that were seen on the original Mk3 are expected to return, although Autocar has seen a full-size model of the Mk4 wearing a smaller, angled vent on the front wing. Both headlights are also partly wrapped onto the body side in an unusual styling flourish, and the rear light clusters have been slimmed down.

The new, lightweight platform has been developed from the pressed-and-riveted technology used by Jaguar for the XJ saloon, and is expected to shave a massive 400kg from the weight of today’s car. Sources suggest that if the Mk4 is fitted with the new V6 petrol engine being developed by JLR, the lightest version of the new Range Rover could weigh less than two tonnes.

There’s no definitive news yet on a likely engine line-up for the new Range Rover. Indeed, in preparation for the new model, today’s version is now only available with V8 petrol and V8 diesel engines, and in two upmarket trims. However, lucrative overseas markets such as China will certainly get the V6 petrol engine for tax reasons.

Land Rover is also developing a hybrid version of the new model, hooking up an electric motor to the new V6 engine. Set for launch late next year, the hybrid will have a CO2 rating of just 150g/km, sources say.

Insiders have also hinted that the V8 diesel version will be the unexpected performance hero of the Mk4 line-up. The combination of significant weight saving and a massive 516lb ft of torque will result in extraordinary in-gear performance. Engineering sources have even said that the V8 diesel’s torque output has been limited to prevent long-term damage to the transmission system.

As far as the interior design is concerned, the leather-covered ‘double-decker’ dashboard theme remains much the same as today’s model, as does the distinctive steering wheel design, column stalks and heater controls.

However, the instruments will be displayed on a deep-set TFT screen, with the centre console dominated by a large iPad-style touchscreen. The interior sees much use of bright aluminium-like bezels and trim. It’s also unlikely that the design team have abandoned the current model’s distinctive upright wooden ‘stanchions’ that support the centre console.

Improving rear cabin space — the current Range Rover is seen as too cramped for a luxury-sector car — has also been a big priority for the Mk4.

 

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3 April 2012

Front-on, I think it looks much better. E

3 April 2012

Smile.

3 April 2012

Striking and sleeker.... But glad its still a bit of a box. Nice!

3 April 2012

It doesn't look new at all. Already looking dated. Should have taken a leaf out of Jaguar's design book for the XJ. They went the Porsche route instead ....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........

3 April 2012

[quote The Special One]It doesn't look new at all. Already looking dated. Should have taken a leaf out of Jaguar's design book for the XJ. They went the Porsche route instead [/quote]

It certainly seems that way. It's what they should have done with the last Range Rover, and this one should have been more modern still. However, since I'm not in the market for one they can do what they like!

To be fair; it's an Autocar image of what it could possibly look like.

3 April 2012

Mk 4 -- how much juice can you get out of a squeezed orange?

3 April 2012

Better to keep the customers they have, than risk alienating them with a radical new design, besides you wouldn't buy I car like this because you thought it was stylish. On the plus side though shedding 400 kg is impressive

3 April 2012

I like the boxy shape but I don't like the bling. Those headlights look stupid too.

3 April 2012

[quote sars]besides you wouldn't buy I car like this because you thought it was stylish.[/quote]

That's exactly what most people buy them.

So, it's still got the horribly dated 'attractive as a house brick' look just with a little added bling. Is there anyone who can explain why so many people buy these things?

3 April 2012

[quote Lesia44][quote sars]besides you wouldn't buy I car like this because you thought it was stylish.[/quote]

That's exactly what most people buy them.

So, it's still got the horribly dated 'attractive as a house brick' look just with a little added bling. Is there anyone who can explain why so many people buy these things?

[/quote] I parked behind one at the pumps yesterday, he was already filling up. I got out of my car, removed my fuel cap, put in a full tank full, closed the cap and walked into the kiosk to pay, whilst he was still pumping. I then did a credit card transaction and walked out. We passed each other at the door!

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