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.
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.