The biggest change found with the fourth-generation Range Rover is the all-new aluminium body and chassis. The monocoque is also made of aluminium, a world’s first for an SUV.
The use of this material contributes to a 420kg reduction in the car’s overall weight, benefitting fuel economy and reducing CO2 output as well.
The new Range Rover is overall longer and has a lower ride height and more customisable features compared to its predecessor. There are some distinctive changes to the exterior styling, including the thinner headlights and a redesigned front grille.
Unlike previous Range Rovers more emphasis has been centred on the SUV’s styling to make it appear more modern to appeal to more customers.
Like its popular counterpart the Evoque, the new Range Rover’s roof panel can be finished in a separate colour to the rest of the bodyshell, a new feature for this model.
Engine options for the new Range Rover will include two diesels, one of which will be the same 3.0-litre V6 found in the Land Rover Discovery. The other diesel is the 309bhp 4.4-litre V8 available on the current Range Rover.
The new Range Rover will also retain the 503bhp 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine found on the current model.
Performance figures are currently unknown, but Land Rover could reveal more about its new SUV when it appears at the 2012 Paris Motor Show this September.
The current Range Rover is available to buy at Perrys Land Rover Dealerships in Halifax and Huddersfield.