We wrote about the new Range Rover a few weeks ago, but after the official launch party last night at a ballet school in London, Land Rover has released a few more juicy details and a ton of new images. Order books are now open and the vehicle is being made at a brand new £370 million (US$590 million) aluminum body plant in Solihull England – the largest in the world.
To recap, the new vehicle is slightly larger in all directions but with a much more rounded and tapered body shape. The extensive use of aluminum has enabled the creation of a vehicle an astonishing 900 lbs (400 kg) lighter than the outgoing vehicle, with a commensurate reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.
The interior remains as luxurious as ever with leather, wood and aluminum finishes vying for your attention while legroom has been increased in the rear by nearly five inches. There will be a greater range of interior and exterior color options available to allow customers to er, customize.
New and improved interior features include:
Off road performance has been enhanced because of the lighter but stiffer shell combined with an improved 4WD and electronic traction system. Wading depth (the depth of water you can safely drive through) has been increased to 900 mm (three ft).
Among the new driver handling aids are:
Customers have a choice of a petrol 510hp LR-V8 Supercharged and two diesel (3.0-litre 258hp TDV6 and 4.4-litre 339hp SDV8) engines, all of which are now paired with a eight-speed automatic transmission. US customers will only get the petrol V8 for now but there are hints that the diesels might come to the US later.
The weight saving helps the 510hp LR-V8 Supercharged model to accelerate from 0—60mph in just 5.1 seconds, a reduction of 0.8 seconds over the outgoing model. At the same time, fuel consumption is cut by nine per cent.
The new Range Rover’s environmental credentials will be further enhanced by the introduction of a high-efficiency diesel hybrid model later in 2013 (target CO2 169g/km).
Pricing in the UK starts from £71,295 (US$114,146) for the Range Rover Vogue 3.0L TDV6 rising to £98,395 ($132,000 excluding taxes) for the Range Rover Autobiography 5.0L Supercharged.
Source: All New Range Rover mini-site
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