Range Rover is making lightness a priority in its new version of the Range Rover in order to reduce fuel consumption. The next generation Range Rover is slated to arrive during the autumn of 2012, and will feature all-alloy construction for the first time.
The aluminium chassis will draw on Jaguar's experience with the current XJ models but since Land Rover's engineers have done so much work to reinforce the car's underpinnings and monocoque bodyshell that it is being considered as a separate platform. The chassis will subsequently provide the basis for the next generation of the Range Rover Sport, which currently uses the Discovery's vaunted mechanicals. The Range Rover will become the world's first all-alloy off-road 4x4, ensuring that the iconic 4x4 stays king of the hill. Land Rover is aiming for a weight reduction of more than 400kg. Engines are believed to be refined TDV6 and TDV8 diesels which will benefit from stop-start technology for the first time, coupled to an improved eight-speed autobox. Petrol models will follow shortly after launch as will a diesel-electric hybrid. Off-road performance will still be best in class, with the latest generation of the company's Terrain Response system controlling traction in the rough.
As this spyshot suggests, the new model's wheelbase appears unchanged from the current model. It has been suggested that, while the current Range Rover's interior is among the best available in any luxury car, the new Range Rover will feature a more spacious cabin, particularly in the rear, and even better quality of materials, fit and finish. The new Range Rover has the trademark clamshell bonnet, floating roof and jewel-style lights of the current model but with a lower roof and rounder front end to improve aerodynamics and assist in reducing fuel consumption. It has been designed by Gerry McGovern, who has considerable experience with the Solihull brand.