Land Rover has finally unveiled the all-new Range Rover, which the manufacturer claims is the strongest and most refined vehicle it has ever made.
According to the company, the fourth generation of its Range Rover is the most capable and luxurious variant yet, and is lighter than previous models, despite having increased power and strength.
The all-new model has been developed from the ground up, with Land Rover aiming to capture the "innovative spirit and iconic design" of the original model, which was launched more than 40 years ago.
The manufacturer has revealed that the innovative lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure is 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model, enabling total vehicle weight savings of more than 400kg.
According to Land Rover, the lightweight aluminium platform has led to significant enhancements in performance and agility, along with a transformation in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
Furthermore, the new generation benefits from an aluminium front and rear chassis architecture that has been developed with completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension, while the vehicle's handling and agility have been significantly improved without compromising the ride.
The new suspension architecture means that flatter, more confident cornering and a natural and intuitive steering feel are delivered, according to John Edwards, Land Rover's global brand director.
"However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling."
In addition to its aesthetic improvements, the car includes a next-generation version of Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings for the terrain.
The new model has also been subjected to an extensive on- and off-road test and development regime, with a fleet of vehicles covering millions of miles over 18 months of arduous tests in more than 20 countries with extremes of climate and road surfaces.
The new Range Rover has been designed and engineered at Land Rover's development centres in the UK, and will be produced in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Solihull.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's design director and chief creative officer, explained that designing the next generation Range Rover, following more than 40 years of success, came with a "huge responsibility" to protect the DNA of the vehicle.
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