Luxury SUV maker, Land Rover, has launched its all-new Range Rover which it says is lighter, stronger and with new levels of refinement. The fourth generation of the Range Rover line, new model has been developed from the ground up with weight and fuel efficiency in mind.
Lighter vehicles can travel further on less fuel or make use of a smaller, less thirsty engine while maintaining expected performance levels. It’s no wonder then that automotive OEMs are actively looking for ways to shed redundant weight at every opportunity.
To achieve this lightweight goal, Land Rover has made use of a revolutionary lightweight all-aluminum monocoque body structure which it says is 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model. Along with other weight saving activities including optimizing a wide range of components and structures in the vehicle, Land Rover have successfully taken as much as 420kg (925 lbs) out of the vehicle’s body compared to its predecessor.
The lightweight aluminum platform has delivered significant enhancements in performance and agility, along with a transformation in fuel economy and CO2 emissions. In addition to the strong and rigid lightweight body, an all-new aluminum front and rear chassis architecture has been developed with completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension.
John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, said: “The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle – that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability. 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.”
Designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK - employing the latest low-energy aluminum body construction technologies.