- Mar 1, 2004
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An all-new, fourth-generation Range Rover flagship will be launched in autumn 2012 - and insiders claim it will be the most radical and technically advanced car in the brand’s history.
The picture above shows how it will look when it replaces today’s Mk3 version, 11 years after the BMW-engineered model was first launched.
Codenamed L405, the Mk4 Range Rover picks up on the sporty styling of the new Evoque and, in so doing, drops a number of long-established Range Rover design cues. The interior will feature a big leap in quality and luxury, apparently using “Bentley levels of craftsmanship and quality”.
The Range Rover Mk4 will be built around a new pressed aluminium monocoque, so it will be much lighter than the current car despite an increase in size. Nearly half a tonne should be lopped off almost 900lbs of today’s car. The new aluminium platform is slightly wider and around 25mm longer than today’s car. The rear legroom has improved by as much as 125mm, allowing the rear cabin to compete against the most upmarket luxury cars
The car will have the same basic range of engines as today’s, including V6 and V8 diesels, and V8 and supercharged V8 petrols. However, some sources say that a petrol V6 and possibly a supercharged petrol V6 may also be offered. The new petrol V6 might also be used in a plug-in hybrid version, previewed this year in the Range_e concept, with the ability to cover about 20 miles on pure electric power.
[Source: Autocar ]