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– The World’s Most Refined and Capable Luxury SUV Makes Global Debut at the Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park in London
(LONDON, ENGLAND) - September 6, 2012 - Tonight, in the quintessentially British setting of the Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park in London, Land Rover revealed the All-New Range Rover, the fourth generation of the world’s most capable and luxurious SUV.
The fourth generation of the iconic Range Rover line, the new model has been revealed to the world via a dramatic event held at The Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park. The international audience, including leaders from business, sports and the arts gathered to witness a dramatic dynamic reveal and celebrate one of the world’s most iconic vehicles. Many of the guests, from Olympic medalists to royalty, were long-standing Range Rover owners and enthusiasts keen to get the first view of the All-New Range Rover in the metal.
In front of a packed house, the All-New Range Rover was unveiled in spectacular style and demonstrated its world-class capabilities by wading through meter deep water and traversing a rocky causeway before coming to a stop in front of White Lodge – a formal royal residence and home to the Royal Ballet School.
The dramatic reveal culminated in a surprise performance by long-term Range Rover driver and Dire Straits founder, Mark Knopfler. Classics including, ‘Sultans of Swing’ and ‘Money for Nothing’ rocked the grounds of Richmond Park and guests including Zara Phillips and English actor and comedian Simon Pegg, partied the night away.
The All-New Range Rover follows the innovative spirit of the original design from over 40 years ago. The world’s first SUV with a lightweight high strength all-aluminum body, the new Range Rover takes the capabilities of the marque’s flagship to a new level, with even greater luxury and refinement, enhanced performance and handling on all terrains, and significant advances in sustainability.
“Launching the all-new Range Rover represents a major milestone for Land Rover, being the first exciting output from an unprecedented investment in premium vehicle technologies,” said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.
“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 high strength construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling.”
The all-new Range Rover will be introduced in 170 markets worldwide. Sales are scheduled to start in late 2012. U.S. Market pricing will be announced at the U.S. debut event on September 13, in Alpine, NJ outside New York City.
Designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced in a state-of-the-art new low-energy manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK. Over 370million has been invested in the Solihull plant to create the world’s largest aluminium body shop.
Clean and contemporary design
The all-new Range Rover has a clean and elegant shape which is derived from a fresh new interpretation of Range Rover design cues. While instantly recognisable as a Range Rover, the new vehicle takes a significant step forward with a bold evolution of the model’s iconic design language.
At 196.8 inches long, the new Range Rover has a very similar footprint to the outgoing model, but with a smoother and more streamline profile – the most aerodynamic Range Rover ever.
The luxurious interior has a modern character, incorporating distinctive Range Rover design cues, but with a fresh and very contemporary treatment. The cabin retains the characteristic strong, architectural forms, and these are emphasised by extremely clean and elegant surfaces which are flawlessly executed using the finest leathers and veneers.
With over 4.7 inches more legroom, the rear compartment offers vastly more space and comfort, including an Individualized Rear Seating package for the ultimate in rear-seat luxury.
To enable customers to create their perfect bespoke vehicle, the unique luxury ambience of the new Range Rover can be extensively tailored with an indulgent choice of colors, finishes and special details, from the immaculately-trimmed color-themed interiors of the exclusive Autobiography series, to the stylish range of alloy wheels up to 22 inches in diameter.
Most refined, most capable Range Rover ever
The all-new Range Rover has been engineered from the ground up to be the most refined, most capable Range Rover ever. With the adoption of the latest body and chassis technologies, the vehicle’s all-terrain performance has moved on to another level, both in the breadth and accessibility of its off-road capability, and its on-road handling and refinement.
Amongst the industry-leading innovations is the new fully automatic Land Rover Terrain Response 2 system, which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically select the most suitable vehicle settings.
An all-new state-of-the-art lightweight suspension architecture delivers extended wheel travel, providing exceptional wheel articulation and composure to deal with the toughest conditions.
Outstanding traction and dynamic stability is provided by the proven Range Rover full-time intelligent 4WD system, with a two-speed transfer box, working in parallel with the sophisticated electronic traction control systems.
The new Range Rover’s unmatched breadth of capability is also reflected in its tremendously strong structure with enhanced body geometry for all-terrain conditions, wading depth (which has improved by 7.8 inches to a new maximum depth of 35.4 inches) and trailer towing capability of 7,716-lb.
To ensure exceptional durability and reliability, the new Range Rover has been subjected to Land Rover’s punishing on- and off-road test and development regime, with a fleet of development vehicles covering countless thousands of miles over 18 months of arduous tests in over 20 countries with extremes of climate and road surfaces.
Refined and effortless driving experience
The All-New model has been engineered to meet the highest luxury car standards for refinement.
With its highly acclaimed line-up of torque-rich engines, the all-new Range Rover delivers swift and effortless performance. Customers have a choice of a 375hp 5-liter V8 or 510hp 5-liter V8 supercharged engine, both now paired with a smooth and responsive eight-speed automatic transmission.
True to the Range Rover DNA, the new model features the unique Command Driving Position, placing the driver in an elevated, upright seating position to provide a supreme sense of confidence and control.
The all-new Range Rover features a revolutionary all-aluminum unitized body structure which is 39 percent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model, being engineered to meet and exceed the most stringent global safety standards.
Continuing Jaguar Land Rover’s leadership in aerospace-inspired, high-performance lightweight structures, the all-aluminum body enables the new vehicle to significantly enhance both performance and efficiency.
Combined with weight savings throughout the chassis and driveline, the lightweight structure contributes to a model-for-model weight saving of up to approximately 700 lbs., depending on US trim level, compared to the outgoing vehicle.
The weight saving helps the 510hp supercharged model to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 5.1 seconds, a reduction of 0.8 seconds over the outgoing model.
Premium Range Rover technologies
The all-new Range Rover has been engineered with the latest developments in vehicle technologies, from interior luxury features to advanced chassis and driver assistance technologies.
The interior is packed with a full suite of premium features to provide both front and rear seat passengers with the same peerless luxury experience. Their well-being is assured by the latest interior technologies for comfort, convenience and seamless connectivity. The new and improved features include:
To enhance dynamic performance, and to ensure that drivers enjoy a relaxed and stress-free experience behind the wheel, the new Range Rover incorporates a comprehensive range of advanced chassis and driver assistance technologies. Among the new and enhanced features are:
Sales of the Land Rover brand have been extremely strong in recent years. In the United States in 2011, Land Rover brand sales were up 20 percent to 28,038 units. Year-to-date through August, 2012 Land Rover sales in the United States are up 22 percent from 2011.
Globally, in the last 12 months Land Rover has sold more vehicles across its range than in any other rolling 12 month period, retailing nearly 280,000 units world-wide.
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