Wanting to show that the all-new Range Rover holds a class-leading towing ability, Land Rover collaborated with trailer maker Airstream, considered as an American icon, to participate in an ultimate road-trip from Lake District in United Kingdom to the top of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, and back.
Towing a newly launched Airstream 684 Series 2 aluminium travel trailer, a Range Rover Autobiography powered by a 339PS SDV8 engine took the ultimate challenge.
Range Rover and Airstream make the ideal pair, as most Airstream owners in Europe choose Land Rover vehicles to tow their travel trailers. The road trip commenced at Airstream’s trailer plant in Tebay, Cumbria. The Range Rover-Airstream pair then made its way to Oukaïmeden, Morroco, which is considered as the highest ski resort in Africa.
The pair passed several landmarks, like Land Rover’s plant in Solihull; Frank Gehry’s aluminium Marques de Riscal building in La Rioja; the beach near Casablanca; the desert outside Chichaoua; as well as the race track at Marrakesh.
Range Rover-Airstream pair committed to cruised for more than 12 hours a day on every type of road. Ultimately, the all-new Range Rover cruised 3,676 miles in just 11 days, while towing 2,399 kg Airstream – a feat that demonstrates the vehicle’s class-leading towing ability.
Ben Samuelson, whose firm Samuelson Wylie Associates planned and executed the road trip, was very impressed by the all-new Range Rover. He described the Range Rover’s towing ability as “nothing short of stunning,” adding that the vehicle pulled the two-and-a-half ton Airstream like “it simply wasn’t there.”
The elegant and clean form of the new all-new Range Rover is thanks to a new interpretation of classic Range Rover design cues. As penned, the new Range Rover marks an evolution of the model's iconic design language, but is still easily recognizable as a Range Rover.
Although it features a footprint similar to its predecessor (under five meters), the new Range Rover, comes with a more streamlined profile. This smoother profile points to the fact that this new model is the most aerodynamic Range Rover so far. In fact, the new Ranger Rover comes with coefficient of drag value that starts at 0.34 Cd, especially when the SUV is in access mode – during which the roofline sits 20 mm lower than usual.
Inside, the new Range Rover is gifted with a modern and luxurious cabin that still makes use of characteristic Range Rover design cues that have been given a contemporary treatment. Likewise, the distinctive architectural forms in the cabin are further highlighted by clean and elegant surfaces, as executed impeccably with the use of the finest veneers and leather material. In addition, the interior of the new Range Rover offers a rear cabin that is more spacious and more comfortable, thanks to the fact that its legroom is increased by 118 mm. Moreover, the new Range Rover could be equipped with the new optional two-seat Executive Class seating package.
As planned, Land Rover is allowing customers to personalize their Range Rover according to their tastes and preferences. In fact, customers could choose from a wide array of colors, finishes and special details. For instance, the new range Rover could be fitted with stylish alloy wheels (up to 22 inches in diameter). Moreover, customers opt for the color-themed cabin of the exclusive Autobiography series.