2012 Paris Motor Show: 2013 Range Rover Vogue in the flesh

Article by Christian A., on September 28, 2012

Land Rover has presented its entry into the luxury car market – the all-new Range Rover 4 – at the Paris Motor Show. This is Land Rover’s first über premium SUV. Before Land Rover achieved this, it had first released its experimental Range Rover V12 in 1999. It sought to prove that its vehicles can get through mountains and past streams.

Its Terrain Response system was built to be smarter. It has a bigger ground clearance and its wading depth has grown by 200mm to a very impressive 900mm. This car is then shaping up to be one of the best in the world. The company had aimed to achieve the best on-road and off-road performance on 175 parameters.

Its NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) was targeted to be at par with the Mercedes S-class, Audi A8 and Bentley Flying Spur. The on-road benchmarks were Flying Spur, S-class, Rolls-Royce Ghost while it set out to have the same off-road prowess as the Discovery 4, Mercedes GL, Lexus LX. When it comes to performance and economy, its benchmarks were BMW X5 and Audi Q7. Its low-speed secondary ride features are believed to be even better than that of the Flying Spur’s.

Land Rover claims that its wind noise at 100mph is 30% lower than in a Cayenne and better than an Audi A8. It only falls behind the S-class.

Meanwhile, its road noise at 37mph on 21in wheels is considered to be the best of all luxury road and off-road cars. An overall major improvement is being claimed by Land Rover. Its internal benchmarks include a 30% boost in steering performance, 28% in handling and 25% in ride in comparison with the prior model.

All-new Range Rover has a clean and elegant look as it takes some of its predecessor’s design cues; however, it takes a leap with its bold interpretation of the Rover’s classic design language.

With a length of only 5 meters, the upgraded Range Rover wears an almost identical footprint to its predecessor. However, it is designed with a more streamlined look and a more aerodynamic build. It has, in fact, a drag coefficient of 0.34 with its roofline in access mode sitting 20 mm lower.

Its sophisticated and modern interior incorporates the signature Range Rover design attributes with a contemporary and fresh approach. Its cabins still have the classic bold forms, which are highlighted by graceful and sappy surfaces created from the best quality veneers and leathers.

The legroom is widened for more than 118 mm, while the rear compartment is built with bigger space for greater comfort. Clients may also opt to get the Executive Class seating platform to achieve the greatest luxury treatment.

To allow customers to customize their perfect car, the premium luxury features of the Range Rover can be fully tailored with a wide variety of colors, details and finishes. Clients can choose from the color-themed interiors available in the Autobiography series, to the fashionable alloy wheels with a maximum diameter of 22 inches.

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