No other sport utility vehicle in history can claim that it is as tough as it is luxurious. Only the Range Rover model built by British automaker Land Rover holds a reputation of providing unrivalled off-road capabilities from a four-wheel drive SUV while offering the highest level of comfort and convenience.
The motoring industry has not been the same ever since the first-generation Range Rover was launched in 1970. Unsurprisingly, production of this model only ended in 1996. The second generation arrived 25 years after the first model rolled out.
It came with improved Rover V8 engines as well as with a 2.5 BMW turbo diesel. Upgrades were made just so it could be successful in rising above its competition, which includes several Japan-produced models and the G Klasse.
To achieve smoother handling and response, the model was fitted with air suspension. And for additional control and security, it received anti-lock braking systems. During the development of the third-generation Range Rover, a deal was made between Land Rover and BMW.
That partnership resulted to an innovative building technology that consisted of utilizing the monocoque body. It came with a feature that caught the attention of so many auto fans. The ride stayed smooth whether the vehicle was on the road or off it because it was fitted with the 4-wheel independent air suspension.
It was at the 2012 Paris Motor Show that the fourth-generation model made its debut. Built from the ground up, it was obviously inspired by the original model’s design and love for innovations.
Land Rover built this new Range Rover to be very capable. Its strong well-designed structure means that it can be driven through all kinds of terrain. It can now wade through depths of up to 900mm (from only 200mm). And it is the best in its class when it comes to towing, with a trailer capacity of 3,500kg.
Terrain Response 2 provides input, including advice on when to choose low range and on determining the off-road ride height. Land Rover never puts anything to chance and has subjected the new Range Rover to a series of tests to ensure that its reliability and durability are indisputable.
Land Rover’s road tests and development processes are gruelling, to say the least. Its development vehicles experience the worst climates and road surfaces, as they’re driven over thousands of miles in more than 20 countries.
The vehicles’ movements are monitored by the Adaptive Dynamics system for a minimum of 500 times a second. It certainly helps that it comes with variable dampers that optimize ride, composure, and control.
Handling and comfort are enhanced even more by Dynamic Response, which independently regulates the front and rear suspension units, lessening body lean when driving past corners.
The Range Rover HSE is undoubtedly the perfect vehicle for those who are looking for the most elegant SUV currently available and those who don’t consider price as a factor in making the purchase.