While the 4th generation Range Rover can’t be mistaken for any other model, merely glancing at it makes the viewer detect a certain freshness about it. At the Paris Show in September 2012 where it was launched, countless people visited the automaker’s booth to see just how the first SUV in the world to have a lightweight all-aluminum monocoque body structure would look.
They were not disappointed since the Range Rover still has its original iconic design and its adventurous essence; however, it was built from the ground up. Its lines remain elegant and clean but it’s apparent that its design elements were given a new twist.
This Range Rover reflects the brand’s intention to bring its look a step forward in its evolution timeline. If anyone were to ask an expert or an avid fan on what makes the Range Rover distinctive, the answer would probably be its trio of lines on the lower accent graphic, its unbroken midline, and a ‘floating’ roofline.
Its profile ever-so-slightly tapers and has curves. Meanwhile, the roof becomes the focus of attention with the model’s use of near-flush glazing and gloss black pillars. When the announcement came that Land Rover was building an all-aluminum Range Rover, more than a few eyebrows were raised.
To say the least, this technology is trailblazing and is a major milestone in the industry. With the use of the all-aluminum structure, the fourth generation Range Rover has achieved total weight savings of 420 kg. In fact, its weight is 39% lower than that of the previous model.
Land Rover saw it fit to still use its full-time intelligent 4WD system on the new version after determining and proving its effectiveness in raising the traction and stability of its previous models to optimum levels.
The system consists of a two-speed transfer box that works alongside the most advanced electronic traction control systems. Confidence in a vehicle stems from its capabilities. It is as if Land Rover can anticipate your needs and it has equipped the new Range Rover accordingly.
Its structure is exceptionally strong and its shape has been enhanced so that it can function in all kinds of terrains. It can wade into waters as deep as 900 mm – a major improvement from 200 mm of the previous model. In its class, it offers the most impressive trailer capability of 3,500 kg.