Glohh, a United Kingdom-based specialist auto light maker, is rolling out its new GL-3 Taillight, which is specifically designed for the well-admired first generation Range Rover Sport. Faheem Rafiq, lead designer at Glohh, remarked that they wanted to give the Range Rover Sport "a new lease of life with a unique, unmistakable contemporary design," and bring innovative and dynamic technology to its taillights.
“By manufacturing the world’s first fully-integrated LED taillight for the Range Rover Sport, we have innovatively combined strong aesthetics with high performance and efficiency,” said Rafiq. The global automotive industry is estimated to be worth $19 billion and is expected to grow at 3.5 percent annually, with market for automotive lighting - especially LED units - continuing to develop at a rather quick pace.
Rafiq remarked that in creating the GL-3 taillights minimalistic, modern look, his vision was always to create a light that "made a powerful statement, whilst ensuring a harmonious fusion of geometry, optics and modernity to create a beautiful and balanced design.”
The GL-3 main design features are the so-called "glowing elements," which are composed of three optics illuminated by LEDs. Rafiq said that through ‘glowing elements’, they aimed to create a distinctive, head-turning look that complemented the shape and contours of the Range Rover Sport while "unleashing the vehicle’s character in just the same way that eyeliner emphasizes the eye.”
LEDs have become the standard for luxury vehicles for they have been proven to be very durable given their innate shock resistance, and superior quality. “By employing LEDs as opposed to the more traditional ‘bulbs’, not only has the latest in light technology come to benefit an outgoing model, it also ensures better power efficiency and a longevity, which means the lights will outlast the life of the vehicle,” Rafiq quipped.
Land Rover commenced production of first generation of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport (codename: L320), a luxury mid-size SUV, in 2005. It was previewed by the Range Stormer concept car at the 2004 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show).
Land Rover unveiled the second generation of the Range Rover Sport (2014 model year) at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The 2014 Range Rover Sport is design-wise inspired by the smaller Range Rover Evoque. Compared with the 2013 model, the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport is around 62 mm longer, but compared with the flagship Range Rover, it is 149 mm shorter.
In addition, the new Range Rover Sport is lighter than the outgoing version, with Land Rover engineers claiming that it is around half a ton lighter than the previous model.