New hi-tech Range Rover sheds 420kg

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Last updated 08:34 16/08/2012

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It looks like the old model, despite there being not a single repeated sheet metal panel, but the use of aluminium alloy, thanks to Tata partner Jaguar's technology and monocoque construction, means that the all-new 2013 Range Rover is 420kg lighter than the current car.

That's the equivalent of two Richie McCaws plus carry-on luggage, and the weight saving means that engine-for-engine the new Range Rover is far quicker than the old model and, according to insiders, up to 35 per cent better on gas.

As well as a strong and rigid lightweight body, all-new aluminium front and rear chassis architecture has been developed with completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension.

While the luxurious ride has been retained, the vehicle's handling and agility are said to have been significantly improved.

Range Rover says the new suspension architecture delivers flatter, more confident cornering, with a natural and intuitive steering feel. The aluminium body alone is 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model.

The new Range Rover will be offered with 3.0-litre V6 and 4.5-litre V8 turbodiesels along with the 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol unit at launch time, with the model also taking the new Jaguar 3.0-litre  Jaguar supercharged V6 sometime in the future. The company has also made it known that a hybrid variant will be available within the next year or two.

Standard features on every model include air suspension, heated steering wheel, power sunroof, real leather and wood interior trim, Xenon headlights with headlamp washers, harman kardon surround sound audio system, an electronically adaptable terrain system for off-road or inclement ground conditions, electronically controlled hill descent control, low-range transfer box for rugged off-road terrain, navigation system, rear camera and front and rear parking sensors.

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