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The all-new Range Rover

Wednesday 7th November 2001
All photographs are copyright Land Rover Limited

Land Rover have today released the first official pictures of the brand new Range Rover, which will replace the current model from February 2002.

The new Range Rover sees the end of two Range Rover traditions - the legendary Rover V8 engine, and ladder chassis and beam axle construction. The new Range Rover is to use the 4.4l BMW V8 engine, as used in the BMW 540 and X5, as well as BMW's 3.0l 6-cylinder diesel powerplant. The biggest development however, is the new car's monocoque construction, and all-round independent suspension.

The New Range Rover
New Range Rover 

The new exterior styling maintains strong links to the 31-year heritage of the car, with castellated bonnet ends, as well as door pillar angles which mimic those of the original 1970-1995 Range Rover. The overall look of the new car is very solid, and the car appears to have been machined out of a solid block of metal. The new car is longer (by 30cm), taller and heavier than the current model, but is narrower than it's predecessor.

New Range Rover Front Lights New Range Rover Rear Lights

The lights on the new Range Rover are said to emulate those of the classic Range Rover, the dual round headlights replacing the rectangular units of the current car, and those of the Defender, with round indicators and sidelights on the front and back.

Another interesting design aspect of the new Range Rover are the aptly-dubbed 'Shark Fins' in front of the front door shut line. These are to help cooling of the engine bay, but also give the front end of the car an aggressive stance.

'Shark Fins'

Dashboard

The inside of the new car is a mixture of fine leather, wood and aluminium, which combine together to produce an interior which is designed to better every other luxury 4x4 and, crucially, every luxury executive car on the market.

Interior

The specifications and prices for the final production cars are not yet known, but it is known that the interior specification is built up of options, with almost infinite combinations available. It is also likely that an Autobiography will be able to be specified to leave the factory at a purchase price of over 100,000.

The worldwide debut of the car is due to be the Detroit Motor Show in January 2002.

Land Rover have launched a preview web site for the new Range Rover - www.rangerover.landrover.com

More Pictures

Click a preview image to see a full-size version

Range Rover Badge Centre Console Front Corner Front Wing Steering Wheel

 New Range Rover New Range Rover

Interior Rear Lights Profile Front Panel Detail

Shark Fins More Shark Fins  Steering Wheel & Dashboard Detail

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