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Next Range Rover To Get Sportier And More Luxurious

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On: Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 11:13AM | By: Chris Weiss

Next Range Rover To Get Sportier And More Luxurious

With automakers like Bentley and Lamborghini threatening to make the Range Rover second fiddle in its own market, Land Rover appears to be planning to up its own game. Sources speaking with Autocar said that the next-generation Range Rover, scheduled to debut around this time next year, will be the marque's most advanced vehicle ever.

The new Range Rover, codenamed L405, will get a completely updated look, taking many cues from the Evoque. The windshield will be more heavily raked, and the roof will slant more drastically toward the rear. As with the DC100 concept, the grille is also supposed to be slanted back, providing a very different look from the front. The head lamps and tail lamps will reportedly be smaller and more modest.

Inside is where the magic will really happen, as Land Rover is reportedly working to create a Bentley-level of comfort and luxury. Thanks to a new aluminum monocoque, Land Rover will be able to push the wheels farther back, increasing space and comfort in the rear seats and making egress into the back more roomy.

In addition to stretching the cabin of the new Rover, the aluminum platform will take a serious stab at the Range Rover's weight, cutting a rumored 1,000 lbs. off the SUV's current 5,700-lbs.

About the only place that the Range Rover won't change significantly is under the hood. The new model is expected to offer diesel V-6 and V-8 and gas V-8 and supercharged V-8 engine options comparable to what the 2012 model offers. The V-6 debuted in the Jaguar C-X16 concept as well as a supercharged version of that V-6 may also be added to the list of engine options.

In Jaguar's (Land Rover's sister company), C-X16 concept, the 380-hp 3.0-liter V-6 was helped out by an electric motor built into the transmission and available for bursts of power.

Despite the similar engine options, the new Range Rover will have less emissions thanks to its lighter weight.


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