New Range Rover - official pics
All-new fourth-gen Range Rover breaks cover ahead of official Paris debut
Well, it's certainly supersized. And suitably imposing, an Evoque-esque front end treatment melding into more traditional Range Rover proportions, albeit stretched and teased in seemingly every direction. The trademark floating roof, a prominent belt-line and even more prominent side gills complete the look, the new fourth-gen Rangie making a decided move to new-money bling distinct from the outgoing L322's more stolid, blocky conservatism.
a bit of a freshen up but it's clear the all-new Range Rover was going to move the game on considerably and so it does.
Biggest news is a wholesale adoption of aluminium and corresponding 420kg weight saving over the outgoing car. There's no information in the initial teaser release about the overall dimensions but even so it's obvious from these pictures that the new Rangie is much longer. Indeed, we'd take a punt on the boast of an additional 118mm of legroom corresponding with an equivalent stretch in wheelbase, this extra length freeing up space for a variety of different rear seating arrangements ranging from a confirmed two-seat 'Executive Class' configuration to, we'd assume, school run friendly seven-seater set-up. If you're going to use it as a school bus it may as well be as big as one...
Who are they trying to kid though. With prices likely to be knocking on the door of six figures for higher-spec models it's clear the Range Rover has taken a decided move upmarket, with aspirations to mix it more in the Bentley Flying Spur and Rolls-Royce Ghost circles rather than the hoi polloi of Q7s, Cayennes and fancier X-series BMWs. Only the refreshed Mercedes GL really threatens on size and stature but, even then, the Range Rover appears to be staking a claim on a new class of uber SUV, ahead of Bentley's arrival in the not too distant.
appetite for British-built luxury motors and unabashed bigger/blingier is better sensibilities. In short, if you're offended just think of the balance of payments, jobs for the boys in Solihull at the new aluminium production plant and other positives. And pray you don't meet one coming the other way on a crowded suburban street.
Orders open next month, deliveries start in early 2013 and further details will follow closer to the official debut at Paris at the end of September.