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New Range Rover to Be Leaner and Slimmer

One of the most difficult challenges facing manufacturers of highly successful iconic brands is how to update it to 21st century styling without disgracing the legacy that have defined it over the years. Porsche gracefully folded its legendary 911 form into the newer 996/997 form starting in 2003 and promptly won over its holdovers.

Today, 40-year old RangeRover is about to do the same thing – unveil its flagship successor two years from now. The SUV maker plans to switch from a steel hull with aluminum panels into a full aluminum monocoque body shaving off no less than 1,100 lbs from its current 6,000 lb weight.

The planned aluminum monocoque is a radical shift from its current model’s steel chassis leveraging its expertise with two generations of aluminum Jaguar XJ under its belt. It also plans to reduce power consumption with some radical hybrid powertrains using electric power.

All that is in the works but the signature RangeRover design specification from the outside must remain instantly recognizable. This design, undertaken under director Gerry McGovern has been halted. The new Evoque is a product of his design genius but it’s basically the LRX concept car unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. McGovern has his ideas about how the Ranger Rover should evolve in style and the Evoque has his imprint all over.

“But the Range Rover itself must maintain elegance and formality,”McGovern admits, intimating to Motor Trend that is basic form will get pared down compared to current models but will exude a more premium look and better interior crafting. The flagship Range Rover will remain the flagship Land Rover SUV.

The forthcoming Range Rover’s aesthetics will not be a mere upscaled Evoque. It will retain the upright formality of the current Range Rover design with the unmistakable squared corners, a deep greenhouse and level roofline and hood. Its interiors will certainly focus on high end craftsmanship. Backseat comfort gets higher priority with climate-controlled reclining rear seats.

The Range Rover flagship has never failed to get continuous upgrades over the years and remains the crowning achievement in SUV technologies while maintaining its electrical, engine and powertrain heritage that have always been ahead of its time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Range Rover Sport

The 2010 Range Rover Sport builds on its predecessor’s impeccable pedigree, and now comes with two new powerplants, a 375 horsepower LR-V8 5.0 liter, naturally aspirated engine, as well as a supercharged version that puts out a mammoth 510 horsepower! In India, you have the option of the 3.0 liter V6 diesel and the 5.0 liter supercharged petrol. And believe me, 510bhp in car such as this, or any car for that matter, is a lot!

These engines were developed in conjunction with Jaguar, and are touted to be lighter and more efficient than the previous generation units. The new naturally aspirated RR Sport can hit 100km/h in a very spritely 7.4 seconds, while the supercharged variant takes just 6.0 seconds – Sport indeed. Both LR-V8 engines are mated to the ZF HP28 six- speed automatic transmission.

This time, we got a chance to sample the naturally aspirated version of the new Range Rover Sport – driving it from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and back, with a mild off-road excursion at a beach on California’s glorious Pacific coast.

In terms of styling, the 2010 Range Rover Sport retains the earlier versions clean cut design, The 2010 update does, however, include LED headlamps, combined with a new two-bar grille, revised front bumpers and widened fenders. At the rear, new light clusters, and a revised bumper design mirror the smoother front-end. With its muscular squat stance, the Range Rover Sport certainly has great road presence, and looks just as purposeful whether it’s cruising on Hollywood Boulevard or playing in the sand.

According to the company, the interiors have been redesigned using higher quality materials and soft-touch finishes to create an environment that’s ‘truly worthy of the Range Rover brand: With infinitely adjustable leather seats, tactile, well laid out switches, the interiors of the Range Rover Sport are truly fantastic,and arguably better than most other luxury SUV’s on the road today. In fact, the redesign does bring the cabin of the Sport much more in line with its ultra luxurious bigger brother – the original Range. Special mention, also, must be made of the Harmon Kardon surround sound system that boasts 480 watts of power. Its 14 individual speakers produce a dramatic 3D effect from a iz-channel digitally controlled amplifier that makes for outstanding acoustics. Read the rest of this entry »

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