Μετά τις φωτογραφίες που διέρρευσαν, η Land Rover παρουσίασε και επίσημα το νέο Range Rover το οποίο θα κάνει παγκόσμιο ντεμπούτο στην έκθεση του Παρισιού στα τέλη Σεπτεμβρίου.


Η σημαντικότερη αλλαγή στο νέο Range Rover είναι το ολοκαίνουργιο αλουμινένιο monocoque σασί και σώμα, κάνοντας το αυτοκίνητο ελαφρύτερο κατά 420 κιλά σε σχέση με την προηγούμενη γενιά, μειώνοντας έτσι τόσο τη κατανάλωση όσο και τις εκπομπές CO2. Το μεταξόνιο του έχει αυξηθεί κατά 100m αυξάνοντας έτσι τον χώρο των πίσω επιβατών κατά 120 mm, η αερανάρτηση που φορά είναι νέα, ενώ η Land Rover δηλώνει ότι το αυτοκίνητο είναι εντελώς νέο σε σχέση με την προηγούμενη γενιά.

Στιλιστικά το αυτοκίνητο διαθέτει σχεδίαση με σημαντικές επιρροές από το Evoque. Διαθέτει μαύρα φωτιστικά σώματα, φορά LED φώτα ημέρας, πίσω πόρτα ηλεκτρική πορτμπαγκάζ δύο σημείων, μαύρες κολόνες και νέο καπό. Στο εσωτερικό συναντάμε μια μεγάλη TFT ψηφιακή οθόνη στη θέση του κοντέρ, ενώ στη κεντρική κονσόλα υπάρχει μια μεγάλη οθόνη 8″. Το πίσω κάθισμα είναι διαθέσιμο τόσο σε διάταξη 3 θέσεων όσο και 2, με την τελευταία να διαθέτει μια κεντρική κονσόλα, η οποία προεκτείνεται ως συνέχεια της μπροστά.

Μηχανικά θα είναι διαθέσιμο με τρεις κινητήρες. Τον 3,0-λιτρο V6 diesel, τον 4,4-λίτρων V8 diesel και τον 5,0-λίτρων V8 βενζινοκινητήρα οι οποίοι έχουνε αναβαθμιστεί. Συνδυάζονται αποκλειστικά με το 8-τάχυτο αυτόματο κιβώτιο ενώ διαθέτει σύστημα ESP, traction control καθώς και το Terrain Response 2.

Τα πλήρη τεχνικά του χαρακτηριστικά αλλά και οι τιμές του θα ανακοινωθούν στο περιθώριο της έκθεσης του Παρισιού. Οι παραγγελίες του θα ξεκινήσουν από τον επόμενο μήνα με τις πρώτες παραδώσεις να γίνονται από τις αρχές του 2013. Θα πωλείται σε 160 χώρες παγκοσμίως και η Αγγλία θα είναι η πρώτη χώρα που θα είναι διαθέσιμο με αρχική τιμή κοντά στις £70.000 (€89.000) ενώ η high-end έκδοση θα φτάνει κοντά στις £120.000 (€153.000).

Στις σχετικές ειδήσεις η Jaguar Land-Rover ανακοίνωσε ότι το εργοστάσιο της στο Halewood της Αγγλίας, λόγω της υψηλής ζήτησης του Range Rover Evoque, θα λειτουργεί πλέον 24 ώρες το 24ωρο προσθέτοντας και τρίτη βάρδια.

[Πηγή: Land Rover]

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The All-New Range Rover

  • Lighter, stronger and more refined, the world’s finest luxury SUV
  • Unmistakeably a Range Rover, a modern interpretation of iconic design cues
  • World’s first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure
  • 420kg weight saving over outgoing model delivering improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions
  • An unrivalled breadth of capability with transformed handling and agility
  • State-of-the-art adaptive dynamics to further improve peerless ride quality
  • Enhanced all-terrain performance with introduction of Land Rover’s Terrain Response® 2 Auto
  • The pinnacle of SUV refinement, with a more spacious and luxurious interior and a truly composed driving experience
  • British designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK
  • Manufactured in a new, state-of-the-art aluminium manufacturing facility, Solihull, UK

The all-new Range Rover is the most capable and most luxurious Land Rover yet. Lighter, stronger and with new levels of refinement, the Range Rover reinforces its position as the world’s finest luxury SUV.

The fourth generation of the unique Range Rover line, the all-new model has been developed from the ground up, capturing the innovative spirit and iconic design of the original model which changed the world of motoring when it was launched over 40 years ago.

The world’s first SUV with a revolutionary lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure is 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model enabling total vehicle weight savings of up to 420kg.

The lightweight aluminium platform has delivered significant enhancements in performance and agility, along with a transformation in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

In addition to the strong and rigid lightweight body, an 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 have been significantly improved. The new suspension architecture delivers flatter, more confident cornering, with natural and intuitive steering feel.

John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, said: “The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle – that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability. However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling.”

The all-new Range Rover has a clean and elegant shape which is derived from a fresh new interpretation of Range Rover design cues. While instantly recognisable as a Range Rover, the new vehicle takes a significant step forward with a bold evolution of the model’s iconic design language.

“Designing the next generation Range Rover, following over forty years of success, came with a huge responsibility to protect the DNA of such an icon,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer.

“Our design team worked incredibly hard to capture the elegant proportions and pure surfaces which have been a feature of the best Range Rover designs.”

With Land Rover strength at its heart, the new model has been engineered from the ground up to be the most capable, most refined Range Rover ever.

Amongst the industry-leading innovations is a ground-breaking next-generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response® system, which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings for the terrain.

To ensure exceptional durability and reliability, the new model has been subjected to Land Rover’s punishing on- and off-road test and development regime, with a fleet of development vehicles covering millions of miles over 18 months of arduous tests in more than 20 countries with extremes of climate and road surfaces.

Within the cabin, the all-new Range Rover provides occupants with a sensation of serene isolation, meeting the highest luxury car standards for refinement.

Measures like the rigorously optimised body structure and acoustic lamination of the windscreen and side door glass have significantly reduced noise levels, while the new suspension architecture has enabled engineers to achieve even more luxurious ride comfort and refinement.

The sumptuous interior incorporates distinctive Range Rover design cues, but executed with a very contemporary treatment, and clean, elegant surfaces which are flawlessly presented using the finest leathers and veneers. With over 118mm more legroom, the rear occupants benefit from vastly increased space and comfort, with the option of a new two-seat Executive Class seating package for the ultimate in rear-seat luxury.

To deliver the model’s characteristic effortless performance, customers have the choice of refined V8 petrol engines and TDV6 and SDV8 diesel engines combining responsive performance with outstanding CO2 emissions.

The all-new Range Rover has been engineered with the latest developments in vehicle technologies, from interior luxury features such as exclusive Meridian surround sound music systems and power upper and lower tailgates, to advanced chassis and driver assistance technologies.

Designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK – employing the latest low-energy aluminium body construction technologies.

On sale from September 2012 [market dependent] with customer deliveries scheduled to start from early 2013, the all-new Range Rover will be a truly global car, available in over 160 markets worldwide.

JAGUAR LAND ROVER BEGINS 24 HOUR SHIFT AT HALEWOOD TO KEEP PACE WITH GLOBAL DEMAND

Liverpool, UK: For the first time in Halewood’s 50 year history, Jaguar Land Rover’s 4,500-strong Halewood workforce will now work around the clock to meet strong global demand for the Range Rover Evoque.

Since its launch in July 2011, the Range Rover Evoque has achieved worldwide sales success, with nearly 88,000 vehicles sold in more than 170 markets.

In March this year, Jaguar Land Rover announced that Halewood would move to 24 hour production, and launched a recruitment campaign to hire 1000 new production operators, supervisors and engineers. These new recruits will manufacture both the Range Rover Evoque and updated Land Rover Freelander 2 models across three shifts, including a new night shift, which began at 21.30 this evening.

Halewood Operations Director, Richard Else, said: “Our new recruits have worked hard during their assessments and extensive induction training. Many have also worked a number of trial night shifts during July, to ensure we get off to a great start today. I am delighted to welcome our new colleagues as they come on-board to help us meet customer demand for the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander.

“Moving production to three shifts and working 24 hours a day will allow us to significantly reduce the time a customer has to wait for their new Range Rover Evoque.”

Des Thurlby, HR Director at JLR said: “With 4,500 employees, JLR Halewood has trebled its workforce in just three years – and the size of the workforce is now the highest it has been for 20 years. As well as creating new jobs, our on-going global success means we continue to have a positive economic impact in the North West and throughout the UK supply chain.”

All of JLR’s new Production Operators will also now receive up to a year of training which will lead to an Intermediate (NVQ Level 2) Apprenticeship.

“JLR is committed to investing in the skills and training of its workforce and many of the 1500 people recruited to launch the Range Rover Evoque in 2011 have already graduated with an Intermediate Apprenticeship,” added Des Thurlby. “We received more than 30,000 applications for these 1000 new roles and we are very fortunate that we were able to select such high calibre people for our new jobs.”

The Range Rover Evoque has gained critical acclaim achieving more than 120 global awards. Crowned Top Gear Magazine Car of the Year, World Design Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year amongst others, the Range Rover Evoque continues to receive plaudits for its concept car looks, dynamic driving performance, class leading off-road skills and excellent cost of ownership.