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Report: Next Range Rover detailed, huge weight loss, 33 mpg!

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It's no secret that in recent years Land Rover has been itching to reduce the mass of its products. Even before Ford sold the brand to Tata it had been working on a variety of lighter weight concepts. It looks like the next generation Range Rover will be the first benefactor of those efforts when it debuts in 2012.

The new flagship SUV is expected to cast a similar shadow to the current model, but the roof won't be nearly as tall. This should significantly reduce the frontal area and create less overall aerodynamic drag. Mass will be reduced by using a riveted aluminum chassis with the same type of construction as the Jaguar XJ. Land Rover is apparently targeting a cut of 450 kilograms (992 pounds), with composite materials in the body panels helping to achieve that goal.

The 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 now available in the Jaguar XF and XJ should bring CO2 emissions down from the the current 300+ grams / kilometer to under 200 g/km along with fuel economy of 33 mpg (U.S.) A diesel-hybrid is also expected in the lineup a couple of years after launch.

[source: Autocar]

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Lighter, more luxurious Range Rover tipped for 2012 launch

04/08/2010, 5:28 PMBY DREW JOHNSON

A new version of Land Rover’s iconic Range Rover is tipped to bow in late 2012, and some major changes appear to be in store. The next Range Rover, which will likely carry a 2013 designation, promises to be lighter, more fuel efficient and more luxurious than the current car.

Set to ride on a variation of the Jaguar XJ’s platform, the 2013 Range Rover will grow in length by about 25mm. However, the packaging of the next Range Rover will be much improved, resulting in a 125mm increase in rear-seat legroom. The Range Rover’s rear-seat head room will mirror today’s model, despite a lower roofline.

In addition to better packaging, the new platform will result in a dramatic weight reduction. Combined with composite material for pieces like the front wings and rear liftgate, the next Range Rover should tip the scales at 990 pounds lighter than the current rig.

Although the current interior of the Range Rover isn’t exactly bargain basement, Land Rover will reportedly put an even great emphasis on overall luxury. Land Rover designers are using Bentley as a benchmark, relying on only the finest interior materials. “The level of workmanship in the interior will really knock out the opposition,” an insider told Autocar.

Power for the next Range Rover will be supplied by two new turbo diesel powerplants – a 300 horsepower V8 and a 260 horsepower V6. Thanks to the Range Rover’s light weight, both powerplants should offer good performance (0-60 in the 8 second range) with fuel economy approaching 30mpg.

A diesel-hybrid powertrain is expected a few years after launch, with fuel economy of about 40mpg.

It remains to be seen if Land Rover will offer a diesel version of the Range Rover in the United States, but the current crop of V8 powertrains should remain on offer.

Keeping true to the Land Rover name, the next Range Rover will be fully capable off-road. The 2013 Range Rover will feature beefed up suspension mounts, as well as transfer boxes at the front and rear axles.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/lighter-more-luxurious-range-rover-tipped-for-2012-launch.html

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RRs give fantastic mileage... what with all the downtime spent at the dealer's service department !! :neenerneener:

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That is incredible mileage, they should bring the diesel V6 here for the Land Rovers and the Jaguars.

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Oh look, they're putting Saturn all over the Range Rovers....

Land Rover is apparently targeting a cut of 450 kilograms (992 pounds), with composite materials in the body panels helping to achieve that goal.
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