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Land Rover News: Spying: Range Rover

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William Maley

Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

May 21, 2012

Land Rover is coming close to finishing up the next generation Range Rover as these new spy shots show.

The big surprise, besides the modern art camouflage, is how much camo there is on this particular mule, giving us a clear look of what changes have been done. The overall boxy shape of the current model is still present. The difference will be in the details, with changes like a slightly more upswept beltline, an angled front end, and a sharply raked front and rear window.

The big news for the next generation Range Rover will be in the weight. Land Rover has shed somewhere between 800 to 1,000 lbs thanks to a new aluminum chassis and extensive use of lightweight materials.

Engines are likely to include the naturally-aspirated and supercharged variants of the 5.0L V8 and possibly a hybrid.

Source: Autoblog

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Should make the diesel version fairly efficient and the V8 models really quick, by SUV standards anyway. But good to see the Range Rover continue on as the ultimate SUV.

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There's precious little 'ultimate' here besides building the industry's worst reliability vehicle money can be wasted on. LR should stop twiddledicking with the superfluous and hire engineers to make the damned thing run for a week straight.

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Yea, I will keep my escalade over this box on wheels. :P Now I would like to have the reliability I have in my escalade but drop weight by 1000lbs. That would sure help my gas mileage. :D

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The Range Rover crushes the Escalade (or any other SUV) on interior, and it beats them all off road also. The Range Rover is one of the few vehicles that has no direct competitor. There aren't many $80-100k luxury mid-size SUVs that can wade 27 inches of water and run 0-60 in 5.9 seconds. I look forward to the aluminum model.

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The idea that RRs go offload is a laughfest. The water-fording claim is only useful if the dealership service dept goes underwater.

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The Range Rover crushes the Escalade (or any other SUV) on interior, and it beats them all off road also.

Both would be good points if you actually could drive the Range Rover for more than 100 miles before limping it back into the service department. Again.

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The Range Rover crushes the Escalade (or any other SUV) on interior, and it beats them all off road also. The Range Rover is one of the few vehicles that has no direct competitor. There aren't many $80-100k luxury mid-size SUVs that can wade 27 inches of water and run 0-60 in 5.9 seconds. I look forward to the aluminum model.

Your statement is a matter of opinion and for me your wrong as the interiors are a mess and uncomfortable on top of a poor reliability. A director had one of the supercharged models and after 3 months with it spending 50% of the time in the shop he traded it in for a AMG SUV as he does not believe Americans can build anything reliable, yet my 2006 Escalade ESV Platinum edition has 100K miles, uses no oil, still gets 14.5mpg and is quite, comfy and smells like new. I have not seen 6 year old Range Rovers that still look like new, smell like new even after only a 2 year lease. Seems lots of people here in seattle lease them but turn them in ahead of time. Not a reliable suv and there is only 1 dealership left that I know of.

They might have some nice shapes in certain models, but I take an american Full Size luxury SUV over RR any day.

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The current RR has the best interior of any vehicle sold today; should be interesting to see how (or if) they can top that.

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The current RR has the best interior of any vehicle sold today; should be interesting to see how (or if) they can top that.

It is up there among the best, not sure if it is the best of any vehicle, but you could definately make the argument that it is the best there is.

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The current RR has the best interior of any vehicle sold today; should be interesting to see how (or if) they can top that.

Which is necessary because you'll likely be spending a lot of time inside the RR while waiting for roadside assistance.

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Have they figured out the reliability thing yet? Why buy one when you can get an Escalade for about $30K cheaper?

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Have they figured out the reliability thing yet? Why buy one when you can get an Escalade for about $30K cheaper?

That begs the question: why buy an Escalade when you can buy a similar Tahoe for about $30K less?

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^ To boil it down then I guess; why buy a range rover when you can buy a Tahoe for $60K cheaper?

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      Advanced technology is pivotal to the contemporary design: the full-LED headlights are the most slender ever to appear on a production Land Rover vehicle. The flush deployable door handles on the Range Rover Velar help emphasise a taut, elegant design language and contribute to a coefficient of drag of only 0.32Cd – this is the most aerodynamically-efficient Land Rover ever produced.
      The interior has been designed as a calming sanctuary; combining an exceptional sense of space with luxury materials and finishes, beautiful simplicity and precise execution. Unique in the segment, the Range Rover Velar offers a sustainable, premium textile seat material as an optional alternative to leather. The Dapple Grey woollen upholstery material was developed together with Kvadrat, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of high-quality design textiles, and is complemented with Suedecloth inserts finished in Ebony or Light Oyster.
      The interior space of the Range Rover Velar is also defined by a new Land Rover Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. Two 10-inch high-definition touchscreens integrate seamlessly into the cabin architecture reducing the complexity of the dash and enhancing a sense of elegant simplicity. The Range Rover Velar is also practical. Built with seating for five and space for everything that comes with them, the Range Rover Velar features a luggage compartment volume of 34.4 cu ft. behind the second row seats.
      The incredibly lightweight and stiff aluminium-intensive body structure, together with double-wishbone front- and Integral Link rear suspension provides the perfect basis for agile handling, exceptional ride comfort and outstanding refinement.
      Combined with a comprehensive restraint system that includes six airbags, and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue-Assist and an Adaptive Speed Limiter (3), the Range Rover Velar integrates the latest automotive technology.
      The Range Rover Velar – like all Range Rover vehicles – offers exceptional capability on a variety of surfaces, terrains and weather conditions. The Range Rover Velar features a highly sophisticated all-wheel drive system, available four-corner air suspension and, when equipped with air suspension, a ground clearance of 9.88 in. (8.38 in. with coil springs), wading depth of 25.59 in. (23.62 in. with coil springs) and a suite of traction technologies which include Terrain Response® 2 and All Terrain Progress Control.
      Exceptional performance comes from the range of three petrol and diesel powertrains, all matched to a smooth-shifting ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics.
      A clean and refined 180HP four-cylinder Ingenium diesel delivers 317 lb-ft. of torque and will lead the range. The diesel engine is joined by a new and highly-advanced 247HP four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine which enables acceleration from 0-60 mph in just 6.4seconds. An even more powerful, 380HP supercharged V6 petrol engine combines sports car performance with a unique soundtrack and enables the Velar to accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in only 5.3seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.
      The Range Rover Velar and Velar R-Dynamic range comprises of four selectively available specifications including Standard, S, SE or HSE, with three powertrain options depending on trim. Customers can also specify Black and Premium Exterior Packs for an even more distinguished appearance.
      Most exclusive of all will be the Velar First Edition. Limited to approximately 500 units in the U.S. and available for one model year only, the Velar First Edition is even more luxurious than the HSE specification. This model is powered solely by the 380HP 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine and features a wealth of extra features as standard, including a full extended leather interior, as well as a copper weave carbon fiber trim finisher, to complement the perforated Windsor leather seats finished in two tone Light Oyster/Ebony, a 1,600W Meridian Signature Sound System, and special 22-inch Split-Spoke wheels with diamond-turned finish.
      First Edition models are available exclusively in one of three colors; Corris Grey, Silicon Silver, or Flux Silver– a unique added cost satin finish exclusive to the First Edition, which will be meticulously hand-sprayed at Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations’ Oxford Road Technical Centre in the UK.
      Land Rover set a new all-time sales record for the U.S. in 2016. In 2017, the brand will launch the all-new fifth generation Discovery and Range Rover Velar, expanding the line up to six models. Designed and engineered at Jaguar Land Rover’s development centers in the UK, the Range Rover Velar will be produced at the company’s Solihull production facility. In the U.S. it goes on sale later this year, priced from $49,900.
      2018 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER VELAR PRICING:
      Model/Trim Engine Priced From (1) Range Rover Velar
      2.0T Si4 247HP
      $49,900
      Range Rover Velar S
      2.0T Si4 247HP
      $54,700
      Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE
      2.0T Si4 247HP
      $60,100
      Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE
      2.0T Si4 247HP
      $67,600
      Range Rover Velar S
      2.0 Td4 180HP Diesel
      $56,200
      Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE
      2.0 Td4 180HP Diesel
      $61,600
      Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE
      2.0 Td4 180HP Diesel
      $69,100
      Range Rover Velar S
      3.0 SC V6 380HP
      $64,200
      Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE
      3.0 SC V6 380HP
      $69,600
      Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE
      3.0 SC V6 380HP
      $77,100
      Range Rover Velar First Edition
      3.0 SC V6 380HP
      $89,300
      (1) All prices shown are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes $995 destination/handling charge, tax, title, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing, and optional equipment. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for details.
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