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Land Rover News: Spying: Range Rover

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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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smk4565    351

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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balthazar    2,004

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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dfelt    1,868

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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smk4565    351

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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balthazar    2,004

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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FAPTurbo    1,093

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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dfelt    1,868

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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pow    106

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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smk4565    351

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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FAPTurbo    1,093

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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pow    106

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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