Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover is on a strong footing after registering strong sales month after month, thanks to its aggressive strategy and upgradation of product portfolio. The latest to hit the roads is its iconic Range Rover model which, following the innovative spirit of the original design 40 years ago, still continues to rule the heart of people across the world. Ammar Alvi takes a sneak peak of the all new Range Rover.
India, home of Tata Motors—the parent company of Jaguar Land Rover—had to be on the map for the launch of Land Rover’s latest model, the all new Range Rover. The world’s first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminum body, the new Range Rover takes the capabilities of the marque’s flagship to a new level, with even greater luxury and refinement, enhanced performance and handling on all terrains, and significant advances in sustainability.
According to Rohit Suri, Vice President, Jaguar & Land Rover India, “The new Range Rover offers an unparalleled special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability. Its clever design and revolutionary lightweight construction will give Indian customers a product that will cope with the most difficult of terrains and provide 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. At just under 5m long, the new Range Rover has a very similar footprint to the outgoing model, but with a smoother and more streamlined profile—it is the most aerodynamic Range Rover ever with a drag coefficient starting from 0.34—the roofline sits 20mm lower in access mode.
With over 118mm more legroom, the rear compartment offers vastly more space and comfort, with the option of the desirable new two-seat Executive Class seating package for the ultimate in rear-seat luxury.
The new Range Rover delivers swift and effortless performance. Customers will have a choice of the 5.0-litre 510PS LR-V8 Supercharged petrol engine or the 4.4-litre 339PS SDV8 diesel engine, both which are now paired with a smooth and responsive eight-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new Range Rover features a revolutionary all-aluminum monocoque body structure which is 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model. This weight saving heightens the characteristic Range Rover sensation of effortless performance, but also improves efficiency. For example, the 510PS LR-V8 Supercharged model can now accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 5.4 seconds.
Besides this, there are all the bells and whistles that you can think of. All this comes at a huge price; starting at `1.72 crore ex-showroom, the new Range Rover is also one of the costliest SUVs something which should still not deter it from making a big bang.