|Land Rover Malaysia yesterday presented the first lightweight, all-aluminium Range Rover in its fourth generation guise.|
Featuring an all-aluminium monocoque body, the latest Range Rover is a refined, luxury SUV for the select few. Exterior-wise, the new Range Rover takes up current SUV designs of the premium category – contemporary, yet eye-catching in looks. However, one thing that differs the Range Rover than the other premium SUV is the details and one-of-a-kind motif. The new Range Rover has those unmistakable LED-blade headlights, along with a sturdy chrome grille and a mouth-like lower bumper that houses the foglights.
Despite a bulked up chassis, the new Range Rover has accented graphics that sweep around the body and flow to the rear, continued at front and rear bumpers. An attractive silver metal finish provides a state-of-the-art look to the premium SUV’s aluminium structure. At the side, the floating roof and gloss black finish on the pillars add a touch of class to the Range Rover’s side profile. Further, the usual side fender vent on the surface of the front doors has been omitted from the previous version for purposes of wading through river terrains. From the rear, the LED lights lend the new Range Rover a striking new design, which include the bold-squared main lights, high-mounted stop lights under the spoiler and ‘triple line’ direction indicators.
Moving to the inside, the new Range Rover features the bold intersection between the strong horizontal elements of the instrument panel and the vertical lines of the center stack. Through the center of the cabin, a new graphic is created by the broad center console which runs between the driver and front passenger. Fewer switches are opted on the new Range Rover’s console and dashboard area for that clean, simplified and elegant statement. For driver and audiophiles, the exclusive Meridian surround sound music systems with 8-inch touch screen and full digital instrument cluster should suffice even the most ardent. Other notable interior features are all-new best-in-class climate control systems, luxurious seating with multi-mode massage functions, and the latest LED illumination for ambient lighting that suits the driver’s mood.
Two powerplants are on offer, the new Range Rover in the Supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that outputs 510 PS and the Turbocharged SDV8 4.4-liter diesel that churns 339 PS. Both powerplants are paired to an able 8-speed automatic transmission.
Driver-assistance technologies incorporated into the new Range Rover include; Two-channel Dynamic Response active lean control; Adaptive Dynamics with continuously variable damping; Electric Power-assisted Steering with Park Assist; Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist; Intelligent Emergency Braking with Advanced Emergency Brake Assist; and Blind Spot Monitoring with new Closing Vehicle Sensing.
The new Range Rover doesn’t spare on safety as numerous relevant equipment are part of the car’s package, such as; high strength AC300 aluminium chassis, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Gradient Release Control (GRC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Engine Drag torque Control (EDC), Anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic brake force distribution (EBD), Emergency brake lights (EBL) and Corner Brake Control (CBC).
Land Rover Malaysia managing director Syed Mudzhar Syed Ali commented, “Both are the epitome of luxury and appreciated by those who want only the best in life. Thanks to the support of our principal at Jaguar Land Rover, we are delighted to be able to offer this latest version of the best luxury SUV in the world to a discerning group of customers here in the country.”
The new Range Rover is available in two versions, the 5.0-liter at RM1,089,888 and the 4.4-liter at RM949,888; all prices do not include insurance.