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Range Rover 2001/2001 Models

Range Rover Spy Pics

Land Rover is going to introduce a sporty three-door version of its class-leading Range Rover, which will fill the gap between the big five-door Range Rover and Discovery models. It will be known as the Range Sport and according to Auto Express it will be introduced in 2004. This new British SUV will also be based on the platform of the next-generation Discovery.

The Range Sport has all the good genes of its big brother and the traditional Range Rover styling cues. Special Range Sport badging will give this Land Rover its own identity. It will also have the same impressive off-road abilities of the bigger Range Rover.

Auto Express reports that the car will be available with a choice of two Ford V8 engines - a 4.2-litre petrol and a 4.0-litre diesel. Rumours have it that Land Rover is also considering a 3.0-litre Td6 power train for the Range Sport.

The new car will have adjustable suspension to enhance its off-road performance. Although the Range Sport is a three-door it has the popular BMW X5 in its aim. According to Auto Express the Range Sport can even get a high-perfomance engine to take on the powerful 4.6-litre X5.


Land Rover released the first photographs of the new Range Rover, which goes on sale in the UK in February 2002, and in the U.S. in late spring/early summer. The all-new vehicle is powered by a BMW 4.4-liter V8, which should be good for around 300 horsepower. It has full-time four-wheel drive and uses independent suspension front and rear.

"We believe the new Range Rover is the most capable vehicle in the world given its outstanding breadth of on- and off-road ability," said the chairman and chief executive officer of Land Rover, Bob Dover.

The latest Range Rover is only the third all-new model in 31 years. "The exterior is thoroughly modern yet retains all the distinctive Range Rover styling cues," said Dover. "We believe it is essential that people instantly recognize the new vehicle as a Range Rover."

The interior is more revolutionary. "We wanted to set the new Range Rover apart from all off-road competitors and also offer an interior that beats luxury saloon [sedan] rivals," said Dover. The Range Rover is being built on a new production line at Land Rover's manufacturing plant in Solihull, England, and will be sold in 124 countries. Its world premiere is planned for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.


If bigger is better, then this has to be the best Range Rover yet, with Britain's next luxury off-roader set to grow bigger even than the Toyota Landcruiser, challenging even some of America's gross 4x4s.

According to the UK's Autoexpress magazine the new BMW-designed monster Range Rover goes on sale in the UK in December 2001 - and it will be one of the most expensive cars in the country, overturning your bank balance to the tune of some 100 000 (which, for purely comparitive purposes, equates to R1 089 000!).

Will it be worth it? According to one senior Ford designer the inside is "the best interior I've seen on any car, ever". And the exterior has been given a brand new look, with hints of the Defender in the overlapping round headlamps which are set each side of the enormous grille, and the retro look side and indicator lamps., as well as vertical air intakes to the rear of the wheel arches.

At the back there are retro-look round tail lights, too.

But despite the all-new bodywork, there is still no mistaking the car as anything but a Range Rover. The model keeps its distinctive raised bonnet edges, familiar window line and the trademark split tailgate mechanism.

The new Range Rover is 50 mm longer in the wheelbase than the current version, and although this might well make the vehicle too cumbersome for London's Chelsea set, it does mean a lot morfe room inside, especially in the back.

The stylish look inside matches the mixed themes of the exterior, with retro touches such as chrome-ringed dials and angular facia edges reminiscent of the original car of 1970, mixed with the latest in technology and highest quality materials.

Composite construction

Despite the new Range Rover's larger size and added equipment, engineers have managed to keep the weight down to near that of the old model by developing a new bodyshell using racing car practices including composite and alloy sheet bonded to structural foam and aluminium extrusions. This will give the huge body the strength and rigidity necessary to cope with the extremes of off-road use.

Land Rover is anxious to make sure its reputation for off-road prowess is maintained with the new car, and the firm has been cautious not to 'soften' the model's capability or image even if most owners will never call on a fraction of its potential in the rough.

Insiders say new technology has made the vehicle as refined as a Mercedes S-Class on the road, yet still the most capable Land Rover yet off the beaten track. Key to this is a newly developed, all-independent air suspension system with electronically controlled damper and spring rates and new cornering enhancement systems.

As with the current model, the bodywork will sink lower to the ground to ease passenger access and exit, rise up on the move, then decrease in height again to cut drag at speed.

Body roll will be limited by computer-controlled hydraulics, as in the latest version of the Discovery, making the car more stable and easier to handle on the limit than with conventional suspension systems.

Head on to rougher terrain and the suspension takes on another role. Sensors detect extra spring travel and wheel slippage then automatically raise the body height and soften damper rates to improve the ride. At its maximum level of travel the Range Rover will have axle articulation far in excess of any other 4x4 on the civilian market. This technology will ensure the wheels have the best chance of finding grip in slippery conditions.

There will also be a sophisticated traction control and ESP system to help the driver keep control both on and off-road.

Hill Descent Control

A traditional low-ratio gearbox will be retained, although the car will also feature the firm's Hill Descent Control system which uses the ABS to limit speed down slopes.

The biggest change to the Range Rover's hardware and an area of some controversy will be the engines. As the car was developed under the control of Land Rover's previous owner BMW, it is no surprise to find the German company's engines under the bonnet.

The entry-level model costing around R500 000 will have the 4,4-litre V8 currently used in BMW's X5, while the top variant will feature a reworked version of the V12 destined for the next 7-Series. This will give the Range Rover the power and refinement it really needs to be considered a true rival to the likes of Mercedes and Bentley in the super-luxury sector.

But it's the diesels that will really widen the car's appeal. The current model has to struggle with an underpowered 2,5-litre turbodiesel, so this will be replaced with some of the most sophisticated and desirable oil-burners around, including BMW's new 4-litre V8 and its 3-litre six-cylinder. All engines will be tuned for additional low-down torque, suiting the Range Rover's extra weight and off-road torque demands.

However, it is understood Ford is keen to slot in its own engines. Expect a gradual substitution of the engines for Ford-owned units, starting with a move to the 4-litre Jaguar motor and followed by swap, changing to the 6-litre V12 from the Aston Martin Vanquish.


Range Rover Spy Pics

These are latest pictures of the new Range Rover, still developed by BMW and also powered by BMW engines. And there is more that connects the new Range Rover with BMW, although Ford has taken over the Land Rover make after work on the development of the new Range was almost finished: The whole chassis including wheel suspension comes from the BMW X5. However, while the X5 is to satisfy the needs of sports-orientated drivers, the new Range Rover will excite those who are looking for luxury, for perfect off-road capability and status symbols. Basing on these thoughts, the Range Rover will retain the independent wheel suspension all around but will be equipped with air suspension for all wheels and an active chassis control to reduce body roll and to enable a comfortable height adjustment for better off-road capability and easier coupling of trailers. Also from BMW comes the permanent all-wheel drive with electronic traction control replacing mechanical differential locks.

Completely different from the X5 will be the interior of the new Range Rover which offers luxury at the highest level, with finest British leather and wood applicants. The engines, however, will come from BMW altogether: Top of the range will be the 4.4-litre V8 fuel engine developing 350 HP. So far this engine was built for Bentley limousines only. The normally aspirated 4.4-litre version of that engine, used for the X5, will be offered for the new Range Rover, too. A newly developed 3.9-litre V8 bi-turbo Diesel is said to be coming, too, and it is expected to deliver around 240 HP. While fuel consumption is hoped to be reduced about 15 per cent, prises will be raised far above the 60.000-Euro barrier.


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