TO maintain its position at the top of the tree for so long, the Range Rover had to be very good.
But now there’s a completely new one - stronger and even more refined – the world’s first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body.
This helps make it a whopping 420kg lighter than the outgoing model and capable of hugely improved economy and emissions.
Later this year there will be a diesel hybrid but until then, the 3.0-litre turbo diesel is capable of an astonishing 37 miles per gallon and under 200g/km of CO2 emissions.
Land Rover claims even greater luxury and refinement and enhanced performance and handling on all terrains.
Existing customers were asked what they wanted changed and they said ‘don’t change it, just make it better’.
Other engines are the 4.4 diesel with 335bhp and the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol with 510bhp and, as with the existing range, all drive through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The luxurious interior has a modern character, incorporating distinctive Range Rover design cues with a fresh, contemporary look.
The cabin retains the characteristic strong shapes and these are emphasised by clean and elegant surfaces which are finished in the finest leather and wood veneer.
Range Rover 3.0 V6 Diesel Vogue
Mechanical: 254bhp, 2,993cc, 6cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 8-speed automatic gearbox
Max speed: 130mph
0-62mph: 7.6 seconds
Combined mpg: 37
Insurance group: 45
CO2 emissions: 196g/km
BIK rating: 33%
Warranty: 3yrs/ unlimited miles
Main rival: Audi Q7