Crash Diet: New Aluminum-Bodied Range Rover Loses 700 lbs.
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has released the specifications for its much-anticipated 2013 Range Roverand they don't disappoint.
The new model's bodythe world's first SUV with an all-aluminum monocoque structureis 39 percent lighter than the steel body of the outgoing model. This enables a total vehicle weight savings of up to 926 lbs., depending on market and specifications, according to the company.
The U.S.-specification vehicle with naturally-aspirated 5-liter V8 will be approximately 700 lbs. lighter than the outgoing equivalent. This despite the fact that the new model's interior is larger, with rear occupants gaining 4.7 inches of legroom compared with that in the outgoing model.
The new lightweight aluminum platform also delivers significant enhancements in performance and agility, along with an improvement in fuel economy, estimated at roughly 9 percent for the U.S. model, and a 5-7 percent reduction in CO2 emissions.
The fourth generation of the Range Rover line, the 2013 model was redesigned from the ground up. In addition to the strong and rigid aluminum body, Land Rover designers developed an all-new aluminum front and rear chassis architecture with a with re-engineered four-corner air suspension to deliver flatter, more confident cornering abilities.
"The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehiclethat special blend of luxury, performance, and unmatched all-terrain capability," said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director. "However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement, and handling."
Designed and engineered at Land Rover's development centers in the United Kingdom, the new Range Rover will be produced at a new manufacturing facility at Solihull, U.K., that employs the latest low-energy aluminum body construction technologies.
The all-new Range Rover will be available in over 160 markets worldwide, with North American customer deliveries scheduled to start in December 2012.
JLR, Novelis to Partner on Closed-Loop Recycling
"Novelis' ability to deliver a secure supply of aluminum sheet will enable Jaguar Land Rover to meet the growing demand from its customers worldwide for lighter vehicles and improved fuel economy," said Roland Harings, Vice President, Global Automotive for Novelis. "This close partnership reflects the aligned growth paths of both companies in reaching our respective sustainability goals, due to our collaboration on a proven closed-loop aluminum recycling system."
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