Next Generation Range Rover SUV Due in 2012

Posted on Thursday, 8 April 2010 , 08:04:48 byAlina

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Next Generation Range Rover SUV Due in 2012

The new Range Rover is expected to feature a lightweight rivet-bonded aluminum chassis based on the same platform underpinning the Jaguar XJ. By using the lightweight material, engineers could shed up to 40 percent off the current SUV's unpainted body shell, equating to a saving of roughly 660 to 880 pounds. Advanced composites are also expected to be used for certain elements, such as the body panels and rear tailgate.

Codenamed L405, the new off-roader is in its final stages of engineering definition and the styling should be signed off by the middle of the year, reports Autocar. Interior space will be up thanks to a longer wheelbase than the current model, especially for rear seat passengers.

Powertrain options will largely carry over from the current model including naturally-aspirated and supercharged 5.0-liter V-8s, as well as a new pair of turbodiesel units. Output will range from about 260 to 510 horsepower. Also due a couple of years after launch is a diesel-electric hybrid offering a combined fuel economy as high as 33 mpg.