Next Range Rover to Lose Weight and Achieve 7 L/100km!

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Land Rover produces some luxuriously appointed sport utility vehicles, but with that luxury comes excessive weight.  And with that weight comes gas guzzling fuel economy.  BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen solve the problem with clean diesels while Porsche is now producing a hybrid version of its Cayenne SUV, but the best solution, along with engine technology, is reducing overall mass and improve aerodynamics. 

When the next generation Range Rover appears in 2012 it is expected to loose weight dramatically and show up with smoother surfaces to make it slipperier through the wind.  First off, while expected to debut with the general shape intact in order to preserve the model's long-running character, it will be reduced in height, while its blunt nose should be refined to allow for better wind flow. 

Expect a riveted aluminum body structure to make an entrance too, of similar design to the Jaguar XJ.  Additionally, composite body panels will replace metals along with other weight saving techniques to reduce the SUV's mass by some 450 kilos (992 pounds), a goal that will benefit the Range Rover in fuel economy, emissions plus on- and off-road ability. 

Also expected is the new 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 offered in the Jaguar XF and XJ in European markets, reducing CO2 emissions from 300+ grams / km to less than 200 g/km, while fuel economy should near the 7.0 L/100km mark.  Land Rover would be smart to offer this drivetrain in North America, and look to Jeep's Grand Cherokee and, prior to that, Liberty diesel sales as an example of how clean diesel technology is received in the US and Canada.  Even more enticing would be a diesel hybrid, expected two years after the new Range Rover launches. 

Likely new build technologies and powertrains will make their ways into the entire Land Rover lineup, reducing the brand's overall CAFE rating in the US, and similar rating systems throughout the world, while offering more competitive products in all segments.

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Topics: SUV, Land Rover, Range Rover,

Organizations: Land Rover

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