JLR launches fourth-generation Range Rover in India
Tata group-owned Jaguar Land Rover today launched the fourth-generation Range Rover in India.
The vehicle, which will be imported as a completely built-up unit, will be available in two variants, and will cost upwards of Rs. 1.72 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi).
For the first time, the Range Rover uses an all-aluminium monocoque frame which reduces weight by 420 kg. It is 27 mm longer than its predecessor, and yet stays overall shorter than rivals like the Audi Q7 or Mercedes-Benz GL.
A monocoque body supports the vehicle's structural load, without just enveloping the structure, thus reducing the load of the internal frame that bears most of the weight.
The Range Rover was first unveiled in London in September, and the market launch happened in Paris later the same month.
The fourth-generation Range Rover is among the last vehicles launched by the Tata group before chairman Ratan Tata steps down in December.
The new Range Rover will also be the first Land Rover offering to feature a hybrid variant—a diesel.
The company has spent £1 billion on the entire project. This is because the Range Rover's new architecture demanded technology enhancements for the manufacturing processes too.
Most Range Rover variants will likely breach £100,000 in the UK, but interestingly the entry variant starts at £72,000—the same price as the outgoing Range Rover.
Codenamed L405, the new Range Rover bears a slight resemblance to the popular Evoque, especially the headlamps and the grille.
The Range Rover models accounted for nearly 14 per cent of Land Rover sales in fiscal 2012.