SOLIHULL, UK - Future Land Rover models will be constructed with 'far more different uses of materials' including engineering polymers and lightweight high-strength steels supplied as laser-welded blanks.
They will incorporate far more electronics, fully active suspensions, traction and stability aids along with new advanced tires now under development, said Nick Stephenson, Rover Group design and engineering director.
'We shall have all the creature comforts including communication and navigation systems,' said Stephenson, 'but we will not lose the Land Rover character.'
Styling will always follow function, Stephenson said.
Stephenson was speaking at a celebration of Land Rover's 50th anniversary, which falls on 30 April.
By 2009, Rover expects 20-25 percent growth in the small/medium leisure sector covered by the Freelander, and 15 percent in the Discovery sector. The luxury sector represented by the Range Rover is expected to remain stable.