Land Rover says it has reduced the weight of its next-generation Range Rover by up to 420kg (926 pounds) compared with the current-generation model through heavy use of aluminum in the SUV's bodyshell. The new Land Rover makes its debut at the Paris auto show next month.
The design of the new Range Rover updates familiar features such as the SUV's floating roof and clamshell hood but stops short of any radical changes. The automaker, which is owned by Tata Motors, released photos of the car today.
"We asked our customers how they would like to see it changed and they said: 'Don't change it, just make it better,' " Land Rover Design Director Gerry McGovern told Automotive News Europe.
The new all-aluminum monocoque bodyshell is the first for an SUV, according to the automaker. The bodyshell is 39 percent lighter than the steel structure used before and helps deliver "significant" improvements in performance and agility, as well as fuel economy and CO2 emissions, Land Rover said in a statement. No figures were given.