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Next Land Rover Lighter Like Jags?


 

Britain’s Autocar says it has the scoop on the new Land Rover Range Rover, a machine due in 2012. The big news on the new off-roader, the magazine reports, is a switch to bonded aluminum bodywork like that used on the Jaguar XJ and XK.

 

The British magazine says the new Range Rover, designed by former Lincoln pen Gerry McGovern, should make the switch to lightweight construction, although as of yet the final decision has not been signed off on by senior Ford management. Approval is expected, however.

 

The new construction techniques could reduce the weight of the Range Rover’s body by up to 40 percent, which could drop its running weight to about 4800 pounds. The change would help its handling, its fuel economy, and therefore its emissions profile as well. And that is seen as critical to the Range Rover’s future — so critical, the company is considering a hybrid version of the off-roader.

 

Other powertrains will include a 5.0-liter V-8 with up to 460 horsepower and a 3.6-liter turbodiesel with up to 520 pound-feet of torque.

 

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