Published on April 26th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
49 YEARS OF RANGE ROVER
The Range Rover hasevolved into the world’s most elegant and sophisticated SUV, achieving morethan one million sales (1.7 million to date) along the way. Trademark featuresincluding its ‘floating’ roof, distinctive clamshell bonnet, continuous beltline and practical split tailgate all pay homage to the groundbreakingoriginal.
The Range Roverstory begins with the 26 pre-production models, which wore Velar badges in aneffort to hide its identity – velare means to ‘veil’ or ‘cover’ in Italian –made up of letters from the ‘ALVIS’ and ‘ROVER’ badges that usually adorn thefront and rear of a vehicle. Next comes the timeless Range Rover Classictwo-door as the images showcase successive generations, finishing with the mostpowerful derivative, the 550PS SVAutobiography Dynamic built by Jaguar LandRover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division.
When it was firstlaunched in 1970, Range Rover was one of the first vehicles to deliverpermanent all-wheel drive while many others were still selectable. In 1971 the original model was cited as ‘anexemplary work of industrial design’ when it became the first vehicle to bedisplayed at the world-famous Louvre museum in Paris and it has been atthe forefront of design and engineering innovation ever since.
The four-doorvariant was introduced in 1981, quickly followed by the first application of anautomatic transmission in Range Rover in 1982. In 1989 the luxury SUV was thefirst 4×4 to be fitted with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and in 1992 it became thefirst SUV in the world fitted with electronic traction control and automaticelectronic air suspension.
The engineeringfirsts continued in 2012, when Range Rover was the world’s first all-aluminiumSUV. More recently, in 2014, the luxury SUV was the first vehicle to employLand Rover’s advanced semi-autonomous All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC)technology, effectively an off-road cruise control for autonomous control ofspeed on all terrains.
The last model includedin the animation, the SVAutobiography Dynamic, shares its V8 engine with theacclaimed Range Rover Sport SVR and is specially calibrated to produce 680Nm oftorque and 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in only 5.4 seconds. Interior enhancementsincluding diamond quilted leather upholstery with contrast stitching deliverelevated refinement and desirability.
Since its launch 48 years ago Land Rover’s flagship has achievedmore than 1,700,000 sales across the globe and earned a reputation as theultimate luxury all-terrain vehicle. The legendary SUV’sunrivalled breadth of capability and elegance make it a favourite of royalty,business leaders, politicians and celebrities the world over.
Range Rover isdesigned, engineered and manufactured in the UK,and exported to more than 170 global markets.
The evolution of the Range Rover is visualised with the following models:
- 1969 RangeRover Prototype (Velar)
- 1970 RangeRover Classic (two-door)
- 1973 RangeRover Classic (Suffix C)
- 1981 RangeRover Classic (four-door)
- 1994 Second-generationRange Rover (P38a)
- 2001 Third-generationRange Rover
- 2012 Fourth-generationRange Rover
- 2014 Fourth-generationRange Rover Long Wheelbase
- 2015 RangeRover SVAutobiography
- 2016 RangeRover SVAutobiography Dynamic