The new Range Rover

This could very well be the next generation Range Rover, scheduled to be released in 2001. I expect the addition of round headlights (seemingly more "sporty").

Oh yes, it's a Range. But where's the meat? Where are the big body changes? Sure, it looks rounder but does this mean it's nicer? Where are those lines "back-to-the-roots" they promised? Oh well...

The body is made of foam-backed aluminium stretched over an aluminium frame, all on an chassis made of aluminium too. This should prove very strong and durable. However I can't see such a panel been repaired. Just another case of replace and throw away.

The engine will certainly be the BMW 4.4 Diesel, one of the most modern and powerful diesel engines in the world. Probably the V12, also by BMW, may find it's way into the Range as the gearbox capable of supporting the big diesel will also be able to handle the V12. However I doubt if the Rover V8 will have any future under this bonnet as it has more and more problems to cope with stringent smog laws. But let's wait and see. Maybe Ford has it's own plans on this.

UPDATE: In January 2001 BMW who still develops the Range on behalf of Ford announces proudly that "the new Range Rover will the most sophisticated electronics ever built into a car". So take that! I leave it to everybodies judgement how these systems will cope with anything but the flattest and cleanest tarmac.

This is the 4.4 Diesel although not yet in an Range environment.

The figures were nice with extreme high torque and power figures. I had them somewhere (grmph....must have been the dog who munched 'em). Biturbo. Expensive.

For the rest we must wait and see.

The following message was posted on the RR list on The Net at the date of Tuesday, 29 June 1999

Hi All,

While on vacation we passed through the Grand Canyon(south rim) and I spotted the BMW SAV along the road parked. Testing car is not unusual, but when we came back along the park road it was still there, only now with the hood up! I stopped, walked up with camera in hand and noticed the fellow was working with wire strippers, had a piece of harness in hand and several electrical gizmos hooked up. In his speech I knew right away he was German, when I asked about the problem, ID'ed the vehicle and took note of the 7.8L (!!!!) emblem and mentioned that I didn't know they were coming with that large an engine. I peered under the car and mentioned something about this being what the next RR would be like ( 2/3 of the underside were covered with belly pans so no visible front drive line) He imediately closed the hood, and said no it wasn't and it was a test car anyway, they were working out some problems. I suggested we could call for help, but his partner was apparently already doing that. My quip I would call AAA, does he have to call Munich wasn't met with much enthusiasm. Second remark with tongue in cheek was this was more the sort of thing past RR's were noted for and his reply" This is not a RR!" was about the end of the conversation. Clearly he was in an uncomfortable spot so I left him alone. Car was gone the next morning when I went back for the sunrise on the canyon, so "someone" had to come and get it.

Tom Bache Avondale, PA

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tion. Clearly he was in an uncomfortable spot so I left him alone. Car was gone the next morning when I went back for the sunrise on the canyon, so "someone" had to come and get it.

Tom Bache Avondale, PA

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