Exclusive: New Land Rover
Autocar is familiar with that Land Rover is going to be boosting its range with the help of a brand new seven-seat model, arriving 2012.
Associates at Land Rover be aware of seven-seater as ‘Project L486’ and also the new model is dependant on the Freelander platform. The vehicle may have unique bodywork, styling and interior to measure the level out to be greater than a Freelander variant.
The conventional Freelander platform will have to be heavily modified, by having an extended wheelbase to create room for that seven-seat configuration. The brand new model will probably be closer in dimensions towards the Discovery compared to Freelander.
The seven-seater matches to Land Rover’s range like a more road-focused vehicle compared to Discovery, having a lower kerbweight, sharper chassis, better gas mileage minimizing CO2 pollutants.
It’ll have the Freelander’s front-biased four-wheel drive system having a center diff to transmit torque towards the sliding wheels. Other off-road aids includes hill descent control, traction control and stability control, all operated through the Terrain Response switch within the cabin.
Engines and transmission will distributed to the Freelander, Land Rover getting guaranteed powertrain supply from Ford included in the deal to which it had been offered to Tata. The important thing engines from the United kingdom perspective could be 2.-litre and a pair of.2-litre diesels with a range of manual, automatic and twin-clutch transmissions. Land Rover is anticipated to make use of exactly the same Getrag twin-clutch i465 black that Ford and Volvo are utilizing – a ‘micro-hybrid’ soft-start system may also be available.
The styling, symbolized within our artist’s impression, is stated to become a mixture of the Freelander and forthcoming LRX. “But using its own distinct look,” based on a resource.We’ve attracted it having a distinctive ‘stepped-roof’, an element that increases mind-room for rear-seat travellers.
The organization is while selecting a reputation for that seven-seater with one possibility, among several in mind, being ‘Ventura’. It’s a reputation that’s been mooted before at Land Rover for previous new models.
Land Rover intends to build the L486 plus the LRX at Halewood, current is know for the Freelander and X-Type. Both Land Rover hopes to develop to 70,000 of every model annually, that will boost production in the Merseyside plant to 210,000 models year – an infinitely more lucrative level compared to current 100,000 models.