Land Rover Range is nowadays represented by the fourth generation of this four-wheel drive vehicle. The company had experimented with design and technical equipment through the years and the model we see now on the market has faraway distance from the original one.
The first line of production lasted for more than 20 years from 1970 till 1996. First versions were equipped with V82.5-liter engine, which resembled much the Buick’s version. Soon it underwent significant changes and by the end of 1989 there were 2.5-liter ordinary or turbodiesel engines.
First cars under the name “Range Rover” had place for 2 occupants with ladder-type of chassis. Vinyl seats, plastic elements of the instrument panel were characteristic of the model. Some later versions of the first generation were equipped with leather seats, application of wood to the dashboard and even air-conditioning system.
The second generation of the car appeared with initial changes. Now the producers used an engine, similar to that of BMW’s. It was a redesigned V8 six-cylinder power source. It was the first model by Range Rover with electronic system of steering, brakes and injection pump. The introduction of renewed chassis was the result of developing competition with similar models.
Further changes in the year 2003 brought within the complete turn to automatic gearbox. The interior was full of wood and leather elements of the cab. Now it was to be the luxury-type 5-door model, equipped with 8-speed automatic transmission with the engine, near-twin of BMW M5.
The fourth and the latest generation of the car are produced since 2012 with the wheelbase longer than all the predecessors had. The spacious cabin pleases the owner as well as the comfortable seats. There is also much space for cargo in the truck. The safety measures include ABS, EBD and other emergency systems.
This large car is not at all eco-friendly. Its sporty character together with its powerful engine all contribute to multiple critiques. Some environmental organizations try to hinder the process of manufacturing.