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    All-new Range Rover literally making a splash at its local debut. Latest car carries over traits that have made it iconic.

    THE British nameplate that invented the luxury SUV genre almost half-a-century ago is now on its fourth generation, and the all-new model—released worldwide last year—has found its way into the Philippines.

    Launched recently was Land Rover’s Range Rover, with the vehicle literally making a splash during a program marking its arrival as local distributor Land Rover Phils. (LRPhils) Motors Inc. released the new car from the brand’s Terrapod, a mobile contraption that demonstrates Land Rovers’ mechanical articulation, onto a pool of water. Point well made.

    “The all-new Range Rover embodies the innovative spirit that the brand is known for and meets the highest luxury car standards in refinement,” said LRPhils President and Chairman Wellington Soong during the model’s launch at the Land Rover showroom in Bonifacio Global City.

    The most pedigreed premium sport-ute on the planet has been engineered from the ground up to be the most capable, most refined Range Rover ever, its maker said. The new car is lighter and stronger, too, thanks to an all-aluminum unibody structure that Land Rover said is 39-percent lighter than the steel body of the previous model. An all-new aluminum front and rear chassis architecture has also been developed and paired with a completely reengineered four-corner air suspension. So while the nameplate’s signature luxurious ride has been retained, the new Range Rover’s handling and agility have been sharpened, the carmaker said.

    In the cabin, the latest Range Rover flaunts acoustic lamination on the windshield and side door glass, reducing noise. Its legroom had been stretched almost five inches, increasing space in the backseat, and a two-place rear seating package is offered as an option. High-resolution displays, including an eight-inch touch-screen panel that has a dual-view function and parking assist, tech up the car’s interior.

    To ensure the characteristic effortless performance of a Range Rover, the new model is offered with a choice of V8 engines that can be paired with new eight-speed ZF automatic transmissions. Also fitted to the vehicle are Land Rover’s next-generation Terrain Response system, which analyzes driving conditions and road surfaces and automatically selects the best setting.

    Equally welcome in the latest Range Rover is that its architecture is still inspired by the original model that debuted in 1970, although it now has a softer and curvier silhouette, as well as vastly improved aerodynamics. But the signatures that defined Range Rovers for decades—clamshell hood, floating roof, deep grille and headlamp graphics—have been retained. And, thankfully, they are still fit for royalty.

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