The best cars from the Paris Motor Show 2012 you'll soon be able to drive
New Range Rover at Paris 2012
Range Rover at the 2012 Paris Motor Show
We're rather familiar with the all-new Range Rover now, following its global reveal earlier in the month - but it's not actually officially been seen uncovered in public before now. The crowds are thus pouring over it to see what the most aspirational SUV on the planet is really like.
What is it?
The new Range Rover is genuinely all-new. Like before, it's still huge on the outside, but a longer wheelbase means there's (even) more space inside, too. It still looks like a Range Rover but modern design thinking means it's even more upmarket. Land Rover has benchmarked this against the Mercedes S-Class and Bentley Flying Spur and it shows.
The Range Rover's all aluminium monocoque weighs less than that of a BMW 3 Series and means it's far greener than before - a new V6 diesel version can average nearly 38mpg. It's better than ever off road and apparently rivals a luxury car on it as well. The interior is beautiful too, as people here at Paris are finding out. In terms of design, quality, space and comfort, it's a real step up from the current car.
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The lights of the Paris Motor Show are not the best location in which to unveil a large SUV. Some are thus grumbling about the styling being similar to before. Wait until they see it in context, we say - then the differences become apparent.
How much and when?
The new Range Rover costs from £71,295 and the order books are open now. Deliveries will begin in early 2013.
Anything else I should know?
The new Range Rover really has been benchmarked against Bentley and Mercedes luxury cars alongside the usual SUV fare. The rear cabin has been designed so it's much easier to get in and out of - something thousands are discovering right now here in Paris...
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