Range Rover History

Range Rover History

A 4×4 vehicle developed by Land Rover, the Range Rover has been around since 1970 as a luxury vehicle. This model includes three sub-brands, the Evoque, Velar and Sport. Each has a unique style and purpose.

Early Beginnings

Even before the Range Rover was in existence, Land Rover was trying to create a model that was larger than the Land Rover back in 1951. A two-wheel drive Road Rover made its entrance but was put aside until 1966. The prototype of the Range Rover was built in 1967 but not finalized until two years later. A year after that, in 1970, the Range Rover was launched.

Land Rover wasn’t sold in the US until 1987 but was found on the grey market prior to that. Only the Range Rover was on the American market until 1993 when the Defender was added.

First Generation

Land Rover stuck with the first-generation Range Rover for nearly three decades. First introduced in 1969, it was sold until 1996. During that time, the two-door body was the only option until 1981.

The original Range Rover was a simple model with vinyl seats, plastic dashboards and utilitarian cabins. Many convenience features didn’t come until later. This model was practical with a body-on-frame design and coil springs and various V8 engines as well as diesel options.

In 1982, Land Rover introduced the four-door body with a 2.4L turbodiesel being added in 1988. Towards the end of production, Land Rover changed the name to Range Rover Classic as a way to distinguish the newer model from earlier ones.

Second Generation and Third Generation

The second generation of the Range Rover was introduced for 1995. This model came with an updated Rover V8 engine and an optional 2.5L V6 turbo diesel engine. This was also the first model to include satellite navigation as an available option.

2001 was the year for the third-generation Range Rover to be introduced. This model would include systems and individual components from BMW 7 Series. The manual transmission was retired, leaving only the automatic.

A facelift was given of the front fascia, wide vents went from two to three and taillamps were now red instead of orange and red. A second facelift was done in 2010 with new tail lamps, fascia, and side grills. Another major change was the addition of a 5.0L engine and supercharged engine in 2010.

Fourth Generation

Debuting in 2012, the fourth-generation Range Rover included a hybrid with a diesel engine. While it started out with a three-door 4×4, the SV Coupe was cancelled, leaving only the five-door 4×4. Along with the hybrid engine was a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines. All were paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Sales for the Range Rover continued to rise, proving the changes were well received.

It was in the 21st century that the Range Rover expanded its line first with the Range Rover Sport in 2004, followed by the Range Rover Evoque in 2011 and finally the Range Rover Velar in 2017.

To find out more about the Range Rover and its sub-models or to take one for a test drive, visit Land Rover Oklahoma City.