If Land Rover's engineers and metallurgists get their way, the next generation Range Rover could shed 1,100 pounds of cold steel. That's the projected weight savings if the company moves to a new, rivet-bonded aluminium monocoque structure for its models, as Autocar reports, which could be likely by 2010. The implications for fuel economy and emissions would be significant, which would give Landie an edge over its competitors in the large-SUV range. Of course, the technology could trickle down to Ford's models if it retains ownership of the bulldogs. Likewise, it could also trickle sideways to Jaguar, which is on a similar path to enlightnessness.
Next Rangie "half a tonne lighter" [Autocar]
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