The Range Rover, Land Rover’s large luxury four wheel drive, has a long history and has seen many changes, just like the Discovery.
The story begins in the late sixties when the first Range Rover prototype was built, although there had been earlier experiments by the Rover company, and it continues up to the present day. There are three generations of Range Rover, each one having distinct body shape, mechanical and interior changes.
The first generation of Range Rover had two shapes to choose from, a three door and a five door version. Throughout the course of years there were 8 types of engine to choose from, both in diesel and petrol. The first generation Range Rover really did prove itself, it took part in numerous Camel Trophy events and was available for modification such as the Carmichael’s six wheel fire truck. Near the end of it first generation the Range Rover became known as the Range Rover Classic.
The mid nineties saw the start of the second generation of Range Rovers. The models available were a V8 engine or diesel and a 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic gearbox. This generation offered more equipment and premium trims, positioning the vehicle above the Land Rover Discovery.
Bringing us up to the present day the third generation of Range Rovers pushed the vehicle further upmarket still. Due to the third generation being planned and developed under BMW ownership the vehicles share a lot of components and systems with 7 series and 5 series BMW cars. Again, the engine range during the lifespan of the third generation was large, a total of seven models in both petrol and diesel. The manual gearbox has been dropped now in favour of three automatic boxes, one of which is an 8 speed box.
Another model of note is the Range Rover Sport. This vehicle is not simply a Range Rover with new specification but a completely different model based on a third generation Discovery chassis.