New Range Rover unveiled - and it's 39pc lighter

This is the first picture of the lighter, roomier new Range Rover, which is set to bring a major boost to the West Midlands car industry.

The new Range Rover with aluminium body is 39pc lighter than the previous model
The new Range Rover with aluminium body is 39pc lighter than the previous model

This is the first picture of the lighter, roomier new Range Rover, which is set to bring a major boost to the West Midlands car industry.

With first deliveries to customers due from early next year, the new 4x4 vehicle will be made at the company’s Solihull plant

Sporting a more luxurious interior, the new Range Rover will have an aluminium body, making it 39 per cent lighter than the steel body on the previous model.

There will be more legroom inside, with passengers in the back getting increased space and comfort.

The new model is another boost for Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which is going to build a £355 million engine plant at the i54 business park in Wolverhampton. Work is now under way at the site, which will create 750 jobs and is due to open in 2014.

Yesterday, it was announced that a JLR plant had moved to 24-hour production with the introduction of an extra shift.

The carmaker has created another 1,000 jobs at its site in Halewood, Merseyside, so it can meet demand for its Evoque and Freelander models.

Staff will work to a three-shift pattern, with the first night shift starting on Monday. The new jobs take the site’s workforce to 4,500 – three times the number working there three years ago. JLR unveiled plans to increase its workforce in March.

When the move was first announced, Business Secretary Vince Cable said it was “further evidence of the strength of the UK automotive sector”.