Here’s every generation of Range Rover since 1970
Your very quick, moderately informative pictorial guide to one of Team GB’s stars
Range Rover I (Classic): 1970
Velare is a Latin word that translates as ‘veil’, or ‘to cover’. It was used for a prototype Land Rover back in 1967 that just three short years later would emerge as the very first Range Rover.
The two-door Rangie – retrofitted with the ‘Classic’ moniker after the second-gen car was released – first landed in June 1970. It featured such hits as a lightweight aluminium V8 up front, four-wheel-drive and disc brakes all round.
More than that, it quickly became a bit of a design hero: in 1971 the Range Rover Classic was the first car to be displayed at the Louvre in Paris for its “exemplary work of industrial design”.
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Range Rover II (P38a): 1994
Yes, you read those dates correct. The Classic soldiered on for 24 years before a full-blown new model was ushered in. That codename? The building it was developed in.
It launched with a long wheelbase chassis too, along with a new semi-monocoque body and better air suspension. In 1999, LR revealed the-then most luxurious Rangie it had ever built: the Linley, inspired by furniture designer Lord Linley. Only 10 were built. Each one cost £100k.
Range Rover III (L322): 2001
Just seven years after the second generation SUV came the third; it was shown off at RAF Kinloss (because of course), and featured all-round independent air suspension as a highlight.
Just one year later, LR celebrated the 500,000th Range Rover built in Solihull, while in 2005 V8 versions joined the range along with a new model line you might be familiar with: the Range Rover Sport.Advertisement - Page continues below
Range Rover IV (L405): 2012
Funny to think the most recent RR had been with us for so long – nine years is an age in the motoring world these days. Testament to the Rangie’s enduring desirability, no doubt.
This one featured a number of firsts including a fully aluminium base, while other innovations like ‘all-terrain response progress control’ would appear much later. In 2015, Land Rover built the six millionth Range Rover – a LWB Vogue SE – while in the same year, Her Majesty The Queen embraced the greener Rangie by opting for a hybrid RR State Review.
During this model’s lifetime we saw yet another line spun off, named after the original prototype from 1967: the Range Rover Velar.
And since 1970, Land Rover has sold more than 1.25 million Range Rovers across the globe. Big shoes to fill, quite literally.
Range Rover V: 2021
And so we come to only the fifth generation of a car so married to Team GB and the ideals of luxury motoring it’s practically the standard-bearer. For the first time in its life, it's available as a seven-seater. It gets a new trim line at the top called ‘SV’ which features a BMW 4.4-litre V8 and much power. There are plug-in hybrid models with up to 50-miles of electric only, real-world range.
And in 2024, there’s going to be a fully-electric Range Rover. You can read the full debrief over here.