January 5, 2004
Range Stormer concept a preview of future Range Rovers
Detroit, Michigan – A high performance, sports tourer SUV concept car, the Range
Stormer is Land Rover’s first ever concept show car, and previews a future design
direction for Land Rover, said a company news release.
“The supercharged V8 Range Stormer gives a taste of our forthcoming new entrant in
the booming high performance SUV segment”, said Land Rover’s managing director
Matthew Taylor. “The production vehicle that follows will share many of its styling
and technical innovations. It is very much conceived to be an on-road, performance
machine, as well as class-leading off-road like all Land Rovers.”
Future technologies previewed with the concept include an all-new platform that will
be the basis for future full-size Land Rover models; and Terrain Response a
simple-to-use new Land Rover technology that delivers on- and off-road composure and
control by optimising the entire vehicle set-up, including suspension, powertrain,
throttle response and traction control.
The driver simply selects the appropriate Terrain Response setting from the six
available and the vehicle does the rest, using technology that offers a choice of
settings from ‘dynamic’ for high speed work to ‘deep ruts’ for extreme off-roading.
“You’ll be seeing an increasing amount of innovative technology in future Land
Rovers. But technology that makes the driver’s task simpler not more complicated,
such as Terrain Response”, said Taylor.