Mike Stevens | Jun 2, 2010

The iconic Range Rover is celebrating its 40th birthday in June, three generations after the 1970 launch of the first-generation model now known as the 'Range Rover Classic'.

The Classic was followed by the second-generation P38A in 1994 - even sold alongside the Classic for a brief time - before the current generation (and its updates) arrived in 2001.

"It is really four vehicles in one," Managing Director Phil Popham said of the Range Rover today.

"It's a seven-days-a-week luxury motor car, a leisure vehicle that will range far and wide on the highways and off-road trails of the world, a high performance car for long distance travel, and a working cross-country vehicle."

Click to read TMR's review of the 2010 Range Rover Sport.

The 2011 Range Rover LRX is expected this year.
The 2011 Range Rover LRX is expected this year.

The smaller Discovery-based Range Rover Sport - the first completely new model since the Land Rover Freelander arrived in 1996 - joined the line-up in 2005. Two years later, it was Land Rover's best-selling vehicle.

The next model to wear a Range Rover badge will be the LRX, confirmed for its worldwide debut later this year.

While a final update is expected for the current-generation Range Rover sometime next year, an all-new fourth-generation Range Rover will reportedly arrive in 2012, weighing significantly less and offering massive fuel consumption improvements over the current model.

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