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It is one of the most loved cars on the road today and since its debut in 1970, the Range Rover has set the benchmark for what a luxury off-roader should be. Today the car is celebrating its 45th birthday and Range Rover is bringing a spotlight to all four generations of the legendary SUV.

Starting with the first generation in 1970, the Range Rover Classic was only available with two doors and touted an aluminum V8 engine, full-time four-wheel-drive, and a four-door model we all know and love came in 1985. 

That was followed up with the P38a in 1994 which innovated with height-adjustable suspension and was one of the first cars to ever include GPS with its Linley Special Edition in 1999. 

The third generation Range Rover amplified the luxury and grew in size with an interior inspired by yachts and first-class cabins which is carried on today with the fourth generation Range Rover which is the world's first ever all-aluminum SUV. 

Timeline (via Land Rover):

1966 Work began on the first Range Rover prototype, known as the '100-inch station wagon'

1970 The original two-door Range Rover - known as the Classic - goes on sale

1971 Range Rover receives the RAC Dewar award for outstanding technical achievement

1972 The Range Rover is the first vehicle to cross the Darien Gap on a British Army Trans America expedition

1974 Range Rover completes west to east Sahara desert expedition - 7,500 miles in 100 days

1977 A modified Range Rover wins the 4x4 class in the London-Sydney Marathon, a gruelling 30,000 km (18,750 miles) event and the longest ever speed-based car rally

1979 A specially modified Range Rover wins the first Paris-Dakar rally (a Range Rover wins again in 1981)

1981 First production four-door Range Rover appears along with the first factory produced limited-edition Range Rover - the 'In Vogue'

1982 Automatic transmission becomes available on Range Rover

1983 Range Rover 5-speed manual gearbox is introduced

1985 The diesel-powered Range Rover 'Bullet' breaks 27 speed records, including a diesel record for averaging more than 100mph for 24 hours

1987 Range Rover launched in North America

1989 Range Rover is the world's first 4x4 to be fitted with ABS anti-lock brakes

1990 Limited Edition CSK - named after founder Charles Spencer King - is launched as a sportier Range Rover

1992 Range Rover Classic is the world's first 4x4 to be fitted with Electronic Traction Control

1992 Long-wheelbase LSE (known as County LWB in the US) launched

1992 Automatic electronic air suspension introduced, a world first for a 4x4

1994 Second-generation (P38a) Range Rover launched

1996 Range Rover Classic bows out after total production of 317,615 units

1999 Limited Edition Range Rover Linley appears at London Motor Show

2001 Third-generation (L322) Range Rover launched

2002 Half-millionth Range Rover produced at the Solihull plant

2005 Second model line - the Range Rover Sport - launched

2006 Terrain Response and TDV8 diesel introduced

2009 Range Rover features all-new 5.0-litre V8 and 5.0-litre supercharged petrol engines

2010 Range Rover celebrates its 40 anniversary,

2011 Third model line - the Range Rover Evoque - goes on sale

2012 Fourth-generation (L405) Range Rover launched - the world's first all-aluminium SUV

2013 Long-wheelbase Autobiography Black Edition unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show

2014 Long-wheelbase Range Rover Hybrid makes its world debut in China

2015 Range Rover SV Autobiography launched at New York International Auto Show.

6,000,000 Land Rover produced is a Range Rover LWB SE Vogue destined for China.

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