The Land Rover Range Rover is turning 45 today.

Now in its fourth generation, the luxury SUV was revealed for the first time in 1970 as a two-door only model, powered by a V8 engine. It features four disc brakes and full-time all-wheel drive system. In 1981 the British company launched a four-door model, while the first diesel version was introduced in 1986. Three years later it became the first SUV to offer anti-lock brakes and in 1992 the Range Rover celebrated another SUV first with the introduction of Electronic Traction Control and automatic electronic air suspension.

The second Range Rover appeared in 1994 with a 2.5-liter diesel and 3.9- and 4.6-liter versions of the V8 petrol. In 1999 Land Rover revealed the Linley special edition of the vehicle with black paintwork with matching black leather upholstery.

The bigger and more spacious third generation Range Rover arrived in 2001 and received a series of new engines including a 4.2 V8 supercharged petrol engine in 2005, the TDV8 diesel engine in 2006the 5.0-liter V8 petrol engine three years later.

The current fourth generation Range Rover was launched in 2012 as the “the world’s first all-aluminium SUV”. In March this year the company revealed the Range Rover SVAutobiography model, designed to be the most powerful and luxurious Range Rover ever created.

Gallery: Land Rover celebrates Range Rover's 45th anniversary

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