2013 Range Rover: Lighter, Stronger and still Prestigious


Land Rover’s iconic Range Rover has received major updates and changes for its 2013 model year debut which will be at the Paris Auto Show in late September. One of the more significant revisions is the adaptation of an all-aluminum unibody that is 39% lighter than the outgoing steel body in the previous generations. Contingent on the market, the new Range Rover will see reduced weight by up to 926 pounds. In the United States a naturally-aspirated, 5-liter V8 drops roughly 700 pounds. And based on the laws of gravity, this re-engineering technique makes the luxury British SUV faster, stronger and more agile with greater levels of ride comfort, refinement, and control.

Also retuned is the four-corner air suspension that allows for improved cornering and steering (according to Land Rover) as well as the pairing of the motor with new eight-speed ZF automatic transmissions. The next generation of Rover’s Terrain Response — which examines the conditions and surfaces of the road and spontaneously chooses the best settings for the terrain — is yet another premium upgrade to the Range. “The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle – that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability, stated John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.

The interior has been stretched a bit to permit for over 4.7” more legroom than the 2012 model while the option of a 2-place rear seating package adds dimension to the interior execution. Rounding out the offerings for the all-new 2013 Rang Rover are standard Audio by British audio maker MeridianTM; a split power folding upper and lower tailgate; and intelligently safe driver assistance technologies. U.S. deliveries are currently scheduled for December.

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