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By Ketan Patel


Land Rover Range Rover 2013 Review

After a few photos depicting the new Land Rover Range Rover 2013 have leaked on the internet, the car manufacturer has finally spilled the beans and released their own set of official pictures alongside a not-so-generous list of features and specifications expected from their upcoming SUV. Needless to say the new Range Rover comes with a new slim look, better fuel economy and it's considerably lighter than its predecessor as well.

Unfortunately Land Rover has not revealed too many details regarding what will motivate their upcoming SUV, but they did mention the fact that two V8 engines are in store for the 2013 model. That being said we suspect the new Range Rover to boast the naturally-aspired 5.0 liter V8 engine currently found in their lineup. Nevertheless, higher fuel efficiency and a bump in horsepower are expected from the V8 powerplant once it's fitted on the latest Range Rover. What's interesting is that an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox is expected to be coupled with the V8 units, so that's a pretty big step up from what the ongoing model has to offer.

Furthermore a new air suspension is also expected to be fitted on the upcoming SUV and although we're once again shooting in the dark when it comes to other technical specifications including the ground clearance, the manufacturer is expected to reveal all there is to know about their latest creation during the Paris Motor Show held in September.

For now we can admire the design of the Range Rover 2013 and draw conclusions from there. The new model boasts a more elegant design with rounded edges and longer lines. The front fascia has been redesigned and features a new set of head lamps that sweep back into the fenders. The taillights have borrowed the same design cue and their position appears to be aligned with the head lamps and the door handles. A new set of wheels are also present on the new model and their design has clearly been inspired by the Evoque.

On the interior one of the aspects Land Rover was eager to announce is the fact that the rear seat leg room has been increased by 4.7 inches. The interior has also been completely redesigned but the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Although the interior seems to have been completely redrawn, it manages to remain familiar.

Pricing remains a mystery as many other aspects, but we expect it to be somewhat close to what the Cadillac Escalade 2013 and the Mercedes Benz GL-Class 2013 has to offer.

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  • Lighter, stronger and more refined, the world's finest luxury SUV
  • Unmistakeably a Range Rover, a modern interpretation of iconic design cues
  • World's first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure
  • 420kg weight saving over outgoing model delivering improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions
  • An unrivalled breadth of capability with transformed handling and agility
  • State-of-the-art adaptive dynamics to further improve peerless ride quality
  • Enhanced all-terrain performance with introduction of Land Rover's Terrain Response® 2 Auto
  • The pinnacle of SUV refinement, with a more spacious and luxurious interior and a truly composed driving experience
  • British designed and engineered at Land Rover's development centres in the UK
  • Manufactured in a new, state-of-the-art aluminium manufacturing facility, Solihull, UK

The all-new Range Rover is the most capable and most luxurious Land Rover yet.  Lighter, stronger and with new levels of refinement, the Range Rover reinforces its position as the world's finest luxury SUV.

The fourth generation of the unique Range Rover line, the all-new model has been developed from the ground up, capturing the innovative spirit and iconic design of the original model which changed the world of motoring when it was launched over 40 years ago.

The world's first SUV with a revolutionary lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure is 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model enabling total vehicle weight savings of up to 420kg.

The lightweight aluminium platform has delivered significant enhancements in performance and agility, along with a transformation in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

In addition to the strong and rigid lightweight body, an all-new aluminium front and rear chassis architecture has been developed with completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension. While the luxurious ride has been retained, the vehicle's handling and agility have been significantly improved.  The new suspension architecture delivers flatter, more confident cornering, with natural and intuitive steering feel.

John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, said: "The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle - that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability.  However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling."

The all-new Range Rover has a clean and elegant shape which is derived from a fresh new interpretation of Range Rover design cues.  While instantly recognisable as a Range Rover, the new vehicle takes a significant step forward with a bold evolution of the model's iconic design language.

"Designing the next generation Range Rover, following over forty years of success, came with a huge responsibility to protect the DNA of such an icon," said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer.

"Our design team worked incredibly hard to capture the elegant proportions and pure surfaces which have been a feature of the best Range Rover designs."

With Land Rover strength at its heart, the new model has been engineered from the ground up to be the most capable, most refined Range Rover ever.

Amongst the industry-leading innovations is a ground-breaking next-generation version of Land Rover's Terrain Response® system, which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings for the terrain.

To ensure exceptional durability and reliability, the new model has been subjected to Land Rover's punishing on- and off-road test and development regime, with a fleet of development vehicles covering millions of miles over 18 months of arduous tests in more than 20 countries with extremes of climate and road surfaces.

Within the cabin, the all-new Range Rover provides occupants with a sensation of serene isolation, meeting the highest luxury car standards for refinement.

Measures like the rigorously optimised body structure and acoustic lamination of the windscreen and side door glass have significantly reduced noise levels, while the new suspension architecture has enabled engineers to achieve even more luxurious ride comfort and refinement.

The sumptuous interior incorporates distinctive Range Rover design cues, but executed with a very contemporary treatment, and clean, elegant surfaces which are flawlessly presented using the finest leathers and veneers.  With over 118mm more legroom, the rear occupants benefit from vastly increased space and comfort, with the option of a new two-seat Executive Class seating package for the ultimate in rear-seat luxury.

To deliver the model's characteristic effortless performance, customers have the choice of refined V8 petrol engines and TDV6 and SDV8 diesel engines combining responsive performance with outstanding CO2 emissions.

The all-new Range Rover has been engineered with the latest developments in vehicle technologies, from interior luxury features such as exclusive Meridian surround sound music systems and power upper and lower tailgates, to advanced chassis and driver assistance technologies.

Designed and engineered at Land Rover's development centres in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK - employing the latest low-energy aluminium body construction technologies.

On sale from September 2012 [market dependent] with customer deliveries scheduled to start from early 2013, the all-new Range Rover will be a truly global car, available in over 160 markets worldwide.

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