For those members of the 1% for whom the Range Rover Evoque was just too small and too fashionable, perhaps the brand’s all-new flagship – the 2013 Range Rover – will satisfy.
The latest Range Rover isn’t as drastic a break from traditional Range Rover design language as the smaller Evoque, but it is a smoother, sleeker evolution of the traditional Range Rover form. The same upright and slab-sided greenhouse remains, as do the blacked-out pillars and ruler-straight character line from head- to taillamps. The front fascia – traditionally a brusque, upright, and boxy form on the top-tier Range Rover – is now more rounded and smoothly flows into the subtly flared front wheel arches, much like those on the Evoque.
Despite this evolutionary tack for the exterior, Land Rover has completely overhauled virtually every item found beneath the 2013 Range Rover’s skin. Perhaps the most notable example is the 2013 Range Rover’s monocoque body itself: it, along with most suspension components, is crafted entirely from aluminum in an attempt to whittle away heft and improve fuel economy. Land Rover claims the new unibody is 39 percent lighter than the steel structure used between 2002-2012; depending on the trim level, that translates to as much as a 926-lb weight reduction over the outgoing Range Rover. A U.S.-spec 2013 Range Rover, equipped with the naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 5.0-liter V-8, should weigh about 5190 pounds, which is down some 700 pounds from a comparable 2012 model.
Speaking of that supercharged V-8, both it and the naturally aspirated, direct-injection, 5.0-liter V-8 will return to the 2013 Range Rover lineup. That said, Land Rover has yet to make any increase in power from their current outputs of 510 hp and 375 hp, respectively. The 2013 Range Rover eschews the outgoing model's six-speed automatic in favor of a new eight-speed unit, which will also be found in select versions of the 2013 Jaguar XF and XJ sedans. Predictably, the brand's Terrain Response off-road system will return, though it now allegedly adjusts the vehicle's settings automatically in order to fit its environment. Land Rover has also re-engineered the four-corner air suspension for better handling and an improved ride.
The 2013 Range Rover promises to have an even more opulent cabin than the outgoing one, including an additional 4.7 inches of rear legroom and an optional two-seat package with a rear center console. The leather-wrapped dash and floating infotainment touchscreen along with the Meridian audio system from the Evoque will make an appearance here, and the current Range Rover’s massive 12.3-inch TFT LCD screen returns.
Officially, the 2013 Range Rover will publicly launch at the Paris Motor Show in September, but the model won’t go on sale in the U.S. until December, or perhaps even January of 2013. Stay tuned for full specifications and pricing information, which should emerge by the Range Rover’s North American auto show debut in November.
Source: Land Rover