This Is The All-New 2013 Range Rover

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

My wife and I have owned a Discovery, an LR4 and 5 Range Rovers. A foundation of the brand had been that form followed function. This has always been an axiom of the brand that has spoken to our personal values, "NO BLING". If we wanted bling, we'd drive an Escalade. We drive Range Rover because RR gives honest engineering built to a purpose which results in solid, honest, not pretentious, functional beauty, not bling. Now in equipping US 2013 RRs with non-functioning gills that have moved from the fenders to the doors, RR has decided to roll into the hood and compete by running the Escalade's play of adding BLING for no purpose. I will be embarrassed by those gills if I can overcome them enough to by a BLINGED out Range Rover. It will feel as embarrassing as if I'd purchased an HSE and kited it out to fraudulently present itself as a supercharged, a pretender, a want a be. Range Rovers have always been the real deal with no pretense. Those nonfunctioning gills are a huge graffiti splash screaming "pretender" all over a truck that has no need to pretend. If one didn't know better, those nonfunctioning gills would appear to be a spandex mini skirt on mutton dressed as lamb! Please offer an option without embarrassing pretense. I honestly don't know if I can drive a truck that advertises me as a pretender. Range Rover has never forced me to contemplate this in the past and has now broken that trust!
Can you say Ford Flex. I thought Range Rover and Jaguar would be through with Ford. Apparently not. This thing looks as hideous as ever. And with all the Ford content who would spend this kind of money for a Fancy Ford.
The smoother, sleeker look fits in well with the way Range Rover's styling has been evolving for the past decade or so. That said, the squared-off, largely slab-sided styling inevitably does contain hints of the Ford Flex, and those tail lights have a very Explorer-esque shape to them; many of the comparisons may be overheated, but there IS some stylistic connection there. I'm more curious to find out how the weight reduction affects the driving dynamics. That's a significant weight loss, and could lead to substantially improved on-road performance.
Frank Alvarez
For years one of the selling points of the Range Rover was the 6000lbs GVW which made it a nice tax deduction as a business vehicle. The depreciation on a 1040 was even promoted in their brochures. While an improvement in gas milage is certainly appealing, the taking it out of this weight category will make it less affordable to those just outside the 1%.
Nice job Range Rover, this is the way a modern evolution should go. Jaguar and Range Rover are showing great promise in design. Looks like Road & Track readers also know design. I have not seen the half baked Explorer and Flex comparisons there. The vehicles look nothing alike! I am hoping to see the Defender and another less expensive model to remain totally rugged and capable. And why not make one of those models under 30k? Land Rover / Range Rover is the second oldest FWD brand just behind Jeep, I think they could compete well in this market as well only adding to the brands image not taking away from it.
Is It just me or does the refresh appear to be inspired by the Tuk-Tuk?
First comment needs moderated? Guess Ford has Motor Trend and Automobile in its pocket.
Sir Moses Wellington
I like this RR over the outgoing in every way except for one thing. That ugly front end. Put back the traditional square bezels with circular headlights and this RR is perfect.
Very Nice! Range Rover shows us how a proper modern evolution is done. And guys please cut the Ford Flex and Explorer comparisons until you actually look at the Fords and compare the two. Sure the same general shape of the lights is there but that is where the similarities end. Ford obviously took those design cues from Range Rover when it sold it to Tata. And lets all remember the Range Rover is still a capable SUV, not a Fat Egg thrown on the ancient Taurus chassis.

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