Land Rover launched the fourth generation of the iconic Range Rover last night via a dramatic event held at The Royal Ballet School in Richmond, London. As you may know already, the all-new Range Rover is the first SUV in the world to feature a lightweight all-aluminium body and the car was designed and engineered at company’s development centres in the UK.
Measuring just under 5 metres, the 2013 Range Rover has a similar footprint to the outgoing model but as you can see from the photos, the new SUV is the most aerodynamic Range Rover ever. Under the hood, the new Range Rover offers a choice of three engines: the supercharged V8 delivering 510 PS, the 3.0-liter diesel with 258 PS and the 4.4-liter diesel delivering 339 PS.
All the engines are mated to a smooth and responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. Just like any other Range Rover, the new model also features the unique Command Driving Position, placing the driver in an elevated, upright seating position (up to 90 mm higher than the premium SUVs).
Thanks to the use of aluminum, the car is with 350 kg lighter than the outgoing model. Using the 510PS LR-V8 Supercharged engine, the vehicle sprints from 0 to 96 km/h (60 mph) in 5.1 seconds, which means that it is with 0.8 seconds faster than the outgoing model. Meanwhile, the fuel consumption drops by 9 percent.
Thanks to the lighter structure, Land Rover was able to introduce the sophisticated 3.0-litre TDV6 engine into the model line. This engine takes the total weight saving up to 420kg, and delivers a dramatic 22 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, achieving figures of 37.7mpg (7.5 lit/100km) and 196g/km. Later in 2013, Land Rover will also introduce a diesel hybrid model of the 2013 Range Rover.
Among the innovations seen on the new Range Rover is the ground-breaking next-generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, capable to analyze the current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings. Regarding the interior, this was also updated and features premium materials as well as technologies such as keyless entry, soft door close with power latching, power upper and lower tailgates, cooler compartments, and electrically deployable towbar.
Moreover, we find a high-end audio from British specialists Meridian, a state-of-the-art high-resolution 8-inch touch-screen with Dual-View functionality, climate control, and LED illumination. Regarding the price, in the UK the new Range Rover Vogue 3.0L TDV6 starts at £71,295, while the Range Rover Autobiography 5.0L Supercharged is priced from £98,395.
By reinterpreting the traditional Range Rover design cues, Land Rover was able to give the new Range Rover a clean and elegant shape. These cues allowed the new vehicle to be still recognizable as a Range Rover while making sure that what people see is a modern interpretation of its iconic design language.
Since the new Range Rover has a length of nearly five meters, its footprint is similar to its predecessor. However, its profile is more streamlined, allowing it to offer a coefficient of drag of as low as 0.34 Cd with its roofline able to be lowered by 20 mm during access mode.
Inside, the new Range Rover is impressively luxurious, fresh and modern. Still featuring distinctive Range Rover design cues, the latest model feature a cabin with strong architectural forms and more elegant clean surfaces wrapped in finest leathers and veneers. Moreover, the interior of the new Range Rover is now spacious especially in the rear cabin, which offers 118 mm of more legroom. Ranger Rover customers could further make the rear cabin more exclusive by availing of the optional two-seat Executive Class seating package.
Typical of Land Rover, it offers its customers a chance to customize their Range Rover according to their taste and preference. Land Rover is offering a wide array of color choices, finishes as well as special details. For instance, customers may avail of the color-themed interiors from the Autobiography series. They may also avail of stylish 22-inch alloy wheels.