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.