2013 Range Rover will be lighter thanks to lightweight aluminum architecture

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 23, 2012

The 2013 Range Rover that will be arriving in the U.S. market in early 2013 will weigh about 600 pounds lighter than the current model since it has a new Jaguar Land Rover lightweight aluminum architecture. From spy images, we know that the long-wheelbase Range Rover is in development. It’s uncertain if the l longer Range Rover will be built and sold in the U.S. but it appears that the market is ready for it.

The additional room in the long-wheelbase model will permit a third row of seats and will convert the Ranger Rover from a five-passenger SUV to a seven-passenger model. The additional passenger capacity will turn the new Range Rover into a more viable rival to the redesigned Mercedes-Benz GL, which is the No. full-sized luxury SUV in the U.S. market when it comes to sales.

SUV fans like the GL because of its practicality. It’s almost as long as the Mercedes-Benz S-class sedan, Mercedes' flagship. The new-generation 2013 GL that will go on sale has a length of 201.6 inches. Mostly young rich families have taken a liking to the GL. The length of the 2012 Range Rover is 195.8 inches. It is more expensive than the GL. The base Range Rover HSE has a starting price of $80,275, including destination, compared to $64,805 for the GL450.

There's a more affordable GL with a diesel engine but Range Rover doesn't sell diesels in the U.S. market. Since sales of the current Range Rover began in 2000, about 118,720 current-generation SUVs have delivered.

Mercedes-Benz has sold 140,176 GLs since sales began in 2006. However, Cadillac’s vehicle is even bigger. The ESV, the long-wheelbase version of the Cadillac Escalade, is 222.9 inches long. It is expected to be redesigned and presented in the second half of 2013 as part of a revamp of GM's full-sized pickup and SUV program. P.S. You can take a look here and see the first photo with the 2013 Range Rover!

The well-known Range Rover, impressive with its powerful and ruggedly elegant character, fortifies its hold at the top of the heap as the most luxurious SUV with the infusion of fresh enhancements, upgrades and attractive option packages, specifically for the Vogue and Autobiography variants.

John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, proudly states that the Range Rover has consistently been the leader in the luxury SUV category due to its unparalleled achievements in combining superior off-road performance with luxuriously comfortable amenities. Edwards adds that the Range Rover’s new technologically-advanced equipment and improved design and enticing options to choose from make it the category leader for 2012.

The 2012 Range Rover underwent various exterior design enhancements with its headlamps and tail lamps’ back plates now in gloss black finish while the radiator grille is finished in Narvik Black. To further give the new Range Rover a more unified, visually smoother appearance, its door handles and side vents were made the same color as the body. Last but not the least, the 2012 Range Rover has been fitted with smart looking, silver 20” V-spoke alloy wheels with the distinct Range Rover logo stamped at the center cap of each wheel.

For the interior of the 2012 Range Rover, Grand Blackwood wood veneers with a “Range Rover” inlay provide well-placed accents. For the Autobiography variant, veneers are available in Burr Maple, Ash Burl, Anthracite-Lined Oak and Prussian Blue.

Available in either the Vogue Silver Pack or the Vogue Black Pack, customers have these two attractive options to choose from when purchasing the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover, with a unique badge on its tailgate identifying the specific package infused into each vehicle. Both variants are provided with the well-received Logic 7, 1200W Harman Kardon High Dynamics Audio System, heated or cooled seats for each passenger, and a dual-screen 8-inch Dual View infotainment System which allows the simultaneous use of two screens for different purposes.

Furthermore, customers have the additional option to avail of the Supercharged Design Pack under the Vogue Silver Pack. This additional option allows the customer to specify a bright noble finish for the front grille and side vents.

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