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!

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