Here is all you need to know about the 2013 Range Rover
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The cat is out of the bag! After a leak yesterday, Land Rover has finally revealed the 2013 Range Rover for the internet. As you are already aware, we have been following the development of the Range Rover like a pug following a particular mobile phone subscriber.
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Land Rover arduously tested the new Range Rover for 18 months and in 20 countries to make sure that the final product is as technically advanced and uber luxurious a car in the company's history.
This fourth generation Range Rover will be making its official debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. So let’s get down to business.
What has changed in the 2013 Range Rover?
- The design of the 2013 Range Rover is evolutionary rather than revolutionary in a very smooth and sleek way.
- Influence from the baby brother Evoque is clearly visible on both ends.
- At the front, it gets slender sweptback headlights, a three-bar grille, a clean bumper design.
- The side profile features backwards-sloping roofline, streamlined door handles and an all new alloy design.
- The rear gets new tail lamps that intrude in the side profile.
- The same upright and slab-sided greenhouse continues in the new model. Other features that are carried over from the old design include the floating roof, the clamshell bonnet, the blacked-out pillars and the two-piece tailgate.
- Owing to the new emission norms, Land Rover has opted in for a new pressed aluminum monocoque making the successor as much as 317kg lighter than its predecessor.
- It is the first sport-ute with an all-aluminum unibody structure.
- The total weight equates to 5,150 pounds, roughly a hundred pounds less than a Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
- The body is 39 percent lighter than the steel-bodied 2012 Range Rover.
- It features an extended wheelbase (by about 100 mm), wider track wheels and spacious interior. Rear legroom has been increased by 4.7 inches.
- The new aluminum structure is stiffer in both torsion and bending.
- The front and rear subframes are made completely made from aluminum. They support newly designed, all-independent air suspension systems.
- It has been bestowed with the latest in electronic ride and stability control equipment.
- The new SUV has a re-engineered adaptive air suspension.
- It features an updated more responsive Terrain Response 2 Auto system. The new technology reads conditions more quickly and automatically makes adjustments to traction control, transmission, electronic differential, transfer box and air suspension.
- The new cabin is influenced by the Range Rover Autobiography edition.
- It has a TFT screen instead of instrument dials. The screen digitally shows you the tachometer and speedometer like in the new XJ.
- There is another integrated eight-inch screen embedded in the center console of the car.
- Say goodbye to the stick. The new model will feature a 'rising knob' gear shift.
- Meridian audio system from the Evoque will also be available in the Range Rover
- It has laminated screens and side glass to slash noise levels.
- Land Rover will also offer two-seat Executive Class seating package, which the company claims to offer the ‘ultimate in rear-seat luxury’.
Engine and Transmission
- The Range Rover will be available in three engine options
- 3.0L V6 Diesel
- 4.4-litre V8 diesel
- 5.0-liter V-8 Petrol
- Specific power outputs are not known yet but the power will range from 375 hp in standard guise and 510 hp in supercharged form.
- An eight-speed ZF automatic transmission is standard regardless of engine.
Though the prices are not known yet, we expect them to range between £70,000 (60 lakhs INR) upwards of £120,000 (more than a Crore). Production will begin in a new Solihull facility and the it will be sold in more than 160 markets worldwide.