The All New 2013 Land Rover Range Rover
Land Rover says that the platform on which the 2013 Range Rover is built is completely new and that it’s the first sport-ute with an all-aluminum uni-body structure. That structure, weighs just 61 percent as much as the predecessor’s uni-body. The front and rear sub-frames also are built completely from aluminum, and have been redesigned from those of the previous model. At the scales, the American-spec 2013 Range Rover should weigh 700 pounds less than did the outgoing ute, giving it a mass of about 5150 pounds. That’s roughly a hundred pounds less than a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and around 200 pounds less than a Mercedes-Benz GL450 weighs.
Although it’s a clean-sheet design, the fourth-gen Range Rover looks quite a bit like the outgoing vehicle. Influence from the Evoque is clear, from the swept headlights to the backwards-sloping roofline and streamlined door handles. It’s unmistakably Range Rover, but we worry that the Range could relive the experience of the 2003–2009 Jaguar XJ: a superb, clean-sheet-designed, aluminum-intensive vehicle that was largely passed over by consumers because it looked too much like its predecessor.
A leather-covered dash follows a minimalist aesthetic, with just a few physical knobs and as many controls as possible recessed into the surface. With the trapezoidal display screen, the whole cabin looks like what you’ll find in the Evoque, only larger and presumably more opulent. It’s a nice—dare we say Scandinavian—contrast to the busy, upright panel in the outgoing Range Rover. Rear-seat legroom is up 4.7 inches from the old SUV; that’s important for this SUV’s intended image as an alternative to the Mercedes-Benz S-class for the rich and chauffeured.
We are super excited to see this Luxury Sport Ute on the streets here in Orange County, California and really looking forward to our first test drive.
Photos from RangeRover.com
Technical Information from CarandDriver.com