The All New 2013 Land Rover Range Rover- Stronger, Lighter and Sleeker
Being one of the most iconic fixtures in the automotive galore, The Land Rover Range Rover has maintained its position for years now without any major changes. But for 2013, the SUV will go through significant transformations. The current generation Range Rover was developed under BMW and released in 2002. The Range Rover series has maintained itself to establish continuity across three generations over the past 15 years in spite of having three owners (BMW, Ford and now the Tata Group).
The fourth generation Range Rover, which is all set for its September debut, is supposed to be using ample aluminium, such that it’s as much as 926 pounds lighter than its predecessor. According to Land Rover, the 2013 Range Rover is built on a completely new platform, and its brand new SUV will employ an all-aluminum unibody structure. The overall shape of 2013 Range Rover remains the same but there are quite a bit changes underneath. The front and the rear sub frames will also be completely aluminium built, with a slight redesign included. The American-spec 2013 Range Rover will weigh 700 pounds less than the outgoing Ute, giving it a mass of about 5150 pounds.
It will be powered with two V-8 engines in the U.S. and the current 5.0-liter V-8 will include certain minor updates, which makes 375 hp in standard guise and 510 hp when supercharged. Apart from this, a standard eight-speed ZF automatic transmission is also included despite of the engine. The Europeans will have Range Rover’s with the company’s new supercharged V-6 and a diesel six. The design and styling of Range Rover seems to be hugely inspired from Evoque, with swept head lights in front and a sloping roofline at the back along with streamlined door handles to go with it. It has a leather covered dash with few physical knobs fitted and all control recessed into the surface. It is equipped with trapezoidal display screen and the rear-seat legroom is up 4.7 inches than the old SUV.
via Car and Driver