The new 2013 Land Rover Range Rover has been completely rebuilt from the ground up. It’s now the most capable, most refined Range Rover ever. Now in its fourth generation, the new Range still looks the part and breathes the spirit of its iconic design and 40-year-old heritage.
The all-aluminum unibody is 39% lighter than the outgoing steel body, and the entire car is now produced in the brand new manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK, using the latest low-energy aluminum body construction technologies.
Under the big hood lies a 5-liter V8, weighing¬—in conjunction with the lighter body—700lbs less than the previous model for the US.
With less weight comes increased agility and performance overall, with imporved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions not far behind.
The keep the tires planted and this big truck riding smoothly the chassis has been redesigned as well, utilizing an aluminum front and rear chassis, paired with an all-new four-corner air suspension.
John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, said: "The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle - that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability. However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling."
Inside, expect new levels of refinement and zero road noise. The windshield and side glass are acoustically laminated, and with the new suspension, the car is now more comfortable and far quieter than ever before.
The new Range Rover has been subjected to Land Rover's punishing on-and off-road test and development regime. A fleet of development vehicles covered millions of miles over 18 months, with arduous tests in more than 20 countries through extremes of climate and road surfaces. If you’d rather hear something nicer, though, you can turn up the volume on the new exclusive sound systems by renowned British audio specialists Meridian™ that comes standard.
“Designing the next generation Range Rover, following over forty years of success, came with a huge responsibility to protect the DNA of such an icon," said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer. "Our design team worked incredibly hard to capture the elegant proportions and pure surfaces which have been a feature of the best Range Rover designs."
So when can you get one? December 2012.