How do you reinvent a vehicle that's been trudging through the harshest terrains for more than four decades, a vehicle that pioneered the very idea of a luxury SUV? And how do you do it in such a way that keeps true to its mission while adhering to the ever-tightening emissions and fuel economy regulations? Land Rover found a way to do it with the 2013 Range Rover. It's larger, more luxurious, and, heck, it's even 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing version, courtesy of extensive use of aluminum.
Among the only carryovers for the 2013 Range Rover are engine options: a 5.0-liter V-8 that comes with either 375 horsepower, or a massive 510 horsepower with the help of a supercharger. From there, it's paired to a new eight-speed automatic transmission that helps it deliver better fuel economy.
Who It's For
More or less the Bentley of off-roaders until the actual Bentley of off-roaders gets here in a few years, the 2013 Range Rover starts at $83,500, ensuring you have to be pretty well off before you can bring one home. That number crests $130,000 with all the option boxes ticked. But then there are many more hand-tailored options from which to choose beyond that.
The Range Rover has always held its status among the top of luxury off-roader crowd, with only recent additions like the Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-Benz GL taking some attention away from it. Only Toyota has been in the luxury SUV game as long with the Land Cruiser and Lexus LX.
There's a nearly endless list of customization features for the 2013 Range Rover, so we'll try to keep this brief:
- 37 paint colors, 17 interior colors, three headliner colors, three different wood veneers, and eight different wheel designs in 19-, 20-, 21-, and 22-inch sizes.
- Curb-view cameras mounted on either side mirror that can look down at the ground during off-roading.
- A 36-inch water fording ability.
- And last but not least, a more coddling interior than what has been seen in the big Rangie before, with larger dimensions in every capacity.
What We Think
Most Range Rovers are going to end up in Beverly Hills or in rap videos, which is perfectly OK considering that we're not sure we'd go muddin' in a $100,000 luxury SUV, either. But that shouldn't take away from the 2013 Range Rover's credit: It's a bona fide adventurer if ever there were one.
We're hoping there are people out there who buy this vehicle with the intention of towing and going on trails to little-visited cabins in Aspen. We're hoping there are people who appreciate the Range Rover for its abilities so the automaker keeps on making the same sorts of vehicles in perpetuity. Despite not packing the visual presence as the model it replaces, we're eager to drive this one, on- and off-road.
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