Updated: 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Shown Off Before Unveil in Paris

By Trevor Dorchies | August 14, 2012
Meet the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover, the latest installment of one the most iconic off-roading vehicles in the world. All-new, the the 2013 Range Rover sports a redesigned front-end with styling cues borrowed from its popular little brother, the Range Rover Evoque. Not much else appears to be different on the surface of the 2013 Range Rover but a lot has changed underneath. The latest Range Rover marks the beginning of the fourth generation for the luxury SUV, known for being posh yet more than capable of going off-road. The Range Rover is also notorious for being heavier than other competitive vehicles but Land Rover forced its luxury SUV to lose some weight this time.  In all, the 2013 Range Rover shed up to 926 pounds, depending on the configuration, and the U.S.-spec model with the 5.0-liter V-8 supercharged engine has shed upwards of 700 pounds. The all-aluminum unibody structure enables the latest Range Rover to be 39 percent lighter than the one it’s replacing. Aluminum also makes up both the front and rear ends to help strengthen the SUV’s body overall without adding more weight. In order to keep the cloud-like ride the Range Rover is known for, engineers added four-corner suspension. As a result, Land Rover claims that cornering can be done so with more confidence because the SUV feels flatter and more balanced.
Not much is known about the interior but we expect the quest to keep exterior noises from penetrating will continue. Land Rover has said it implemented acoustic lamination of both the windshield and windows while the vehicle’s body itself was designed to keep road noise at a minimum. An extra 4.7-inches of legroom was added for the rear seat when compared to the outgoing model too. It’s all speculation as to what’s under the hood but we however, expect the V-8 to pull duty and maybe a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 could be an option. What we do know is that a ZF Friedrichshafen-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission will provide gearing for the luxury SUV but it remains unknown what engine(s) it will be mated to. The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover will begin arriving at dealerships across the country in December of this year. We’ll have even more details, including pricing, as the official unveil date of September 27 at the 2012 Paris Motor Show gets closer Source: Land Rover