At first glance, you may think that the Range Rover in the photo above is just a massaged, refreshed version of the 2012 model. But look closer. The entire model has been refreshed and updated from the ground up according to Range Rover, all to keep the Range Rover the benchmark of luxury off-roading, in true British fashion.
Starting from the driver’s seat, the newly optimised body and acoustic laminated glass make the interior even quieter than the outgoing model. Rear passengers now have an additional 4.7 inches of leg room to play with, and an optional two place rear seating package to make them even more comfortable is available. To please your ears, Range Rover has contracted British audio experts MeridianTM to design the new sound system. A powered split folding rear tailgate also makes everyday loading into the boot easier.
But if you’re comfortable in the cabin, you want to know what happens when you press the go pedal. Apparently, huge amounts more. The new Range Rover comes in at a stunning 926 lbs less than the outgoing model with the steel body. A U.S. specification model fitted with the 5.0 litre V8 engine is still 700 lbs lighter. This incredible decrease in weight amounts to the new Range Rover being 39% lighter as a whole. But none of the weight reduction has come at any cost to quality, which can often be a concern. Instead, it comes from an all new unibody structure made entirely from aluminum. The chassis architecture has also been redesigned, and is completely aluminum as well. The massive weight reduction should help the new Range Rover achieve vastly improved performance, fuel economy, and emissions figures. This also makes the new Range Rover the worlds first SUV with a full aluminum uni-body.
For the North American market, a range of V8 engines will be offered, and all of them will be mated to a new eight speed ZF automatic transmission. A new adaptive dynamics suspension makes both off-roading and city crawling comfortable, with a completely re-engineered four corners air suspension. The new setup should deliver flatter, more confident cornering, and improved steering feel. The new and now fully automatic Land Rover “Terrain Response 2 Auto® also makes it even easier to leave the paved road, with appropriate settings for dirt, sand, rock, or snow.
North American deliveries of the new Range Rover are expected to begin in December of this year, and the car will arrive as a 2013 model. If you don’t live in North America, the new model will be available in over 160 markets world-wide, so you should be able to find one no matter where you are on the globe.