2013 Range Rover Offers Improved Fuel Economy and Handling

This December the refreshed 2013 Range Rover SUV will begin arriving in dealer showrooms in the U.S. The next-generation Range Rover will be 39 percent lighter than the current steel-bodied model, thanks in part to its all-aluminum unibody construction. Land Rover says the five-seat Sports Utility Vehicle will handle better, and will deliver better fuel economy than the 2012 model.  Land Rover has not offered specifics on gas mileage.

The 2013 Range Rover will feature a 5.0-litre V-8 engine, which the company says is 700 lbs. lighter than the current engine, and will be teamed with a new eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

Other features will include a modified tailgate and sleeker body line.  The headlamps will also be similar to those currently found on the new Range Rover Evoque compact Sports Utility Vehicle.

Land Rover’s Global Brand Director John Edwards 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.” The redesigned Range Rover will be equipped with “Terrain Response 2 Auto.”  The company says the system automatically makes adjustments to the transmission, differential, traction control, transfer box and new four-corner air suspension to give a better overall ride, and improve handling.

The 2013 model will also feature a slightly roomier interior. Rear seat legroom has been increased by 4.7 inches and buyers will have the option of rear bucket seats which will transform the 5-seat configuration into a four-seater.

Land Rover has also equipped the 2013 Range Rover with a laminated windshield and side door glass to reduce exterior and wind noise.

The 2013 Range Rover will be produced at Land Rover’s Solihull facilities in the U.K. for export to the U.S.

Land Rover has not announced pricing for the 2013 Range Rover, but most industry analysts expect to see stick prices beginning above $80,000.  Pricing for the 2012 Range Rover starts at $82.275.

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