Losing 700 pounds is a big deal.
Thanks to an all-aluminum body and part-aluminum chassis, the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover weighs a good 700 pounds less than the outgoing 2012 model.
Can a truck with the tough, go-anywhere reputation of a Land Rover succeed wrapped in a metal that’s easy to damage and expensive to repair?
Considering how few of these barges actually make it off road, I think it’s a good move by Land Rover. The design, though, leaves something to be desired. Anyone else see too much Ford Flex in there?
Regardless of how it looks, this newly unveiled Rover should be one impressive machine.
The 2013 Range Rover is all-new inside, too, adding 4.7 inches of legroom for the rear seat, with an optional two-position seating arrangement in place of the standard second-row bench. That’s welcome news, as the big Rover has always suffered from an odd lack of room in the rear.
Up front, there’s a redesigned center stack that looks substantially more modern than the current Range Rover while keeping classic Range Rover design themes. I do hope the classic Range Rover electronic bugs have been worked out, though.
A new sound system developed by Meridian is also standard, while Range Rover’s advanced technology, like Terrain Response and other driver assistance and chassis control systems, are also available. The Terrain Response system automatically monitors road conditions and selects the appropriate settings based on the road (or dirt, or sand, or rock, or snow) surface.
There’s no official word on engine choices yet, but it makes sense to assume a range of V8 options will remain on the table, including a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter mill and the supercharged version, too.
While fuel mileage numbers haven’t been mentioned yet, I expect the miles-per-gallon to increase substantially from the dismal 12 city/17 highway of the current Range Rover. Performance should increase, too, as a result of the weight loss. I’m guessing prices will tick upward as well.
Deliveries in North America will begin in December.
Personally, I prefer the design of the current Range Rover but like the technology advances in the new one.
What are your thoughts on the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover?