A few more details have surfaced for the 2013 Range Rover after its official unveil at the Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park, London last night. We also have a monster gallery of images to share with you too! Back when Land Rover released official details of their range-topping off-roader, we got a few key details and only six pictures. Today’s release gives us the full picture.
The fourth generation Range Rover features a brand new lightweight aluminium body, 39 percent lighter than the outgoing model and 420kg lighter. The bodywork sits at just under five meters long, around the same as the third generation. It gets a more streamlined design too with a drag coefficient of 0.34, less than the Evoque and significantly less than the outgoing model.
The Range Rover gets a next-generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response system which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically select the most suitable vehicle settings. It also gets an intelligent 4WD system, with a two-speed transfer box and an electronic traction control system. Wading depth is now 200mm deeper at 900mm and towing capability is greatly improved with a 3,500kg capability.
Engine availability will include two petrol engines, the 5.0 liter V8 rated at 375hp and the Supercharged version with a familiar 510hp. Two diesel options will also be made available with a 3.0 liter TDV6 option rated at 258hp and a 4.4 liter SDV8 rated at 339hp. All four engine options will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration figures for the Supercharged Range Rover are 0-60mph in just 5.1 seconds, a reduction of 0.8 seconds over the previous model.
The decision to introduce a TDV6 model was taken on the strength of these weight losses. The TDV6 actually weighs 420kg less than the previous TDV8 meaning that it performs at a similar level but offers a 22 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions with figures of 37.7mpg (7.5 lit/100km) and 196g/km. Land Rover also announced the introduction of a high-efficiency diesel hybrid model in 2013 with a target of 169g/km.
Interestingly, Land Rover chose to fit the windscreen and side glass with acoustic lamination to reduce road noise. Inside, leg room is extended by 118mm for rear seat passengers. Interiors can be created to bespoke specifications including an optional executive-style rear seat layout.
Standard options include keyless entry, soft door close with power latching, power upper and lower tailgates, cooler compartments, and electrically deployable towbar. The Range Rover also gets a Meridian surround sound, state-of-the-art high-resolution displays including a fully digital instrument cluster and a central eight-inch touch-screen with Dual-View functionality. Land Rover also offer mobile connectivity, four-zone climate control, multi-mode massage and LED illumination.
Electronic programs include two-channel Dynamic Response active lean control, Electric Power Assisted Steering, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Reverse Traffic Detection, Adjustable Speed Limiter Device and Surround Camera System.
Sales are scheduled to start towards the end of 2012 with introductions in 170 markets worldwide. Land Rover recently switched to 24 hour production at its Halewood UK plant to cope with demand. It also announced that production of the Evoque and Freelander will move to China, north of Shanghai, leaving its UK plant to focus on Discovery and Range Rover models. Land Rover has invested around £370 million in tooling to produce the Range Rover at this plant.
UK pricing for the new Range Rover varies from £71,295 for the Range Rover Vogue 3.0L TDV6 rising to £98,395 for the Range Rover Autobiography 5.0L Supercharged. Order books are now officially open with the first months of production expected to sell out. Over the past twelve months, Land Rover sold 280,000 units world-wide. Hopefully the new improved Range Rover will help build on that success.