New Cars: 2013 Range Rover
Land Rover is set to release their latest version of the Range Rover for the 2013 model year. While there are many upgrades & improvements made to the new body style, Land Rover has stayed true to the overall traditional Range Rover shape. The more athletic appearance makes this Range Rover more appealing to a wide variety of buyers, yet the aluminum unibody frame construction helps cut the weight down 39% from the previous generation Range Rover’s steel constructed frame.
As far as engine options are concerned, nothing has changed from the previous 5.0-liter normally-aspirated(375 hp) & supercharged(510 hp) V8 engines. However, the 2013 Range Rover will introduce the same eight-speed automatic transmission found in the Jaguar XF & XJ models in place of the outgoing six-speed trans. Land Rover’s “Terrain Response” off-road system offered on the Range Rover will now automatically adjust the vehicle’s settings to fit the current driving environment, which will be assisted with the re-engineered four-corner air suspension to improve handling & ride quality.
There are no major changes to the interior of the Range Rover for 2013, although rear seat occupants can enjoy an additional 4.7 inches of legroom & an optional rear center console. The Meridian audio system from the Evoque will make its way into the new Range Rover as well, with the controls handled by the same 12.3-inch LCD screen from the outgoing model.
Word has it that the 2013 Range Rover will be available at dealerships near the end of the year or early 2013, but more information should be available during the vehicle’s official debuts in September(Paris Motor Show) & November(L.A. Auto Show).