Not long after a few images leaked onto the web, Land Rover has officially pulled the wraps off of its larger, lighter 2013 Range Rover. We still don't know if we love the new design – some of our staffers stating that it looks a bit Ford Flex-ish to us – but one thing's for sure, that new body sheds a whole mess of pounds compared to the current model.

A U.S.-spec 2013 Range Rover is roughly 700 pounds lighter than a similarly equipped outgoing model.

How many pounds, you ask? According to the automaker's first batch of press materials, a U.S.-spec 2013 Range Rover is roughly 700 pounds lighter than a similarly equipped outgoing model. That's damn impressive, and it's all thanks to an all-aluminum unibody structure. Additionally, new aluminum chassis structures are found at both the front and rear, as well as a re-engineered four-corner air suspension. Land Rover says that this new suspension allows the Range Rover to deliver flatter, more confident cornering prowess.

Of course, this is a Range Rover, so off-road capability is still top notch. Land Rover is introducing its next-generation Terrain Response system which automatically monitors road conditions and selects the appropriate settings based on the road (or dirt, or sand, or rock, or snow) surface.

Inside, Land Rover has added 4.7 inches of rear legroom to the 2013 Range Rover – a good thing, since our one gripe with the vehicle has always been its unusually cramped rear quarters. The automaker is also offering a two-place rear seat package for "the ultimate in personalized rear-seat luxury." Up front, there's a redesigned center stack and IP, and the whole thing looks substantially more modern than the current Range Rover. Let's just hope those buggy electronic systems have been reworked, too.

Official powertrain information hasn't been released at this time, though Land Rover does confirm that a range of V8 options will be available in the U.S., likely in the same 5.0-liter naturally aspirated and supercharged forms that we're used to. All of the engines will be mated to ZF eight-speed automatic transmissions.

We'll be seeing the 2013 Range Rover in person later this year, and North American deliveries are expected to start in December. Scroll down for the full details in Land Rover's press blast.
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THE ALL-NEW 2013 RANGE ROVER

Land Rover Introduces the Next Generation of the World's Most Iconic Luxury SUV

• Unmistakably a Range Rover, a modern interpretation of iconic design cues

• Legendary Land Rover off-road capability with transformed on-road handling and agility

• Lighter, stronger and more refined. The world's first SUV with an all-aluminum unibody structure

• Weight savings of up to 926lbs (420kg) when compared to the outgoing model delivers improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. A US specification V8 model is approximately 700lbs lighter than similarly equipped outgoing model

• A more spacious and luxurious interior provides a truly composed motoring experience for all occupants. Rear legroom increases 4.7 inches

• Adaptive dynamics suspension system further refines ride quality

• Enhanced all-terrain performance with the introduction of a new fully automatic Land Rover "Terrain Response 2 Auto®" system

• Designed and engineered in Britain at Land Rover's development centers throughout the UK

• Manufactured in a new aluminum production facility at Land Rover's Home in Solihull, United Kingdom


Mahwah, New Jersey, USA, August 15, 2012 – The new 2013 Land Rover Range Rover has been engineered from the ground up to be the most capable, most refined Range Rover ever. Lighter, stronger, and with new levels of refinement, the next Range Rover reinforces its position among the finest luxury vehicles.

As the fourth generation of the Range Rover line, this all-new model was developed from the ground up, capturing the innovative spirit and iconic design of the original model which changed the world of motoring when it was launched over 40 years ago.

Designed and engineered at Land Rover's development centers in the United Kingdom, the next Range Rover will be produced at a new manufacturing facility at Solihull, United Kingdom which employs the latest low-energy aluminum body construction technologies.

The all-aluminum unibody structure is 39 percent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model. This enables a total vehicle weight savings of up to 926lbs, depending on market and specifications. The US specification vehicle with the naturally-aspirated 5-liter V8 will be approximately 700lbs lighter than the outgoing equivalent. This new aluminum platform delivers significant enhancements in performance and agility, along with an improvement in fuel economy and reduction in CO2 emissions.

In addition to the strong and rigid aluminum body, an all-new aluminum front and rear chassis architecture has been developed and paired with a with completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension. The luxurious ride has been retained, while the vehicle's handling and agility have been sharpened. The new suspension architecture delivers flatter, more confident cornering abilities, with a natural and intuitive steering feel.

John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, 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."

Within the cabin, the all-new Range Rover provides occupants with a sensation of serene isolation, meeting the highest standards for Range Rover refinement. Measures like the rigorously optimized body structure and acoustic lamination of the windshield and side door glass have significantly reduced noise levels, while the new suspension architecture has enabled engineers to achieve heightened levels of ride comfort, refinement, and control.

With over 4.7 inches more legroom than the outgoing model, the rear occupants benefit from vastly increased space and comfort. The option of a two place rear seating package provides for the ultimate in personalized rear-seat luxury.

To deliver the characteristic effortless performance expected by customers, the Range Rover will continue to offer a choice of V8 engines in the North American market, enhanced by new eight-speed ZF automatic transmissions.

Each new Land Rover model is extensively tested for durability and reliability. The new Range Rover has been subjected to Land Rover's punishing on-and off-road test and development regime. A fleet of development vehicles covered millions of miles over 18 months, with arduous tests in more than 20 countries through extremes of climate and road surfaces.

The all-new Land Rover Range Rover has a clean and elegant shape which is inspired by a fresh new interpretation of classic Range Rover design cues. While instantly recognizable as a Range Rover, the new vehicle takes a step forward with a bold evolution of the model's iconic design language.

The sumptuous interior incorporates distinctive Range Rover design cues, but executed with a very contemporary treatment. Clean, elegant surfaces are flawlessly presented using the finest leathers and veneers.

"Designing the next generation Range Rover, following over forty years of success, came with a huge responsibility to protect the DNA of such an icon," said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer. "Our design team worked incredibly hard to capture the elegant proportions and pure surfaces which have been a feature of the best Range Rover designs."

The all-new Range Rover has been engineered with the latest developments in vehicle technologies. Exclusive sound systems by renowned British audio specialists MeridianTM are standard. A thoughtfully designed split power folding upper and lower tailgate setup offers ease of access and versatility. Advanced chassis and driver assistance technologies are abundant. Amongst the innovations featured in the new Range Rover is the next-generation of Land Rover's Terrain Response® system, which analyses the current driving conditions and road surfaces through on-board sensors, and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings program for the terrain.

The all-new Range Rover will be available in over 160 markets worldwide, with North American customer deliveries scheduled to start in December 2012.


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      Drew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not feeling this new design besides the interior
      StevieJacks
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Some of our staffers [are] stating that it looks a bit Ford Flex-ish to us," - hang on... surely that's because the F-Flex ALREADY looks like a Range Rover?? D'uh!! Nice evolution of the King, L-R, in terms of design and distancing from other models, well done.
      MJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      700 fewer pounds and 5 inches of rear legroom...that's a winning combo.
        leo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MJC
        and it still looks good ............
      masonperegrine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay so I hated it this morning and now I like it. Also, I just saw an Explorer at Target and it's literally the same exact taillights.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not bad, but the Range Rover should keep its boxy light fixtures. These lights look much better on the Evoque, and make the RR look more like a soft-roader.
      Andrew Zotos Breslin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the Evoque styling (although I'm not sure it should be translated to the Range Rover), but that rear end looks like it needed more thought. It looks like the back end of the new Ford Explorer if someone explained it over the phone.
      Slideways
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's with the obsession of these headlights extending all the way to the pillars these days? It doesn't look good especially for a boxy SUV. The Top Gear boys won't be so pleased with this Range Rooney.
      atvman
      • 2 Years Ago
      It kind of reminds me of the update Jaguar made to the XJ back in 2004. If you recall, it looked a lot like the outgoing model, but it was all new mechanically with the primary changes being more space and all aluminum construction.
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      First they rip off the Explorer, and now they rip off the Flex.
        Essende
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Big Squid
        @Big Squid, uhhhhh, I know Americans quickly forget history but go back to circa 2008 and tell me that Flex wasn't a rip off of Range Rover to begin with. Same thing with Ford Explorer (even the 4x4 system is a blatant copy of Land Rover). Look at Ford Explorer America from 2008: http://www.motortrend.com/future/concept_cars/112_0801_ford_explorer_america_concept/ and compare it to the finished product. Absolutely nothing in common with the concept which tends me to believe that Ford got hands on Land Rover future plans and because of internal politics Ford made it appear as if Explorer came out first when in fact it was based on future Land Rover designs. Right now Ford is struggling financially, they had their little run between 2008-2011 but the hype is slowly wearing off (stock price is dropping). I guess Mulally is not the great genius that some people on here tend to believe. All they really did was to streamline all their designs to European (kinetic) design language instead of having different designs on two fronts (US and Europe).
          Traction Control
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Essende
          Essende, while Big Squid’s comment was ill advised, so was yours. Ford did not blatantly copy anything from Land-Rover. Jim Holland (a native born American) was the chief design engineer for the Land-Rover Range Rover (L322). He was also the chief design engineer for the new Ford Explorer (U502). That’s his work and the design direction was under his leadership. He originally worked at Ford, then left to work at Land-Rover (while it was owned by BMW mind you) where he ran Land-Rovers design department. Now he is back with Ford. I like Jim Holland’s work. He did a great job on the Range Rover, and also the Explorer. About the Terrain Response system in the Explorer, that came from Land-Rover, so its not a copy. But, let’s not forget that Ford gave Land-Rover its roll stability control (RSC) system. Ford hold over 80 patents for RSC.
          markscomments
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Essende
          Traction Control - What the heck are you talking about. The new Range Rover looks like a proper Range Rover with hints of Evoque! The Evoque is obviously a Range Rover too - in a much more futuristic and sporty way. And the Evoque does have similar stepped tail lamps. You have to look close but they are there - the bottom is just blacked out and the step is definitely there. Regarding your comments about Jim Holland. Great! I think that's great! So he went over to Land Rover and was part of the design team that brought all the TRADITIONAL Range Rover design elements into the next century with the current model Range Rover. Great! He did a phenomenal job! Ok - so then he goes over to Ford and decides that the next Ford Explorer should also have those same traditional Range Rover design details as well? Uh OK. I guess Land Rover should be flattered. The only thing that looks somewhat Explorerish are the tail lights but this new way of designing rear tail lights seem to be more of an industry trend rather than a Ford design. Essende is right. The current production Explorer looks nothing like the Explorer America Concept from 2008. The current Explorer has way too many traditional Land Rover design cues. And the Ford Flex uses many traditional Range Rover design details as well. The front of the new Ford Fusion (Mondeo in Europe) is copy of an Aston Martin. Nothing new regarding mass market automakers copying premium brand design details. Heck, the next generation Honda Accords profile has a similar look to the BMW 3-Series.
      VDuB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see what Kahn's going to do with this beast.
      hadji murad
      • 2 Years Ago
      nice that it lost all that weight, but it really does look like an Explorer (but Chinese). they should have kept this model much more traditional. no need for this to be feminine when they got the evoque and sport. the side profile would have been cool if it weren't for the raked back grill and stupid head and tail lights.
        Ian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hadji murad
        This confusion tends to happen due to the fact that manufacturers for some reason think that they have to make the top models in their range stand apart. As is the case the the XJ (or arguably here with the RRover) they seem to not want to keep the design in tandem with the design of the rest of their line (which is often better designed)
      VDuB
      • 2 Years Ago
      They really really really X100 need to bring the diesel version here...
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