The Range Rover was what started civilized vehicles from Land Rover, which until the RR’s arrival had been the sole province of the rough-and-ready farm-born safari-trained original Land Rover. And now there’s a new generation of Range Rover arriving in 2013 and the British vehicle maker has just released photos and a smattering of information.
The new Range Rover represents the fourth generation of The Queen’s luxury offroader—she also has a Land Rover Defender and drives it, stick shift and all—and is all-new from the ground up. It looks unmistakably like a Range Rover should, with the squared-but-rounded profile and side gill slits, though the latter larger on the new model. And of course, the new Range Rover maintains the classic “floating” roof. The new Range Rover clearly shares features with the recently debuted Range Rover Evoque.
We can’t say for sure, but with 4.6 inches more rear legroom, we’ll bet the Range Rover has grown about that much wheelbase as well.
Despite that, Land Rover claims that an incredible 925 pounds was stripped from the outgoing Range Rover by making the new vehicle with all-aluminum unitbody construction. That’s a 39 percent reduction. Can we get a “wow” from the congregation?
An all-new aluminum front and rear chassis architecture was also developed for the new Land Rover and completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension. Land Rover says “…the luxurious ride has been retained [and] the vehicle’s handling and agility have been significantly improved. The new suspension architecture delivers flatter, more confident cornering, with natural and intuitive steering feel.”
Also up for the new Range Rover is next generation of Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, which automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings for the terrain based on analyses the current driving conditions.
Despite the Range Rover’s legendary off-road capabilities, Land Rover says a “rigorously optimised [sic] body structure and acoustic lamination of the windscreen and side door glass have significantly reduced noise levels, while the new suspension architecture has enabled engineers to achieve even more luxurious ride comfort and refinement.”
Land Rover didn’t hang a price tag on the new Range Rover, but for the record, the current Range Rover HSE with the naturally-aspirated V-8 lists for $80,275 up to $95,670 for the Range Rover Supercharged. Don’t expect the new Range Rover to be any less expensive. Full technical specification and pricing will be released early September ahead of the Paris Motor Show 2012. The 2013 Range Rover will be available for order from September 2012 with customer deliveries scheduled to start from early 2013, though Land Rover didn’t specify which markets.