The all-new 2013 Range Rover has been officially revealed at The Royal Ballet School in Richmond, London, and the company released full details of the majestic SUV. Here’s the headlines: the new Range Rover is 420 kg lighter than its predecessor; it gets new front and rear-end design; it will get a diesel-hybrid version later in 2013; and its supercharged version is capable of 180 mph!
The new car boasts a lightweight all-aluminium body, so despite being massively improved in terms of luxury, performance and safety, it is very light on its feet. That makes it more agile and – more importantly – much more economical than the old models.
The RR will launch with two diesel engines – a 3.0-litre 258PS TDV6 and a 4.4-litre 339PS SDV8 – and one supercharged V8 petrol with 510PS. The latter will give the car a 0 to 60 time of 5.1 seconds. The TDV6 model is the one to go if you are concerned about fuel consumption, as it does 37.7mpg (7.5 lit/100km) and 196g/km.Later in 2013 a diesel-hybrid version will be added that does even better.
Despite all the attention paid to the fuel consumption, JLR has not compromised on the Range Rover’s traditional qualities. The car is still hugely capable off-road, thanks to the new suspension and improved Terrain Response System. It is also the best towing vehicle in its class with a 3,500kg trailer capability.
With a high driving position and a cabin that looks like a presidential suit in a luxury hotel, the Range Rover is still the king of all SUVs. The looks of the cabin have remained the same, pretty much, but the fit and finish is improved and you get an exquisite blend of leather and wood on everything you see and touch.
The RR comes with 118mm more legroom at the back and can be ordered with the new two-seat Executive Class seating package for the ultimate in rear-seat luxury. There is also a tailor made program that lets the customer fit their cars with bespoke colors and features.
As you’d expect, the interior is packed with a full suite of premium features. Some of the convenience features include keyless entry, soft door close with power latching, power upper and lower tailgates, cooler compartments, and electrically deployable towbar. You also get a dual-view 8-inch display, best-in-class climate control, voice activated features and a Meridian sound system.
In terms of active and passive safety, the new Range Rover comes with stuff like Two-channel Dynamic Response, Electric Power Assisted Steering, Adaptive Cruise Control, Intelligent Emergency Braking (including Advanced Emergency Brake Assist), Blind Spot Monitoring, Reverse Traffic Detection and Surround Camera System.
Prices for the new Range Rover starts from £71,295 for the Range Rover Vogue 3.0L TDV6 rising to £98,395 for the Range Rover Autobiography 5.0L Supercharged.