In September 2012, Land Rover announced the launch of the all-new 2013 Range Rover at an all-star event in Richmond, UK.
The fourth generation of the iconic Range Rover line has been hailed as the ‘ultimate luxury SUV’, following on from the innovative spirit of the original design first shown over forty years ago.
The main difference from previous generations, and other SUVs on the market, is that the 2013 Range Rover utilises an all-aluminium monocoque body to reduce weight and improve running costs.
Range Rover: Automotive Design Leader
As previously mentioned, the All-New Range Rover is the world’s first all-aluminium monocoque SUV, managing to weigh-in at a staggering 420kg less than the third generation model.
This huge weight saving helps to bring significant fuel economy improvements and CO2 reductions, when compared to previous generations of Range Rovers, ensuring that the new L405 model is lighter, greener and more refined than the current model.
Manufacturers Land Rover also say that the groundbreaking new aluminium body weighs 39 per cent less than the current model’s steel body, as well as being much stiffer which will benefit both on-road and refinement.
The 2013 model manages to blend the traditional style of the current, iconic version with the more modern design and character of the popular Range Rover Evoque; altogether giving the new luxury SUV a more contemporary look than the more upright current vehicle.
In addition to the new look of the vehicle, Land Rover has announced that the new model provides just under twelve centimetres more legroom to rear passengers than the current model, which is already vast. A two-seat ‘Executive Class’ package, with aircraft-style multi-adjustable seats, will also be introduced – as well as a full infotainment package.
Range Rover’s range of engines
The new 2013 Range Rover will be powered by either a V6 or a V8 engine, utilising either diesel or petrol respectively. The entry-level model, the £71,295 Range Rover Vogue, features a 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel engine, producing 256hp and managing to complete the 0-62mph sprint in a respectable 7.5 seconds.
If opting for the next-level specification, then the vehicle will be powered by a 4.4-litre SDV8 turbo diesel that can produce 339hp and 700 N-m of torque. This version of the L405 manages to reach a top speed of 135mph, which is 5mph greater than the 3.0-litre version and the following 5.0-litre trim.
The top of the range models feature either a 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine or a supercharged version of that engine. The normal 5.0-litre engine manages to produce more power than the aforementioned versions, except the turbocharged version, whilst sharing its maximum speed with the 4.4-litre version and its 0-62mph acceleration time with the entry-level specification.
The turbocharged 5.0-litre petrol engine model, the £98,395 Range Rover Autobiography, manages to achieve the highest maximum speed and fastest acceleration, from 0-62mph – as you would expect with a ‘supercharged’ version. This model manages to produce a whopping 503hp worth of power, giving this version that added ‘oomph’.
So whether the cheapest, less-powerful version suits your everyday and economical needs or you desire the most ‘sporty’ version to achieve that adrenalin rush every day, rest assured that there is a version of the new Range Rover for everyone.
Inside the new 2013 Range Rover
Land Rover has ensured that it has engineered the new Range Rover with all of the latest developments in vehicle technologies, from interior luxury features to advanced chassis and driver assistant technologies.
The interior is packed with a full host of premium features to provide both front and rear seat passengers with same unrivalled luxury experience. Comfort, convenience and seamless connectivity really were at the forefront of Land Rover’s minds when designing this vehicle.
The vehicle features keyless entry, soft door close with power latching, power upper and lower tailgates, cooler compartments and electrically deployable towbar. All of these features ensure the highest levels of convenience are found in the new Range Rover.
In order to refine the vehicle as a luxury car, Land Rover have included other details, such as acoustic laminated side glass, in order to make the car extremely quiet inside – which is all the better for hearing the brand new Meridian surround sound music system that has been installed within the vehicle, offering audiophile-quality sound.
State-of-the-art high-resolution displays are also featured within the Range Rover, including the stunning full digital instrument cluster and the central eight inch touch-screen with Dual-View functionality.
Purchasing the brand-new Range Rover will allow you access to a vehicle possessing Land Rover’s patented ‘Terrain Response’ system, which is fitted as standard on all models of the car. Featured on the new L405 is the second generation of the system, dubbed ‘Terrain Response 2’, which monitors ground conditions to determine the most appropriate response to the terrain and automatically optimises your vehicle setting for an enhanced experience, for almost all driving conditions.
If you are a rural-driver, especially, then the ‘Terrain Response’ system will allow you to adjust chassis and transmission settings to suit the terrain that you are driving on.
For optional fees, potential buyers of the Range Rover can include an electric sunroof into the car (usually around £1500), as well as rear seat entertainment that will help to keep the kids busy. The rear seat entertainment upgrade usually retails at around £1900.
Other Range Rover options
As the base prices for the new Range Rover range from £87,895 to £98,395 – not including extras, which can increase the price to over £100,000 – you can be forgiven for possibly wanting to choose a more affordable version of Land Rover’s Range Rover.
For significantly reduced fees, customers can purchase the sleek and stylish Range Rover Evoque, winner of the 2012 ‘World Design Car of the Year’, or the sporty and powerful Range Rover Sport.
With prices for the Compact SUV: Evoque ranging between around £28,000 to £40,995, whilst the mid-size SUV: Sport is available for around £49,000 to £68,000, people who want a Range Rover but cannot afford the high-end price of the new Range Rover can still drive a similar vehicle produced by the iconic manufacturers.
If anyone is interested in the new Range Rover vehicle, or the lower-priced alternatives recommended above, then they can head on over to the Perry’s dealership page to find the best available prices for the vehicles.
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