The technology behind the 2013 Range Rover

With prices starting from £71,295, the 2013 Range Rover is over £1,000 more expensive then the base model for its predecessor. Meanwhile higher-range models see prices climb all the way up to £98,395, which are over £10,000 more in comparison to the range-topping specifications for the previous Range Rover.

Putting all of this in mind, potentially buyers will almost certainly be keen to know what new and improved features the 2013 Range Rover can deliver to justify this hike in the pricing.

However the move to increase prices means even base versions of the Range Rover are more premium than ever before.

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Also in its favour, the new model has already been sweeping in both praise and awards across numerous motoring publications, including the Luxury Car of the Year 2013 accolade from What Car? magazine.

Receiving plaudits for its capabilities as both an SUV and luxury cruiser, the 2013 Range Rover is highlighted by some new exciting onboard technology, as well as a more efficient range of powertrains to choose from.

One of the greatest and most significant new developments introduced from the Range Rover’s latest technological work is the SUV’s new aluminium constructed body. This combined with other weight saving techniques means the new Range Rover has trimmed a remarkable 420kg compared to the previous model.

This impressive weight reduction not only benefits the Range Rover in terms of fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions, but also garners an improvement in the vehicle’s driving experience.

Dropping the SUV’s weight gives the 4×4 a more stability and better handling and should also reduce braking distances in comparison to previous Range Rover models.

Contributing to further improvements in fuel efficiency and emissions outputs is the updated engine range for the new Range Rover.

From the previous model the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol unit returns, producing 502bhp and giving the SUV a 0-60mph sprint time of just 5.1 seconds. Lower down the range however and the 2013 Range Rover introduces two brand new diesel units.

They include a 254bhp 3.0-litre TDV8 unit for the cheapest models, which benefits from stop-start engine that saves fuel when the vehicle is stationary in a traffic queue or at a red light.

As a result it returns 37.7mpg and emits just 196g/km in CO2, certainly a low figure for a large SUV. The 2013 Range Rover is also available with a 334bhp 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel.

Expanding the Range Rover’s technology further, a diesel-electric hybrid specification of the SUV is planned for launch later on in 2013, which will offer CO2 emissions of just 169g/km.

There are three plush trim levels to choose from starting with Vogue and followed by Vogue SE and Autobiography. The extensive list of standard features including inside the new Range Rover includes climate control, satellite navigation and onboard TV.

In a move to simply the usability however, the number of switches and buttons inside the Range Rover have cut by about half. Many of the vehicle’s functions are now operated with the vehicle’s standard touch-screen display on the centre console.

Front passengers can also control some of the Range Rover’s gadgets with the dials and buttons inserted in the front centre of the vehicle’s cabin.

The seats meanwhile are made of high quality leather and the gadgets can be accessed with easy-to-use buttons surrounded by lovingly crafted panels.

Step up to the range-topping Autobiography trim and you’ll gain front fog lights, as well as higher grade leather trim inside and larger wheels of up to 22″ for the exterior.

With all of this to offer, the new Range Rover undeniably has a lot to offer potential buyers, after making technological gains on both a performance and practicality level.

UK motorists can view the new 2013 Range Rover upclose now at Perrys Land Rover Dealership in Huddersfield. They can also purchase a new model from this showroom or at another Perrys Land Rover Dealerships based in Halifax.