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    2013 Range Rover.

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    Two new pictures of the 2013 Range Rover have leaked to the web, ahead of a possible unveiling at the Paris Motor Show.

    Looking instantly recognizable, the model has an evolutionary design with styling cues from the Evoque. Starting up front, there's slender headlights and a three-bar grille. Further back, the crossover has a sloping roofline, a prominent character line and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.

    Engine options are expected to carryover, but the company could introduce a hybrid or plug-in hybrid variant.
     

    Despite featuring the same engines, there should be a big improvement in fuel efficiency as the model is expected to ride on an aluminum-intensive platform. Nothing is official, but the architecture could enable the model to weigh 400 kg (882 lbs) less than its predecessor.

     


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    400 kg less? This would be amazing but I have my doubts.

    In reality, I think we can be happy if RR can shave off 100-150 kg. 


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    Looks like a huge wheel base - wonder if they'll have a 7 seat option.....


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    I don't like it at all; it looks like the ungainly spawn of a Ford Explorer/Flex and an Evoque. The Evoque's signature features like the pulled-back lights worked well on the smaller car, but I think they're out of place on this model; the Range Rover [to me at least] is supposed to look more stately and elegant rather than trendy and stylized. I also really dislike the multitude of intakes, grilles and slats on the front, plus the ones on the doors are fussy.

    That being said, I appreciate the slightly sportier silhouette but the devil is truly in the details.

    rulesdontapply


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    I'm loving it! So retro and very conservative evolution of their Range Rover design. It'll be a complete hit, it's becoming a classic and frankly it looks good, drives well and has great quality. I'd say well done, it looks 1000 times better than that horrendous Evoque.


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    How much is carried over from the previous generation in terms of chassis architecture? It looks surprisingly close to a facelift on some parts but I doubt that. The RR so far has always been devoid of all those pretentious styling cues that imply a sporty character on these vehicles but rather provided a very individual character. Not sure why they have to follow this route now as well, especially since the RR Sport was already providing more sport in utility vehicle.


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    In so much agreement about the basic shape and details.  It's definitely more Ford than Range Rover in proportions and styling.  The headlamps and tail lamps strongly resemble those found on the Ford's latest version of the Explorer and the profile apes that of the Ford Flex.  For many in the non-North American markets that may be okay as there are so few of these Fords on the road.  However, in North America, and especially in Chicago, where the Ford Explorer is built the resemblance is to great.  This will only be amplified once the Chicago Police Department takes deliver of Ford Explorer-based patrol cars!


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    Love the front end treatment, especially the headlights. So much more cleaner than the current ring of LEDs.

    And the much tighter, taunter pulled over the framework sheet metal is refreshing. I was growing tired of boxy, jutty, somewhat unrefined details on the exterior of a Range Rovers. That shouldn't be in this price range. You can get boxy and jutty from a Jeep Unlimited for 1/2 the price of a RR or a MB G-Wagon.

    Only change? I would probably try to get rid of the secondary slates about halfway up the bumper and just below the headlights unless they serve a functional purpose.


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    It will please existing Range Rover fans. The rest of us won't give it a second look, compared to the previous one.

    Weight reduction? If Mercedes saved 140 kgs on the SL, RR could have saved more than twice as many. It's easier for an obese person to lose 40 kgs than for an overweight to lose 10 kgs, kind of analogy.


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    It's official, the covers have been pulled: tuck in, everyone.

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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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    400kg weight saving!!!! Wow! Good job! And the center console doesn't have 50 switches all over the place! Classy! I like it! Good job!


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    the 911 of offroaders......maturing into a better platform with every new release.

    however, contrary to the 911 it never really attracted me as it's not a 'drivers'  car...


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    Hmmm... I'm not entirely sure if I like it or not. 


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    I am afraid that the Rangie has become too posh. The Disco is the real thing for me. Unstopable off the road, pretty decent on the road and well equipped enough; perhaps more than enough. 


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    It looks great, and the weight savings are just what the Dr. ordered. Well done LR! wink

    I would definitely consider this along with the X5/6 if I was looking for an SUV.

     


    Re: 2013 Range Rover.

    rulesdontapply:

    I don't like it at all; it looks like the ungainly spawn of a Ford Explorer/Flex and an Evoque. The Evoque's signature features like the pulled-back lights worked well on the smaller car, but I think they're out of place on this model; the Range Rover [to me at least] is supposed to look more stately and elegant rather than trendy and stylized. I also really dislike the multitude of intakes, grilles and slats on the front, plus the ones on the doors are fussy.

    That being said, I appreciate the slightly sportier silhouette but the devil is truly in the details.

    rulesdontapply

    This! Well said mate! Smiley


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    I'm happy for Dame Edna that she's had the opportunity to design a second car after the BMW E60 5-series.


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    Very nice...


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    Land  Rover must be doing something right, as the company has just laid on a third shift to assemble cars around the clock.  Smiley


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    fritz:

    Land  Rover must be doing something right, as the company has just laid on a third shift to assemble cars around the clock.  Smiley

    That would be the Evoque. People are so silly sometimes...


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    700 lbs weight savings! Amazing - dare i even say the new RR will be a deft handler on road.


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    Heist:

    700 lbs weight savings! Amazing - dare i even say the new RR will be a deft handler on road.

    Now they are finally at par with the competition...at least for the next couple of months, until the new X5 comes out. Smiley


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    Re: 2013 Range Rover.

    Not sure I'd compare X5 with RR - perhaps RR Sport? Wonder if BMW will produce X7?


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    IMO for the buyer who values Range Rover, nothing else will do.

    I know people who've had RR since the 80s and never bothered to look at the BMW, Mercedes and Porsche that appeared in the meantime. Great royalty among RR owners.


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    reginos:

    IMO for the buyer who values Range Rover, nothing else will do.

    I know people who've had RR since the 80s and never bothered to look at the BMW, Mercedes and Porsche that appeared in the meantime. Great royalty among RR owners.

    Well, opinions on that rather depend on your views on monarchy, but there certainly does seem to be great loyalty among RR owners.  Smiley


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    Oooops! That must have been a subconscious slip, because I presume the royals in the UK use Range Rovers.


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    reginos:

    Oooops! That must have been a subconscious slip, because I presume the royals in the UK use Range Rovers.

     just last week, I saw the Princess Royal sitting in the back of a dark green, cream interior RR on her way to the Olympics


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    reginos:

    Oooops! That must have been a subconscious slip, because I presume the royals in the UK use Range Rovers.

    They do indeed, suggesting that it was a classic Freudian slip.  SmileySmiley


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