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2013 Range Rover officially revealed [video]

The fourth-generation of the Range Rover has finally been revealed.

Just a few hours after the leak, Land Rover has finally revealed the all-new Range Rover which is set to make its public debut next month at the Paris Motor Show.

The most important change compared to the third-gen model would have to be the new all-aluminum monocoque body and chassis that has shaved off 420 kg (926 pounds) compared to the outgoing model, which means that fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have also been reduced. The British carmaker has revealed that the car's four-corner air suspension has been completely reworked for the new model.

The new Range Rover has a 100mm longer wheelbase and possibly longer front and rear tracks as well. Although every surface of the fourth-gen Range Rover is entirely new according to the British automaker, the SUV follows in the footsteps of its predecessor as far as styling is concerned, featuring a two-piece tailgate, blacked-out pillars, prominent "Range Rover" script on the hood and the swage lines high on the sides and level with the door handles. We notice a few modifications such as the stylishly raked front grille and the wraparound headlights, creating a sleeker look for the new Range Rover.

Customers will get to choose from one of three engines available, including a 5.0-liter V8 supercharged gasoline unit, a special version of the 3.0-liter V6 diesel (offered in the Discovery model) and the 4.4-liter V8 diesel that is already available in the outgoing model but for the new generation it will feature a few updates.

These three engines will be mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox from ZF, without the possibility of opting for a manual transmission. Some of the features of the 2013 Range Rover include a better Terrain Response 2 system, along with stability and traction control systems.

Moving on the inside, the cabin is inspired by the current model, with a large TFT screen that shows the speedo and tachometer functions. Between these two there are ancillary functions, while sitting above the prominent console is a generous 8-inch display. At the back of the car there's 120mm more legroom thanks to the longer wheelbase.

Customers will be able to order the 2013 Range Rover with the standard 3-occupant rear seat or the new 2-seat "Executive" layout which will extend the center console all the way through the rear cabin. The doors of the tailgate will be electrically assisted, while the audio system is provided by Meridian.

The all-new Range Rover will be available for order from next month, while deliveries are expected to commence at the beginning of 2013. It will be sold in more than 160 countries from all over the world. UK will be the first country to get the SUV, with prices expected to start from somewhere around 70,000 pounds, while the high-end versions will be approximately 120,000 pounds.

THE WORLD'S MOST REFINED AND CAPABLE LUXURY SUV

Lighter, stronger and more refined, the world's finest luxury SUV
Unmistakeably a Range Rover, a modern interpretation of iconic design cues
World's first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure
420kg weight saving over outgoing model delivering improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions
An unrivalled breadth of capability with transformed handling and agility
State-of-the-art adaptive dynamics to further improve peerless ride quality
Enhanced all-terrain performance with introduction of Land Rover's Terrain Response 2 Auto®
The pinnacle of SUV refinement, with a more spacious and luxurious interior and a truly composed driving experience
British designed and engineered at Land Rover's development centres in the UK
Manufactured in a new, state-of-the-art aluminium manufacturing facility, Solihull, UK
Whitley, UK, August 15, 2012 - The all-new Range Rover is the most capable and most luxurious Land Rover yet. Lighter, stronger and with new levels of refinement, the Range Rover reinforces its position as the world's finest luxury SUV.

The fourth generation of the unique Range Rover line, the all-new model has been 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.

The world's first SUV with a revolutionary lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure is 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model enabling total vehicle weight savings of up to 420kg.

The lightweight aluminium platform has delivered significant enhancements in performance and agility, along with a transformation in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

In addition to the strong and rigid lightweight body, an all-new aluminium front and rear chassis architecture has been developed with completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension. While the luxurious ride has been retained, 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.

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."

The all-new Range Rover has a clean and elegant shape which is derived from a fresh new interpretation of Range Rover design cues. While instantly recognisable as a Range Rover, the new vehicle takes a significant step forward with a bold evolution of the model's iconic design language.

"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."

With Land Rover strength at its heart, the new model has been engineered from the ground up to be the most capable, most refined Range Rover ever.

Amongst the industry-leading innovations is a ground-breaking next-generation version of Land Rover's Terrain Response® system, which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings for the terrain.

To ensure exceptional durability and reliability, the new model has been subjected to Land Rover's punishing on- and off-road test and development regime, with a fleet of development vehicles covering millions of miles over 18 months of arduous tests in more than 20 countries with extremes of climate and road surfaces.

Within the cabin, the all-new Range Rover provides occupants with a sensation of serene isolation, meeting the highest luxury car standards for refinement.

Measures like the rigorously optimised 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.

The sumptuous interior incorporates distinctive Range Rover design cues, but executed with a very contemporary treatment, and clean, elegant surfaces which are flawlessly presented using the finest leathers and veneers. With over 118mm more legroom, the rear occupants benefit from vastly increased space and comfort, with the option of a new two-seat Executive Class seating package for the ultimate in rear-seat luxury.

To deliver the model's characteristic effortless performance, customers have the choice of a refined supercharged V8 petrol engine, TDV6 and TDV8 diesel engines combining responsive performance with outstanding CO2 emissions.

The all-new Range Rover has been engineered with the latest developments in vehicle technologies, from interior luxury features such as exclusive Meridian surround sound music systems and upper and lower tailgates, to advanced chassis and driver assistance technologies.

Designed and engineered at Land Rover's development centres in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK - employing the latest low-energy aluminium body construction technologies.

Available to order from September 2012 with customer deliveries scheduled to start from early 2013, the all-new Range Rover will be a truly global car, available in over 160 markets worldwide.

 

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Comments (28)

 JCVW JCVW
Just seen one of these on the motorway in white near Birmingham. It looked really good in the flesh. Very imposing!
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September 1, 2012 6:44 am
 Afrikar Afrikar
Rode in the first RR (2 door)back in 1989 or so some potential politican in Africa, never rode one since. The car looks great no matter being bought buy TATA. I still believe the hertiage has not been lost. No to American FORD or German BMW. Which I had the money to have one.
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August 17, 2012 1:08 pm
 LWE7 LWE7
I like it all except the back lights with the bit going back to the front which is really weird, but I will get used to it.
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August 15, 2012 9:22 pm
 CarFan1978 CarFan1978
Basically, it's an overpriced Ford Explorer.
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August 15, 2012 7:31 pm
 Prestige15 Prestige15
Come on people get a grip, if you dont like the way it looks then simple dont buy it let along looking through the pictures of it. RR did a pretty good job with this car such as trimming 400+ kg off, It will sell like hot cakes these will
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August 15, 2012 3:40 pm
 Mark633CSi Mark633CSi
I'm not a huge fan of what it looks like in the pictures but, I am reserving final judgement until I see it in person. I think it will probably have a lot more elegance and class in person.
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August 15, 2012 12:38 pm
 Meanink Meanink
This looks just like a Chinese copy of the old model. Head and tail light are, ugh, ugly.
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August 15, 2012 11:02 am
 HEMI426 HEMI426
It has more than sa few things in comment with the ford explorer in the styling department. That said I don't think it's gone backwards, no it may look a little softer but also more dynamic. Some will say that the range rover should look muscular en with more 90 degree angles, that's what made the icon. I had enough of that look and tHIS new 'fresh' look means a change in design language. same as tata did with jaguar
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August 15, 2012 10:39 am
 HEMI426 HEMI426
It has more than sa few things in comment with the ford explorer in the styling department. That said I don't think it's gone backwards, no it may look a little softer but also more dynamic. Some will say that the range rover should look muscular en with more 90 degree angles, that's what made the icon. I had enough of that look and tHIS new 'fresh' look means a change in design language. same as tata did with jaguar
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August 15, 2012 10:39 am
 Shumy Shumy
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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August 15, 2012 9:43 am
 duppy mowt duppy mowt
Ummm... Kinda disappointed they waited almost a decade to make changes to just the head and tail lights. I don't get when people say "It will grow on you". That just means you've come to terms with how ugly it is. LOL
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August 15, 2012 9:12 am
 SouthAfrica SouthAfrica
This car is beautiful. Tata doing a great job.
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August 15, 2012 8:55 am
 SorryMyBadEnglish SorryMyBadEnglish
Goodbye British Range Rover
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August 15, 2012 8:54 am
 LaFerrari LaFerrari
This is what you get when Indian "TATA Motors" buys Land Rover businesses from Ford! Now I'm glad GM discontinued Hummer instead of selling it to that Chinese bidder.
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August 15, 2012 6:50 am
 autoficianado autoficianado
...not as attractive as the outgoing model and looks less expensive as well. I see a giant Evoque or a reskinned Ford Flex not a Range Rover.
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August 15, 2012 6:44 am
 SorryMyBadEnglish SorryMyBadEnglish
Not good!!! Range Rover doesn't look like British anymore. Range Rover is start to lose it soul. :'(
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August 15, 2012 5:57 am
 Varian Varian
Wow, that gentleman in he video just finished driving through a river and then went to work. That's class. It certainly isn't something I've considered as a morning routine.
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August 15, 2012 5:22 am
 International International
It will grow on you
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August 15, 2012 4:39 am
 N20_Purge N20_Purge
I'm not a huge fan of how it looks, but I am sure it will grow on me when they are on the streets.
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August 15, 2012 4:38 am
 SorryMyBadEnglish SorryMyBadEnglish
Land Rover Cherokee
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August 15, 2012 4:34 am
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