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What's New for 2013
The Land Rover Range Rover will be completely redesigned for 2013.
You have to like an automaker that sticks with a classic design for awhile. And while a decade is a lifetime in automotive refresh cycles, that's how long it's been since we've seen a new Range Rover. The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover will change that. Judging from photographs of prototypes being tested, the fourth-generation model of the British all-terrain icon should arrive with new headlights, slimmer side mirrors and a revised rear end.
The new Range Rover will probably ride on the same platform as the Jaguar XJ, and stretch by an inch or more. The "floating roof" will probably carry over, but look for the new model to closely follow the design direction set by the new Evoque, with a more steeply raked windshield and a graceful convergence of the roof and body character lines at the rear. The traditional boxy form will give way to softer edges and a more aerodynamic, futuristic look.
The powertrain options likely won't stray far from the current selection of 5.0-liter V8 configurations, although we expect some kind of hybrid powertrain -- V6, diesel or even a plug-in hybrid -- for the new model or perhaps for 2014. An eight-speed automatic transmission will be available as well. Most important, the use of aluminum for the chassis structure could shave as much as 1,000 pounds off the current model, helping this vehicle substantially improve its mpg rating.
More important, the 2013 Range Rover can be expected to climb up the social ladder. With Bentley preparing a premium SUV based on the Porsche Cayenne platform, Land Rover wants its flagship even more exclusive, with a design and platform that can spin off ever more opulent variants. In the U.S., a 2012 Range Rover is priced from around $80,000. Step up to the Autobiography package with custom options and the price can rise to $130,000. We expect this trend to continue for 2013 with higher base and premium prices.
We're looking for the new Range Rover to debut this fall at the Paris auto show and go on sale in early 2013. Check back for a full review of the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.