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2013 Land Rover Range Rover Overview
Land Rover has completely redesigned its flagship Range Rover SUV for the 2013 model year. The new SUV still seats up to five, but its new aluminum construction helps yield a significant 700-pound reduction in weight, helping both performance and gas mileage. Buyers still have a choice of two V-8 engines, one of which is supercharged. The Range Rover occupies a unique corner of the market; its closest competitor is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
Despite the new aluminum platform, the 2013 Range Rover retains the traditional boxy styling that's come to define the SUV. The grille and headlights are similar to its predecessor but aren't as vertical. The taillights have been restyled, too. Exterior features include nineteen-inch alloy wheels (20-, 21- and 22-inch wheels available), an all-aluminum body that is 39 percent lighter than prior model's steel body, air suspension, and LED taillights. Available are a black or silver contrasting roof, panoramic glass roof, and power side steps.
Like the exterior, the new Range Rover's cabin styling sees evolutionary design changes. It gets two screens — a 12.3-inch display for the instrument cluster and an 8-inch touch-screen in the middle of the dash — and a knob that serves as the gear selector. Land Rover claims there's an additional 4.7 inches of rear legroom for increased passenger comfort. Massaging rear seats with a rear center console are optional. There are three available Meridian premium stereos, including one with a 29-speaker system. Available are 20-way-adjustable front seats with massage feature, power-reclining rear seats, rear entertainment system with two 8-inch screens, and front and rear cooled storage bins.
Under the Hood
The Range Rover is offered with a choice of V-8 engines, both of which team with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base engine is a 375-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 375 pounds-feet of torque. Optional is a 510-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 behemoth that makes 461 pounds-feet of torque. Full-time four-wheel drive is standard and a new version of Terrain Response can automatically adjust vehicle settings on the move. Electrically assisted power steering and Brembo-brand brakes help keep the Range Rover under control. It has a maximum towing capacity of 7,716 pounds when properly equipped.
Safety features include side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control, traction control, and an available collision warning system with automatic braking.
*Overview courtesy of Cars.com