G eneration four is just around the corner. For ten years, the Range Rover MKIII held the flag of the ultimate luxury off-roader that can do everything a little better than the rest of the pack. It was not for nothing that he led our Supertest best list for a long time until he was beaten out of his own stable - by the current Land Rover Discovery.
But the basic construction has now survived. The previous Range Rover was developed under BMW direction according to the maxim that everything is possible, no matter what the cost. This resulted in outstanding off-road capabilities that outsiders would never have expected the luxury cruiser to be capable of, but it also resulted in immense obesity. The highly stable base frame and the chassis suitable for expeditions brought the Range Rover to an empty weight of up to 2.8 tons. Despite all the love for British tradition, that no longer fits today.
Range Rover 2013 over 400 kilos lighter
So slimming was the main discipline in the development of the successor was in the specifications. This will be achieved with a premiere in off-road vehicle construction: the new Range Rover 2013 will be the first SUV to have an all-aluminum monocoque body. 420 kilos lighter than the previous Range Rover are a number in this segment.
Not only the body, but also the aluminum chassis contribute to the weight saving. It was further developed - still with air suspension - in the direction of dynamics, the new Range Rover should now also be able to curve while maintaining exquisite suspension comfort. That brings the six-cylinder back into the range: in future the TDV6 familiar from the Discovery will serve as the basic engine. There are also the well-known V8 engines as diesel and gasoline, which were revised to the latest emissions standard during the last model update and can therefore compete unchanged in the new model.
Due to the considerably lower weight, the performance of the 2013 Range Rover will increase strikingly. Even the six-cylinder fires the off-road flagship to 100 km /h in under eight seconds, while the supercharged V8 petrol engine can achieve a top speed of 250 km /h. There is no doubt that the super athletes among the SUVs will also face serious competition with the new range. Land Rover is currently not providing any information about a possible diesel hybrid drive that has been in testing for several years.
WhenDesign was tried to keep the classic line. The design of the windshield or the 'floating' roof is clearly Range Rover. The front, however, has been completely smoothed out, the protruding bumper is history. The side gills in the fenders are greatly enlarged as a design element in the front doors, the lights cite the latest addition to the house: the Range Rover Evoque sends its regards.
While the exterior has been heavily modified, Range Rover customers will immediately feel at home in the interior. The basic layout of the 'stacked' dashboard with the raised middle section is retained. Window switch, transmission control, center console, even the door handles look familiar. First and foremost, the changed operating concept is noticeably new, making a large number of switches in the central area superfluous and leading to a very tidy overall picture. The new multimedia system replaces the old version with a large central screen, and the new multifunction steering wheel also stands out. Land Rover promises even better workmanship and choice of materials, but the previous Range Rover did not show any nakedness.
The technology is being upgraded. The Land Rover invention 'Terrain Response System', which has since been copied by many competitors, will in future have an automatic mode that will automatically make fine adjustments to the drive train and engine control depending on the terrain or road situation. A novelty is the synchronization of the transfer case: in future it will be possible to engage the off-road reduction at speeds of up to 60 km /h; a decisive comfort and safety advantage when driving off-road.
The numerous assistance systems are also being modernized - options known from the luxury class of cars such as intelligent high beam, blind spot assistant, distance control and cruise control further safety systems are being introduced for the first time or their range of functions has been expanded for the new model. For example, the surround camera system now has an intersection camera function, and the asphalt cruise control now also works in slow-moving and stationary traffic.
Range Rover 2013: Price from 89,000 euros
Considerable progress has also been reported in terms of noise comfort. The new type of glued windshield contributes to this as well as additional insulation measures between the body and chassis - the new Range Rover becomes a whisperer.
In terms of price, surprisingly nothing has changed at first glance: a diesel is still for 89,100 euros the entry into the Range Rover world. But it will have two fewer cylinders in the future. However, this only means waiving the standard consumption. With almost identical performance to the previous Range Rover TDV8, the new TDV6 will consume almost two liters less.