2013 Land Rover Range Rover Spy Shots

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The Range Rover SUV is crucial for Land Rover as it's not only the model that best defines the brand, but it’s also the one that most of Land Rover’s other vehicles are based on. Models like the Range Rover Sport, LR4 (Discovery) and LR2 (Freelander) all share their basic design and technology with the Range Rover, so as you can expect engineers have a lot of pressure resting on their shoulders developing the next-gen model.

Expected to go on sale later this year as a 2013 model, the new Range Rover is thought to feature a lightweight, rivet-bonded aluminum chassis based on a modified version of the platform underpinning the Jaguar XJ. By using the lightweight material, engineers could shed up to 40 percent from the weight of the current model’s unpainted body shell, equating to a saving of roughly 660 to 880 pounds. Advanced composites are also expected to be used for certain elements, such as the body panels and rear tailgate, along with some high strength steels.

This would give the vehicle a final curb weight roughly equal to a fully-loaded luxury sedan, improving both performance and fuel economy--the latter of which is expected to be as high as 33.3 mpg combined for some models. This same platform will also spawn a new-generation Range Rover Sport, which is expected to replace the LR4 model in Land Rover’s lineup and be available with seven seats for the first time.

These latest spy shots reveal several telling details about the styling of the new Range Rover, as well as its interior. Code-named L405, the new off-roader is almost ready for its debut, which is scheduled to take place at September’s 2012 Paris Auto Show though an online reveal is expected even earlier.

The vehicle looks to be slightly longer than the current model, with its roofline considerably lower as well. This should result in lower drag and a smaller overall look. The new headlights will also feature a cluster of LED daytime running lights as revealed in some of the spy shots.

2013 Land Rover Range Rover spy shots

2013 Land Rover Range Rover spy shots

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Inside, the vehicle will be decisively more upmarket to allow it to better compete with luxury SUVs being developed by Bentley and Maserati, with plenty of modern touches here including a digital instrument display, large LCD screen in the center console and plenty of controls to adjust everything from the audio and climate settings to the advanced off-road gear.

Powertrain options will largely carry over from the current model and include naturally-aspirated and supercharged 5.0-liter V-8s, as well as a new turbodiesel and gasoline V-6 units for overseas markets. Output will range from about 260 to 510 horsepower. Also due out a couple of years after the initial launch is a hybrid version offering a combined fuel economy as high as 33 mpg.

While you await the reveal of the new 2013 Land Rover Range Rover, click here to watch a spy video of a prototype.
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Comments (13)
  1. That is very weird. Why is this prototype have roll cage? This makes the future buyers nervous, as they will think it's not solid. This will also result the different results w/o the roll cage ie. the rigidity, weight, etc.

  2. The roll cage is there just as a precaution to protect test drivers when they drive the prototypes at high speed on race tracks, such as the Nürburgring.

    The prototype with the roll cage is also an earlier version. You'll notice the prototype in the latest shots doesn't have a roll cage.

  3. As Viknesh said, there isn't any roll cage, at least not in this article. I dont think the people who saw the pictures with the roll cage were very scared, if you were driving a car on the Nurburgring, wouldnt you have a roll cage on? ;)

  4. Love the new look. This will look great in London's west-end..

  5. or any other crowded urban area !

  6. Love it! I will totally order one. But, Viknesh, when do you anticipate the hybrid coming out? Some say 2013-2014, some say later. And would it be a plug in?

  7. RangeRovin, we don't expect the hybrid version until at least a year after the initial launch. So not until sometime close to calendar year 2014 or even later. This is because the hybrid is expected to be a plug-in, just like the concept version, and is still being developed.

  8. Do you think it would be worth it to way the the hybrid? Or just get the supercharged one, when the 2013 Range Rover initially comes out? Like, would the hybrid be so different, so much better gas mileage, and worth the wait? Or would it just be incrementally better gas mileage, and not really worth the wait?

  9. RangeRovin, after some talks with Jaguar Land Rover following the reveal of the new XJ_e prototype, I'm afraid the launch of the plug-in hybrid XJ and Range Rover are looking further away, possibly not until 2014 or even later.

    This type of vehicle is best suited if you primarily drive in urban areas. If you live in the city, then yes, the hybrid makes sense.

    Also, if you happen to live in a market where the diesel models are available, you will get much better mileage than with the regular gas models.

    Hope this helps.

  10. please tell me there is a Panoramic Roof option. It would be an epic fail if not, i mean the boys at Jeep got it right and the Grand Cherokee has one. I could live with the fact that the Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the fastest SUV and you can almost buy 2 STR8s for the cost of one RR sport,but i they put that ridiculous sun roof, it would be like rocking up in a perfectly tailored tux, wearing military boots;with an epic fail

  11. i do not agree with your mentioning of the srt cherokee

    i do agree, however, that land rover must offer a panoroma roof in the autmobile, with it becoming ever more important with mercedes benz gl now offering the option. not to mention, the 2013 gl550 is a gorgeous vehicle.

  12. land rovers flagship autmobile is seeming to take shape for 2013.

    not only does the exterior look to have been beautifully designed(from just looking @ the spy shot offerings), the changes in the interior give one another reason to spend the one hundred plus thousand dollars to be seen commanding the concrete jungles/ plush suburbs we commute daily, in such a refined elegant matter.

    as any land rover owner can attest, there is not a sport utility vehicle which may compare(some say the g class mercedes benz, but that is a long debate).

    i am certain that i am not the only one anxiously anticipating the official show case unveiling of the 2013 land rover range rover.

  13. I'm really digging those wheels. I think this is shaping up to be one impressive vehicle. With that lighter weight it will be much easier and safer. Looking forward to the reveal now.

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