2013 Range Rover: In a class of its own
The all-new 2013 Range Rover is the fourth generation in the Range Rover line and will try to maintain its position as the world’s finest luxury SUV. The 2013 model has been redesigned from the ground up with a new lightweight body, a new chassis structure and new refinements to the interior.
But will it be enough to compete in the highly competitive luxury SUV segment? Many would argue that the new exterior design did not go far enough to compete with the Porsche Cayenne. But we need to look at what is underneath the new exterior design to see what the new Range Rover is all about.
New lightweight design
It starts with Land Rover completely redesigning the body of the all-new luxury SUV by giving it an all-aluminum monocoque body structure that Land Rover says is 39 percent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model. It also gets a new aluminum platform that includes an aluminum front and rear chassis architecture with a completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension. The reduction in weight should result is improved handling in the corners.
Still an off-road beast
Range Rover is world-renowned for its off-road prowess. The 2013 model will retain that designation and has been improved by getting the next-generation version of Land Rover's Terrain Response system.The all-wheel-drive system analyzes the current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings for the terrain.