Eagle-eyed AROnline reader, Stewart Weller, spotted the 2013 Range Rover out testing recently. Although it’s a quick snap, it’s interesting to see some of the car’s finer details through the monochrome camouflage. Following on from the outgoing L322-generation Range Rover has proven a monumental task for LR engineers – mainly because the 2001 original was so highly developed as a money-no-object under BMW’s stewardship of the company.
There are those within the company who still consider the L322 to be the most thoroughly engineered car yet to emerge from JLR – a legacy of being under the direct control of Wolfgang Reitzle, a noted perfectionist.
The delayed new car based on Jaguar Land Rover’s aluminium, bonded and riveted platform, which will result in a considerably lighter car – down to around 2000kg from 2700. Much effort has also been put into enlarging the passenger compartment as well as the boot area – and as our photo shows, the rear passenger doors are also longer for improved rear access.
Although it’s lighter, the new Range Rover will be longer – expanding in length to over 5m. It will also be considerably more luxurious inside, with much emphasis placed on high quality interior trimming, and lavish materials. As for the styling, it’s going to have a few of the Evoque’s styling touches up-front, as well as a wedgier rising window line, just like its smaller cousin.
As for powertrains, it will be launched with the existing range of V6- and V8-petrols and diesels, but expect the hybrid Range_e drivetrain to be phased-in shortly after launch, followed by the all-new engines that JLR is now feverishly working on in the build-up to Ford’s pull-out in 2014. Expect a launch in the lead-up to the Paris Motor Show in September.