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Land Rover Unveils 2013 Range Rover

Land Rover revealed the completely redesigned 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Tuesday. In addition to new sheet metal, new drivetrain components and a more refined cabin, Land Rover says in a press release that one of the hallmarks of the redesign is a weight reduction of about 700 pounds for U.S. models. The Range Rover last underwent a full redesign for the 2003 model year.

The 2013 Range Rover gets an all-new aluminum chassis and body panels, which are where much of the weight savings comes from, the automaker says. A new eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the six-speed unit found in the 2012 model. Kicking Tires expects that the SUV’s lighter weight “will significantly improve fuel economy.” The 2012 model has an EPA fuel economy rating of 12/18 mpg city/highway.

Power will come from the same engines as the 2012 model: a 5.0-liter or supercharged 5.0-liter V8. Four-wheel drive will again be standard. An all-new Terrain Response 2 Auto system will debut in the 2013 Range Rover. Like the older Terrain Response system, the suspension can be adapted to the type of road surface being driven on. Unlike the old system, however, Terrain Response 2 Auto makes the changes automatically, rather than the driver manually selecting the road surface type.

Cosmetically, the 2013 Range Rover is all-new outside and in. Kicking Tires says the updated styling is “distinctive and attractive.”

Inside, rear passengers get 4.7 inches of additional legroom, and the automaker says the cabin will be quieter, more refined and more comfortable. Car and Driver likes the new dash design, saying it evokes the Evoque and appears simpler. “It’s a nice—dare we say Scandinavian—contrast to the busy, upright panel in the outgoing Range Rover.”

Land Rover says it will release full specs and pricing information for the 2013 Range Rover in September, prior to the Paris Motor Show, and it will go on sale in December. The 2012 model starts at $80,275, which includes delivery fees.

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