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New Range Rover For 2013

New Range Rover For 2013

They just keep on coming, don’t they? Land Rovers that is. First we get the highly regarded Evoque. Then we learn of a trendy replacement for that faithful old retainer, the Defender; and now the first news of the replacement for the ageing Range Rover is starting to appear.

The much loved Rangey has been around now for over forty years. First launched in 1970 it is now on its third iteration and no amount of facelifts, upgrades and no less than four new engines can disguise the fact that model L322, first introduced in 2002, has reached the end of the road.

The good news is that model L405 will be with us next year and it is going to be something special. Land Rover are a bit cagey about the final looks but the picture above gives you some idea. Thinking about a grown-up Evoque is probably the way to go as the new vehicle will have some of that modern aero-dynamic styling whilst retaining the high driving position. It will still be all Range Rover though, not an Evoque clone.

There is no question that the present car is a big, thirsty beast, but LR have the solution. The new Range Rover will be built around a pressed aluminium monocoque which will help to the car to shed a slimming 250 kilos which should improve performance and economy.

A factory somewhere in the Midlands and suitably improved, will make the car and if the Evoque has really done wonders for the company’s fortunes then this new Rangey is the metaphoric icing on the cake.

America is seen as the prime market and LR expect to sell around twice as many there as they would in the UK. It won’t come cheap though. Expect the starting price to be around seventy thousand pounds rising to over the £100K mark for the range-topper.

This still isn’t a tree-hugging car. As with all manufacturers, Land Rover have made great strides in reducing noxious output and improving mpg but don’t expect it to be that frugal. For the eco-conscious – as is the trend – there is expected to be a hybrid version which it is hoped will cut emissions to 150g/km. Impressive in a car this size.

It’s a big step for the company as the present Rangey has a huge and dedicated following. Additionally, there has been an increase in the level of competition with the big X-Series Beemers, the Porsche Cayenne and new SUV’s from both Bentley and surprisingly, Lamborghini, so it needs to be good. Let’s see if the legend continues.

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2 Responses to “New Range Rover For 2013”

  1. Insure Daily says:

    Hi,

    Personally I love Range Rover’s, and it’s really good to see that they are cutting emissions. £70,000 is an awful lot of money though, when will we get the final pictures?

    Mark @ Insure Daily

    • Geoff says:

      Hi Mark
      They’ve got to cut back emissions these days but it proves you can still have some luxury and be kind (sort of) to the planet. Yes, it is a lot of money but there’s worse for more. There are pics all over the place of the new car but mostly they are artist impressions, although they are mostly accurate, I’d guess. We’ll print an image when the official snaps come out.

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