Full details revealed for the all-new Range Rover
Land Rover released full technical details for the 4th generation Range Rover at a star-studded launch event in London last night. We brought you the initial images a few weeks ago, but now we have a massive gallery of images and all the info on one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of 2013.
The new model is the world’s first SUV to have an aluminium monocoque construction, while the whole structure is made up of 270 aluminium pressings, 14 castings, nine extrusions, ten steel pressings and 11 magnesium castings. What this means is that the new Range Rover loses a considerably amount of weight – we’re used to new models coming out with 100 kg weight savings like the new Golf Mk7, but with the new RR we get a weight saving of an incredible 420 kg – virtually one fifth of the old vehicle’s weight.
We can expect this to have positive impacts in all aspects of the car – performance, handling, economy, emissions etc – while the car itself is longer and taller, giving an extra 180 mm of rear legroom. Incredibly Land Rover claims that the Range Rover’s bare shell is 23 kg lighter than the new BMW 3-Series’ and 85 kg lighter than the Audi Q5’s bare bodyshell.
Of course a Range Rover wouldn’t be the world-beating all-rounder it is without exceptional off road ability, so the new model has improved ground clearance of 296 mm at the front and 310 mm at the rear, while the wading depth has increased by 200 mm to 900 mm. Wheel travel is best in class with an incredible 597 mm – over 115 mm more than the Mercedes GL.
The engine lineup is just as impressive. First up is the 3.0 SDV6 diesel engine, producing 255 bhp and 442 lb/ft of torque. With the new lower weight, the new Range Rover with this engine manages to be as quick as the current TDV8 but 22 % more fuel efficient, managing 37.8 mpg and 196 g/km of CO2.
Those who like their premium luxury SUVs with 8 cylinders are spoilt for choice too, with the new SDV8 diesel engine producing 335 bhp and 516 lb/ft of torque, whilst still achieving 32.5 mpg and 229 g/km of CO2. But there will always be those who want their RR powered by a big, powerful petrol V8 and for those there is still the Supercharged model.
Using the same 5.0 litre Supercharged V8 as the previous model, producing 510 bhp and 461 lb/ft of torque, the new model uses the weight advantage to great effect meaning this massive SUV manages the 0-62 mph sprint in just 5.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 mph – though LR testers have said they had one up to 180 mph before they chickened out.
Later next year there will also be a Hybrid variant, using a 286 bhp 3.0 V6 diesel engine coupled to a the 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox with an integrated AC motor producing 47 bhp and lithium ion battery. This means the Hybrid RR will be able to run on electric only, engine only or a combination of both, with 333 bhp, 0-62 mph in 7.4 seconds and an incredible 169 g/km of CO2.
We can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the new Range Rover, as this could very well be the most complete car ever made.
Images courtesy of Range Rover