2012 Range Rover Supercharged Grill

Full details are not even out yet on the 2012 Range Rover, but industry watchers are getting fired up about the 2013 model. While the 2012 Range Rover will be mostly carried over from the 2011 model year, the 2013 Range Rover will be all-new (with the possible exception of some engine options). In the meantime, you can get a sneak peek at the 2012 Range Rover changes here. Official information on the U.S.-spec 2012 model should be released any day now.

2013 Range Rover Details

Here’s what we know so far:

Fourth Generation – The 2013 model is all-new and will therefore represent the fourth generation of the vehicle. The Range Rover was introduced in 1970 and has managed to keep the same basic countenance for over 30 years. Slow evolutionary changes are one of the hallmarks of the Land Rover brand; one that may be diminishing in the future if the DC100 is any indication.

New Platform – The 2013 Range Rover will be based on a new aluminum chassis derived from the Jaguar XJ. The move is intended to bothsave weight and reduce the number of platforms currently being employed by the company. Before we get too worked up over the Range Rover sharing a platform with a car, it should be noted that the chassis is expected to have undergone some significant reinforcements and modifications. This is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s strategy to reduce its lineup to include just a handful of multi-purpose platforms that can be easily modified to fit a variety of roles. We have no problem with platform sharing, but here’s to hoping the company does not go too far down the badge engineering path. The automotive graveyard is filled with badge engineered brands: HUMMER, Pontiac, Saturn, Plymouth, Mercury, Oldsmobile, et al. 

New Look – Land Rover has stated that the new Range Rover will have a more Evoque-like body style. While the spy shots linked below don’t give much away, we can clearly see a more raked roofline and more “Evoque’ative” proportions. Motor Trend described the look as an “inflated Evoque.”

The 2013 Range Rover will be based on a new aluminum chassis derived from the Jaguar XJ. The move is intended to both save weight and reduce the number of platforms currently being employed by the company.

Advanced Materials – The company has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to producing vehicles using advanced and sustainable materials. The Range Rover Evoque is the first model from Land Rover to put this philosophy into play, but the 2013 Range Rover will build on the concept. The Range Rover is slated to take advantage of the aforementioned aluminum chassis, an alloy body shell, and the use of composite materials for some body panels. It is also likely the vehicle will make use of at least some advanced sustainable materials inside the cabin. This all ads up to one thing: weight savings. Between the redesign and the use of these materials, the 2013 model is expected to weigh nearly 1,000 pounds less than the current Range Rover. For owners, that means increased fuel efficiency.

New Engines (Maybe) – This one is a little fuzzier. Land Rover is currently developing new engines for its lineup, however it’s unclear at this time if these new engines will make their way into the 2013 Range Rover. Additionally, there is still no confirmation on when a diesel will be brought to the U.S. market. We’ve speculated in the past that it could happen with the 2015 Defender, but there is always the outside chance we’ll see a diesel-powered Range Rover hit our shores sooner. It is also possible that a diesel-hybrid version could see production in the relatively near future, but again, there has been no confirmation from Land Rover.

New Interior Accommodations – The Range Rover of the future will be competing with some very upmarket rivals. Both Maserati and Bentley have declared plans to enter into the premium SUV/crossover market. Right now, Land Rover fields the Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition, but it’s likely that all Range Rover models will see increased room, luxury, and comfort features.

Where to Find 2013 Range Rover Spy Photos

Many different publications have caught the 2013 Range Rover dressed up in its black and white test mule camouflage. They all pretty much show the same thing, but AutoExpress has good, high-quality photos from all angles and Inside Line has video.

 2012 Range Rover Supercharged Front View

2012 Model Pictured

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September 29, 2011


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