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Nate Chapnick | Photo: Courtesy Images | July 9, 2013
Britain’s iconic SUV receives a stunning revamp for 2013.
Whether you’re heading over to the North Shore or just moving up the luxury car hierarchy, Land Rover’s completely redesigned 2013 Range Rover handles the task with aplomb. The fourth generation of Land Rover’s flagship SUV is the ultimate expression of refinement and capability. Now, with a completely new look, lightweight aluminum body and a sophisticated powertrain, the Range Rover continues its dominance in a segment it launched 40 years ago.
Quintessentially British, the Range Rover’s new design pays tribute to its signature Land Rover DNA with a modern look guaranteed to turn heads. Iconic design details like its clamshell hood, floating roof, steeply raked rear pillar and low waistline remain. New, however, are more rounded edges, a lower roofline for improved aerodynamics and a slanted grille. Slick headlights resemble a camera lens sporting LEDs that form two interlocking circles.
The interior is equally impressive. The most noticeable change up front is the 50 percent reduction of buttons and switches, as these functions are now relegated to the 8-inch touch screen, which has been brushed up itself. More good news: Rear seat passengers finally have room to stretch, with 4.7 inches of added legroom. For the ultimate in refinement, opt for the power reclining, heated, cooled and massaging rear bucket seats. (So, if you’re in the market for a full-size sedan, you just might want to add the Range Rover to your shopping list.) Unchanged is Range Rover’s painstaking attention to detail, highlighted by its careful selection of rich leather hides covering nearly every surface that’s not already graced by your choice of wood veneer or aluminum. After all, why mess with perfection?
On the performance front, for 2013 Land Rover put the Range on a serious diet, shedding some 926 pounds with its new lightweight aluminum body, the first such structure to be used on any SUV. This weight loss, coupled with a sophisticated eight-speed automatic transmission, improves fuel economy and reduces emissions while also transforming the Range’s handling and performance. With the standard 375 horsepower V8 engine, 0 to 60 mph drops by nearly a second to 6.5 seconds, while fuel economy increases to 20 mpg on the highway, which is 2 mpg better than the 2012 model. To the eye, the Range hasn’t lost a thing by dropping the serious weight, while it has gained a lot.
It’s just one remarkable aspect of this genuinely extraordinary machine. Find it now at Land Rover & Jaguar of Honolulu (jaguarhonolulu.com) with a starting price of $82,650.
2013 Land Rover Range Rover
Base price: $82,650
Engine: 5.0-liter V8
Horsepower: 375 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 375 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Maximum cargo capacity: 71.7 cu. ft.
City fuel economy: 16 mpg
Highway fuel economy: 20 mpg
Weight: 4,850 lbs.
0 to 60 mph: 6.5 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph
Terrain Response 2 automatically switches vehicle setup based on traction conditions
Hydrophobic coating on front side door glass keeps glass clear
All-aluminum lightweight body