Land Rover has revealed official images of the upcoming 2013 Range Rover that will be launched at the Paris Motor Show next month. It looks a lot like it does today (in addition to having a passing resemblance to the Ford Flex) but there are new wheels, new headlamps and the major changes have all occurred under the skin.
The 2013 Range Rover gets aluminium unibody construction for the chassis which helps it save a considerable amount - 39 per cent, to be exact - of weight over the current ladder frame/monocoque hybrid chassis. The company claims that the new model will save upto 420kg over the current model. The company has also re-engineered the suspension with better handling. We suspect that the weight loss has much to do with the improvements there as well. All the engine options remain the same (although with slightly higher power and torque outputs, of course) but with better performance thanks to the ZF eight-speed transmission that will be standard across the range. The Terrain Response System has also been recalibrated for better grip and response over the myriad surfaces a Range Rover experiences over its life.
The other big change is the increase in rear legroom, up by 1198mm over the outgoing model, which should make the rear legroom more acceptable for such a large vehicle. In addition, the company is offering a two-place rear seating option instead of the bench for the second row for those who want the most comfort possible in the second row.
Land Rover hasn't announced prices for the car yet, but they have revealed that the 2013 Range Rover will go on sale this year, with deliveries beginning by the end of the year. Expect it to reach India early next year.