A glittering début announced the full specifications and line-up of 2013’s next-generation Range Rover. After much subterfuge, official details are now deliciously available.
The Royal Ballet School in Richmond, London put on a performance recently like none other in its illustrious history. Spy shots, disguises and just a few sparse official photographs and details meant that when the curtain went up this, there would be heartfelt applause. With next year’s Range Rover models in full limelight, there was indeed much to applaud.
The new generation L405 Range Rover appeared in the full light of the public eye showing off what a 420 kg diet, courtesy of aluminium construction, can do for the figure. Sleeker, lower, and longer, the svelte Range Rover remains all-commanding. With hatched grill, decorative door gills, the exterior certainly retains its presence. Available to order in 37 colours, it also features a contrasting roof and 8 alloy wheel designs.
Inside, there are various colour themes with 3 choices of veneer and several leather options. A clarified approach to the dashboard hallmarks the new flagship 4×4. Just half the switches found on the current model remain. Legroom increase for rear passengers has outpaced the extension of the wheelbase. An Executive seat pack including two large massage seats and a 29-speaker Meridian sound system can also be custom ordered.
Under the body, some serious engineering provides performance not previously achieved on a cubic centimetre basis. A new 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine will display the same sort of performance credentials currently found in the 4.4 litre TDV8. A diesel hybrid will also be available for enhanced achievement of more environmentally-related targets, rather than those of acceleration.
The supporting role played by the vehicle’s handling was not neglected either. New suspension, anti-roll body system, and sound-proofing gives the new Range Rover not only wind and road noise levels to which many luxury cars will aspire, but retains its mantle as a true off-road vehicle. Enhanced ground clearance and wading depth is achieved and towing prowess remains strong.
Justifiably proud of their new creation, Land Rover’s John Edwards summed up all these details when he stated that “the new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle – that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability. However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers.”
Continuing to contribute to the growth of Britain’s economy, the new Range Rover will be built at the impressive new manufacturing facility in Solihull, the recipient of £370m of investment. Orders can be placed now, with prices starting at £71,295 for the V6 diesel, reaching £98,395 for the 5.0 Supercharged model. For an immediate taste of what next year’s arrival may bring, a full dimensional drive is available through short-term hire. The Range Rover Vogue 4.4 litre TDV8 2012 model is your best estimate of that diesel engine grunt and, legendary, growl. With this latest car being available you can sample the privilege that Range Rover driving brings.
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