The Range Rover can be considered the equivalent of a royal family. Introduced back in 1970, the Range Rover showed that an SUV could be as luxurious and technologically advanced, as it was durable and able to tackle any terrain. Throughout its three generations, the Range Rover was the high water mark of what an SUV could be. Land Rover hopes to continue that with the introduction of the fourth-generation Range Rover.

The 2013 Range Rover sticks with the tried and true boxy design from the first-generation model, but with some modern updates. The front end has a more angular shape to it and is equipped with LED headlights. Along the side are a choice of eight wheels ranging in size from nineteen to twenty-two inches and the doors featuring a motif of vents. The new design also makes the the 2013 Range Rover the most aerodynamic model yet, with a drag coefficient of 0.34 cd.

The design also hides one of the key details of the new Range Rover. Land Rover engineers designed a new all-aluminum unitized body structure which offers less weight and more strength than a comparable steel frame. But that’s not all. Engineers also used aluminum throughout the vehicle and other weight saving tricks. The result? The 2013 Range Rover weighs about 700 lbs less than the outgoing model. Wow.

Inside, the 2013 Range Rover is the most luxurious version yet. Leather, wood, and metal trim line the interior. There is a new digital instrument cluster and center stack that has been simplified. In the back, head and legroom has been increased. There is also the option of providing two captain chairs in the back along with climate control and a cool box.

Powering the Range Rover is either a 5.0L V8 producing 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque or a supercharged 5.0L V8 with 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. Both engines use an eight-speed automatic that sends power through a full-time intelligent 4WD system. The EPA rates the 2013 Range Rover at,

5.0L V8: 14 City/20 Highway/16 Combined
5.0L Supercharged V8: 13 City/19 Highway/15 Combined

The full-time intelligent 4WD system used on the 2013 Range Rover features the latest generation of Land Rover’s Terrain Response system called Terrain Response 2. Terrain Response 2 uses on-board vehicle sensors to detect and analyze the current road conditions and decide which of the five programs (General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, and Rock Crawl) is right for this moment automatically. You can also control the system manually by picking one of the programs.

Pricing for the 2013 Range Rover lineup begins at:

Range Rover: $83,545
Range Rover HSE: $88,545
Range Rover Supercharged: $99,995
Range Rover Supercharged Autobiography: $130,995

Competitors to the 2013 Range Rover include the Lexus LX 570, Mercedes-Benz GL550, and Porsche Cayenne.

By William Maley