Land Rover Introduces First All-Aluminum SUV, 2013 Range RoverPosted by: Kenny Chan onNovember 30th, 2012
You would think that the SUV market would have seen some models introduced with some hefty weight reduction via new manufacturing processes by now but I was as surprised as you are that Land Rover is introducing the first all-aluminum SUV right now at the end of 2012 here at the LA Auto Show.
Before I continue though I wanted to point out a big gaffe on Land Rover’s part during the unveiling. To show off the off-road prowess of the new Range Rover they presented the new SUV riding on a bed of rocks partially submerged in water. Not sure if this was to simulate crossing a shallow riverbed but because the water was still and not flowing it appeared as though the Range Rover was sitting on flat tires. Whoever designed this presentation should clearly redo this before the next auto show they present it at.
The new 2013 Range Rover loses a staggering 800lbs compared to the outgoing model–that’s the weight of an entire family and all their camping gear! I imagine the brakes and tires should last a couple years longer with the weight savings. Engine choices remain the same with the base model 5.0L V8 producing 375hp and 375 lb/ft torque and an optional supercharged version producing a more than adequate 510hp and 461 lb/ft of torque.
If you were wondering how much the weight reduction helped in the fuel economy department, the lighter Range Rover takes about 14.7L/100km (compared to just under 17L/100km from last years model). While it still guzzles gas, you should be able to get an extra 60-80km on each tank depending on your driving style. Not bad!