Land Rover has revealed full technical details of the new Range Rover, including its engine line-up
6 September 2012

The all-new Range Rover 4 has been re-engineered to become more competitive as a genuine luxury car on-road as well as becoming more capable off-road. The new model is lighter, more frugal, more spacious and significantly more refined, according to Land Rover.

The company says the 2013 Range Rover 4 the world’s first SUV with an aluminium monocoque construction. Made up of 270 aluminium pressings, 14 castings, nine extrusions, ten steel pressings and magnesium castings, the structure is assembled by riveting and bonding. 3722 rivets are used along with 161m of adhesive.

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The bodyside is pressed in one piece and said to be the ‘largest automotive panel in the world’. The use of high-strength AC300 T61 aluminium in the crash structure is also said to first automotive volume use. It is 180kg lighter than the steel shell of the previous model. The Range Rover’s bare shell is also 23kg lighter than a BMW 3-series shell and a remarkable 85kg lighter than that of the Audi Q5. Indeed, Land Rover claims it is only 12kg heavier than a bare Mini Countryman shell.

At a millimetre under 5m long, the new car benefits from much improved rear cabin space. The wheelbase is 40mm longer and the rear door aperture wider for easier access. Legroom is claimed to have increased by 118mm. It has been benchmarked against luxury cars such as the Bentley Flying Spur and Mercedes S-Class for ride quality and tyre and wind noise.

Under the skin, the new car gets a ‘5th generation’ air-suspension system. A clean-sheet design, its uses aluminium subframes and aluminium double-wishbones at the front and a multi-link design at the back. The subframes are hollow aluminium castings, weighing just 15kg and 14kg and the subframe mounting points are machined with an accuracy of 1/1000mm. A new air-compressor increases performance allowing better control of the pressure in the air springs.

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The stiffness of the body attachment points is said to be 30 percent greater than on the old car, which should greatly improve the ability to finesse the ride and handling. The lower wishbones have ribs moulded on the lower surface which will show evidence of serious rock-strikes.   

Off-road, ground clearance has been improved by 18mm, to 296mm front, 310mm rear and the 597mm of wheel travel easily bests the Mercedes GL’s 480mm. The car’s wading depth has increased by 200mm to 900mm, with the car now ‘breathing’ via gap between bonnet and wing. The new-generation Terrain Response 2 system now includes an ‘auto’ setting, which analyses the terrain and can switch automatically between the five off-road settings.   

The permanent all-wheel drive works through a new 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox, which has a wider ratio spread and only uses the torque convertor for launch, before locking up for maximum efficiency. Brembo six-pot callipers and 380mm discs are fitted to the front wheels and it gets a new electric power steering system. The Mk4 also has a 3500kg trailer capacity.  

Due in late 2013, and pitched as the ‘world’s most capable Hybrid’ with capacity to wade, the V6 diesel engine (286bhp, 412lb ft) is coupled to a eight-speed ZF auto with an integrated permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (47bhp, 125lbft) and 1.7 kWh Li-ion battery. It can run as engine only, electric motor only and both motors together for a claimed 333bhp combined, 0-62mph in 7.4secs and 169g/km CO2. 

Engine line-up 

V6 Diesel, 2993cc, twin-turbo, 24-valve 255bhp@4000rpm 442lb ft @2000rpm 37.8mpg, 196g/km  

V8 Diesel, 4367cc, twin-turbo, 24-valve 335bhp @3500rpm 516lbft@1750-3000rpm 32.5mpg, 229g/km  

V8 Supercharged Petrol, 32-valve 504bhp@6000-6500rpm 461lbft@2500-5500rpm 21mpg, 322g/km

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6 September 2012

I still haven't made up my mind whether I like the styling. Looking at the pictures I like the silver with black roof, but hate the black with the silver flash down the side. I bet you'll most likely see that one in a Premiership football club car park. 

That said, looking at the techinical and engineering side of it I can't help but be impressed. The weight and efficiency improvements for a car of this size are astonishing.

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6 September 2012

Love the Alloys on this Range Rover, If I was in the market for a 4WD then this would definately be on my shortlist.

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6 September 2012

The black car with the silver "door trim" looks awful.  How utterly tacky and how typical of modern JLR cars.  I'm sure all new Range Rovers will be bought spec'd like that.  The brand of bling indeed!

The V6 engine also looks underpowered for such a big car - even taking into account the weight saving over the previous model.

In fact the more I see of this car the less I like it sadly.  I'd rather have a first generation Range Rover Classic, a CSK for example or a Brooklands.

7 September 2012

R32 wrote:

The V6 engine also looks underpowered for such a big car - even taking into account the weight saving over the previous model.

It's actually quicker than the old V8 diesel.

0-60mph in 7.4 seconds – compared to 7.5 seconds for the old V8.

7 September 2012

kurtverbose wrote:

R32 wrote:

The V6 engine also looks underpowered for such a big car - even taking into account the weight saving over the previous model.


But the fuel ecomomy is quite impressive for that size of vehicle - puts a 2.2Tdci Ford Ranger to shame!

6 September 2012

... It looks like a Ford Explorer. In fact, I put rear-three-quarter pictures of both side-by-side, and my non-car-nut sister couldn't tell the difference. Pretty much the same from the front.

6 September 2012

Phulleyable wrote:

... It looks like a Ford Explorer.

True but really it's the other way around.  If you were Ford and had experienced the Land Rover DNA then sold it, wouldn't you make the Explorer look like the RR so that some of the glamour rubs off?


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