Bob Moore Previews the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover

Oklahoman Modified: November 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm •  Published: November 9, 2012
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The Range Rover's powertrains for the U.S. market will be 5.0-liter V-8s, paired with eight-speed automatic transmissions. The entry-level engine is normally aspirated and direct injected, with 375 horsepower, and the transmission is fitted with paddle shift controls. Land Rover estimates the Range Rover's 0-60 mph time at 6.5 seconds, about 0.7 seconds faster than in the former base Range Rover. With supercharging, the engine makes 510 horsepower, and accelerates to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, about 0.8 seconds quicker than before. Fuel economy is pegged at a 9-percent improvement.

All Range Rovers are fitted with an air suspension and a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a new generation of Terrain Response Control that uses sensors to predict the surface ahead, and to change traction, stability, and active-differential settings to handle the upcoming situation, choosing between five settings (General; Grass/Gravel/Snow; Mud/Ruts; Sand; and Rock Crawl). The promise: a luxurious ride, with flat cornering and intuitive steering feel, according to Land Rover.

All Range Rovers will come with dual LCD screens, a wide 12.3-inch display that replaces traditional gauges, and an 8-inch touchscreen that runs infotainment systems on the center stack through a combination of soft and hard keys for functions from navigation to climate, phone, and audio. Leather upholstery will also be standard, while major options will include a panoramic sunroof; a Meridian sound system with 1,700 watts of power; surround-view cameras; cooler boxes; and a choice from among 37 exterior colors, 17 interior colors and 3 veneers. Mr. Freeman mentioned that the model will be in his dealership beginning in December but for those interested in purchasing pre-ordering their vehicle will be imperative.