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Land Rover Range Rover
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What is it? Making an evolutionary step forward in 2013, the redesigned, flagship Land Rover Range Rover luxury SUV made its American debut in Los Angeles. The automaker claims it is the first SUV to use an all-aluminum unibody structure, a change that helps the large vehicle to reduce significant weight, aiding performance and efficiency.

The new Range Rover boasts 4.7 inches greater rear-passenger leg room. And like some premium luxury sedans, it will be available in a four-seat configuration. The interior looks a lot less cluttered with a knob that acts as the gear selector.

The U.S. version will be offered with a choice of V8 engines that will include a naturally aspirated 375-hp, 5.0-liter V8 and supercharged 510-hp, 5.0-liter V8, each teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission. (We tested that engine in our latest LR4, and the ZF-supplied transmission is super smooth in the Audis, BMWs, and Chrysler 300.)

Land Rover aims to improve fuel economy—an important goal, for the outgoing 2012 Range Rover is EPA-rated at just 14 mpg overall.

Land Rover claims that the new Range Rover will preserve the brand's off-road capability, aided by the latest Terrain Response electronic system, while improving ride and handling. (A claim that likely followed each new Range Rover launch through the decades.)

What is new or notable? The 2013 Range Rover is a staggering 700-lbs. lighter than the model it replaces.

The British-built SUV will have a body structure that is 39-percent lighter than the current BMW-designed model, putting its curb weight at a still hefty 5,000 lbs. (In other markets, the weight-reduction therapy cuts as much as 926 lbs.)

When will it be available? December, 2012.

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