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Land Rover Range Rover

What is it? The redesigned, flagship Land Rover Range Rover luxury SUV makes an evolutionary step forward for 2014. 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 features a 340-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V6. with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Land Rover aimed to improve fuel economy—an important goal, for the outgoing 2012 Range Rover was EPA-rated at just 14 mpg overall. The new model is rated at 19 mpg overall—a dramatic improvement.

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 2014 Range Rover is a staggering 900 lbs. lighter than the model it replaces.

The British-built SUV has a body structure that is 39-percent lighter than the previous 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? Now.

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