Saturday 4 February 2012

U-Spy: 2013 Range Rover

Our eagle eyed-reader has spied the next Range Rover undergoing chassis testing in Mojacar, Southern Spain. Prior to arriving in Spain, this particular test car was spied testing in Warwick, England in August 2011.

According to Derek, who was walking his dog at the time, two prototypes have been in the area for the last couple of weeks, clocking up more test miles.

Wearing the same black and white camouflage as before, the newcomer seems to hit the perfect balance between the original Range Rover and the sporty, contemporary styling of the smaller Evoque.

Per se, a sloping roofline, clamshell bonnet, and LED headlights will feature. Like the current line-up, two models will be offered; the Sport and Vogue.

Although larger than the outgoing model, the new luxury SUV will weigh around 400kg (881lbs) less than today's model, thanks to an aluminium chassis that allows for improved handling and lower running costs.

The number plate is registered to a Range Rover Vogue with a 5.0 litre V8 petrol engine. Previous prototypes were sporting a 3.0 litre SDV6 with 255bhp under the hood. In addition to the SDV6, the current engine line-up will be carried over, which consists of a 4.4 litre TDV8 and a 5.0 litre Supercharged V8.

Expect a healthy price increase over the current £48,000 for the Sport and £69,500 for the Vogue. The pipeline will include a hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.

Hats-off to Derek!

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