We’re hearing that Land Rover are planning to debut the 2013 Range Rover at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
We’ve had plenty of spy shots of the new Range Rover in the last year as Land Rover work hard to sort out the vital replacement for the now 10 year old Range Rover, and we’ve even had spy video of the new Land Rover halo car at the Nurburgring. Now we’re hearing that Land Rover are planning to debut the new Range Rover at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.
The general consensus has been that the new Range Rover wouldn’t get a public debut until the Paris Motor Show in September, but we’ve heard from a normally very reliable source that Land Rover are planning to make the new Range Rover a star at Geneva in just a few weeks.
The new Range Rover will be a huge chunk lighter than the current model – as much as 500kg (or an average American) lighter – and is based on new aluminium underpinnings borrowed from the new Jaguar XJ. Despite the weight loss, the new Range Rover will grow in size to give passengers more room – especially in the back – be far more economical and much more dynamic.
The dynamic bit was illustrated very well back in November when one of our team fell in to conversation with a Land Rover tester who was in Spain shaking down the new Range Rover. In conversation, the Land Rover man said that the key to the new Range Rover would be handling and dynamics, and that they were aiming for Cayenne and X5 levels of on-road manners with the new Range Rover – and that aim would be fulfilled.
If true, that would put the Range Rover a country mile ahead of any competition. The Range Rover is already perhaps the most appealing car money can buy, and if you throw in decent economy, more room and dynamics and performance up there with the Cayenne and X5, Tata will have pulled off an absolute winner.
If news that the 2013 Range Rover will debut at Geneva is true, JLR should take the trophy for star of Geneva, especially as the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake will debut at Geneva too.