I like to see changes in the look of a car from one model to another. That can be difficult if the current model is a winner in that department, or if management is too risk averse. BMW has a problem with the former with the iconic MINI, and most Japanese firms now have the latter problem.
Which brings us to the the new Range Rover. It is a classic car, in style and the change it brought about in starting a whole new genre. I have to say, this 2013 styling effort is definitely evolutionary. They will get away with that for now, but you don't want a car to end up like the Civic sedan, hard to tell the last six models apart.
So what does the new vehicle bring to the table? I will let LR tell us:
1• Unmistakably a Range Rover, a modern interpretation of iconic design cues
2• Legendary Land Rover off-road capability with transformed on-road handling and agility
3• Lighter, stronger and more refined. The world’s first SUV with an all-aluminum unibody structure
4• Weight savings of up to 926lbs (420kg) when compared to the outgoing model delivers improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. A US specification V8 model is approximately 700lbs lighter than similarly equipped outgoing model
5• A more spacious and luxurious interior provides a truly composed motoring experience for all occupants. Rear legroom increases 4.7 inches
The first one is what I was saying above, not much change in appearance. Secondly, it still goes like stink off road but does it on road now too. Third and fourth, the biggie. The RR has ditched the take aways and super sizing the fries for lettuce salad and smoked salmon. Finally, more room in the back when being chauffeured around, or for those gangly legged kids.
In summary: What LR had to address was the weight and CO2 emissions, while retaining what a Range Rover is all about. Mission accomplished.