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Things at Jaguar Land Rover have just gotten more interesting. The British car company has just announced its own skunk works department, called Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. The new division is charged with making high performance and ultra luxury editions of standard production Jaguar and Land Rover products on a bespoke, individual level.

Much like BMW Individual, Special Operations will build vehicles to specifications outside the normal assembly line ordering guide. Customers can order their choice of colors, interior amenities, trim packages, and add-on accessories. The shop will also handle the company’s limited-edition collectables that run with small production numbers.

Even more, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations will work on vehicle restorations and servicing with parts gathered through salvage or recreation of specialized historic parts. The Heritage Team already has their first major project lined up. You may recall the six lightweight E-Types we reported Jaguar is building from parts left over from the 1960s.

The operation will be led by John Edwards and overseen by Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Executive. Paul Newsome, formerly of Williams Advanced Engineering, is heading up the team of designers and engineers under Edwards. In the media statement after the jump, Speth says the new Special Operations division was created in an effort to “reinforce the global reputation of both Jaguar and Land Rover in building exciting and desirable products.”

The Special Operations division will be located in the company’s new Technical Center, located in the West Midlands area of the UK, just outside the corporate headquarters and will employ some 150 team members.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations Division.

The Range Rover Evoque may not be as imposing as the Sport or the Discovery in its bone-stock form, but take the small SUV over to Kahn Design and you’ll be driving completely new vehicle once it leaves the shop. Just take a look at the Black Label Edition the Brits launched for the 2013 model year to have a better taste of their craftsmanship.

Sure, the Black Label Edition and its triple-black suit is a tad sober for the Evoque’s shape and purpose, but there’s more than one way to skin a cat in Kahn’s workshop. For instance, the company’s most recent attempt at enhancing the Evoque showcases a sportier approach that brings together weight reducing strategies and a flamboyant look.

Cutting weight is achieved with help from a new set of carbon composite bumpers that shave a few pounds off the compact crossover that now carries a Volcanic Grey wrap. Complementing the new exterior color are a number of matte black body parts, including a trunk spoiler lip, a sump guard, a rear diffuser, and the side vents mounted on the front fenders.

As with most Kahn-badged Range Rovers, the Evoque RS Sport also benefits from a 3D mesh front grille, LED daytime running lights, an extended upper roof wing, and a stainless steel exhaust system.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque RS Sport By Kahn Design.

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Land Rover branded the relinquishing model Freelander with their zenith trim: Metropolis. The new top-of-the-line trim upgrades the Freelander with many distinctive features, including a longer equipment list and some visual updates. This is the final makeover from the British manufacturer before the model goes out of production to make space for all-new Discovery Sport.

The Metropolis version is built around the previous flagship model Freelander HSE LUX, but features all bells and whistles that anyone can expect from a luxury sport utility vehicle .

Land Rover will reveal the Freelander Metropolis on the 9th of June at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and will carry a premium price tag.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Freelander Metropolis.

Land Rover has yet to bring the Range Rover Hybrid to the United States, but the fuel-sipping SUV is already available in Europe and, according to the company, it will go on sale in China next month as well.

The big news, however, is that the world’s largest automotive market is also getting the hybrid powertrain in the long-wheelbase version of the Range Rover , allowing Chinese customers to enjoy an extra 186 mm (7.3 inches) of rear legroom.

Developed on the same Silk Trail expedition know-how that led to the creation of the regular Ranger Rover Hybrid, the long-wheelbase version benefits from the same powertrain and performance specs.

At the heart of the SUV lays a 3.0-liter, SDV6, turbo-diesel engine and a 35-kW (47-horsepower) electric motor that combine to deliver 335 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Connected to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, the combo enables the vehicle to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds, while top speed is rated at 135 mph.

When used on electric power alone, the SUV has a range of only one mile and can reach a top speed of 30 mph. Moving over to what matters the most to a hybrid — fuel efficiency — the Range Rover LWB promises to return up to 37 mpg combined, a figure unchanged versus the regular wheelbase model. Additionally, regenerative braking helps recharge the batteries while you bring the SUV to a stop.

While Chinese deliveries will commence in the fourth quarter of the year, details as to when the Range Rover Hybrid will cross the Pond to North America are still unavailable. However, U.S. dealerships should get it by the end of 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase.

The Land Rover brand is on the brink of renaissance; a future laid out with a structured purpose that includes no less than three sub-categories and levels of refinement and off-road abilities — and it’s all starting with this, the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept.

Just one day before the New York Auto Show officially kicks off, Land Rover pulled the covers off its newest design and road map for the company’s future. The overarching plan includes creating three sub brands with individual vehicles under each. It will be a lot like what the Range Rover brand has already done with its multiple models.

Range Rover will soldier on filling the luxury segment while the Land Rover Discovery lineup will fill the ‘leisure’-oriented rolls and a new lineup under the Defender nameplate will cater to the hard-core off-roaders and keep the Land Rover tradition alive of blazing trails in far-off regions of the world while (hopefully) being accessible to every market, including the U.S.

Besides announcing the new corporate structuring, Land Rover is heralding in its new design language with the Discovery Vision Concept. The new look still has lingering cues from the LR4 that it replaces and the more upscale Range Rovers, but overall, the look is totally fresh. Included under is silvery skin are acres of new technologies and innovative features that set the SUV – and the brand – on a level above. Such things as gesture controls, its ‘transparent’ hood, and the first ever remote-control drive.

Click past the jump for the full rundown on all the new features

Pioneering technology is a phrase that’s being thrown around rather loosely in the auto industry these days. But every so often, it applies to something that could potentially be really groundbreaking. For its part, Land Rover seems to think that it has something groundbreaking with the world’s first Transparent Bonnet concept.

Really, the name of this new technology is pretty self-explanatory. The bonnet, or hood, as we like to call it here, allows what Land Rover explains as a "new level of driver awareness". What that means is the hood provides a "see-through" augmented-reality view of the terrain ahead, making it easier for drivers to navigate around less-than-ideal conditions.

Land Rover accomplished this by putting cameras in the Discover Concept’s grille to capture data that will then be fed to a Head-Up Display inside the cabin of the vehicle. With it, the driver can see an unobstructed "see-through" view of the terrain. It’s never before done in the industry, making it that much more intriguing for everybody, us included.

The Transparent Bonnet concept is expected to be shown at the 2014 New York Auto Show with the Discovery Vision Concept . Rest assured, we’re going to keep a close eye on this new technology and see where Land Rover takes it from here.

When is a spy shot not really a spy shot? It seems when it’s a shot of the new Range Rover Sport RS , Range Rover is embracing the world of spy photography to try and promote its new range-topping SUV . The RS seen here is wrapped in a special camouflage that is actually pictures of Range Rovers tackling various terrain around the world.

The actual RS model is an upgraded version of the all-new Range Rover Sport that has the supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 from Jaguar under the hood. That means 550 horsepower and 500, or so, pound-feet of torque.

If you needed some signs to prove that this is a true high-performance Rover, take on look at the huge wheels, massive brakes and quad exhaust tips.

To provide the necessary cooling to that big V-8, you will notice much larger intakes in the revised front end.

Land Rover isn’t hiding much from prying eyes with this machine, but considering this is little more than a beefed up version of the new Range Rover it doesn’t have much to hide.

If you are in the market for a super-fast SUV, and you don’t want a Porsche crest or BMW roundel on the hood, Land Rover should soon have you covered.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Sport RS.

The teaser that Land Rover showed at the Geneva Motor Show was billed as "a sign of things to come" for the new Discovery . And while no announcements have been made on what kind of look the new Discovery will sport, this new batch of spy shots of the Baby Discovery could be what all that teasing was alluding to.

The recent demise of the Freelander name opened the door for the Discovery to have a more prominent role in the Land Rover lineup, and it appears that these new spy photos indicate what could be that long-rumored Baby Discovery, albeit one that’s sportier-looking than those Baby Discovery spy shots we showed back in January.

Before we jump to any conclusions, it’s important to note that the heavy camo makes it rather difficult to make out some elements of the SUV. But there is some noticeable styling, particularly the massive air intakes on the front, the Evoque-like headlights and that massive front grille, which could also point to a more performance-oriented version of the Baby Discovery that carries the R-S badge.

Something tells us there’s still more than what meets the eye with this Baby Discovery, and judging by how much Land Rover is slow-playing this, it wouldn’t shock us to see more spy photos of this vehicle ahead of its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show later this year.

Update 3/12/2014 @ 5:25 p.m.: Our spy photographer just informed us that this may also be a mule for the upcoming Jaguar SUV . According to his source, the license plate matched up to a Jaguar plate, but he could not officially confirm it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Land Rover Baby Discovery R-S.

We’ve known this for quite some time now through rumors and industry rumblings, but it was never confirmed until now; Land Rover will create a new sub-brand called the "Discovery" and launch the new lineup to fill this sub-brand starting in 2015. To put this into perspective, this is precisely what the maker has done with its Range Rover lineup: Range Rover Evoque , Range Rover Sport and Range Rover .

We didn’t receive any real details on what’s in store for the new Discovery lineup, as Land Rover only confirmed its plans. Figuring out part of the plans, however, is not too hard. The Discovery lineup is going to be the more laid-back of the Land Rover lines, and will include the baby Land Rover that we’ve caught testing before — the likely replacement for the LR2 — a replacement for the larger LR4 , and finally an Evoque-sized or smaller compact crossover .

The new Discovery lineup will ride on the Range Rover’s aluminum chassis that is resized to fit each model.

So, this means that we will soon have the Range Rover luxury line and the Discovery leisure lineup, but that leaves a big gap in the utility segment. Don’t fret though, because we hear that Land Rover is planning to use the Defender name for the utility-style models in its revised lineup.

This not only simplifies the Land Rover lineup for buyers, as they can now pick a Land Rover that precisely suits their needs, but it also puts all of the other luxury SUV makers on notice that Land Rover has the guns locked and loaded, and it’s coming for blood this time...

My only fear is that Land Rover may dilute its brand a little too much by releasing too many models, but by breaking things up into smaller sub-brands, it may be able to avoid the confusion caused when automakers release too many of one type of vehicle.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for updates on this Land Rover shuffling.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Land Rover Baby Discovery.

The Land Rover Defender has soldiered on decade after decade escaping any major update from its humble roots as a utilitarian military vehicle built to weather extreme environments, incoming artillery, and any off-road challenge Mother Nature could throw at it.

Through the years though, the Defender has softened up around the edges, with most changes happening within the cabin. While the changes have been enough to keep it afloat, safety regulations and dwindling sales have ushered in the Defender’s demise. Its last year in production is scheduled for 2015.

Before the Defender ’s last stand, Land Rover is dolling it up for a few last hurrahs. Two all-new special edition packages will be offered for 2015: the ‘Black Pack’ and ‘Silver Pack.’ By selecting either pack, the roof, front grille surround, wheels, and interior trim are turned either a Santorini black finish or bright Indus silver finish. The exterior body color is then painted black or silver to highly contrast the other parts.

Other bits include a color-matching ‘Defender’ script on the hood, tented privacy windows, and a black Alston headliner. Contrasting wheels are also present.

The packs will make their official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Both packs will be available on the short (90-inches) wheelbase, two-door and the (110-inch) long wheelbase, four-door Defender. Pricing has yet to be released, but unless you live outside the U.S., it won’t matter. The Defender doesn’t meet Federal regulations and hasn’t been available stateside for many years.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Land Rover Defender Black And Silver Packs.


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