Just the other day, Land Rover tossed us a bone by revealing a teaser image and video of its revised Range Rover Sport. Well, now someone at Land Rover has apparently decided to toss us the entire chicken by posting images of the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport completely camouflage free.
When we saw the teaser image, we noted that the new headlights looked very similar to the Evoque and the larger Range Rover. If these leaked images are, in fact, of the 2014 Land Rover Sport, then our suspicion on the redesigned headlights is correct. What we couldn’t see in those teaser images was just how significant the redesign would be, but these leaked images show us that the redesign is extreme.
Front to rear, the Range Rover Sport is completely different. Gone is the flat front and rear ends, leaving a much sportier-looking SUV. In fact, these images look almost like the LR2, Range Rover and Evoque all had their DNA mixed up to make the ultimate hybrid.
Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to find out if these images are real or not, as the new Range Rover Sport will be unveiled on March 26th.
Since its official debut earlier this year, the new-generation Range Rover has already received numerous tuning kits, but we have to admit that the "Mystere" kit unveiled by Hamann at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is the most colorful we have seen. No updates have been made under the hood, but the aerodynamic kit and that crazy exterior color are more than enough.
The exterior upgrades include a new front spoiler with integrated LED daytime running lights, a new bonnet made completely in carbon fiber and new side skirts that add a total of 80 mm (3.14 inches) to the SUV’s width.
The upgrades continue with the addition of new front wings made in special carbon GFK composite and new door fixtures. For the rear, the kit adds a new spoiler with integrated tailpipes. The new Mystere rides on 23-inch forged wheels offered in either "Edition Race" or "Unique Forged" versions.
If its body additions are not enough to catch your attention, let us present you the exterior color: a mirror-like pink paint combined with pink large-sized roof beams in a brushed matte finish.
We already brought you the first teaser image of the upcoming Land Rover Range Rover Sport, which LR is calling "the fastest, most responsive and agile vehicle to date." Though that teaser image showed us very little, it certainly piqued our interest. Well, it didn’t take Land Rover long to follow that up with a teaser video, which it just released today.
This early glimpse of the new Range Rover Sport shows us only limited bits of the new SUV, but you can clearly tell that there are some significant updates. The only real clear image we see is of the headlights, which will feature a wraparound effect, much like the 2013 Range Rover and Evoque.
Other than the headlights, the video offered little more clarity besides a sharp shoulder line that flows from front to rear. We’re holding onto hopes that the new Range Rover Sport will carry with it some updates to its 5-liter V-8 engine, but we haven’t heard anything about that yet.
We’ll keep an eye out for additional teaser videos and we’ll bring them to you as soon as Land Rover releases them.
Land Rover has not prepared any big surprises for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but the company decided to still come at the show with some updates for the stunning Evoque. The luxury SUV is going to receive a new Black Design Pack offered on the sporty Dynamic version and set to be put on sale in April.
As its name suggests, the new Black Design Pack will add a host of striking black exterior details, starting with darkened front headlights and fog lamps, Santorini Black exhaust pipes, a gloss black rear bumper, a black rear sport spoiler and "Range Rover" lettering across the hood and tailgate also painted in Santorini Black. Specially designed for this package are also the 20-inch wheels offered in a nine-spoke design and painted in gloss black.
On the interior, this special edition will add yellow contrast stitching on seats, central storage area, door trims and fascia mid-section, plus an anodized yellow horizontal finisher.
Customers will have the possibility to choose between two exterior color schemes: Sicilian Yellow with a Santorini Black contrast roof, or Santorini Black with a Sicilian Yellow contrast roof and door mirrors.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover will unveil an all-new nine-speed transmission. The new transmission — named the ZF 9HP — is designed to fit on transverse-mounted-engine setups, like the Range Rover Evoque. This is the first ever nine-speed automatic transmission offered for a passenger vehicle and it is one of the most efficient and technically advanced transmissions ever used in a production vehicle.
The new transmission was developed in cooperation with ZF and, thanks to the added gear ratios, it helps significantly improve fuel economy and CO2 emissions, while also reducing the engine’s noise when cruising at high speed. The new transmission also delivers improved response during acceleration, improved shift quality, drive and refinement.
Despite being more efficient than the outgoing six-speed transmission, the new 9HP transmission is just 6 mm (0.2 inches) longer and weighs 7.5 kilos (16.5 lbs) less. The new transmission also features lots of innovative features that help improving its efficiency, including: a new hydraulic vane-type pump, two patented dog clutches replacing bulkier conventional clutch packs, and an intelligently nested gear set.
Full details will be unveiled during the official unveiling in Geneva.
Click past the jump to read Land Rover’s official press release
It’s safe to say that aftermarket companies are coming in droves to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. We’ve already seen some from German tuner Brabus, but now it’s time to turn our attention toward its sister company, Startech.
The German tuner has a number of tuned Land Rover, Jaguar, and Range Rover models to Geneva, one of which is this recently unveiled Range Rover.
While Startech normally leaves the flair to its sister company, Brabus, it certainly put some splashes of it on the Range Rover, particularly on the redesigned front fascia that now includes an integrated spoiler with modified intakes, LED daytime running lights and LED fog lights. The grilles have also been changed to be a little less distinguishable than the cheese grater from the production Range Rover. On top of that, the rear bumper was also modified with a sporty diffuser. Added exterior options include a stainless-steel sport exhaust system, a suspension lowering module, and a new set of 22" alloy wheels.
Inside, Startech went for a more bespoke look with leather and Alcantara treatment on the seats. A choice of exotic wood or carbon fiber trim can are also available while the yachting-inspired load floor adds a sprinkle of class to the cabin’s look. From there, Startech also added illuminated scuff plates and electrically folding rear tables with wood, carbon fiber or leather surfacing.
Moving to the engine, Startech gave the Range Rover its SD 30S package, which pretty much means that the SUV’s 3.0-liter LR-TDV6 diesel engine will see an improved output of 342 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers then translate to a 0-62 mph time of 7.3 seconds with a top speed of 137 mph.
Trying to stop a Range Rover driving at a speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) is not always a good move. Three French police officers have learned it in the most tragic way, as two of them - age 32 and 40 - were killed and the third one, aged 54, was seriously injured.
First details suggest that the police officers were chasing the Range Rover for multiple infractions of the road. The police car - a Ford Mondeo - tried to block the SUV, which apparently had no intention to stop and the impact was of a "rare violence."
The Range Rover driver - age 22 - has a pretty hefty criminal record, as he was involved multiple small thefts and drug trafficking, and was arrested five times for driving offenses. Initial reports suggest that during this incident he was under influence and medical reports revealed 1.4 grams of alcohol per liter of blood, while the limit is 0.5 grams / liter of blood. He was also without driving license.
Kahn Design is going to the Geneva Motor Show and it’s bringing a number of their famed programs that are sure to delight the gathered crowd.
One of these models is the Fuji White RS250 Evoque, the tuner’s latest take on the popular Range Rover crossover. As is always the case with a Project Kahn program, the Evoque was treated to a distinctive aerodynamic program that comes with a smorgasbord of new components. The front grille, for one, comes with 3D mesh with the vents and inner section finished in the always-classy gloss black treatment. The gloss-black finish also finds its way onto the front bumper section graphic and the front headlight detail, while LED daytime running lights for front bumper vents add a sparkling touch to the reworked front profile of the Evoque.
The rest of the exterior upgrades included in the Fuji White RS250 program is the side sill trim and side vents (also in gloss black), the lower boot lid spoiler, the rear bumper replacement with its own integrated vents, privacy tinted glass and stainless-steel door entry sill plates. The last piece of the exterior puzzle is the set of 22-inch Kahn RS-XF wheels with brake calipers that have been finished in liquid gold.
Moving to the interior, the Fuji White RS250 program was definitely dressed to impressed, highlighted by seats in black leather and Alcantara with matching red leather detail.
The center glove box is diamond-quilted with its own contrast stitching while the transmission tunnel, speedo and rev counter dials have been likewise furnished with leather with contrast stitching. The four door armrests weren’t spared from customization, as all of them now have red stitching. Then there are the carbon-fiber floor mats and the vented foot pedals in machined aluminum.
For the entire program, customers will need to spend £46,875 (about $61,900 at the current exchange rates) to have their Evoques fitted with the Fuji White RS250 program.
The next-generation Land Rover Freelander has been caught testing for the first time. At a first look, it seems to be an XL version of the Range Rover Evoque, but actually it is a mule for the all new Land Rover Freelander.
Why are we so sure that this is not just another Evoque? Because this mule is a little bit different: the area around the fuel cap is a little bit different, front and the wheel arches are slightly changed.
Up to this point we have no idea what engines will be used in the next Freelander, but we are pretty certain that the new 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will still be offered.
The new Freelander 3 will be unveiled sometime in 2015 and hopefully we will soon see prototypes wearing the correct body. It has been rumored that the new Freelander 3 will come in three different body styles this time.
The 2013 Range Rover has just been unveiled and it is already enjoying a huge success: the waiting list is so long that Land Rover can’t handle it. However, a leaked full guide has unveiled that the 2014 model year will bring more updates than Land Rover let on to.
The biggest update will be the replacement of the base 5.0-liter V8 engine with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 - not a big surprise though, considering all the latest emissions and fuel consumption regulations. While the current V8 engine develops a total of 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, the V6 will be limited to 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.
Despite the 35-horsepower drop, the V6 engine will deliver impressive fuel economy: 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined. CO2 emissions also decrease by 22 percent. Still, begin environmentally friendly typically means you’ll have to be slower, leading to a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 7.1 – 0.6 seconds slower than the current V8 model. The V8 engine will continue to be offered with the Supercharged and Autobiography trim levels. The transmission will remain the same for both engines: a eight-Speed ZF 8HP70 automatic transmission.
It looks like for the 2014 model year Land Rover will also be reducing the prices a little bit: Adaptive Cruise Control goes down from $2,000 to $1,295 and Tow Pack will be $1,300.
The 2014 V6 version will be priced at $83,545 and the V8 version will be priced from $99,995.