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Land Rover SVX Hardcore SUVs

Land Rover SVX Hardcore SUVs

Land Rover is known the world over for producing some of the most off-road capable vehicles on the planet. Now the brand will reinforce that position with a slew of hardcore, trail-conquering versions of its models, using the SVX acronym as a designator. The new dirt-oriented SUVs will come from JLR’s recently formed tuning division, Special Vehicles Operations.

That’s the word coming from Car and Driver, which spoke with SVO boss John Edwards about the launch of the new line. While details are sparse, Edwards did drop a few hints regarding Land Rover’s new off-roaders, saying that SVX models will feature “added capability” next to the sporty SVR and luxury-laden SVAutobiography versions produced by SVO.

When asked if the SVX models would resemble something like the Bowler Wildcat or Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6, Edwards responded by saying, “It could be either of those things, it could be both. This is the third side of the product triangle, and one that we think has got huge potential.”

So far, specifics regarding when we should expect to see an SVX model are under wraps, although Edwards did say that we would get a taste of what’s in the works “relatively soon.” It’s also unknown which model will be the first to get the SVX treatment, although the Land Rover Defender is speculated as one likely recipient.

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Land Rover Plans New Heritage Division

Land Rover Plans New Heritage Division

Land Rover estimates that 70 percent of vehicles it has built built since the marque’s introduction in 1948 are still in existence — maybe not operational, but they do exist in varying states, between sitting in a showroom with delivery miles and sitting in a field with weeds growing through the engine bay. There’s a pretty good business opportunity to be found somewhere between the two.

Following the path set by the Jaguar Heritage division, Jaguar Land Rover has established the Land Rover Heritage division, which will supply genuine parts built using original tooling methods for Land Rovers that have been out of productions for over 10 years. These include body, trim and service parts for the Range Rover Classic (the first Range Rover) and salvage and service parts for the P38 Range Rover and Discovery 1 and 2. Selected new parts will also be available for Series I, II and III Land Rovers, with more gradually becoming available soon after.

The new division launches at the 2015 Techno Classica show in Essen Germany, where this lovely blue, basically new Classic Range Rover will provide a showcase for Land Rover Heritage parts and services.

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2016 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

2016 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

Land Rover has just announced it is adding yet another range-topping trim level to its popular Ranger Rover luxury SUV. Called the SVAutobiography, the trim level surpasses the Autobiography Black edition as the most well-appointed and most expensive trim level available. What’s more, the SVAutobiography comes with more horsepower and torque in its supercharged V-8.

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2016 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

2016 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

Land Rover has just announced it is adding yet another range-topping trim level to its popular Ranger Rover luxury SUV. Called the SVAutobiography, the trim level surpasses the Autobiography Black edition as the most well-appointed and most expensive trim level available. What’s more, the SVAutobiography comes with more horsepower and torque in its supercharged V-8.

The Range Rovers fitted with the new SVA trim will be built along side the “standard” Range Rovers and then finished at Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations Technical Center in the U.K. Each example will come with a trim-specific, two-tone paint job with Santorini Black paint covering the top and nine optional colors for the lower half of the body.

Beyond the exterior, the cabin is fitted with higher quality materials, including trim work milled from solid aluminum and real wood accents. Additionally, the Range Rover SVA comes with all the same upgrades slated for the rest of the 2016 Range Rover lineup.

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Land Rover Will Bring Ultra-Luxury Range Rover To New York

Land Rover Will Bring Ultra-Luxury Range Rover To New York

Jaguar Land Rover has already given us a look at the 2016 Jaguar XF and 2016 Range Rover HST that it will debut next week at the 2015 New York Auto Show, but it has at least one other vehicle up its sleeve. Teased in the image above, Land Rover will also debut a new ultra-luxurious version of the Range Rover LWB, although details are slim.

A single image posted to Twitter in February could be a strong clue about this new Range Rover. Spied during a photo shoot in London, this Range Rover sports a posh two-tone paint job, a unique wheel design and quad exhaust outlets, but the most interesting part of the picture is that the shooter says that this Range Rover was wearing a badge from Special Vehicle Operation – JLR’s in-house customizer/tuner.

It’s not really clear how much wiggle room there is above the already opulent Range Rover Autobiography, so expect this new model to be crazy-loaded with luxury and tech goodies, and carrying a price near or above the $200,000 mark.

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2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST

Land Rover is delivering a more powerful version of Range Rover Sport to the 2015 New York Auto Show, complete with upgraded bodywork and interior trim that’s unique to the new trim. More importantly, the new Range Rover Sport HST comes with 40 more horsepower from its tweaked 3.0-liter supercharged V-6.

The new Range Rover Sport HST is said to split the difference between the base Range Rover Sport and the 510-horsepower Ranger Rover Sport SVR. Splitting the difference might be a slight exaggeration, however, considering the vast range between the base and SVR models’ horsepower ratings.

Nevertheless, the limited edition HST will make its home between the two bookends. Along with its increase power and bespoke looks, the HST will adopt the same 2016 upgrades set for the Range Rover Sport. Topping that list are a foot-activated tailgate, automatic access ride height setting, higher-resolution exterior cameras, and Land Rover’s latest InControl app suite.

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Range Rover Evoque Convertible Testing At The Nürburgring And In The Snow: Spy Shots

Range Rover Evoque Convertible Testing At The Nürburgring And In The Snow: Spy Shots

Earlier this month, Land Rover released its first teasers for the upcoming Range Rover Evoque Convertible. Other than the styling changes being made to the entire 2016 Evoque lineup, the drop-top Range Rover looks almost identical to the concept that debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Before it goes on sale next year, though, Land Rover engineers still have testing to do, and that’s where our spy photographers were able to snap some good exterior shots of the new model.

The new convertible model was caught putting laps on the famed Nürburgring in Germany as well as some last-minute testing in Sweden before the snow melts. Thanks to the extensive squiggly-lined camouflage wrap, there really isn’t much new to see, but it does show the Evoque Convertible at angles other than the strategically photographed images Land Rover has already released.

The spy shots do provide us with our first look at the rear of the production design, which seems to differ slightly from the concept with a more squared-off rear end and a pronounced spoiler. More importantly, these shots show what the Range Rover Evoque convertible will look like with the retractable soft top in the raised position. One thing that is still unclear is how the rear-seat accommodations will be affected, but at least the production version won’t have this prototype’s full roll cage.

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2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Introduced in 2012 to give the luxury SUV brand a secure spot in the growing compact-luxury-crossover realm, the Evoque quickly became insanely popular. In 2014, the brand made some light changes with the introduction of a new nine-speed auto transmission. Now with the 2016 model year just around the corner, the British automaker has revealed nearly all of the details on the new Evoque ahead of its 2015 Geneva Auto Show debut.

The visual updates are limited to just a few nips and tucks here and there, with the most instantly noticeable being the updates headlights. When the automaker first released the teaser image of the small SUV, it made mention of a new line of engines. However, those new engines are not for U.S. consumption, so don’t get your hopes up yet.

With newcomers like the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Audi Q3 now in the mix, can the Land Rover Evoque continue to sell so well across the globe?

Updated 02/23/2015: Land Rover unveiled the official details on the 2016 Evoque two weeks ahead of its official debut in Geneva. Continue reading to find out what the model bring new.

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Land Rover To Recall 100K SUVs For Faulty Brake Hoses

Land Rover To Recall 100K SUVs For Faulty Brake Hoses

Whoa There! Jaguar Land Rover is set to recall some 100,000 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models due to brake system issues.

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Land Rover To Recall 100K SUVs For Faulty Brake Hoses

Land Rover To Recall 100K SUVs For Faulty Brake Hoses

Whoa There! Jaguar Land Rover is set to recall some 100,000 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models due to brake system issues. The news comes as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published two separate safety issues concerning the vehicles.

The largest and most troubling recall effects 74,648 Range Rovers built between April 15, 2005 and September 4, 2012. The reports suggest the front brake hoses on these 2006 through 2012 model Range Rovers have the potential to rupture, significantly reducing the braking force to the front wheels.

A second yet similar issue is noted with both the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport. In this case, both vehicles have an improperly routed brake booster vacuum line that could potentially be subject to excessive wear, eventually causing the line to loose vacuum. This would cause the power assist function of the brakes to fail, dramatically increasing the effort needed to slow the SUV. Some 24,679 vehicles are affected in total. Those included in this recall include the 2013 and 2014 Range Rover built between August 16, 2012 and January 8, 2014, along with the 2014 Range Rover Sport manufactured between May 7, 2013 and January 8, 2014.

Jaguar Land Rover will begin notifying customers about the recalls starting March 13, 2015. As with all recalls, the issues will be fixed by the dealership free of charge to its customers. In the mean time, it would be a good idea for Range Rover owners to have their vehicles inspected to ensure the brake lines aren’t ready to self-destruct.

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2015 Range Rover Autobiography LWB - Driven

2015 Range Rover Autobiography LWB - Driven

I’ve driven some extraordinary and unique vehicles in my career, but none of them seem hardly as special as the Range Rover.

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2015 Land Rover Range Rover LWB - Driven

2015 Land Rover Range Rover LWB - Driven

I’ve driven some extraordinary and unique vehicles in my career, but none of them seem hardly as special as the Range Rover. The three examples I’ve driven in the past have optimized high-end luxury, fine craftsmanship and superb on-road drivability, yet still deliver a phenomenal off-road prowess unmatched but by a select handful of vehicles. The Range Rover is certainly in its own league.

The SUV’s last major update in 2013 saw a huge transition in architecture. The new aluminum-intensive body and unibody frame brought a welcomed reduction in weight while adding more rigidity. An updated Terrain Response system brought better off-road functionality as well as on-road refinement thanks to the next-generation four-corner air suspension. Of course the updated exterior brought a new interpretation of Range Rover’s classic design while the revamped interior ushered in the latest technology and higher levels of luxury.

I spent a week with the fourth generation Range Rover as it enters its third year in production. As it turns out, not much has changed. That’s not a bad thing, however, as the high-end Land Rover proved it still has what it takes.

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