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This Is The Most Efficient Classic Land Rover Ever Made

This Is The Most Efficient Classic Land Rover Ever Made

The lack of electric four-wheel-drive vehicles in the Land Down Under led to this project

What started as guilt-trip driving around in an oil-burning-engined car to access the innermost parts of Australia resulted in a start-up that now converts, sells, and rents electric Land Rovers. Australia-based Jaunt Motors recently converted an old diesel Land Rover into an electric car, the reason behind it being to create an environment-friendly four-wheel-drive vehicle. The yesteryear SUV now comes with electric motors and Tesla batteries powering it. Is this the best way to enjoy classic, hardcore SUVs without feeling guilty about harming the environment?

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Land Rover Showcases world-first dual-modem infotainment system at CES

Land Rover Showcases world-first dual-modem infotainment system at CES

Quicker updates, seamless functionality

Unveiled in September 2019, the new-generation Land Rover Defender was showcased at a couple of auto shows last year. Come 2020 and Land Rover is showing off the vehicle’s advanced infotainment system at the Consumer Electronics Show. Why is this important? Well, Land Rover claims that the Defender features the world’s first dual-modem, dual eSIM technology, which enhances connectivity and helps the infotainment system work quicker even when operating system updates.

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2020 Land Rover Defender Quirks And Features

2020 Land Rover Defender Quirks And Features

These Are Cool, Surprising, Almost Strange and Bizarre Facts About The New Land Rover Defender

I am in love with the new Land Rover Defender. But at first, I was not. I was disappointed with its move towards an unibody chassis, and I have resented all the "soft-touches" Land Rover prepped for it. But I have changed my mind.

True, it is a mommy automobile, and a kids-to-school mover, but it is the best mommy automobile and kids transportation device I have ever seen. It’s tough, robust, well-engineered, rugged, and seriously capable. Plus, Land Rover offers it with 170 accessories, like roof racks, tow hitches, steel wheels, a rinse system, an armrest cooler, and a front bench-style seat. Find me another car that offers all of that. There’s no way you can. But!

There is a big "but" here. The 2020 Land Rover Defender is seriously expensive. It starts at $50,925 (plus destination charges) in the U.S. That’s huge. That is the price of the base BMW X4 xDrive30i. Take a deep dive in the configurator and you can spec it out at more than 100 grand. That is absurd.

In 2012, the Land Rover Defender started at $22,000 in Australia. Then again, the only thing that’s left from the old Defender on the new one is the name. Nothing else. This is a wholly new car. I only hope that Land Rover invested heavily in quality control. If it manages to ace reliability and dependability surveys with the new Defender, I’d say that the price may even be justified.

Here are several cool quirks and features that set this Defender apart from any other car in the world.

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Land Rover Is Working On Some Seriously Pointless Tech

Land Rover Is Working On Some Seriously Pointless Tech

Land Rover Wants You To Off-Road Via Remote Control

Part of the beauty of owning a vehicle like the Jeep Wrangler, Ford F-150 Raptor, Toyota 4Runner, or even the new Land Rover Defender is the ability to play off-road. By that, we mean hitting rough terrain, climbing over obstacles, and going places cars like the Porsche 911 or Aston Martin DBS Superleggera can’t go. Doing this, however, requires a certain amount of driver skill – your everyday driver doesn’t just know how to approach and climb over rocky terrain or climb excessive steep grades. But, that’s part of the fun of off-roading; you learn how to approach different obstacles and enjoy the challenge. Now, however, it looks like a company known for its off-roading prowess, Land Rover, has lost touch with that entire concept as it works to developer remote control technology for the 2020 Defender.

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2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Land Rover Defender

The iconic SUV returns to the United States after 22 years!

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is a brand-new SUV that revives a nameplate that the British firm discontinued in 2016. But not only it marks the Defender’s return after three years, it also marks the nameplate’s return to the U.S. market after 22 years. The 2020 Defender is a familiar sight thanks to its boxy design, but that’s the only feature that reminds of its predecessor. Underneath, the 2020 Defender sports a modern, all-aluminum monocoque architecture and, for the first time, it comes with a mild hybrid drivetrain.

The 2020 Defender also comes into dealerships with a complete engine lineup that includes both gasoline and diesel powerplants. However, the oil burners aren’t available in the United States. The 2020 Defender remains as versatile as its predecessor with various interior layouts available. You can order it as a classic five seater, but you can also opt for a front jump seat and turn it into a six seater. Two addition third-row seats are also available, so the Defender can also become a seven- or eight-seat SUV. What else is new and how does it compare with the iconic Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes-Benz G-Class? Let’s find out in the detailed review below.

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Here's Why The Land Rover Defender Won't Have a Manual Transmission

Here’s Why The Land Rover Defender Won’t Have a Manual Transmission

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is finally here after what seemed like a lifetime of waiting. While it was well-received, for the most part, there are a couple of things that has rubbed everyone the wrong way. The first “issue” is that the new Defender won’t be offered in a pickup truck guise, despite its history as a pickup in various markets around the world. One could argue that, with the popularity of pickups as daily drivers and family vehicles, a Defender pickup could prosper. But, Land Rover says no way. So, what’s the other big letdown? Well, despite the fact that the original defender was available on the market from 1948 to 2016 as a manual (there wasn’t even the option for an automatic, by the way), Land Rover is choosing to offer this generation with an automatic transmission only – no hope for three pedals and no hope in you changing Land Rovers Mind. The reason why this is the case, however, falls on you and the government….

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2019 Land Rover Defender Spectre by Himalaya

2019 Land Rover Defender Spectre by Himalaya

This is what happens when a good SUV goes rogue… and we like it!

Land Rover launched the all-new 2020 Defender a couple of days back, and the SUV has it has been the talk of the internet ever since. In fact, the hype is so extensive that even aftermarket company. If you remember, the new Defender was spotted without clothes for the first time on the movie set of the upcoming James Bond movie “No Time To Die” just about a week before the official launch. As it turns out, South Carolina based Himalaya decided to customize this Defender, taking inspiration from another previous Bond movie, Spectre, and even gave it the same name. Does it look exciting? Well, you tell us.

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A 2020 Land Rover Defender Pickup Truck? We Say “Yes, Please, With Sugar on Top”

A 2020 Land Rover Defender Pickup Truck? We Say “Yes, Please, With Sugar on Top”

Despite the desire, Land Rover just won’t make the Defender Pickup

Now that the new 2020 Land Rover Defender has graced this pretty planet of ours after a three-year hiatus, all is right once again. So far, we’ve seen the Defender 90 and 110, but the rumor mill has churned out word that the Defender range will be expanding to include at least a 130 model that rival the Mercedes G-550 – at least in terms of pricing, anyway. A lot of interest has been expressed in a Defender pickup truck and, we’re not going to lie, it would probably get a lot of attention. Land Rover has come right out and said it isn’t going to happen despite the fact that the old Defender was offered as a pickup in various global markets. The rendering you see here, though, we hope, will change Land Rover’s mind because it’s certainly something we would like to see.

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2020 Land Rover Defender looks a lot like the 2011 Land Rover DC100 concept

2020 Land Rover Defender looks a lot like the 2011 Land Rover DC100 concept

But the concept was ill-received, so Land Rover operated some important changes to its formula

Land Rover announced that it was working on an all-new Defender way back in 2011, when it revealed the DC100 concept. At the time, the design study made many traditional fans of the Defender exclaim that it didn’t preview a vehicle they’d be interested in buying, so Land Rover actually made a second concept in 2016, called LR1, but it didn’t show it to the public - it was an evolution of the DC100 and it actually was the basis for the recently unveiled production Defender.

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The 10 Coolest Accessories Available For the 2020 Land Rover Defender

The 10 Coolest Accessories Available For the 2020 Land Rover Defender

Land Rover has offered a lot of accessories for you to choose from for the new Defender

Land Rover finally revealed the new Defender at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show. The Defender was one of the most hardcore off-roaders before people started perceiving it as a premium SUV and not as a pure off-roader. It disappeared into oblivion in 2016 only to return three years later, reinvigorated. The new Defender is a lot more tough and back on track to being a true off-roader once again.

However, Land Rover has introduced it with all bells and whistles one can ask for and a lot of accessories to customize it as per you need. In fact, the accessories on offer have created a lot of buzz and they will be available right from the launch of the SUV. Just to be clear, there are 170 accessories and theme packs available for the Defender. We’ve chosen our pick and here are 10 accessories we found super cool and useful that you must consider if you plan on buying a Defender when it launches. Also note that we’re not going to mention the four default theme packs that Land Rover already has on offer.

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The 2020 Land Rover Defender Has Arrived with New Tricks and Old-School Looks

The 2020 Land Rover Defender Has Arrived with New Tricks and Old-School Looks

Seeing the production model, the wait for this new Defender has been absolutely worth it

Many automakers today are reviving old monikers, and Land Rover is one of them too. The automaker is finally bringing back the Defender as a 2020 model. The rugged SUV was in production from 1983 to 2016, after which it went on a short exile for a few years. The company teased it a few times and it was even seen in a documentary and on a movie set. But, finally, the wait was over and the SUV made its public debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Does it still feel as hardcore as the previous iterations?

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The 2020 Land Rover Defender Was Revealed via a Leaked Magazine Article

The 2020 Land Rover Defender Was Revealed via a Leaked Magazine Article

We get our first look at the all-new Land Rover Defender just before its official Frankfurt motor show debut

Hype buildup around the launch of the new generation Land Rover Defender has been immense. It was announced a few years ago, but since then the automaker has remained exceedingly quiet on the matter. The new Defender was teased on a number of occasions, though, and it was even shown in full camouflage at major motoring venues like the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Now, thanks to this latest lear, we finally get to lay eyes on the real thing.

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Land Rover Is Working on a Defender SVR and Here's the Proof

Land Rover Is Working on a Defender SVR and Here’s the Proof

The march of the performance SUVs is set to leak into one of the greatest off-road nameplates in the biz

For decades, the Land Rover Defender made a name for itself as a go-anywhere off-roader with the right stuff to conquer any obstacle in its way. Now, it looks like the nameplate will challenge a new landscape - the racetrack, as evidenced by this spy video showing what appears to be a Defender SVR testing at the Nürburgring.

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The 2020 Land Rover Defender's Interior Leaks Online, Showing a Huge Leap Forward in Design

The 2020 Land Rover Defender’s Interior Leaks Online, Showing a Huge Leap Forward in Design

The shroud of secrecy around the new Defender is beginning to lift

Land Rover has been very secretive about its ground-up new 2020 Defender (in the works for over five years now) that will probably make its debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Now, for the first time, we’ve found a photo of the 2020 Defender’s interior, and we’re pretty sure Land Rover is not too keen on it having been shared.

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Mild redesign on the outside, new tech on the inside

Launched in 2011, the Range Rover Evoque pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, prompting other premium brands to either join the niche or improve upon existing models. Come 2018, and Land Rover has introduced the second-generation crossover, placing it again high above the competition.

Redesigned on a brand-new platform, the second-gen Evoque ditched its old Ford-sourced engines and adopted JLR’s new four-cylinder diesels. More importantly, almost all drivetrains are now 48-volt mild hybrids, with a plug-in hybrid set to join the lineup in 2019. Land Rover took a rather evolutionary approach to the Evoque’s design inside the out, so it remains familiar. The redesign is more of the facelift variety styling-wise, but everything is new under the shell.

Update 02/12/2019: We’ve updated this review with a bunch of new pictures taken that the 2019 Chicago Auto show. Scroll on down to the gallery below to check them all out!

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The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Adds Extra Luxury and Mild-Hybrid Power to the Off-Roader Segment

The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Adds Extra Luxury and Mild-Hybrid Power to the Off-Roader Segment

Look for it crawling across the dirt at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

Compact luxury crossovers are all the rage these days, and Land Rover is taking advantage with a second generation for the Range Rover Evoque. The updated premium high-rider just dropped onto U.S. shores at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, and it’s looking to mate green tech and top-shelf amenities with rough-stuff capability.

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs 2019 BMW X2

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs 2019 BMW X2

Buyers cross shopping between the new Range Rover Evoque and BMW X2 are looking at two different answers to the same question: What is a rakish-looking, almost coupe-like crossover that is striking to behold, fun to drive and posh to sit in? They’re about the same size, even though the Evoque looks bigger because it is more squared off, but they actually provide a very different experience for driver and occupants.

Firstly, the X2 feels like a very well sorted hatchback to drive, and you can throw it into corners with a fair bit of confidence. On the other hand, it is pretty much useless off-road going over anything more severe than a potholed country road. The Range Rover Evoque is decent to drive on tarmac, but it’s only average in this respect, however, it wipes the floor with the X2 when it comes to any kind of tougher off-roading.

They look and feel different and also address different buyers with different needs, even though they will be cross shopped and compared against one another. The fact of the matter is, they’re so different, it’s quite possible that somebody who really likes one, will absolutely hate the other. It probably all boils down to where and how you want to use it, although realistically very few buyers will actually take advantage of the Evoque’s off-road qualities, and just potter around the city in it, an application where the X2 is probably better.

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10 Facts To Prove That The 2019 Range Rover Evoque Is Worth Every Dime

10 Facts To Prove That The 2019 Range Rover Evoque Is Worth Every Dime

These are the must-know facts about the Range Rover Evoque

As one of the most successful Land Rover products of all time, the Range Rover Evoque has just been thoroughly reworked. Despite looking eerily similar to the first generation car, the new Evoque is actually entirely new - based on an all-new platform, with all new exterior and interior looks, and most importantly, with the tech that complements the change and launches the Evoque into the premium stardom of the future better than ever before. As you may know by now, the looks in themselves do not make a car premium.

Heritage, brand recognition, buyer base and, of course, the technology, do that as well. One needs to build on all of these virtues to be considered premium. And, the Range Rover Evoque has it all. Novel approach by its engineers injects a new life into it with the help of the introduction of some amazing features.

I am listing ten must known facts about the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. It’s quite something.

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The 2020 Range Rover Evoque Has the Coolest Rear View Mirror Ever

The 2020 Range Rover Evoque Has the Coolest Rear View Mirror Ever

Land Rover didn’t do too bad this time around.

The Range Rover Evoque isn’t exactly a spring chicken and 2019 marks the introduction of the second-generation of Land Rovers entry-level people mover. Entry level is a weak word when it comes to the Evoque however and, despite the fact that this model looks a lot like the old at a glance, there’s a lot of new tech here. The Evoque just became Land Rovers first mild hybrid vehicle and a plug-in model is even on the way. New screens adorn the updated dashboard inside but what really stuck out to me was the new hybrid rear view mirror.

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Land Rover Spent Almost £1 Billion To Give the Evoque a Mild Facelift and New Technology

Land Rover Spent Almost £1 Billion To Give the Evoque a Mild Facelift and New Technology

In this case, beauty lies well below the skin

Land Rover chose Thanksgiving day to debut the new Range Rover Evoque and here we are looking at a model that, at a glance, received a very mild, even somewhat Audi-like, facelift. Below this mildly changed skin, however, Land Rover claims it has spent nearly £1 Billion to refine the architecture underneath with the goal of making it suitable for electrification.

The interior is also littered with plenty of high-end tech, including two high-definition touchscreen displays, refined infotainment software, and artificial intelligence. Powertrain options include a range of diesel and gasoline engines. The entry-level model (the D150 trim) is the only model available with a six-speed manual and is the only model available without Land Rover’s mild hybrid technology. Towing capacity ranges anywhere between 3,527 and 4,409 pounds depending on trim and equipment level.

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2017 East Coast Defender “Project Beast”

2017 East Coast Defender “Project Beast”

The right stuff to claw through anything – comfortably

The name “Defender” carries some serious weight in the world of off-roading. With a long history of military service and simply unflappable talent off-road, this iconic model from Land Rover serves as the bones for myriad capability-focused vehicles. Florida-based auto shop East Coast Defenders knows this well, making its name building custom versions of the British model for enhanced style, greater interior comfort, and even greater agility while traversing the great outdoors. Now, ECD is invading the sands of Vegas with its latest custom build, dropping the sheets at the 2017 SEMA show. The project was a collaboration with Warn Industries, a manufacturer that specializes in vehicle recovery equipment, and is based on a Defender 110 model from 1985. Created by hand and equipped with a litany of custom parts, ECD appropriately calls this build “Project Beast.”

Framed as an “elite off-road SUV,” Project Beast was actually completed in 2016, built in ECD’s “Rover Dome” in Kissimmee, Florida. All told, it’s got the right stuff for attracting attention at SEMA. Read on for more.

Continue reading to learn more about the East Coast Defender.

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Land Rover Teases New Velar SUV; Fresh Tech Incoming?

Land Rover Teases New Velar SUV; Fresh Tech Incoming?

Land Rover promises to “change everything” with the Velar…

Land Rover just dropped an above-and-behind teaser image of its new Velar SUV, saying it will fill the gap between the smaller Range Rover Evoque and larger Range Rover Sport. The Velar supposedly uses the same platform as the Jaguar F-Pace, and is expected to take on rivals like the BMW X4, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe, and Porsche Macan, with four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and possibly even hybrid powerplants offered under the hood.

Land Rover has yet to divulge many details, but did say the Velar will offer “elegant simplicity, a visually reductive approach and all-new consumer technologies,” so we’re guessing a coupe-like, streamlined, and somewhat minimalist exterior, a good dose of interior opulence, and a suite of semi-autonomous driving tech.

Studying the provided press pic, we can also see a large moonroof and a decently sized touchscreen in the dash. Land Rover added that it used “sustainable materials” in the vehicle’s construction.

“We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover,” says Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, in the attached press release. “It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand. The Range Rover Velar changes everything.”

While likely not much more than PR bluster, we’re excited to see if the Velar can truly bring something new and exciting to the segment. The name, after all, harkens back to the first Range Rover prototype from 1969, so maybe there’s something up Land Rover’s sleeve.

Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long to find out the truth. The Range Rover Velar is slated to see a full reveal on March 1st, with an in-the-metal debut in the U.S. at this year’s New York International Auto Show in April.

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