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Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations

Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations

There are some great results, and some "close your eyes!" results

One of the great things about car renderings is the ability to let your imagination go crazy. You can use an existing car model and re-imagine it without a roof, or you can get really creative and redesign it in a different body type altogether. There’s something to be said, then, for renderings that take two models from two different automakers and combine them to create an entirely new model. It’s the kind of Transformers-like job that we should be seeing more often in the real world. Or should we? The truth is, BudgetsDirect undertook this very exercise, and the results are all “interesting,” to say the least. As an added bonus, we’re doing our own part and renaming these creations in the best way we can.

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2018 Land Rover Red Cross Discovery Emergency Response Vehicle

2018 Land Rover Red Cross Discovery Emergency Response Vehicle

One-off creation is a preview of a potential high-functioning emergency response vehicle

Behind the glitz and glamour of the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Land Rover presented a one-off Discovery that it created for the Red Cross. The model is called the Red Cross Discovery Emergency Response Vehicle, and it was developed as part of an 18-month collaboration between Land Rover’s Special Vehicles Operations (SVO) and the Austrian Red Cross. The Discovery is unlike standard Discovery models. Among other things, it features state-of-the-art communications technology that’s there to help save lives.

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Land Rover's Project Hero Is Designed To Help Red Cross

Land Rover’s Project Hero Is Designed To Help Red Cross

High-tech features including a drone help rescue workers

Land Rover has debuted its latest special concept vehicle designed specifically to help rescue workers in the Austrian Red Cross. It’s called Project Hero, and it made its debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. Based on the new 2017 Land Rover Discover, this all-terrain SUV is fitted with some unusual equipment, including a roof-mounted drone.

“Land Rover and the team of engineers and designers at SVO are proud to support the incredible humanitarian work of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and its members,” said John Edwards of Jaguar Land Rover. “The new Discovery is an outstanding all-terrain SUV, and Project Hero is the optimum combination of enhanced capability and innovative technology. We hope to help the Red Cross save lives in emergency situations.”

The Project Hero Discovery will be stationed in Erzberg, Styria at the Austrian Red Cross training center. It will also spend time in Vienna during its 12-month mission. The Discovery, along with its onboard equipment, will be used to develop new techniques for rescuing survivors of natural disasters like earthquakes, heavy snow, and floods.

Keep reading for the full details on the Land Rover Discovery Project Hero vehicle.

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Jaguar Land Rover Announces Three Cars To Be Featured in Bond Spectre

Jaguar Land Rover Announces Three Cars To Be Featured in Bond Spectre

The 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, set to be called "Spectre," will feature an array of eye candy for car enthusiasts, as Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that three of its special vehicles will appear in the movie. We already knew that Aston Martin’s DB10 will be the new "Bond car," but the three JLR models are likely to be equally rewarding for car fans. I say this since these will not be stock vehicles, but ones provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, which is kind of like a skunkworks team for the British company.

The breathtaking Jaguar C-X75 concept will feature in a car chase through Rome alongside Bond’s Aston Martin DB10, with Jaguar mentioning that a number of C-X75 models have been built specifically for the film in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering. Unlike the original electric-gas turbine concept car, the C-X75 used in "Spectre" will be powered by a supercharged, 5.0-liter, V-8, so expect some old-school exhaust sounds during the chase sequence.

The other two JLR vehicles to make an appearance are a Range Rover Sport SVR and a heavily modified Land Rover Defender, both of which have already finished filming for "Spectre" in Austria. As some of you know, the Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest and most powerful production Landie ever, but I have a feeling that the Defender will leave a more lasting impression on movie-goers, thanks to its lifted chassis and 37-inch off-road tires.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar-Land Rover’s "Spectre" lineup.

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2014 Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept

2014 Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept

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

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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque e

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque e

Land Rover and Jaguar announced a collaboration to develop a new ‘Range Rover Evoque_e’ research project that tests new hybrid and battery-electric vehicle (BEV) technology. The research required a total of £16.3 million (about $25 million at the current exchange rates), and was supported by UK’s innovation agency the Technology Strategy Board.

Along with Jaguar and Land Rover, the Evoque_e’s development required the an additional 12 partners, including: Zytek Automotive, GKN Driveline, Motor Design Limited, AVL, Drive System Design, Williams Advanced Engineering, Delta Motorsport, Tata Steel, Bristol University, Cranfield University and Newcastle University.

According to the first details we have, this collaboration will bring to the market three research vehicles: the next-generation powertrain concepts for a mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV); a Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV).

While no other details were revealed, Jaguar’s previous PHEV system revealed in the XJ_e plug-in hybrid, which combines a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, with a 92-horsepower electric motor and a 12.8kWh Lithium Ion battery pack. Land Rover also revealed numerous "_e" projects, like the Range_e, which combined a 3.0-liter TDV6 diesel with an electric motor and an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

We’ll bring you all of the details once Land Rover releases them.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Evoque.

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2012 Bowler EXR Rally Car by Land Rover

2012 Bowler EXR Rally Car by Land Rover

The agreement between Land Rover and Bowler is poised to become a collaboration made in rallying heaven and they’re putting their collective feet out to show their first project together, the Bowler EXR Rally Car.

The prototype rally car will sport a ‘Powered by Land Rover’ branding and has been co-designed by Land Rover and Bowler to be the kind of rally car that will put all others to shame. Or so they say.

The EXR uses a modified chassis of the Range Rover Sport and has been fitted with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that you can also find in a number of Range Rover models. The only caveat is that the EXR’s power train is FIA-restricted for racing purposes, which means that output is only limited to 300 horsepower and 428 lb/ft of torque. The EXR is also fitted with a six-speed manual transmission - and option of a Sadev 6-speed sequential transmission is also available - while also carrying Ricardo front, center, and rear differentials.

The EXR rally car will be in attendance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the end of June were it will be showcased for the first time in full rallying gear.

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2013 Land Rover DC100 Expedition Concept

2013 Land Rover DC100 Expedition Concept

Land Rover is continuing its series of DC100 concepts with a new Expedition version. The new concept was built to celebrate Land Rover’s 25 year presence on the North American market and is equipped for expedition use. The concept also explores possible design directions for the future of the iconic Land Rover Defender.

The new DC100 Expedition features an air-intake snorkel for wading and a roof mounted equipment rack. The list of design cues that will be used for the upcoming Defender include extreme approach and departure angles, vertical panels, an upright windscreen, and strong shoulder line for visibility and ease of positioning. The honest Defender ’face’ with its signature round lamps and prominent grille is featured, and a winch is incorporated to the fascia.

The DC100 Expedition Concept will also be equipped with a new Terrain Response system which will optimize the car for various conditions without driver pre-selection. A new Terrain-i system creates an intelligent map of the topography in front of the car and displays it as a 3D visualization. The concept also comes with a new Wade Aid system that utilizes sonar sensors mounted in the bumpers and side mirrors to measure water depth.

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2012 Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept

2012 Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept

Land Rover was the first to unveil a coupe SUV and it turned out to be a smart move. However, they are not the first to offer a convertible SUV - that move was already made by Nissan with their Murano Convertible - but since the Evoque is enjoying such great success, Landrover figured they’d capitalize on it with a little model expansion. When the British company hits the Geneva showroom floor, they will be ready with the Evoque Convertible Concept, a preview of the company’s future model.

Based on the three-door Evoque, the convertible version comes equipped with a fully retractable roof system with a roll-over protection system. Land Rover said that minimal changes were made to the car’s weight and torsional rigidity, but they are far from being done if they plan on developing a production version.

The interior offers the coolest technologies out there, including leather seats, a Meridian audio system, surround cameras, Park Assist, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display.

Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern said: "The Evoque lends itself beautifully to the idea of a convertible. This study is not a traditional convertible design execution – instead we have worked with the balance of the Evoque’s lines to retain its distinctive shape and create something that is unique and, we believe, highly desirable."

Is this Evoque suicide or the next logical step? We figure it depends on how conventional the market is and what the weather is like.

Updated 03/08/2012: We have added a series of new images from the car’s official debut in Geneva. Find them in the picture gallery!

UPDATE 03/14/12: In addition to the new photos of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept, Land Rover has also released the first driving footage of the top-less SUV. Check it out by clicking on the photo above.

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2011 Land Rover DC100 Concept

2011 Land Rover DC100 Concept

The iconic Land Rover Defender is still, along with the venerable Mercedes-Benz G-Class, one of the few remaining old-school off-roaders, both cars representing an era that will soon become just a romantic memory inside the minds of 4x4 purists everywhere around the world.

When Tata-owned Land Rover launched its two latest concepts during the Frankfurt Auto Show, the DC100 and the DC100 Sport, its marketing people were probably gunning for the children of the very same 4x4 purists mentioned earlier.

Unfortunately, according to the purest definition of the word “purist”, those Land Rover fans will probably be the ones completely saddened by the launch of the aforementioned concept cars. Why, you ask? Well, both the Land Rover DC100 and the DC100 Sport preserve almost nothing from the tradition of the old and trusted Defender model, which has been manufactured in more or less the same form since 1983, while being based on the original Land Rover, the Series.

Thankfully for the die-hard fans, the DC100 and DC100 Sport represent just the start in a four year journey of reinterpreting the Defender in a modern, twenty first century form. They are both like a pilot episode for a new show, if you wish.

Interested in every detail of the Defender Concept 100? Hit the jump and you’ll find out.

UPDATE 01/05/12: Land Rover’s decision to skip the 2012 NAIAS has cast a few raised eyebrows in the industry. Apparently, their new Indian ownership - Tata Motors - decided to bring Land Rover and Jaguar to their home auto show at the Delhi Auto Expo. In the case of the former, it meant that the Land Rover DC100 Concept would be in attendance dressed in a fancy Firenze Red paint finish. In so many words, this version of the DC100 Concept is all sorts of hot! Check out the new photos in the gallery!

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2012 Land Rover DC100 Sport Concept

2012 Land Rover DC100 Sport Concept

The second concept car - next to the DC100 Concept - Land Rover has unveiled in Frankfurt is the sportier version, the DC100 Sport. The second concept is basically a roof-less version of the DC100 with a more aggressive appearance. It takes its inspiration from the early canvas-roofed Defenders with their fold-down windscreens, but has been redesigned as a performance concept for the 21st century.

The DC100 Sport features a wraparound aero screen and cut-down side
windows, and is painted in a special yellow inspired by the vibrant ochre hues found in Africa. On the interior, the seats are trimmed in leather with a lightweight, breathable mesh insert in a bold Tribal Tech pattern. The same pattern is repeated on the floor of the DC100 Sport where floor mats
are made of Ombrae, a sculptural medium used in art installations and modern architecture.

The DC100 Sport is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine
with hybrid compatibility mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with Intelligent Stop/Start and a transfer case.

UPDATE 01/06/12: Land Rover trooped to the 2012 Auto Delhi Expo and brought their two new Land Rover Defender Concepts dressed in a fiery Firenze Red finish. We gotta say, these new digs are all sorts of smokin’ in our eyes! Agree? Check out the gallery!

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Land Rover will unveil diesel-hybrid concept in Paris

Land Rover will unveil diesel-hybrid concept in Paris

The was was declared: the Paris Auto Show is near by so the car manufacturers in the world are done with the work and now are waiting to show their results.

Today is time to talk about Land Rover. The British manufacturer plans to reveal a diesel-hybrid prototype in Paris. The name or other details about the car are unknown.

What we can tell you is that the engine will be tied to the permanent wheel drive and thanks to this particular solution will be possible to reduce the fuel consumption by 30% compared to a normal diesel Freelander.

Stay tuned, we will keep you post it!

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Land Rover's LRX concept at Pebble Beach

Land Rover’s LRX concept at Pebble Beach

The Land Rover LRX concept was first shown to the world back in January. It has since been making the car show tours, and now with its premier at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, Gerry McGovern, design director for Land Rover describes how the car fits into the company’s heritage.

The LRX is expected to be the replacement for the Freelander. The concept was shown as a hybrid diesel package to keep up with modern fuel economy demands. While this car is supposed to be a revolution in Land Rover design, remember this is the company that never had to go retro with the design of Range Rover, because it’s had only three generations in 38 years.

In fact, the LRX concept looks like it shares some of the same cues from the 2004 Range Stormer concept, which was the forerunner for the Range Rover Sport.

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Land Rover LRX - Concept Truck of the Year

Land Rover LRX - Concept Truck of the Year

The South East Automotive Media Organization (SEAMO) selected the Land Rover LRX as the 2008 North American Concept Truck of the Year. The seventh annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards was held last evening at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich.

LRX was selected by a jury of professional automotive journalists from throughout North America, judging the vehicle on specific context of the North American market. The review of each vehicle is based on the entire package, with criteria dependent on design, style, materials, technology, market viability and market responsiveness.

With the ever-evolving truck and SUV market in North America, new and innovative designs are introduced quite frequently, however LRX stood out. Stylish looks and new technology — the focus of LRX — helped Land Rover win its first award in this category.

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2008 Land Rover LRX Concept Black & Silver

2008 Land Rover LRX Concept Black & Silver

The LRX Black & Silver was powered by a 2.0-liter, turbodiesel hybrid, with potential CO2 emissions of 120 g/km and fuel economy of 60 mpg (4.7 l/100 km). The concept’s integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) was particularly significant in Land Rover terms as it allowed the LRX to use electric drive alone at lower speeds while retaining full (even improved) 4x4 ability in tough conditions. Unlike the hybrid technology used by some 4x4 rivals, Land Rover’s unique solution retains mechanical drive to all four wheels.

Using lightweight material technologies, Land Rover has developed a series of bespoke features for the black and silver LRX that add to the vehicle’s individuality and flexibility. The removable carbon composite roof panel contrasts with the silver-coloured roof, and has integral anchor points for fixing snowboards and other sports equipment. The sleek black roof bars provide another option for roof-top loads, and a compact step above the rear bumper provides for easy roof-top access. More carbon composite is used for the protective underbody plates at front and rear, while new, lightweight alloy wheels with unique-design tyres signal purposefulness. And to protect the vehicle when the going gets tough - in either urban or off-road situations - there are smart, resilient mouldings on bumpers and sills.

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Land Rover LRX Concept will make its European debut in Geneva

Land Rover LRX Concept will make its European debut in Geneva

Land Rover LRX Concept will make its European debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Next to it, Land Rover will also present the Defender SVX special edition, launched to mark Land Rover’s 60th anniversary this year.

"The LRX diesel hybrid signals our ability to deliver Land Rover’s core values in a more compact and fuel efficient package. For now, LRX remains a concept, designed to gauge public reaction, but the enthusiasm generated since we first unveiled it in January makes me even more certain that this would be a hugely exciting direction for us to take," says Phil Popham, Land Rover’s managing director.

LRX is conceived as a highly fuel-efficient 2.0-litre turbodiesel hybrid. In combination with other Land Rover technologies, this powertrain could reduce fuel consumption by as much as 30% compared with other 4x4s of comparable size. It incorporates an Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) which would allow the LRX to use electric drive alone at lower speeds while retaining full (even improved) 4x4 ability in tough conditions.

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2008 Land Rover LXR Concept

2008 Land Rover LXR Concept

Land Rover unveils a vision of its future at the NAIAS (Detroit Show) in January 2008, with the world debut of the LRX concept - a bold evolution of Land Rover design that indicates the brand’s progressive shift into new areas of the market, while remaining true to its core values. As the company prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary during 2008, the three-door LRX, with its more compact size, lighter weight and sustainability focussed technologies, clearly addresses the needs of a changing world.

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Land Rover LXR Concept to be unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

Land Rover LXR Concept to be unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

In September during the Frankfurt Motor Show, Land Rover released the image of a two-door SUV with no other informations about the car. It seems that the photo was the LRX Concept that will be unveiled in January at the Detroit Auto Show.

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Secret Land Rover Concept to be unveiled in Frankfurt: Sport Coupe ?

Secret Land Rover Concept to be unveiled in Frankfurt: Sport Coupe ?

It seems that Frankfurt’s didn’t end. Land Rover will unveil a new Concept Car today. As you can see from the image the company released is about a two-door SUV, and if it is to believe the Land Rover’s Frankfurt media kit is about a concept in which the company will unveil a new technology that will cut CO2 emissions.

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Land Rover to enter in the Hybrid's world

Land Rover to enter in the Hybrid’s world

Within seven months Land Rover will make a major step in becoming more environmentally friendly.The maker will present this year a more advanced evolution of the Land-E concept from the last year Geneva Motor Show.The company employs specialist hybrid-electric technicians and previewed hybrid technology in the Land-E to move the system in a driveable prototype.
The hybrud system must be applicable to the entire Land Rover range including the Range Rover, and must produce a 30 per cent (...)

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2006 Land Rover Land e Concept

2006 Land Rover Land e Concept

Land Rover is showcasing a catalogue of innovative technologies - collectively known as the e-Terrain System - that reduce both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions while also improving the outstanding breadth of capability of Land Rover’s 4x4 vehicles.

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2004 Land Rover Range Stormer

2004 Land Rover Range Stormer

Range Stormer is a high performance, sports tourer SUV concept car, which showcases a future design direction for Land Rover and the company’s increasingly bold approach to new technologies.

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