No doubt Land Rover rolled the dice when it built the Range Rover Evoque – the small crossover with looks unlike anything it had ever built before. The crossover came in both four- and two-door version, the latter of which elevated the gamble even further. Now Land Rover is throwing the ivories again with the upcoming Range Rover Evoque Convertible. That’s right, a drop-top Range Rover.
Land Rover officially teased the Evoque Convertible with a short theatrical video showing the open-air crossover driving through the Crossrail tunnel system – a network of 26 miles of tunnels still under construction some 130 feet below the streets of London.
Apparently dismissing the failed attempt at a convertible crossover by Nissan with its Murano Crosscabriolet, Land Rover has released the Evoque Convertible for the 2017 model year just ahead of the vehicle’s official debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard plans of its production, however. Its first debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show had rumors flying about a 2013 production.
It will be interesting to see if the convertible crossover segment catches on now that Land Rover is taking a stab. Perhaps those predisposed to buying a funky yet luxurious and capable Evoque will embrace the Evoque Convertible as something more fun.
Updated 11/09/2015: Land Rover dropped the official details on the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible. The model will be unveiled next week at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and will be put on sale in mid-2016 at a starting price of $50,475.
Continue reading to watch the video and to learn more about the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.
Every fall, dozens of journalists from all over Texas and around the country gather to compare, test, and crown the winner of the “Truck of Texas” competition. It’s a coveted award from the Texas Auto Writers Association that signifies Texas’ collective approval of a truck. And not only are trucks involved, awards go out for the SUV and CUV of Texas.
I already touched on the topic in the preview piece, but awards are also given to the winner in each vehicle category and for various things like “best connectivity” and “best powertrain.”
This year’s competition was fierce. There were 84 vehicles present from 21 automakers entered into 17 different categories. Evaluating the field were 69 TAWA members comprised of journalists and social media influencers.
So let’s get down to the results. Keep reading for the full breakdown.
Continue reading for the results of the 2015 TAWA Truck Rodeo
The Land Rover brand has been doing extremely well over the past fear years as sales continue to climb and quality becomes top notch. Still, Land Rover has some aging product taking up dealer showroom space – namely the archaic LR2/ Freelander. Its design and many of its components date back to the Ford era, and leave much room for improvement when compared to things like the LR4 or Range Rover Evoque.
Hitting a pothole is never fun, and can even wreak havoc on a vehicle’s tires, wheels, and suspension system. However, Jaguar Land Rover is working on a system that reports potholes to fellow motorists and even to roadway authorities via the “connected car” concept.
As you man have heard, the connected car model works by having vehicles send data to each other via a wireless, car-to-car network. The types of data that can be transferred is nearly limitless and includes things like vehicle position, intended direction, crash reports, traffic advisories, and now thanks to JLR, reports on the location and severity of potholes.
The process works by a vehicle “feeling” a pothole via its suspension system and then reporting it on the connected car network. Many JLR vehicles, including Land Rover and Range Rover products, already monitor road surfaces in order to adjust suspension settings in a split-second time frame. Now engineers only have to tag the severe road depressions with a GPS location and send that information over the network.
Once reported, cars on the network would then receive automated warnings of potholes in the vehicle’s path, and then give drivers ample time to prepare for bump by slowing down or dodging the obstacle.
This system is still in the development stage, but doesn’t seem too far-fetched. It’s likely we’ll see this system – or something similar to it – make its way into production in the no-so-distant future.
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It might not be officially confirmed, but the rumors of Land Rover offering an SVR version its Range Rover Evoque are growing in intensity. This time the gossip is coming from down under. Australia’s Motorring reports the souped-up version of the Evoque is likely due out after Jaguar has its turn with JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations divisions.
The news about Jaguar Land Rover’s parent company, the India-based Tata, using some of JLR’s platforms for its own models isn’t really news. That information has been floating around since last summer. However, it appears Tata has now tapped the new Land Rover Discovery Sport’s LR-MS underpinnings to be the first platform it will use in constructing a new segment of “world-class” vehicles.
“Electrification” has become a prominent buzz word in the auto industry these days. British luxury brand Land Rover doesn’t have a presence in that segment yet but that could change soon, thanks to a report indicating the company is considering a battery-powered Range Rover model. Autocar is reporting that an electric Range Rover is under strong consideration and could take the form of an entirely new, low-roofed, crossover model instead of a battery-powered version of the existing Range Rover.
Jaguar Land Rover group engineering director Wolfgang Ziebart didn’t go into specifics, but hinted that Land Rover could have a potential market on its hands for wealthy families looking to buy a “second or third car." Zeibart’s comments were echoed by Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern, who indicated that the brand’s current expansion plans could include “incredibly luxurious, low-slung” Range Rovers, one of which could be packaged as a purely electric vehicle.
But those plans come with certain caveats, and pretty significant ones if it were to progress forward. One challenge is to build a smaller model that has a smaller frontal area and the other challenge would be that the model would have to rival the Tesla Model S’s 265-mile range. Failing to do both would make it difficult for the company to justify building an electric model, let alone one that uses the current aerodynamic profile of the Range Rover.
The Range Rover’s current aluminum-monocoque architecture will be the basis of the model, but it would be modified significantly to accommodate the needs of a battery pack. There’s also the possibility that the model will use the same suspension of the Jaguar CX-17 while also benefiting from an all-wheel-drive system and possibly a road-based setup that allows it to improve its aerodynamic capabilities and preserve the range of the battery pack.
The last condition being thrown out is the price. An electric Range Rover will likely cost north of £90,000 ($140,753 as of 10/31/2014), which could prove to be too steep even for wealthy and discerning customers. The company plans to offset that by giving these customers a powerful model with high standard spec numbers.
Note: Land Rover Range Rover pictured here.
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Big, bad and ready to rumble, this Land Rover Range Rover means all sorts of business. And then some.
In some respects, that’s what you expect from an aftermarket company like Arden, which has specialized in these types of programs for Range Rovers. It’s latest take is no different, and yet when you take into account the kind of performance upgrade it gave the SUV, you stand and wonder if it could’ve been more.
That’s the respect we have for Arden.
But hey, this tuning program is still a whale of an upgrade, something Arden achieved by giving the Range Rover a supercharger kit, a new sport catalytic converter, an optimized ECU unit and a high-performance exhaust system. Considering that the standard Range Rover’s 5.0-liter, V-8 engine can produce a tight 510 horses and 461 pound-feet of torque, it’s an impressive feat that Arden was able to spike the numbers to a staggering 650 horsepower and 580 pound-feet of torque. This is good enough to improve the SUV’s 0-to-60 mph time from 5.3 seconds to somewhere around 3.8 and before hitting a top speed of 161 mph.
No word yet on how much this program is going to cost, but with the promise of 650 horsepower to play around with, we’ve no doubt that it’s going to set customers back a few bucks.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport and to see this Arden tuning kit in detail.
Russian tuner Larte Design may not be a household name on the tuning scene, but that hasn’t hampered the company from dishing out a new program in attempt to gain more recognition front the public and the industry.
It’s latest work is based on the Range Rover Evoque and despite not being a jaw-dropper at first glance, the kit does still include a variety of aesthetic and performance modifications
A new wide body kit was install, featuring a new honeycomb grille and large air intakes in the front apron. The kit also has a redesigned rear apron, a centrally-mounted triple exhaust system, and a set of gloss-black, 21-inch lightweight alloy wheels. Additionally, the Evoque’s suspension was tuned to drop the SUV by 30 mm (1.18 inches).
Meanwhile, power comes in the form of a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to Larte Design, the Evoque saw its output increase to 220 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.
The modifications are simple, but ultimately, effective to give the SUV a serious upgrade in style, attitude, and flair.
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The Range Rover Evoque has quickly become the hottest-selling model in Land Rover’s lineup and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down for 2014, thanks to a new release from the automaker. While all of the specifics of the 2014 Evoque are still unknown, Land Rover UK has outlined some of the technological advancements the model will carry into 2014 — we assume these will be a part of the 2014 U.S.-spec Evoque too.
The U.S. market receives the same 2.0-liter engine as last year’s model, which puts out a respectable 240 horsepower. These engines all link up to an all-new nine-speed ZF-sourced transmission, which has unperceivable shifts and wide spread of gear ratios to make for smooth acceleration and excellent fuel economy.
Also new for 2014 is the Active Driveline, which according to Land Rover is an "on-demand" four-wheel drive system that enhances agility and improves fuel economy, thanks to it deactivating the rear wheels at speeds over 22 mph. However, should the Evoque need that extra grip over 22 mph, the system takes less than 300 milliseconds to activate the rear wheels. Additionally, an E-Diff on the rear delivers Torque Biasing between the rear wheels for optimal traction and control.
Safety features also take center stage in 2014, as the Evoque will feature Park Exit to help you pull out of parallel parking spots; Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection to warn the driver of traffic behind the vehicle; Lane Departure Warning; Traffic Sign Recognition; and Wade Sensing. Also included will be Land Rover InControl Remote to contact emergency services in the event of an accident or Land Rover Assist in the event of technical issues, and Land Rover InControl Secure to track the vehicle in the event of a theft.
And finally, there are a few aesthetic changes that include minor detail changes on the exterior, new colors for the interior, four new alloy wheels and revised :and Rover badges.
More details will come as we get closer to the model’s release in Europe in the third quarter of 2013.
Updated 9/12/2013: Land Rover has released all of the pricing details on the 2014 Range Rover Evoque. It starts at $41,995. See the full pricing details after the jump.
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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.
Back in 1993, the Land Rover Defender was the first “Land Rover” branded vehicle to grace the U.S. soil as a new model since 1974. The Defender was ultimately a victim of government regulations, as the 1998 rule changes that required fitting all passenger vehicles with dual front airbags and side-impact protection enhancements caused Land Rover to pull the model from the U.S.
Well, now we have confirmation that the Land Rover Defender will indeed make its way back to the U.S., per an Automotive News interview with Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover. The model will arrive in 2015 and will be based on the DC100 Concept SUV that we saw at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Since its debut is still three years away, it will probably look nothing like the Defender that currently roams the streets of the UK.
What’s more, this new SUV will be ready and in the U.S. as soon as 2015 and will become the entry-level model for Land Rover, just under the all-new Evoque Pure. Speth also noted that the Defender will be priced below $42,000, but did not provide any hint as to what the price range may be.
There was also no mention of the engine that Land Rover will plop under the new Defender’s hood, but we have a pretty secure guess that the 2.2-liter diesel engine in the current UK Defender will not make the journey across the pond. Diesel-powered vehicles, sans large trucks, rarely ever make a big splash in the U.S. It may even borrow a V-6 from its sister company, Jaguar, or possibly a slightly detuned version of the Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0-liter engine.
We’ll keep an eye out on what’s happening with this upcoming rebirth of the Defender and let you know what other information we can dig up.
When Thibault Devauze was just an intern at Land Rover, he was handed a big job of designing a crossover SUV to rival the likes of the X6 and the Bentley Continental GTC — an eclectic set of rivals, huh? The project had only a few real rules: make it luxurious, make it a coupe, price it above €100K, and give it the biggest, baddest engine that Land Rover had to offer.
With these guidelines and the base chassis of the Range Rover Sport Supercharged, Devauze came up with the LRGT Concept. After six weeks of designing and sketching, Devauze and two modelers came up with the first ever CAD images of his brainchild. Since then, he has used that model to come up with final results of the concept that, according to his claims, are still on the table at Land Rover.
This model is pegged to sit at the top of Land Rover’s Range Rover lineup. It boasts Lad-Rover’s famed front end with a slight twist, as it rakes rearward more than most current Land Rover SUVs, sans the Evoque. As you stretch over its shallow-raked, hood you come to a roofline that dives into the back end of the crossover. Around the back end you get a pair of circular taillights that cap off a sleek rump and pair of oblong tail pipes are integrated in with the rear bumper.
From the side profile, you find an awesome reverse-wedge design that just seems to fit perfectly with the sharp upper beltline and the massive pair of doors designed to replace the typical 4-door SUV setup.
The driving force under the hood of this massive 4,850 mm (190 –inch) long x 1,995 mm (78-inch) wide x 1,510 mm (59-inch) wide 2,095 kg (4,618-pound) crossover is Land Rover’s supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 540 PS (532 horsepower) and 725 Nm (534 pound-feet) of torque.
From the looks of it, this appears to be the big brother of the Evoque, but we’ll find out in the coming years if this is a production concept or just another one that will be filed away for future model design.
British tuner extraordinaire Kahn Design has never seen a Range Rover it didn’t fancy with a tuning program. In this particular example, Kahn brought another Range Rover Evoque] to its headquarters for a nice little aftermarket work. The result is the Evoque Dark Tungsten RS250.
Dressed in a body kit that has a plethora of new components, including 3D mesh inserts and vents on the front grille, the front and rear fascias, a matte black finished upper wing roof, copper details on the headlights, a lower boot lid spoiler, and a matte black finished rear diffuser. Matte black side vent surrounds are also part of the program, as is a matte black sump, copper-finished brake calipers, and last but certainly not least, a new set of 22" RS600 wheels with a matte grey finish and original center caps.
Inside, the Evoque Dark Tungsten RS250 was treated to some luxury goods too. The seats have been finished in quilted and perforated leather with options to use Alcantara inserts. Carbon fiber was used to finish the center console while Alcantara was used as a center dashboard trimming with contrast stitching. There’s also a special finish on the dash and custom floor mats rounding out the interior goodies.
The Range Rover Evoque Kahn Dark Tungsten RS250 is scheduled to be unveiled at the Carfest Show on August 25-26, 2012 in the UK where it will be presented by no less than BBC car guru Chris Evans. Watch out for it because there’s a chance you’re going to be mesmerized by Kahn Design’s latest pride and joy.
Italian tire manufacturer, Marangoni, has been down the tuning road before, having performed some previous projects on vehicles like the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Today, Marangoni is back with another program, this time for the Range Rover Evoque. As comprehensive projects go, this one’s definitely right up there and the unmistakable work done on the Evoque speaks volumes about the talent of these guys.
For the exterior’s styling, Marangoni collaborated with TRC Italia in dressing up theEvoque with a special fine grain Titanium Fluid Metal paint finish. The front grill, hood vents, and door handles were then painted in gloss black to provide a contrasting look to the body of the Evoque. Other panels that were modified include the front bumper fascia, door lower moldings, and rear bumper fascia, which were also given a carbon diffuser. Speaking of carbon, Marangoni also gave the Evoque plenty of that, particularly to the wheel arches, fender vents, and mirror covers. Rounding out the exterior changes on the crossover are a set of 20" Oz Racing Dakar wheels wrapped in Marangoni’s exclusive ruby red M-Power EvoRed tires.
For the interior dress-up, Marangoni enlisted the help of Italian fashion house, Conte of Florence, who came out with the genius idea of dressing up the interior with a special golf inspired quilted upholstery with a large embroidered Tour Line emblem on the seats.
Under its hood, the Evoque was fitted with an "HFI" Hybrid Fuel Injection dual-fuel system, an upgraded turbocharger, a carbon fiber air box, and a larger stainless steel exhaust, all of which gave the crossover’s existing 2.0-liter turbo engine a spike in output. With the modifications in place, the Evoque’s output shot up from the standard 240 horsepower all the way up to 300 horsepower.
There’s no question that Azfal Kahn and his peeps over at Kahn Design have a soft spot for the Range Rover, so much so that they seem to come out with a new program for the luxury SUV about as often as any car we’ve seen in recent history.
Apparently, their fascination for Range Rovers is now expanding, courtesy of their very first program for the new Range Rover Evoque. True to their reputation as one of the premier tuners for the British luxury SUV, Kahn Design went to work on the Evoque with one clear picture in mind: offer it with a whole new breadth of excitement and take it to a whole new dimension.
The A. Kahn Design Evoque is an unmistakable piece of work, decked with a variety of external modifications that serve to provide better looks and coax greater performance from the car.
Kahn Design’s styling package for the Evoque is a testament to their creativity, providing a slew of new elements consisting of a lowered suspension (35mm), yellow calipers, aluminum pedals, an orange roof, full body color coding/detailing, privacy glass, and adaptive front headlamps. Inside, Kahn Design deftly worked their bespoke magic on the Evoque, providing it with luxurious character that expresses a customer’s individuality. As with most of their projects, the interior can be customized depending on the whims and preferences of the customer.
And then there’s the final piece of the Kahn Design puzzle: the wheels. With an inventory of some of the most impressive wheels on the market, Kahn Design went and used their unique RS600 wheels that are available in a variety of sizes - 20", 21", 22" - creating even more opportunity to imprint his tastes on the luxury Range Rover crossover.
The covers will officially hit the floor tomorrow asLand Rover unveils the new production version of the LRX premium compact mode. The LRX concept was shown in Detroit over two years ago.
Land Rover isn’t giving us many details on the LRX, but they did say that “it will demonstrate its exciting future by showing the all-new compact Range Rover for the first time”. Whatever that means.
The official unveiling party will take place at The Orangery in London at 8:30 BST. The event will also be part of the 40th anniversary celebration for Land Rover.
The English company owned by India’s Tata has yet to announce any details on the LRX, but the power will likely come from a turbocharged four-cylinder. We do know that the LRX will be available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. There will also be a three-door or a five-door model.
Check back tomorrow, around 3:30 PM EST, for official details on the new LRX.
The Land Rover LR2 is a descendant of the 2001 Freelander. Unfortunately, sales of the Freelander were crippled by quality problems and the Freelander went out of production in 2005. Like any good car manufacturer, Land Rover did not stop there and decided to start from scratch with a new entry-level vehicle. The all new LR2 is trying to make its way to the top with a stylish exterior and luxurious interior while keeping the price tag under $35k.