Land Rover Looking to Shed Cylinders From its Range-Topping V-8 Diesel
In this day and age, with electrification being pushed hard and fines from emissions regulations capable of putting automakers in the ground if they don’t comply, every manufacturer has started downsizing and electrifying engines to carry on business as usual. Now a new report from autocar – one that cites “auto parts suppliers” claims that Land Rover’s aging 4.4-liter, Ford-sourced, diesel V-8 is set to be replaced by something smaller, but the question is what?
The Mercedes-AMG G 63 Will Have a New BMW-Powered Competitor in the Land Rover Defender SVR
Hear this out: Jaguar Land Rover is hiding a high-performance prototype based on the new Defender which will ultimately make it to production under the SVR badge. The model is currently developed by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division and when it finally hatches, the Defender SVR will use a 4.4-liter BMW-sourced engine in its attempt to give the Mercedes-AMG G 63 a run for its money.
A 2020 Land Rover Defender Pickup Truck? We Say “Yes, Please, With Sugar on Top”
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.
Can The 2020 Land Rover Defender Tackle The Harsh Desert in Dubai?
Land Rover 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 has teased the new Defender a few times, and this time, it decided to put out a video that shows the SUV doing test runs in some extreme conditions. The new Defender prototype was taken to Sharjah and handed over to the Red Cross Experts to test on the mighty sand dunes in the desert. Is the 2020 Defender still as tough as its previous iterations?
Leaked LEGO Technic Kit Gives Us Our First Glimpse at the 2020 Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender is coming to the U.S. after an absence spanning more than two decades. But before the 2020 Defender hits our shores, it could be pre-empted by a smaller, but no less awesome, version. This, folks, is LEGO’s latest masterpiece: a 2,573-piece LEGO Technic replica of the iconic Land Rover Defender, complete with a working steering mechanism, a four-speed sequential gearbox, a chassis with three differentials, an independent suspension, and a winch that actually works. Mind you, this is a LEGO Technic version of the OG Land Rover Defender, though, with the specs, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the real deal. The LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender is scheduled to come out in October, one month after the actual 2020 Defender debuts, presumably at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.
2020 Land Rover Defender reveals a bit more skin in new photos and video
Production of the all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender is reportedly ramping up at the company’s plant in Nitra, Slovakia. We’re still a few months away from seeing the finished product, though, and many details surrounding it are still not very clear.
We have had our best look at it so far, courtesy of an official video (and photo gallery) that highlighted the fact that pre-production prototype Defenders were actually used by park rangers in Kenya. The video is meant to evoke the Defender’s outdoorsy spirit and its capability in the toughest conditions in the world, but what we were more interested in was to get a better glimpse of of the car itself - and we did, even though the video doesn’t really have any clear closeups of the car.
All-New Land Rover Defender Debuts This September, Goes On Sale In 2020
After years of working on it, Land Rover is going to reveal an all-new Defender this year. The old Defender was phased out in 2016 mainly due to the fact that it did not meet safety standards for both occupants and pedestrians - they couldn’t even equip the old one with airbags, so a ground-up redesign was decided.
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
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!
2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover is already working on a next-generation Discovery Sport, but with the model still a few years away from arriving, a facelifted version of the current Discovery Sport is making test rounds. The prototype is wrapped in heavy camouflage, but the overall shape of the SUV suggests that there could be a lot of changes made to the updated Discovery Sport ahead of the next-generation model’s arrival in a few years.
Update 01/10/2019: The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport playing in the Scandinavian Snow. Check out the new shots in our gallery at the bottom of the page.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender is Aimed at the Heart of North America
The Land Rover Defender and its boxy appearance won over enthusiasts thanks to its timeless styling and off-road capabilities. The last model, which was largely unchanged since it hit the market in 1983 was discontinued in 2016, and there has been a cry for a new generation ever since. Recently, Land Rover decided to show off one image of the new Defender, and everyone was drooling. But, not as much as you’re going to drool today as Land Rover not only released a handful of official spy shots but has finally confirmed its debut in 2019 as a 2020 model. The best part is that it’s coming to America!
Land Rover Teases The New Defender
Land Rover teased a picture of a new off-roader yesterday. Although the company hasn’t mentioned the name or any other details, we are guessing it’s the new Defender. The off-roader, in the picture, is seen ramping out of a trailer, covered in zebra camouflage, looking kind of like a Mercedes G-Class. What an early Christmas present this is!
Land Rover Uses Wire Art to Tease the Next-Gen Range Rover Evoque
The new Range Rover Evoque will be unveiled next week in London but, until then, here’s a tangible sneak peek to quench our thirst for more on Land Rover’s new compact luxury SUV: a number of wireframe models that showcase the model’s evocative lines.
The Range Rover Evoque was launched back in 2011 as a sleek and posh alternative to the bulky Range Rover that was meant for city usage first and foremost, not the off-road venue where the brand made a name for itself. The Gerry McGovern-designed SUV was previewed by the LRX concept unveiled in 2008. Now, a decade later, we’re nearing the release of the new Evoque that Land Rover has teased with the #HelloEvoque campaign that involved a few wireframe models photographed around London.
Jaguar is Working On a Technology To Counter Motion Sickness
Motion sickness is way more common than you can imagine. As per industry research, more than 70-percent of people suffer from motion sickness, and Jaguar Land-Rover believes it can counter this problem and reduce it by 60-percent. To do so, the automaker has come up with a technology that will come as standard on all of its future cars.
Jaguar Will Drop its V-8 Engines to Make Room for an Inline-Six with Electric Turbo
Jaguar Land Rover is making sweeping changes to its engine lineup, and one of the casualties of these changes is the outdated and overused, 5.0-liter V-8 engine that both Jaguar and Land Rover have routinely used in a lot of its models. The V-8’s exit will eventually give way to high-performance versions of the upcoming Ingenium inline-six engine, including one version that will come with an electrically powered turbocharger.
Next-Gen Range Rover Will Set its Sights on Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan
The arrival of the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan has put the Range Rover on the sidelines, but the old guard is about to put up a fight, and the Bentayga and Cullinan are in its crosshairs. The next-gen Range Rover is scheduled to arrive in 2021, and according to reports, it’s going to be a significant improvement over the current-generation model, in large part because the bar in the super-luxury SUV segment has been raised by Bentley and Rolls-Royce.
Land Rover Wants to Take on the Mercedes X-Class and Toyota Hilux with a Single-Cab Defender Pickup
Land Rover is one of the few brands in the auto industry that abides by its identity unflinchingly. It’s known for building some of the finest SUVs in the world, and it stays in its own lane. When was the last time you heard Land Rover consider a sedan as part of its lineup? Never? That said, the automaker has shown its willingness to stretch its identity a bit. We saw it when it launched the Range Rover Evoque earlier this decade. Now, we could be seeing it again in the form of a single-cab pickup that will be based on the upcoming Defender.
2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover is apparently working on the next generation of Discovery Sport. It comes a bit early since the current model has only been out since 2015 and the next generation isn’t expected until 2020 at the earliest. Then again, automakers need plenty of lead time in building a new model. Spy shots were gathered of a test mule driving along European streets and tale-tell signs of change are seen hidden within the bodywork.
Nothing official is known about the next-generation Discovery Sport at this point, though Land Rover will likely strive for better fuel economy with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, expanded diesel options, improved driving characteristics, and a more luxurious interior – all while still being the smallest and least-expensive vehicle in Land Rover’s fleet.
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Of Course The Next Land Rover Defender Will Be Electrified
People might act surprised when automakers release a new fully electric vehicle or a hybrid version of an old favorite. Ford, for example, says a hybrid version of the F-150 is coming. There’s even talk of a hybrid Jeep Wrangler in the next few years. As such, it should come to nobody’s surprise that the next-generation Land Rover Defender will also have an electrified drivetrain. What exactly that entails, not even Land Rover has the specifics nailed down. Add to that Land Rover’s official statement confirming every one of its models will have an electrified version by 2020. So yeah, the next Defender will be electric in some way.
It would be a safe bet Land Rover will use a similar hybrid drivetrain found in the recently revealed Range Rover P400e and Range Rover Sport P400e. The system consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with an 85-kW electric motor sandwiched between. A 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery supplies the power, while regenerative braking and engine power recharge the battery when in motion. When parked, a P400e’s battery is plugged in for charging. Impressively, both P400e versions have an all-electric range of 31 miles.
As for the new Defender, it’s reported to abandon the traditional body-on-frame design for Land Rover’s modern, aluminum-intensive unibody architecture. The Defender is expected to keep its tradition of a two-door soft-top and a four-door hard-top version. We’re just hoping it retains the boxy shape that’s made it an icon. Land Rover is expected to debut the Defender sometime in 2018 with production versions hitting dealerships worldwide in 2019.
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Is This The Refreshed 2018 Range Rover?
A leaked promotional video supposedly from Land Rover shows a heavily updated 2018 Range Rover. While information regarding the video is absent and Land Rover silent, there is plenty of information we can gather just by watching the 48-second commercial.
The front fascia carries the biggest change for the exterior. The headlights are new and feature a redesigned LED pattern. The bumper has a slightly different arrangement of the familiar vents and grilles, now with the small, upper air inlets now connected to the long, horizontal grille. The upper grille is new, too, having a flat mesh rather than the creased mesh that formed a three-bar look as before. No noticeable changes can be seen on the sides and rear of the big Range Rover.
As mentioned, the biggest changes happen inside. The dash retains its familiar shape, but the technology is far more advanced. The designers have takes heavy inspiration from the new Range Rover Velar, sculpting in the Touch Duo Pro system with its dual, 10-inch monitors. We’d bet the lower screen not only controls the HVAC system as seen in the video but also the Terrain Response 2 system and other vehicle functions, just as in the Velar and the newly updated 2018 Range Rover Sport. The main gauge cluster has an updated user interface on its fully digital screen. The gauges are still configurable, but the driver appears to have more say in what information is displayed – a welcomed improvement from the current Range Rover. Accordingly, the steering wheel controls are updated with touch-sensitive buttons, replacing the hard-key buttons of yesteryear.
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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVR
Land Rover’s most recent product, the Range Rover Velar was launched for the 2018 model year to fill the slot between the popular Evoque and Sport models. Larger and more spacious than the Evoque, but sleeker and sportier than the boxy Sport, the Velar is on its way to becoming one of Land Rover’s best-selling offering. The company is well aware of that and wants to spice things up by injecting more performance into the small SUV. And it will do so using the supercharged V-8 engine, and SVR badge, and its Special Vehicles Operation division.
Spotted testing near the Nurburgring, the Velar SVR looks like a standard model for the time being. But as our paparazzi point out, Land Rover can hide the new bumper and rear diffuser under camouflage, but cannot hide the loud exhaust note coming from the 5.0-liter V-8 engine. So despite the fact that the British firm has yet to confirm an SVR version of the Velar, it’s more than obvious that the new family will gain another member pretty soon. Expect this model to break cover in 2018, but until then keep reading to find out what we already know about it.
Updated 07/12/2017: Based on the recent spy shots and details, we created a rendering for the upcoming Velar SVR. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it!
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Land Rover Sets Sights On Competing Against The Bentley Bentayga
Land Rover has been around long enough that nobody should ever question the automaker’s SUV pedigree. But as it is in the auto industry, there’s enough room for even Land Rover to improve on its current status. That appears to be what the company is thinking about these days with the explosion in popularity of the ultra-luxury SUV segment. While the market is still in its infancy, the Bentley Bentayga has been killing it, and Land Rover appears to be keen on joining in on the fun with its own ultra-luxury SUV.
Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern even alluded to this, telling Automotive News Europe that the company is open to the idea of developing a legitimate range-topping model of the Range Rover that can compete directly with the Bentayga. McGovern even points out that the Range Rover sub-brand has a “big expanse across its price range,” making it easy to step up its game with a model that falls in the range of the extremely popular Bentley SUV. A look at the price disparity between the top-of-the-line Range Rover LWB (starts at $140,995) and the Bentley Bentayga ($229,100) and it’s easy to see why Land Rover is so intrigued by the idea of an ultra luxury Range Rover. The question now is whether the U.K.-based automaker will follow through on these perceived plans. A business case can certainly be made considering how the ultra-luxury SUV market is shaping up to be, and if there’s one company that can legitimately say it has the tools and the pedigree to make it happen, it’s Land Rover.
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Will SVO finally expand its reach into serious off-roading?
Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations is rumored to be working on a hard-core off-road package for the new Discovery. Typically focused on high-end luxury models of Land Rover and Range Rover SUVs, along with high-performance models of Jaguar and Range Rovers, SVO might swing into the dirt. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this rumor, but Auto Express has a soft confirmation from SVO boss John Edwards.
Edwards had a conversation with Auto Express at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. Therein, Edwards revealed some telling hints, saying, “I can’t tell you what the SV version of the Discovery will be like but in my mind it will be in between Paris Dakar and Camel Trophy. Somewhere in there is a product waiting to get out.”
Of course, the Dakar and Camel Trophy are two famed off-road competitions, with the Dakar being a moderate to high-speed race, while the Camel Trophy was more low-speed exploration through inhospitable terrains. Perhaps the upcoming SVO Discovery will be capable of doing both. Don’t expect Land Rover to compromise on passenger comfort, either.
Rumors also suggest this special Land Rover will be called the Discovery SVX, hinting at his all-terrain abilities. No official word has been given, but we’d expect the SVX to come with high-profile meaty tires, underbody skid plates, rock sliders, exposed tow hooks, and perhaps a revised air suspension system allowing for more ground clearance. Off-road lights and a roof rack aren’t out of the question, either.
Expect the interior to feature all-weather floor mats, durable leather seats, and the latest in off-road techno-gadgets from Land Rover. Power could come from the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline engine or the torquey 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6. Regardless, the ZF eight-speed automatic and full-time 4WD system will be present.
No dates have been announced, but the Discovery SVX could debut as soon as late 2017 or early 2018. That follows Edwards’ comments to AE, saying “We plan to introduce a new halo product every year for the next three or four years,” with an apparent emphasis on an earlier date.
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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR
Only two years after its introduction, it seems the Range Rover Sport SVR is getting some updates. Presumably being readied for the 2017 model year, the supercharged SUV was spotted by our photographers coated in camouflage.
Despite the coverings, its clear Range Rover designers didn’t go overboard with design updates. In fact, every visible body panel appears to be unchanged. There is, however, plenty of opportunity for updated air intakes that reside ahead of the front tires. And while there’s no discernable exterior change to note, we fully expect Range Rover to update the Sport SVR’s powertrain.
Currently the Sport SVR packs the 550-horsepower version of Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-liter V-8. The 2017 refresh should bring the extra 17 horsepower found in the Jaguar F-Type SVR, boosting power to 567 horses.
Interior accoutrements will likely get a modest update as well. Expect new trim and leather offerings, as well as the latest version of JLR’s infotainment software. We’re not expecting anything major here, so the current interior should mostly carry over unchanged.
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