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The Range Rover Sport Seriously Climbed Heaven's Gate

The Range Rover Sport Seriously Climbed Heaven’s Gate

This stunt was not for the weak-of-heart

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport has already established itself as a do-it-all SUV that can tackle the roughest of terrains. Still, the folks over at Land Rover probably didn’t feel too confident about adding its ability to conquer China’s daunting Dragon Road in Tianmen Mountain in any one of the SUV’s brochures. Nobody’s done the challenge before because it’s thought to be impossible. The road itself is notorious for its 99 turns, but if that isn’t enough, it culminates with a 999-step, 45-degree angle concrete staircase that leads to the absolutely mesmerizing Heaven’s Gate rock formation. Eager to prove everyone wrong, Land Rover went to China to see if it could make history. Well, it was either that or disaster. Either way, it made for quite the stunt.

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The Most Useful Land Rover Defender Can Fit Inside Your Wallet

The Most Useful Land Rover Defender Can Fit Inside Your Wallet

Forget those Swiss Army Knives, the Land Rover Defender multi-tool is here to save the day

The Land Rover Defender was known for being one of the most functional cars in the world. It was built to drive on any road surface and its all-world toughness has become one of its most enduring features. Unfortunately, the Defender is in a bit of an influx today as Land Rover prepares to launch the next-generation model. Fear not, though, because there is a Land Rover Defender that’s currently on the market that has no shortage of useful functions. Best of all, it costs under $20. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the Land Rover Defender multitool device.

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A 50-Year-Old Coal-Powered Steam Land Rover? Yup, There's One Out There

A 50-Year-Old Coal-Powered Steam Land Rover? Yup, There’s One Out There

There are no limits to what the human mind can create

If there’s anything the iconic Land Rover Defender proved in its 67-year run that concluded in 2016, it’s that it could be used in a variety of ways. Whether it was used as a military car, an off-roader, or even as an expedition car, there was no purpose the OG Defender couldn’t fulfill. Apparently, as one British man proved, it can also be turned into a fully functioning coal-powered steam car.

Meet Frank Rothwell. He’s a 67-year old retired British businessman man who happens the own one of the most unusual custom Land Rover Defender 88 models in the world. On the surface, we can still make out traces of its old identity. The body still has the Defender 88’s styling cues. but the recessed grille has been replaced by boiler front with a working chimney for the coal smoke. There’s even a Land Rover badge thrown in there for good measure, presumably to keep up with the appearances.

Rothwell said that he spent around £24,000 (about $34,000) on the project after buying the Land Rover for £4,000 (a little more than $5,600). From there, Rothwell spent more than 400 hours working on the conversion, most of which were used in fitting a coal-fired boiler that heats water into steam that is used to power the steam engine. The result speaks for itself.

The Defender 88, or whatever remains of it, now looks like something Jeremy Clarkson would build after one of his old late night benders.

Functionally, Rothwell claims that his Defender can top out at speeds of 15 mph with a full head of steam. It’s not much, but it’s enough for him to make his usual trips in and around town. More importantly, the car represents something of a love project for his grandchildren. "I think it’s really good for children of this era to do things like lighting fires and using coal," he says, "because they have little access to using things like that these days."

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Trading Utility for Luxury: Limited Edition Range Rover SV Coupe

Trading Utility for Luxury: Limited Edition Range Rover SV Coupe

Special edition SUV will be limited to just 999 units

As part of its 70th-anniversary celebration, Land Rover is going back to its roots with the introduction of a two-door SUV called the Range Rover SV Coupe. The special edition Range Rover pays tribute to the original two-door Range Rover that made its debut in 1970 and lasted until 1996. 22 years after the last two-door Range exited the stage, the Range Rover SV Coupe is arriving to celebrate the model’s incredible 26-year run and the automaker’s platinum jubilee.

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe

2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe

A nod to the old school, with a hefty price tag to boot

The Range Rover was first introduced back in 1970 under the British Leyland brand. At the time, it was offered exclusively in a two-door body style, and it wasn’t until more a decade later that a four-door variant hit the scene in 1981. These days, fans of high-riding luxury get to enjoy the latest fourth generation, which dropped back in 2012 at the Paris Motor Show. The last time we saw a production two-door Range Rover was in 1994, followed by the concept-only Range Stormer in 2003. Now, Jaguar Land Rover is gearing up to once again offer a two-door iteration of its iconic flagship model. It’s called the Range Rover SV Coupe, with JLR’s in-house tuners, SVO, taking responsibility for the build. JLR calls it the “world’s first full-size luxury SUV coupe,” and although details are scant as of this writing, it’s looking to be a segment-topping exercise in excess, packing the best equipment, the highest output, and the largest price tag ever attached to the nameplate. Production will be limited to just under 1,000 units.

At this point, official info is limited to an overhead shot of the interior and a few words uttered in passing from the company’s top-brass, but we also managed to get our hands on a few spy shots that reveal the forthcoming Range Rover SV Coupe doing a spot of cold-weather testing out in the wild. A full reveal is expected by this March at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, but until then, read on for our speculative review.

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2018 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

2018 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

Updates for Range Rover’s most luxurious model

The Land Rover Range Rover’s ultimate trim level, the SVAutobiography, is getting a healthy update for 2018. Of course, many of these same updates are found on the standard 2018 Range Rover, too, having undergone a welcomed refresh. The 2018 SVAutobiography is available on the long-wheelbase Range Rover. It comes with ultra-premium levels of luxury fittings and first-class accommodations for rear passengers. Airline-style reclining seats with massaging, folding aluminum tray tables, power-operated doors, twin 10.2-inch entertainment monitors, and a refrigerated compartment are just some of the highlights.

As part of the Range Rover’s 2018 update, the dashboard now features the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10-inch touchscreens in the center stack and another 10-inch screen for the fully digital gauge cluster. Other tech features include 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for eight devices, plenty of USB and 12-volt ports, a household power plug. Land Rover’s Connect Pro brings smartphone connection and remote controlling of the vehicle’s systems. The app allows for operating door locks, setting climate control temperatures, and remotely starting the engine. And for those times when having keys for a phone on your person isn’t feasible, the available Activity Key wristband doubles as the key fob.

Of course, that’s just scratching the surface, so let’s dive into what’s new.

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The Range Rover SVAutobiography Is JLR's Answer to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan

The Range Rover SVAutobiography Is JLR’s Answer to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show with $200,000+ sticker

Judging by what vehicles it has created since its inception, you’d be tempted to believe that Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operation division is all about blistering performance and race-inspired looks. But it’s capable of more than that and the Range Rover SVAutobiography is the perfect proof. Although the name isn’t exactly inspired (maybe we’re supposed to read it Svautobiography?), this new model takes the Range Rover SUV to new heights in terms of luxury. Wait, is that even possible? This car is already packed with the best Land Rover has to offer. Well yeah, because it turns the performance-rated SUV into a comfortable lounge for rear seat passengers.

Available exclusively in long-wheelbase specification, the SVAutobiography comes with Executive Class Rear seats. Combined with the longer wheelbase, it results in rear legroom of over 3.9 feet (1.2 meters), so it’s by far the most comfortable Land Rover you can buy. The seats also feature deep foams that enhance comfort during long trips, as well as 40-degree recline capability, a hot stone massage function, heated calf and footrests, and 22-way adjustment. There’s also a revised center console that extends in the rear compartment to give passengers access to control for the power-close rear doors, electronically deployable tables, and a small refrigerator that’s large enough for four 20oz bottles, or two 750mL bottles and two glasses.

Two 10-inch integrated rear entertainment screens and 4G WiFi connectivity keeps the passenger connected and allows them to work or relax while driving. But wait, there’s more!

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Jaguar Land Rover Brings The Goods At L.A. Auto Show

Jaguar Land Rover Brings The Goods At L.A. Auto Show

From fast to posh, JLR has it covered

The 2017 L.A. Auto is now in full swing, and JLR kicked things off with a swanky party in downtown L.A. filled to capacity with hot rides and top brass. In attendance was SVO managing director John Edwards, legendary car designer Ian Callum, and Design Director Gerry McGovern, while celebrities of the four-wheeled variety included the Jaguar Project 7, Jaguar Project 8, Discovery SVX, the new Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Sport SVR, and Range Rover SV Autobiography. Attendees got a chance to hear from JLR reps about the development of the JLR’s latest crop of vehicles both quick and comfortable, and even got up close and personal for a little hands-on experience before the convention doors opened Wednesday morning.

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2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Preparing the next generation

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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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.

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Of Course The Next Land Rover Defender Will Be Electrified

Of Course The Next Land Rover Defender Will Be Electrified

The new Defender is also coming to the U.S., too!

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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2018 Land Rover Range Rover

2018 Land Rover Range Rover

Land Rover’s luxury off-roading icon takes a step into the future

The Range Rover is Jaguar Land Rover’s flagship SUV, offering surprising off-road capability wrapped up in a luxurious, premium package. The latest model year smartly keeps these basics intact, while also adding a dash of tweaked exterior styling, a heavy dose of the latest infotainment and driver assist tech, and most importantly, a brand-new plug-in-hybrid powertrain. If you prefer power rather than efficiency, a supercharged V-8 is on hand as well, as is a diesel option and a gas-powered V-6. Inside, the rear seat gets as much as 7.3 inches in extra legroom, which works wonders while relaxing in the high-end long-wheelbase iteration. Leather upholstery and wood trim pervade throughout. Read on for more.

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See How The 2018 Range Rover Velar Withstands Crash Testing

See How The 2018 Range Rover Velar Withstands Crash Testing

Could it be the safest SUV in its class?

The new 2018 Range Rover Velar recently went headlong into Euro NCAP’s crash test barriers and emerged a five-star winner. The new SUV not only earned a perfect overall score but managed an impressive 93 percent in adult protection and 85 percent in rear-seat child protection. Even those outside the Velar are well-protected thanks to its active braking system that detects both vehicles and pedestrians. Between the active brakes and the Velar’s front end design, Euro NCAP awarded it a 74 percent in pedestrian protection.

Compared to the current benchmark, the Volvo XC90, the Range Rover Velar does very well, only falling short a few percentage points in both adult and child protection. Impressively, the Velar outscores the XC90 in pedestrian protection by two percentage points. When the then-new 2015 XC90 was evaluated by NCAP, it scored a 97, 87, and 72 percent in the adult, child, and pedestrian protection categories. What’s more impressive, Alfa Romeo’s new SUV, the 2017 Stelvio, scored right up there with the Volvo, getting a 97, 84, and 71 percent in each respective category. So, the Range Rover Velar might not be the absolute best-ranked SUV by the Euro NCAP, but it certainly does a bang-up job in protecting its passengers.

Of course, the NCAP tests also include evaluating active safety assist features and how well they help avoid an accident altogether. Keep reading for those results.

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e

2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e

A plug-in hybrid for the trails

Only a few days after Land Rover announced its heavily updated 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e, the British automaker is adding that same plug-in hybrid powertrain to its revised 2019 Range Rover. The gasoline-electric system provides a very impressive all-electric range of 31 miles thanks to a 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery and an 85-kW electric motor. Once depleted, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder kicks on to recharge the battery and power the Range Rover through the familiar ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Thankfully, the P400e is no slouch. It boasts a combined output of 398 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque good enough for a 0-to-60 mph run of 6.4 seconds and to a top speed of 137 mph. In other words, the Range Rover doesn’t lose any of its class-leading capabilities due to its new hybrid powertrain.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about hybrids from Range Rover. In fact, not only does the 2019 Range Rover P400e follow the Range Rover Sport P400e, it follows Jaguar Land Rover’s official promise to offer a hybrid powertrain in every one of its models by 2020. We had also seen camouflaged Range Rover test mules trudging through the snow with a slightly reshaped front end. Now, the P400e is only one member of the Range Rover lineup. There’s the 3.0-liter gasoline V-6 and the 5.0-liter V-8 – both of which are supercharged. Then there’s the newer 3.0-liter Td6 V-6 turbodiesel. All Range Rovers are undergoing a mid-cycle refresh for the 2018 model year. The changes include the new front fascia and some extensive technology improvements within the dash. Those wanting the P400e powertrain will have to wait until the 2019 model year, however. Still, it should be well worth the wait.

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Is This The Refreshed 2018 Range Rover?

Is This The Refreshed 2018 Range Rover?

Modest exterior changes hide big updates inside

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 Sport P400e

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport P400e

A new hybrid powertrain accompanies the updated 2018 Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport is getting a facelift and thorough update for the 2019 model year, along with an all-new gasoline-electric hybrid variant called the P400e. In addition to the new exterior and swanky updated, technology-laden interior, the 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e will offer 31 miles of all-electric driving from its 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery paired with a 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder. But this isn’t some slowpoke Prius. Rather, the P400e packs 404 combined horsepower and 472 pound-feet of combined torque to shoot this all-aluminum SUV to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 137 mph while also being able to squeeze out 101 MPGe on the European scale when driving conservatively.

The 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s recent promise to have an electrified variant of each of its vehicles by 2020. The P400e joins the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace crossover as the second member of JLR’s new-age lineup. Obviously, we can expect many more JLR vehicles coming with similar hybrid powertrains in the near future, especially since 2020 is only two model years away. While we have no insider information on the subject, it would be a safe bet JLR will use hybrid systems very similar to the P400e’s in the majority of its vehicles. The range will include everything from the sporty Jaguar F-Type to the luxury-minded Range Rover. Until then, let’s take a look at the 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e, its hybrid drivetrain, and its updated aesthetics and technology.

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Jaguar Land Rover Might Be Buying Two Italian Exotic Brands

Jaguar Land Rover Might Be Buying Two Italian Exotic Brands

Speculation based on rumors, but whose to say its wrong?

Jaguar Land Rover has come a long way since 2008 and its days under Ford Motor Company. The iconic British brands went from life support to thriving over the last decade – all thanks to the Tata Group, the Indian automotive conglomerate that saved the brands from extinction. Well, it seems sources close to the automaker told Bloomberg that JLR is seeking to buy other luxury automotive brands, all with the support and financial backing of Tata.

That rumor is all well and good, both as a sign of JLR’s health and Tata’s goal of expansion. But the question still remains: what luxury automotive brands are in need of the Tata treatment? Gabe Beita Kiser of Carbuzz makes the very astute call of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Both Italian brands are currently owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. FCA’s frontman Sergio Marchionne has been rather public about his wishes to partner FCA with another automaker, or at least sell off a few of its brands. As of right now, Alfa Romeo is fighting tooth and nail trying to re-enter the American market with two all-new vehicles, the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover. Things aren’t going so hot, but Alfa continues to hang on. Maserati, on the other hand, is like the forgotten toy under Sergio’s bed. It’s a brand with a rich history and great potential, yet its practically stagnate. Could Jaguar Land Rover turn Alfa Romeo and Maserati around, all while under the watchful eye of Tata? It seems like a match made in vehicular heaven.

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This Was America's First Taste of Range Rover

This Was America’s First Taste of Range Rover

Luxury SUVs looked a lot different 30 years ago.

It was 1987 when Range Rover first invaded America’s shores. But unlike any previous British invasion, this luxury SUV offered comfort and convenience for citizens brave enough to associate with anything related to The Crown. And brave they would have to be – the Range Rover cost $30,000 in 1987, a hefty sum back in those days. Range Rover didn’t expect to find many of these brave souls, either, as only 5,000 examples were initially allotted to the U.S. each model year. What’s more interesting is how novel the concept of a premium SUV was at the time. MotorWeek’s host, John Davis, opens this segment by saying, “It seems no one though a luxury 4x4 could succeed in the U.S.” Boy, how times have changed.

The times have also changed the definition of luxury. Compared to a modern Range Rover, or even the least-expensive compact car from 2017, this SUV is downright spartan. It has cloth seats, laughably basic gauges, and low-buck plastic panels covering nearly every inch of the interior. The “luxury” touch consisted of wood trim on the door panels. Despite the relativity of luxury, the Range Rover was far cushier than most SUVs of the 1980s. Only the Jeep Grand Wagoneer could really compete.

But like modern Range Rovers, the 1987 model was far more capable off-road than its competition. Coil-spring suspension and solid axles gave it good articulation while its full-time 4WD system with low range kept all four wheels turning. Power came from a Buick-derived, all-aluminum 3.5-liter V-8 with an electronic fuel injection system. The old V-8 made a then-respectable 150 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Of course, that’s nothing compared to Range Rover’s current 510-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. Power was routed through a four-speed automatic transmission.

Despite its flaws, the 1987 Range Rover started a trend that continues today. Luxury SUVs are definitely ingrained into modern car culture and won’t likely be going anywhere anytime soon.

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Jaguar Land Rover's New Nomenclature Is Actually Easy To Understand

Jaguar Land Rover’s New Nomenclature Is Actually Easy To Understand

Take notes, Audi!

Changing model names in the auto industry on the fly is actually a pretty difficult thing. An automaker who decides to adopt a change risks confusing its existing clientele, not to mention future buyers who may end up being turned off by the sheer confusion brought about by the new names. Take Audi, for example. The German automaker announced a new naming structure for all of its models, and all-around confusion has been the overwhelming response to it. As it turns out, Jaguar Land Rover is also planning to adopt a new nomenclature for its models and, wouldn’t you know it, the proposed changes are actually easy to understand.

Word of JLR’s plans come from a reader from Auto Express who spotted a Jaguar F-Type prototype that was wearing a badge reading “P380 AWD.” As it turns out, there’s more to the badge than meets the eye as the alphanumeric combination actually points to a new naming structure that both Jaguar and Land Rover are planning for their respective models. According to Auto Express, it is believed that in the case of the “P380 AWD,” the “P” stands for petrol while the “380” refers to the amount of horsepower the model has. The AWD reference is self-explanatory. In the case of the Range Rover Velar, it is believed that it will adopt the “D180” name, meaning that it’s running on a diesel engine and has 180 horsepower on tap. Likewise, the range-topping unit will also feature a “P380” nomenclature based on the model having the same engine and output as the F-Type. Even Jaguar’s upcoming electric vehicles will adopt the same naming strategy, including the Jaguar I-Pace, which is reportedly getting badged as the “E400.” And as far as Land Rover’s various hybrid models are concerned, the thought process would be for them to get “H” badges.

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Jaguar Land Rover Contemplates a Big Move That Could Shake the Very Core of the Auto Industry

Jaguar Land Rover Contemplates a Big Move That Could Shake the Very Core of the Auto Industry

Parent firm Tata Motors has reportedly green-lit the shopping spree

Jaguar Land Rover is in the market for a new auto brand, and it’s not just gunning for any manufacturer. Nope. JLR is shooting for the big boys as it’s being reported that the company is looking to acquire a marque brand in an effort to diversify its lineup. The report comes from Bloomberg, which cited sources saying that on top of being on the lookout for an international auto brand, the company is also weighing options on potential purchases of technology firms that can complement the company’s efforts in being a leader in electric technology and autonomous driving systems.

JLR’s push for expansion reportedly has the green light of parent company Tata Motors, which is sitting on a staggering amount of cash amounting to around $6.1 billion. The immediate plan is to use that money to add new products to the fold, whether it’s an established automaker, new technologies, or increased manufacturing capacity. As for the end goal, Tata believes that it needs to build off of the success of Jaguar and Land Rover - the two companies account for 78 percent of Tata Motors’ revenue - by growing its portfolio in the auto scene. It’s still unclear which auto brands JLR is looking into purchasing, but the important thing is that it has the blessing from Tata to start doing some shopping. And, if it just so happens that JLR is going to need extra finances to close a potential acquisition, the mothership is more than willing to provide the financial support to make it happen. Don’t look now, but JLR could be on the verge of shaking up the auto industry.

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Land Rover Discovery Turbodiesel Pulls 121-Ton, Seven-Trailer Semi Truck

Land Rover Discovery Turbodiesel Pulls 121-Ton, Seven-Trailer Semi Truck

This Australian road train is 234,284 pounds OVER the Discovery’s max tow rating!

Land Rover wants you to know its fifth-generation Discovery SUV is capable – so capable, in fact, that it can flat-tow a semi truck with seven trailers weighing a total of 121 tons a distance of 10 miles. Is this a publicity stunt that’s well beyond what anybody would attempt in their luxury SUV? Of course. But, Land Rover’s point is that the Discovery and its 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel Td6 are built to do the extremes. Even with the marketing hype, I can say I’m honestly impressed.

This sort of extreme towing test isn’t new. Land Rover had done similar feats before, as had other automakers like Volkswagen, Porsche, and Toyota – not to mention Chevrolet, Ford, and Ram. Nevertheless, these demonstrations show the importance of low-end torque and traction. Obviously, the Discovery Td6 has plenty of both. Its turbodiesel makes 443 pound-feet of torque that’s routed to all four wheels through a two-speed transfer case with low-range gears. The torque-multiplying transfer case is key to making 443 pound-feet do the work of the semi truck’s turbodiesel engine and its 2,200 pound-feet of torque. The Disco’s use of low range also explains why it topped out at 27 mph. Keep in mind, the Discovery Td6 is rated to tow 7,716 pounds.

What Land Rover didn’t attempt was slowing all that weight. Braking is a huge limiting factor when it comes to max tow ratings. After all, a vehicle and its load have to stop eventually. The Discovery’s brakes just wouldn’t be up to the challenge. That’s partly why the tractor sits between the Discovery and the trailers – to operate each trailers air brakes. That, and because the Discovery doesn’t have a fifth-wheel hitch.

Interestingly enough, a seven-trailer road train is illegal in Australia. The government down under limits road trains to “only” four trailers. Here in the U.S., the DOT caps the number at two. Land Rover says it had to get special permission to conduct the stunt and contract with local authorities to temporarily close the road.

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2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX

2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX

A 518-horse modernist inspired by the Camel Trophy & G4 Challenge

Land Rover has finally debuted its concept of what the hard-core off-road Discovery SVX will be when it enters production in 2018. The long-rumored SVX version of the new Disco is the latest creation from Land Rover’s in-house skunkworks and customizer, Special Vehicle Operations, otherwise known as SVO. Designed to handle even worse terrain than a standard Discovery, the SVX boasts an upgraded suspension with more flex and ride height, restyled bumpers for improved approach and departure angles, exposed tow hooks, and even a recovery winch mounted in the rear bumper. Naturally, the interior is given a flair of outdoorsy extremism.

The Discovery SVX project takes inspiration from the classic Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge events, which used to pit man and machine against incredible odds in extended cross-country driving through remote areas with basically no roads. While both off-road events have been dead since 2000 and 2008, respectively, Land Rover has tried to infuse that adventurous spirit into the Discovery SVX. Perhaps one day we’ll see Land Rover organize another G4 Challenge, but until then, let’s check out its new Discovery SVX.

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Jaguar Land Rover's SVO Unit Comes Through On Its Word With The Discovery SVX

Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO Unit Comes Through On Its Word With The Discovery SVX

Off-road features abound with SVO’s latest masterpiece

Back at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations boss John Edwards hinted at the possibility of the Land Rover Discovery getting its own SVO treatment. He didn’t dive into any specifics, opting only to say that if SVO did create one, it would be somewhere in the middle “between Paris Dakar and Camel Trophy,” two famed off-road races. I can’t tell if just-unveiled Discovery SXV is capable of competing in both races, but give credit where it’s due: JLR’s SVO unit came through on its word.

The Land Rover Discovery SVX is the result of what happens when a goal is set and that goal is accomplished. On paper, it’s billed as the most powerful version of the Discovery ever created, and the numbers certainly speak for themselves as the Discovery SVX is capable of producing 525 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, thanks in large part to the SUV carrying a much bigger 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine compared to the smaller 3.0-liter V-6 mill that all other Land Rover Discovery SUVs come in. It’s not just about the engine either. SVO understood that for the Discovery SVX to reach its full off-road potential, it needed significant changes to its mechanical and handling faculties. The division did just that, and a whole lot more. Certainly, the results speak for themselves.

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