As Land Rover’s flagship SUV, the Range Rover has quite a billing to live up to. It should come as no surprise that as its flagship it can be had on a regular wheelbase or a longer wheelbase – the latter of which offers an astounding 7.3-inches of extra legroom in the rear. We’re still not sure why you would choose to ride instead of drive, but to each their own, we suppose. Either way, it’s offered with a number of drivetrains that include a supercharged V-8, a plug-in hybrid, and there’s even a diesel engine up for the taking if you prefer the oil burners. Power offerings range anywhere between 254 horsepower and 557 horsepower In the Range Rover Sport SVR. More important, though, is the fact that this baby is off-road capable as well. Even if you don’t have one in your driveway, you can have it on your desktop free of charge. We’ve hand-picked our favorite Range Rover wallpaper, but if it’s not good enough for you, we’ve included a nice little gallery for you to choose from as well.
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.
A Combination of Poor Diesel Sales and Brexit Leads to Jaguar Land Rover Job Cuts and Reduced Production
2018 hasn’t been a good year for Jaguar Land Rover. The automaker is reporting massive declines in sales volume as fears over Brexit begin to take hold of the company. The decline in demand for diesel models has also contributed to the stagnant sales, forcing the automaker to slash as many as 1,000 jobs and reduce production output in the U.K.
Caving Under Pressure: The Detroit Auto Show May, In Fact, Move to October
The Detroit Auto Show is on the cusp of a long-overdue decision that will effectively move the show out of the winter doldrums of January into a later month with a far more inviting climate. Nothing is official yet, but there’s growing momentum that America’s most esteemed auto show will be moved from January to October beginning in 2020. A decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks as the Detroit Auto Dealers Association is scheduled to vote on uprooting the show from its winter roots and moving it to the fall.
2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe
First introduced in 1970 under the British Leyland brand, the Range Rover was initially offered exclusively in a two-door body style, with a four-door version arriving much later in 1981. Now in its fourth generation, the Range Rover is about to get back to its two-door roots with a new limited edition called the SV Coupe. Created as a joint effort between Land Rover Design and Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the Range Rover SV Coupe brings unique exterior style matched with superlative interior comfort and a serious wallop under the hood - for a price, of course.
Updated 03/14/2018: We’ve added the latest pictures and info on the new Range Rover SV Coupe!
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Video of the Day: Did the Range Rover Sport Just Take the Tianmen Road Record from the Ferarri 458 Italia?
Remember when the Range Rover Sport SVR managed to climb up Heaven’s Gate in Tianmen, China? Well, it looks like the SUV’s adventures in the Chinese locale isn’t done. Not content with its first achievement, the most powerful Range Rover in history had a go at tackling the infamous road’s 99 twists and turns. The goal was to beat the current record, which is held by the Ferrari 458 Italia after posting a time of 10:31 earlier this decade. So did the Range Rover Sport SVR do it? Let’s just say that you’ll be surprised by the result.
Land Rover Aims to Take on the Bentley Bentayga with a Two-Door Range Rover
The auto industry has become increasingly competitive in recent years, and it seems that a lot of carmakers are set on launching the "world’s first" anything. With so many niches and technology around, this mission is becoming harder and harder each year, but some companies still find ways to brag about introducing something entirely new. Land Rover is the latest to join the pack with the Range Rover SV Coupe. Launched at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, it’s essentially a two-door version of the big Range Rover, and it’s described as the "world’s first full-size luxury SUV coupe." Yey marketing!
The Range Rover Sport Seriously Climbed Heaven’s Gate
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.
The Most Useful Land Rover Defender Can Fit Inside Your Wallet
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.
A 50-Year-Old Coal-Powered Steam Land Rover? Yup, There’s One Out There
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."
Trading Utility for Luxury: Limited Edition Range Rover SV Coupe
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.
2018 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography
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
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
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.
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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2017 East Coast Defender “Project Beast”
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
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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