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All-New Land Rover Defender Debuts This September, Goes On Sale In 2020

All-New Land Rover Defender Debuts This September, Goes On Sale In 2020

New information on the much-anticipated completely redesigned 2020 Land Rover Defender

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.

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Victoria Beckham Didn't Design The Range Rover Evoque After All

Victoria Beckham Didn’t Design The Range Rover Evoque After All

Guess we won’t have to worry about Beckham having any design input on future Land Rover models

The truth finally comes out, at least for those who probably weren’t aware of it from the very beginning. Victoria Beckham, the ex-Spice Girl and current Mrs. David Beckham, was in no way responsible for the design of the Range Rover Evoque. In fact, Beckham didn’t even do much in the way of actually designing the Evoque, so says the man who actually did design the SUV. Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern minced no words in finally clarifying a years-old rumor, telling The Daily Mail that Beckham exaggerated the role she played in designing the Evoque.

“I’ve forgotten more than that woman will ever know about designing – to be a car designer takes years,” McGovern said in the most direct and emphatic take-down of Beckham’s rumored involvement in the design of the SUV. The design chief was apparently irked when Beckham told the world during the Evoque’s unveiling in China five years ago that she was the one who designed the car and wasn’t mindful of the fact that she was only there to lend her name and star power to the crossover. To be fair, Beckham did have some input on the Evoque, although that was limited to the special edition model that bore her name. Even then, the company briefed the former pop star that the alterations she could make would be limited to “restrained color and detail changes” and not actually overhauling the car’s overall design. So there you have it. The mystery surrounding Victoria Beckham’s involvement in the actual design of the Range Rover Evoque has been answered.

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Will SVO finally expand its reach into serious off-roading?

Will SVO finally expand its reach into serious off-roading?

Land Rover Discovery Will Get Extreme SVX Version

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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Next-Gen Land Rover Defender Reported for 2019 Debut

Next-Gen Land Rover Defender Reported for 2019 Debut

Rumors swirl about JLR’s toughest off-roader

It seems Jaguar Land Rover is already in the works preparing the next generation of Defender, the iconic British SUV that competed with the Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes G-Wagen. According to rumors, JLR is weighing both the design of the next Defender and its assembly location.

AutoCar is reporting the next Defender will spawn a “small family” of vehicles, according to a source within JLR. The rumors continue, saying the new Defender will undoubtedly ride on an existing JLR platform, likely the ladder frame under the Land Rover Discovery 4, or LR4 as its otherwise known. This will retain its hard-core off-road abilities furthered by four-wheel independent suspension, a traditional transfer case and longitudinally oriented drivetrain.

Powertrain choices are yet unknown, but most of the world will likely get a turbodiesel of some sort, whether it’s a new unit or one borrowed from the LR4. Land Rover will likely adopt an automatic transmission for the Defender, though it would be wise to offer an optional manual gearbox.

All of that depends on where Land Rover wants the new Defender to sit within its lineup. Should it be a rugged SUV with a reasonable asking price, or should it be a more trendy statement piece that offers more luxury? Those are the types of questions currently being reviewed by company executives. One thing is for sure: it won’t bare much resemblance to the questionable DC100 Concept from several years ago. That comes straight from Land Rover’s design director Gerry McGovern.

Regardless of what form it takes, the new Defender won’t be ready until at least 2019. Perhaps JLR will have a pre-production model ready for show by 2018 for at 2019 model year launch, or if delays continue, the Defender will wait to break cover till the decade’s end.

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Land Rover Defender Production Reportedly Extended

Land Rover Defender Production Reportedly Extended

The demise of the iconic Land Rover Defender might happen later than expected. That’s according to a worker in the Defender’s Lode Land factory who told the Birmingham Post demand for the SUV has soared since Land Rover announced it would end production in 2015. Now the factory must work into 2016 to fill the orders.

Though Land Rover has yet to comment on the issue, the report says Defender production will continue at least until February 2016, with the chance it could be extended even further. “We have had a glut of orders and are going on until then,” said the unnamed worker. “Although I’ve been told that February is the definite cut-off date, someone else has said it could possibly go on until April.”

Roughly 450 workers on the single, daytime shift are now cranking out an average of 125 Defenders per day where output had originally averaged only 84 units. This new pace will put 2015’s production volume far past that of 2014 when only 17,781 Defenders were produced. Land Rover has yet to add additional shifts at the Lode Land factory, despite the influx of orders.

Land Rover has confirmed it is working on a replacement for the antiquated Defender, whose powertrain can’t pass Europe’s strict emissions standards and safety rankings leave much to be desired. This new and modern take on the Defender’s classic design will be built at a separate factory, likely in Poland, allowing the automaker to continue Defender production without the need to retool.

Interestingly enough, Land Rover is rumored to be investigating the possibility of continuing Defender production elsewhere in the world for markets not saddled with government regulations on emissions and safety. Though production wouldn’t happen in its original Midland location, the classic Defender does have a chance of living on past 2016. Still, the Defender’s days in Europe are numbered and its presence in the U.S. market will remain noticeably absent.

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Land Rover Discovery Will Get Extreme Off-Road SVX Version

Land Rover Discovery Will Get Extreme Off-Road SVX Version

It appears Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations is ready to get dirty – as in building a hardcore off-road version of the upcoming, next-generation Discovery. Currently known as the LR4 here in the States, the upcoming LR5 will come standard with all the off-road abilities Land Rover is known for, but SVO’s version will take things to the extreme with a so-called SVX version.

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Land Rover Discovery Will Get Extreme Off-Road SVX Version

Land Rover Discovery Will Get Extreme Off-Road SVX Version

It appears Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations is ready to get dirty – as in building a hardcore off-road version of the upcoming, next-generation Discovery. Currently known as the LR4 here in the States, the upcoming LR5 will come standard with all the off-road abilities Land Rover is known for, but SVO’s version will take things to the extreme with a so-called SVX version.

Until now, SVO has concentrated on several one-off projects, a few limited edition models, and super high-end luxury editions. Now the personalization arm of JLR is expanding.

“There is a market for more off-road capability, so of course we’re looking at it,” said SVO boss John Edwards in a recent interview with AutoCar. “In the US there’s a wide snowbelt, in the Middle East there’s extreme sand and in regions such as Australia and South Africa there is a need to cover very rugged terrain.

The man certainly has a point. There are folks who crave off-road capabilities just as much as other crave luxury or personalization. Though SVO has not supplied any details, possible upgrades include a bumper-mounted winch, meatier tires, expanded underbody skidplating, a high-mounted air intake, roof rack, and off-road lighting.

Edwards continues saying the Germans have already broken into the luxury off-road market, though he didn’t specifically mention the new Mercedes G500 4x4². “We think there’s an opportunity to offer something different and something more. We’re well planned to develop and exploit opportunities in that market,” he said.

Additionally, Land Rover is already developing new technologies that make off-roading easier. A prime example came on the Discovery Vision concept. It featured a windshield that displayed virtual images of the terrain blocked by the hood via cameras mounted in the grille. Such systems, combined with proven hardware mounted outside, would make the upcoming Discovery 5 an unstoppable machine.

Expect to see the new LR5 in U.S. showrooms by 2017 with its SVX version coming a year later.

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Next Land Rover Defender Could Be Built In Eastern Europe

Next Land Rover Defender Could Be Built In Eastern Europe

The upcoming rebirth of the Land Rover Defender might see the vehicle being built outside the U.K. – far away from where it has traditionally been constructed. Reports suggest Jaguar Land Rover is considering adding an additional assembly plant in Eastern Europe to help relieve pressure on its U.K.-based plants.

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Next Land Rover Defender Could Be Built In Eastern Europe

Next Land Rover Defender Could Be Built In Eastern Europe

The upcoming rebirth of the Land Rover Defender might see the vehicle being built outside the U.K. – far away from where it has traditionally been constructed. Reports suggest Jaguar Land Rover is considering adding an additional assembly plant in Eastern Europe to help relieve pressure on its U.K.-based plants.

The news comes from a JLR insider who talked with AutoCar about the move. The insider confirmed the new plant will build vehicles based on JLR’s new aluminum architecture, which should include the rumored, all-new Defender.

The new Defender, known within the company as “Project Darwin” and codenamed L663, is expected to be the primary product of the new plant. However, as JLR’s growth continues to rise, the facility might be home to more than just the Defender. Among the likely candidate is the upcoming Land Rover Discovery 5, or LR5 as it would be called in the U.S. Codenamed L462, the new Disco will finally undergo the aluminum transformation, helping drop weight while adding fuel efficiency.

The plant location is said to be currently under investigation, though two locations are showing promise. The first is near the town of Gyor, Hungary while the second is in an unspecified area in Poland. The Gyor location shows much promise thanks to the established supplier base already in place that services Audi in construction of the TT Coupe and its four-cylinder engines.

While this move might not be conventional for a company with such British heritage, the global economy has proven automakers are no longer confined by geography.

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Rumors Grow Over Range Rover Evoque SVR

Rumors Grow Over Range Rover Evoque SVR

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.

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Rumors Grow Over Range Rover Evoque SVR

Rumors Grow Over Range Rover Evoque SVR

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.

We’ve already reported that Land Rover’s design directed and chief creative officer, Gerry McGovern, has said “nothing is off the table” in regards to the SVO’s involvement in the Land Rover lineup, even concerning hopped-up SVR and SVAutobiography versions of nearly every Range Rover vehicle.

“I’m not saying ‘no’ to anything because the whole reason for the Special Vehicle Operations is to take all these different families and actually do versions on all of them,” he said. And though we can expect a new version of the Evoque to hit showrooms by 2018, McGovern says the platform still has a lot of life left in it.

As far as what we can expect, the SVO team have already created an SVR edition Range Rover Sport. The Sport’s 5.0-liter V-8 got an additional 40 horsepower and 41 pound-feet of torque for a total of 550 horses and 502 pound-feet. Perhaps the SVO team would bump the Evoque’s 2.0-liter turbo’s output from 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque to a more seductive 300 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque.

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Range Rover Evoque Also Getting A SVAutobiography Version

Range Rover Evoque Also Getting A SVAutobiography Version

Land Rover has spilled the beans on much of its future lineup within its SVO department, including the addition of an SV model to the Evoque lineup. The news spreads further, detailing the likelihood of each Land Rover and Range Rover model getting its own SVO touch, with each becoming the halo trim of its respective model.

The news comes from Land Rover’s design director and chief creative officer, Gerry McGovern, in an interview with Australia’s CarAdvice. “I’m not saying no to anything because the whole reason for the Special Vehicle Operations is to take all these different families and actually do versions on all of them,” McGovern says.

He continued saying that SVO isn’t necessarily about offering something better, but rather offering choices to the customer. That could include special limited-production runs of 150 units down to one-off examples.

Like the recently announced Range Rover SVAutobiography, McGovern confirmed the upcoming SVAutobiography models will also feature more power than their standard counterparts, though details were spared. For reference, the Range Rover received a 40-horsepower increase.

In regards to the Evoque Convertible, McGovern says it will act as a halo model, not only for the Evoque, but also for the brand. “It’s just another string to the bow,” he surmises. The creative officer continued saying that when the original Evoque Convertible concept was shown at Geneva in 2012, the response what so positive there was no question whether it should be built. He concludes saying the company only needed to confirm its financial viability before giving the drop-top the green light.

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Tata Prepares New Model Based On The Discovery Sport Platform

Tata Prepares New Model Based On The Discovery Sport Platform

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.

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Tata Prepares New Model Based On The Discovery Sport Platform

Tata Prepares New Model Based On The Discovery Sport Platform

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.

The tip comes from Motor Authority who says the new Tata vehicle is slated to be a global unit that brings more prestige to the parent company’s name. MA makes the perfect illustration of the relationship between Volkswagen and its subsidiary Audi. The two often share platforms and other technology across brand lines. General Motors also widely incorporates this strategy between its different automotive brands.

Autocar India further reports Tata’s crossover riding on the LR-MS platform is already codenamed Q501 and will be a rival to similar-sized SUVs offered by Toyota and Mahindra.

Of course, Tata’s version of the LR-MS would lack the high-class accouterments and creature comforts as the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It will also lack the sophisticated suspension system that makes the Disco Sport a Land Rover. This is both to keep the Discovery Sport special and to keep costs in line with typical Tata vehicles.

While Tata may be on a mission to expand, don’t expect to see the Disco Sport’s cousin roaming U.S. streets anytime soon.

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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SVR

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SVR

Though Land Rover executives say it won’t happen, it’s hard not to dream about an SVR version of the Range Rover Evoque.

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2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SVR

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SVR

Nothing is life is a certainty; that’s especially true in what the future holds in the automotive world. Just last week I wrote about Land Rover’s Program Chief Murray Dietsch saying an SVR-badged Range Rover Evoque wasn’t in the works. Sadly, he said such a vehicle would be “cost prohibitive” and could not meet the high performance expectations set forth by SVR engineers. However, since nothing is a guarantee, what if JLR actually moved forward with the build? Behold TopSpeed’s idea of a 2016 Range Rover Evoque SVR.

Looking a lot like its big brother, the Range Rover Sport, the Evoque SVR gets a revamped grille, larger side vents, a new wheel and tire package, and black accents touching nearly every body panel.

The Evoque SVR is certainly not official, but we can still dream. Just imagine a track toy that can hold its own yet still trudge its way up a muddy cattle trail heading up to the hunting lodge.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport And Evoque Will Get More Powerful Versions; But Not SVR

Land Rover Discovery Sport And Evoque Will Get More Powerful Versions; But Not SVR

Word from a Land Rover insider says JLR will not produce an SVR-badged Land Rover Discovery Sport or Range Rover Evoque. It will, however, still produce more performance-based versions of each.

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Land Rover Evoque cabrio in the works

Land Rover Evoque cabrio in the works

Have you ever wanted a luxury SUV that would let you soak up the sun? Well, you may just get one that is fully capable. We’re not talking fancy glass sunroofs either; we’re talking about an Evoque convertible. LandRover is reportedly considering a drop top model of their new jewel and when AutoExpress talked to them about this rumor, they did not deny it.

"A convertible Evoque wouldn’t be the maddest brand extension. It isn’t a totally crazy idea," a spokeperson admitted. “All I can say is watch this space. We’ve got lots of ideas for the Evoque."

There’s no word about what will power this Land Rover convertible, but it will most likely be the 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that pumps out 237 horsepower and 250 ft/lbs of torque. As for pricing, expect a base cost north of the premium Evoque Coupe Dynamic ($52,895).

Competition for this cabrio will emerge from Nissan, who premiered a convertible version of their Murano SUV called the Cross Cabriolet. We are supremely excited to see how this new market segment develops because before these vehicles, the only full size SUV that had a drop top was the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. This vehicle was made to pound the dirt trails as opposed to the streets of Dana Point and is about as elegant as a pair of cargo pants. The Land Rover would offer people the convertible experience combined with both luxury amenities and the practicality of a Land Rover. Who can say no to a car that offers you all that?

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