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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sentinel

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sentinel

An armoured Range Rover built in-house to keep you in one piece in the worst of days

The Sentinel is the Land Rover Range Rover to get if you often feel like someone may be cooking a bullet with your name on it. And, now is the time to get it because Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations unveiled an improved version that’s powered by the venerable 375-horsepower, 5.0-liter engine that is tasked with keeping an SUV that can survive the blast of an IED on the move. The Land Rover Range Rover is one of the most imposing European full-size SUV and, in long-wheelbase specification, it measures 204.7 inches in length, more than a standard Cadillac Escalade. But, there’s a way to obtain a Range Rover that gleams even more with officialdom than usual if you get one that’s armored. There are many companies more than willing to add thick bulletproof glass and reinforced sheet metal on your luxurious mode of transport, but the Sentinel is an official product offered by Land Rover itself, not some third-party outfit. That alone is supposed to make it the more reassuring option.

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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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2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sentinel

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sentinel

The Land Rover Range Rover is considered by many to be the best all-around SUV on the market. Not only does it live up to its off-road heritage, the luxury SUV offers spectacular on-road handling and performance not normally found in such a large vehicle. Well Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations has taken the Range Rover one step further. Meet the Range Rover Sentinel – a fully armored SUV with the capability of protecting its four occupants from everything short of a missile strike.

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Land Rover Recalls Over 65K SUVs For Door And Sunroof Issues

Land Rover Recalls Over 65K SUVs For Door And Sunroof Issues

Jaguar Land Rover has issued a recall over a rather startling issue with its door latches and sunroofs in several of its Land Rover and Range Rover models.

Starting with the door latch issue, JLR is recalling 65,352 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SUVs because their doors can reportedly swing open while the vehicle is driving. The issue stems from the latching mechanism not fully latching the door closed, despite the door appearing to be in the closed position and the instrument cluster indicating the same. JLR spokeswoman Maria Rodriquez told Automotive News the issue is a result from a software glitch that allows the doors to become unlatched without warning.

If that weren’t frightening enough, 492 Land Rover LR4s are under recall due to the possibility of its sunroof detaching and flying off while under way. Whoa. While the sunroof flying off is the worst-case scenario, several reports have been filed claiming the adhesive that holds the sunroof in place can weaken, allowing both wind noise and water to leak into the cabin.

Thankfully only one report has been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claiming the sunroof fully detached from the LR4. What’s more, there are no reports of injuries due to the unlatched doors in the Range Rover or Range Rover Sport.

The affected Range Rovers span the 2013 through 2016 model years while the affected Land Rover LR4 models are from 2012 and 2013 model years. Owners of these models can expect to hear from JLR in the near future concerning having their vehicles serviced free of charge.

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Jaguar Land Rover Reveals New Road Safety Systems

Jaguar Land Rover Reveals New Road Safety Systems

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed a series of new research projects with the goal of developing innovative safety technologies to reduce the number of accidents caused by over-stressed and distracted drivers. The U.K.-based team will integrate advances made in a variety of other industries to monitor the driver’s health and mental state, communicate with him, and enable easier control over basic vehicle functions.

“We believe some of the technologies currently being used in aerospace and medicine could help improve road safety and enhance the driving experience,” said Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology at Jaguar Land Rover. “The car is becoming more intelligent and more able to utilize cutting-edge sensors. These research projects are investigating how we could exploit this for the benefit of our customers and other road users.”

The research projects, dubbed “Sixth Sense,” will investigate potential technological benefits in a variety of different areas. These include monitoring things like the driver’s brainwaves, heartbeat, and respiration rate to detect if he is tired, stressed or distracted; predictive gesture controls for the infotainment system to keep his attention centered on driving, and haptic signals sent through the pedals for more immediate feedback.

The new projects are a continuation of JLR’s previous proposals to offer cutting-edge technology to make their cars both safer and easier to drive, which in the past has included things like augmented reality. 

Continue reading to get the low-down on just how crazy some of these proposals really are.

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Jaguar Land Rover Prepares Pothole Alert Technology

Jaguar Land Rover Prepares Pothole Alert Technology

Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications will both play an integral role when fully autonomous vehicles become a reality, but until then, Jaguar Land Rover is showing that these technologies could have a more practical use in the short term. The automaker is looking to use connected car technology as a means of identifying and rerouting cars around serious road hazards such as potholes or damaged manhole covers in an aptly named system called Pothole Alert.

The proposed system works by using sensors built into the MagneRide suspension system (found on the 2016 Range Rover Evoque and 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport models), which is designed to scan the road to continuously adjust suspension tuning for a smoother, more comfortable ride. Piggybacking on this, JLR thinks that its MagneRide system will also be able to detect such hazards and share it with other drivers, but down the road, JLR is also looking to build on this safety feature by actively scanning the road ahead of the vehicle using a forward-facing stereo camera.

As part of the research and testing of this technology, JLR is working with its hometown municipality to find ways for this tech to benefit government entities who can then (hopefully) fix the problem faster. In this testing, the Coventry City Council will use data collected by JLR research to see how it can be used by cities to stay ahead of problematic road conditions. Theoretically, Pothole Alert can provide road crews with the severity of potholes and the exact GPS location to better prioritize which hazards should be addressed first.

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Land Rover To Recall 100K SUVs For Faulty Brake Hoses

Land Rover To Recall 100K SUVs For Faulty Brake Hoses

Whoa There! Jaguar Land Rover is set to recall some 100,000 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models due to brake system issues.

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Land Rover To Recall 100K SUVs For Faulty Brake Hoses

Land Rover To Recall 100K SUVs For Faulty Brake Hoses

Whoa There! Jaguar Land Rover is set to recall some 100,000 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models due to brake system issues. The news comes as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published two separate safety issues concerning the vehicles.

The largest and most troubling recall effects 74,648 Range Rovers built between April 15, 2005 and September 4, 2012. The reports suggest the front brake hoses on these 2006 through 2012 model Range Rovers have the potential to rupture, significantly reducing the braking force to the front wheels.

A second yet similar issue is noted with both the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport. In this case, both vehicles have an improperly routed brake booster vacuum line that could potentially be subject to excessive wear, eventually causing the line to loose vacuum. This would cause the power assist function of the brakes to fail, dramatically increasing the effort needed to slow the SUV. Some 24,679 vehicles are affected in total. Those included in this recall include the 2013 and 2014 Range Rover built between August 16, 2012 and January 8, 2014, along with the 2014 Range Rover Sport manufactured between May 7, 2013 and January 8, 2014.

Jaguar Land Rover will begin notifying customers about the recalls starting March 13, 2015. As with all recalls, the issues will be fixed by the dealership free of charge to its customers. In the mean time, it would be a good idea for Range Rover owners to have their vehicles inspected to ensure the brake lines aren’t ready to self-destruct.

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Jaguar Land Rover Reveals "Bike Sense" Safety System

Jaguar Land Rover Reveals "Bike Sense" Safety System

In today’s world of inattentive drivers, the idea of bicycles sharing the roadways with cars can be downright terrifying for cyclists. After all, there’s nothing like an imaginary three-foot buffer to keep you safe from that speeding, distracted driver. Jaguar Land Rover is looking to change that, however, with the development of a new safety technology that helps warn drivers if they are too close to a bicycle or if one could be approaching from a blind spot.

Called Bike Sense, the technology uses a series of sensors that detects a cyclist (or even a motorcyclist) and offers three ways to alert the driver if a bicycle is in a car’s blind spot, about to come out from behind a stationary object and even if the driver just isn’t paying attention.

When a bicycle is detected near the vehicle, Bike Sense uses a series of LEDs and audible warnings through the speakers (that sounds like a bicycle bell) to alert the driver of the cyclist’s proximity as well as the direction of travel. If the driver decides to ignore these warnings and still proceeds, Bike Sense incorporates two tactile warnings to alert the driver: a part of the driver’s seat that extends to tap the driver on their shoulder (in the direction the bicycle is approaching from) and an accelerator pedal that vibrates or stiffens up when the driver ignores the warnings and still tries to accelerate.

Perhaps the best part of Bike Sense is the warning that protects bicycles from opening car doors. If a vehicle occupant is opening a car door and the system detects a potential collision with a bicycle, an audible warning will sound and that particular door handle will both light up and vibrate.

JLR has not said when such a technology could make its way into production vehicles, but it will be a welcomed feature for cyclists around the world.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar Land Rover’s "Bike Sense" safety system.

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EuroNCAP Announces Best In Class Cars Of 2014

EuroNCAP Announces Best In Class Cars Of 2014

Dozens of new cars get tested each year by the main European crash testing organization, EuroNCAP, but only a small percentage of those vehicles achieve truly high scores. This happens in part because EuroNCAP has kept improving its testing procedures almost on a yearly basis, with the newest requirements in 2014 involving autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems and other technologies part of the "Safety Assist" criteria, which is a branch of active safety.

A couple of novelties happened during the crash tests that took place in 2014, with EuroNCAP testing no less than five models available with either full-electric or hybrid propulsion. The second premiere was probably the fact that all the so-called Large Family cars tested in 2014 achieved the top five star rating, with the only difference between them being the overall score. With that being said, EuroNCAP has just released a list of the five highest performing cars in terms of overall score, spread around five different model categories: Supermini, Small Off-Road 4x4, Small MPV, Small Family Car and Large Family Car.

As it happens, only one Supermini achieved a five-star rating, and therefore the highest overall score in its category, despite no less than 14 cars in its segment having been crash tested during 2014. Pretty much the same situation happened in the Small MPV category, where only one car received the highest rating — over half of the vehicles tested scoring a rather shameful three stars. Interestingly enough, the Tesla Model S was surpassed by the Lexus NX hybrid as far as the best-scoring alternatively fueled vehicles go, albeit by only a small margin. The five best scoring cars of 2014 at EuroNCAP are the Skoda Fabia, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan, Nissan Qashqai and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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Range Rover Evoque facing fire problems?

Range Rover Evoque facing fire problems?

A few months ago, the Ferrari 458 Italia had serious problems with spontaneously catching fire. Luckily, only a handful of Ferrari’s latest sports car experienced a fiery death before the company recalled the lot and had them fixed. That’s just one instance of a few that have spontaneously erupted during the course of the past year, so when we see images of this Range Rover Evoque experiencing some pyrotechnics of its own, we can help but think an issue is sure to develop.

This burning Evoque was seen in the middle of the day on a highway in Dubai. Now, the accident could have been driver error, but with the automakers’ histories in the past year, we feel it necessary to explore all of our options. Feel free to comment or send us a tip if you have any further details of this situation!

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2010-2011MY Land Rover LR2 Freelander being recalled due to airbag issues

2010-2011MY Land Rover LR2 Freelander being recalled due to airbag issues

Yet another recall has fallen into our laps after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that certain models of the 2010-2011MYLand Rover LR2 Freelander are being recalled because of another potential airbag problem.

Models of the LR2 Freelander built from November 12,2009 to August 23, 2010 are instructed to have the driver’s frontal airbags checked out of suspicion that they may not deploy as intended or, worse, may not deploy at all. The potential problem lies in the shorting bar in the clock spring of the vehicle, which could lead to being disconnected when the air bag module connector is installed.

According to Land Rover, the problem can be fixed by installing a spacer into the driver’s airbag clock spring harness connector, allowing it to function properly and without complication.

Affected owners are instructed to have their vehicles checked with the recall set to begin on or before December 13. If they fall into this group, the repairs will be done at no cost to them. Additional questions regarding the recall can be asked by contacting Land Rover at 800-637-6837.

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Video: Sword attacks are no match for the Land Rover LR4

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Just how safe is a Land Rover LR4? Apparently, it’s safe enough to thwart an impending sword attack from your colleague at work.

It’s a unique angle to take for Land Rover to try selling the LR4 as an SUV that’s so safe, no sword-wielding madman would even dare touch it, let alone come near it. As the video also suggests, the owner’s safety can only be protected while he is in the car. So, if you’re nowhere near the vicinity of the Land Rover LR4 and an enraged co-worker starts running at you while brandishing a sword and an evil intent to use it, then you better get your legs warmed up and start running.

Seriously speaking, though, it’s a pretty funny way to remind consumers that Land Rover is serious about safety, even if there’s a double-edged metaphor attached to it.

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