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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Coupe

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Coupe

Is Range Rover jumping into the SUV Coupe segment?

Our spy photographers just captured a rather odd-looking SUV tracking around the Nürburgring. Turns out, this heavily camouflaged test mule is the beginnings of a SUV Coupe from Range Rover. Yep, more than eight years after BMW debuted the X6 and a year after Mercedes-Benz released the GLE Coupe, Range Rover is hopping into the ring.

Range Rover’s high-riding coupe appears to share its chassis with the Range Rover Sport. We’d expect the two SUVs to share the same wheelbase and suspensions systems, although the coupe will undoubtedly have a unique outward appearance. Inside, the new Rover coupe will carry the current JLR design language, but could depart slightly from the status quo with a sportier appearance.

So will the Range Rover coupe do well in the market? Well, it’s hard to say, but BMW has been selling between 3,000 to 6,000 X6s in the U.S. since 2008, but with a sharp uptick to nearly 8,000 units in 2015. The X6’s European sales are more respectable, with the SUV selling 14,158 examples in 2015.

The GLE Coupe’s U.S. sales are lumped in with the GLE SUV, so it’s hard to say how well the new coupe is doing. In Europe, however, Mercedes sold 4,324 examples in 2015. That’s not terrible considering the GLE Coupe debuted as a 2016 model and was only available in dealerships for part of the year. Nevertheless, we’d bet Mercedes has a hit on its hands.

Range Rover would be wise to offer something slightly different – something slightly more SUV-ish – to lure buyers away from the competition. After all, BMW and Mercedes has the sporty theme covered, why not jump on the sporty/off-road idea? So will the Range Rover Coupe be a success? Only time will tell. In the mean time, let’s dive into these spy photos. Keep reading for the run-down.

Update 12/29/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Range Rover Sport Coupe out for a new testing session, this time during cold weather conditions in Sweden. As you can see from the photos the prototype looks pretty much identical to the previous ones, meaning that the car is still under intense testing.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery

2017 Land Rover Discovery

The Discovery has a long and storied past, but it seems Land Rover is preparing for the future with the next generation of its go-anywhere, luxurious SUV. Our spy photographers snapped several shots of a camouflaged test mule rolling through the streets of Europe. Looking more like a rounded-off Range Rover, this new-age Discovery is likely taking the Discovery name and design from retro to revolutionary.

Not much is known at this point, but knowing Jaguar Land Rover’s current tendencies to construct everything out of lightweight aluminum and powering it with a supercharged engine, speculations can be made.

And yes, we fully expect the next Discovery to have an all-aluminum chassis like the Range Rover. This not only helps cut weight – something the current Discovery greatly suffers from – but also helps improve performance, both on and off road. The other obvious benefit to the aluminum diet is fuel savings. To say the current Discovery is thirsty would be a gross understatement.

Although Land Rover appears to be reinventing the Discovery’s looks, it still seems the Disco will keeps many of its identifying features, helping new customers identify the SUV and long-time loyalists feel nostalgia. Though it’s hard to see in the photos, expect the stepped roof and split-level tailgate to return.

Also returning will be the Discovery’s outstanding off-road qualities. Land Rover will surely stick with its Terrain Response system and air ride suspension. A new crop of powertrains is also expected, bringing more power and greater fuel economy simultaneously.

Of course, the next-generation Discovery will also be sold in the U.S., though it could be under the LR nameplate. If that’s the case, perhaps this is the LR5.

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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.

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 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

The chances of getting hyped-up SVR versions of the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque are looking pretty bleak, but all hope is not lost of getting more powerful versions of the SUVs.

The news comes as Land Rover program chief Murray Dietsch told motoring.com.au that the automaker might still build higher-performance version of the Disco Sport and Evoque to square off against the Audi SQ5 and BMW X3 M and X4 M. Taking place in last week’s Iceland launch of the new Discovery Sport, the conversation centered around the future of Land Rover’s D8 Small Vehicle Platform which underpins both aforementioned JLR vehicles.

Dietsch told the Australian new outlet that, “Special Operations tends to have its eyes on certain segments and certain price points.” Motoring took that to mean an SVR-badged D8 vehicle would be simply too expensive to compete in its segment. I say it’s a great thing Land Rover is unwilling to slap a SVR badge on anything less than an all-out performance machine.

Regardless, it seems Dietsch isn’t against making more powerful versions of the D8 pair.

The current powertrain in both the Disco Sport and Evoque is the Ford-based 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 240 horsepower. A 281-horsepower version did debut last year at Geneva, but power outputs are likely to be beyond even that. The engine is said to soon to be released by a JRL-original, four-cylinder design that will allow for more power, likely cresting past the 300-horse mark.

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Range Rover Evoque Convertible Will Enter Production

Range Rover Evoque Convertible Will Enter Production

The Rage Rover Evoque Convertible looks to be moving from concept to test mule, as it’s been spotted roaming around wearing camo and a fabric roof. Expect it to make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year.

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Video: 2015 Range Rover Sport RS Testing at Nurburgring

Video: 2015 Range Rover Sport RS Testing at Nurburgring

Generally speaking, off-road performance and track performance are not realms that can exist together within one vehicle. But somehow, Land Rover has been breaking the laws of physics with its Range Rover Sport since its debut in 2005. Now it seems Land Rover has decided to abolish all traces of such forces that keep large SUVs from handling well around corners. Meet the upcoming Range Rover Sport RS.

Yep, RS. Land Rover is taking the already sporty Sport and turning up the juice for a more engaging, on-road experience thanks to a few key improvements, not the least of which is a more powerful engine. It’s highly likely the standard Sport’s 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 will remain, but with the same 40-horsepower bump the Jaguar XFR-S enjoys. That brings the Range Rover’s normal 510-horsepower mill up to 550 ponies. Expect Jaguar’s extra 41 pound-feet of torque to transfer over as well, bringing that total to 502 pound-feet.

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Jaguar Land Rover Launches Special Operations Division

Jaguar Land Rover Launches Special Operations Division

Things at Jaguar Land Rover have just gotten more interesting. The British car company has just announced its own skunk works department, called Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. The new division is charged with making high performance and ultra luxury editions of standard production Jaguar and Land Rover products on a bespoke, individual level.

Much like BMW Individual, Special Operations will build vehicles to specifications outside the normal assembly line ordering guide. Customers can order their choice of colors, interior amenities, trim packages, and add-on accessories. The shop will also handle the company’s limited-edition collectables that run with small production numbers.

Even more, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations will work on vehicle restorations and servicing with parts gathered through salvage or recreation of specialized historic parts. The Heritage Team already has their first major project lined up. You may recall the six lightweight E-Types we reported Jaguar is building from parts left over from the 1960s.

The operation will be led by John Edwards and overseen by Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Executive. Paul Newsome, formerly of Williams Advanced Engineering, is heading up the team of designers and engineers under Edwards. In the media statement after the jump, Speth says the new Special Operations division was created in an effort to “reinforce the global reputation of both Jaguar and Land Rover in building exciting and desirable products.”

The Special Operations division will be located in the company’s new Technical Center, located in the West Midlands area of the UK, just outside the corporate headquarters and will employ some 150 team members.

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2012 Land Rover Ventura

2012 Land Rover Ventura

Rumors about a 7-seated model from Land Rover started to circulate last. Built on sale Freelander’s platform, the future model will be called Ventura and will be launched in 2012.

With design cues taken from both Freelander and the LRX Concept, the 2012 Ventura will be an unique model, with its own bodywork, styling and interior. It will compete with models like Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, Saab 9-4X and the Mercedes GLK.

Internally known as the "Project L486", the Ventura will share engines with the Freelander. There will be a 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre diesel engine mated by either a manual, automatic or twin-clutch transmissions.

Until we’ll see it on the market, Land Rover will launch the production version of the LRX Concept.

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2009 Range Rover Sport 2-doors

2009 Range Rover Sport 2-doors

Until 2012, when a brand new generation Range Rover will be launched, Land Rover will unveil a two-door version of the Range Rover Sport model (and probably for the Freelander 2). The new model will debut in 2008 and will go on sale at the end of 2008 as a 2009 model.

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