The 2020 Land Rover Defender is finally here after what seemed like a lifetime of waiting. While it was well-received, for the most part, there are a couple of things that has rubbed everyone the wrong way. The first “issue” is that the new Defender won’t be offered in a pickup truck guise, despite its history as a pickup in various markets around the world. One could argue that, with the popularity of pickups as daily drivers and family vehicles, a Defender pickup could prosper. But, Land Rover says no way. So, what’s the other big letdown? Well, despite the fact that the original defender was available on the market from 1948 to 2016 as a manual (there wasn’t even the option for an automatic, by the way), Land Rover is choosing to offer this generation with an automatic transmission only – no hope for three pedals and no hope in you changing Land Rovers Mind. The reason why this is the case, however, falls on you and the government….
Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations
One of the great things about car renderings is the ability to let your imagination go crazy. You can use an existing car model and re-imagine it without a roof, or you can get really creative and redesign it in a different body type altogether. There’s something to be said, then, for renderings that take two models from two different automakers and combine them to create an entirely new model. It’s the kind of Transformers-like job that we should be seeing more often in the real world. Or should we? The truth is, BudgetsDirect undertook this very exercise, and the results are all “interesting,” to say the least. As an added bonus, we’re doing our own part and renaming these creations in the best way we can.
Jaguar Land Rover’s New Nomenclature Is Actually Easy To Understand
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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2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX
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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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVR
Land Rover’s most recent product, the Range Rover Velar was launched for the 2018 model year to fill the slot between the popular Evoque and Sport models. Larger and more spacious than the Evoque, but sleeker and sportier than the boxy Sport, the Velar is on its way to becoming one of Land Rover’s best-selling offering. The company is well aware of that and wants to spice things up by injecting more performance into the small SUV. And it will do so using the supercharged V-8 engine, and SVR badge, and its Special Vehicles Operation division.
Spotted testing near the Nurburgring, the Velar SVR looks like a standard model for the time being. But as our paparazzi point out, Land Rover can hide the new bumper and rear diffuser under camouflage, but cannot hide the loud exhaust note coming from the 5.0-liter V-8 engine. So despite the fact that the British firm has yet to confirm an SVR version of the Velar, it’s more than obvious that the new family will gain another member pretty soon. Expect this model to break cover in 2018, but until then keep reading to find out what we already know about it.
Updated 07/12/2017: Based on the recent spy shots and details, we created a rendering for the upcoming Velar SVR. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it!
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Land Rover Sets Sights On Competing Against The Bentley Bentayga
Land Rover has been around long enough that nobody should ever question the automaker’s SUV pedigree. But as it is in the auto industry, there’s enough room for even Land Rover to improve on its current status. That appears to be what the company is thinking about these days with the explosion in popularity of the ultra-luxury SUV segment. While the market is still in its infancy, the Bentley Bentayga has been killing it, and Land Rover appears to be keen on joining in on the fun with its own ultra-luxury SUV.
Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern even alluded to this, telling Automotive News Europe that the company is open to the idea of developing a legitimate range-topping model of the Range Rover that can compete directly with the Bentayga. McGovern even points out that the Range Rover sub-brand has a “big expanse across its price range,” making it easy to step up its game with a model that falls in the range of the extremely popular Bentley SUV. A look at the price disparity between the top-of-the-line Range Rover LWB (starts at $140,995) and the Bentley Bentayga ($229,100) and it’s easy to see why Land Rover is so intrigued by the idea of an ultra luxury Range Rover. The question now is whether the U.K.-based automaker will follow through on these perceived plans. A business case can certainly be made considering how the ultra-luxury SUV market is shaping up to be, and if there’s one company that can legitimately say it has the tools and the pedigree to make it happen, it’s Land Rover.
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2017 Land Rover Range Rover SVO Design Pack
Land Rover is already regarded as one of the best SUV brands in the world. It’s a distinction the British automaker earned over years of being the standard-bearer of its segment. It comes as little surprise, then, that even with its status, Land Rover continues to find ways to give its customers more reason to come back for more. The latest hint of that comes by way of the new exterior Design Pack, which was developed and created by the brand’s in-house personalization arm, SVO.
The new Design Pack is available to all standard wheelbase Range Rover models built after 2013, and true to form of upholding the finest in British luxury, SVO shunned away from making any overbearing additions to the mighty SUV. If a customer is looking for an outlandish wide-body kit of some sort, best go somewhere else because the Design Pack isn’t going to cut it. (Kahn Design, perhaps?) The Design Pack is all about the subtle nuances with bits and pieces of new components added to give the Range Rover a more refined look compared to what it already has. The pack also comes with an assortment of new gizmos and gadgetry of the functional variety, the kind that would be of great use to owners of the SUV.
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2017 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic
The Land Rover Range Rover is no stranger to luxury. The automaker has been building cushy SUVs with impressive off-road chops for 46 years now. But it’s been in the last decade that Land Rover has explored the idea of sport-tuned versions of its SUVs. The newest is this, the 2017 Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic. It combines the high-class luxury found in SVAutobiography-trimmed Rovers with the powerful heart of the Range Rover Sport SVR.
The result: a standard wheelbase Range Rover with all the luxurious trimmings of a SVAutobiography with the SVR’s mighty 550-horsepower, 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 and a SVO-tuned suspension that splits the difference between touring and track focused.
What’s more, interior updates for 2017 bring a new 10-inch infotainment screen paired with Land Rover’s latest driver assistance features. Though this Range Rover isn’t capable of fully autonomous driving, Land Rover says all the building blocks are in place.
Also debuting is a new Advanced Tow Assist system that’s said to take the stress out of backing a trailer. Like the Ford F-150’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature, the driver can use a rotary knob to intuitively steer the vehicle when backup with a trailer. In the Rang Rover’s case, it’s the Terrain Response knob.
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Update 08-24-2016: We’ve made a video that covers the highlights of the new Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic. Click on play to see it for yourself!
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