2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Landmark Edition
Introduced in 2014 as a replacement for the Freelander, the Land Rover Discovery Sport needs only a few years to become the fastest-selling Land Rover of all time. The crossover’s popularity prompted Land Rover to create a range of special-edition models, the latest of which is called the Landmark Edition and it’s available for the 2018 model year.
Another reason why Land Rover chose the Discovery Sport to be the designated nameplate for special-edition model is because it was also the first model to be built on the company’s 70th birthday on 30 April. The vehicle will thus be used to support a number of projects in 2018, starting with a community resilience project in Scotland. The Landmark Edition adds unique color and trim combinations to the popular crossover, pairing them with a powerful version of the 2.0-liter Ingenium diesel engine. Let’s find out more about it below.
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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 but the recessed grille has been replaced by boiler front with a working chimney for the coal smoke.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."
Launched in 1983 as a successor to the original Land Rover Series, the Defender remained largely unaltered throughout its life, with none of the three important revisions it received in 1990, 2007 and 2012 diluting its classic, no-nonsense recipe. Currently not available in the U.S. due to safety regulations — the North American version was discontinued in 1997 — the Defender lives on in Great Britain and Europe in many shapes and sizes, ranging from three-door SUVs to double-cab pickups. However, the iconic Defender will cease to exist, when Land Rover plans to axe the vehicle after 32 years of existence. For its final year on the market, the British bid fairwell to their SUV by releasing several special-edition models, one of which is the Heritage Edition.
As the name suggests, this limited-edition Defender pays homage to its past, but the celebration goes beyond 1983, the year it was born. For the Heritage Edition, Land Rover turned to the "HUE 166," the company’s very first Land Rover Series SUV. Born in 1947, the small two-door off-roader registered as the HUE 166 in Britain kick-started the SUV that would remain in production for 38 years. Read on to find out more about this modern take on the SUV that helped Land Rover become the esteemed company we know today.
Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Defender Heritage Edition.
The Land Rover Discovery is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and as is the case with vehicles hitting that mark, Land Rover has released a commemorative model to mark the occasion.
Low and behold, the company has dubbed it the Land Rover Discovery XXV Special Edition. Props to the genius who thought of that name.
On a more serious note, it really is a landmark occasion for the Discovery. After all, it’s been around since 1989; a time when nobody had heard of the Internet yet. More importantly, Land Rover has sold over one million models of this rugged beauty.
So with that in mind, the Discovery XXV Special Edition is as special as its name suggests. It has a choice of four exterior colors - Causeway Grey, Santorini Black, Fuji White and - to mark the jubilee - Indus Silver - each matched with a premium cabin that features Windsor leather on the door tops, instrument binnacle and fascia.
A set of 20-inch, split-five-spoke alloy wheels is also a welcome plus, as are the special "XXV" badging on the tailgate and front doors, and a newly configured interior that now boasts of a twist pile carpet and a leather-covered wooden steering wheel.
The Land Rover Discovery XXV Special Edition is set to hit dealerships later this year at a price of £63,000, which is about $105,400 based on current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read about the Land Rover Discovery, or as its called in the US, the LR4.
This week is a pretty big deal in England because no less than Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will be celebrating her diamond jubilee celebration.
And to no one’s surprise, British tuner extraordinaire Azfal Kahn and his peeps over at Kahn Design have decided to unveil their latest creation: the Range Rover Westminster Black Label Edition.
The commemorative vehicle features Kahn’s new aerodynamic styling package that includes a plethora of new components, highlighted by front and rear bumper replacements, new side skirts, LED daytime running lights in the front and rear lower bumper sections and liquid gold brake calipers.
Moreover, the package also consists of matte details, particularly the matte black tailgate trim, door handles, front bumper fog light surrounds, and side vents. Meanwhile, the front bumper lower bar and the rear diffuser both get finished in matte pearl gray, while the grille running bars have been styled in dark chrome. Rounding out the exterior modifications are a new set of 22" Kahn RS two-piece wheels and vanity plates that read "4HRH".
Inside, the "regal" modifications continue in the form of a bespoke-clad cabin that’s complemented by an RS-quilted and perforated black leather with contrast stitching, a diamond gear selector, a Churchill time clock facia insert and a Kahn key ring in red enamel.
While the whole concept is something that we’ve come to see in the past, we still raised a curious eyebrow on what appears to be a growing trend among automakers these days.
Not content with producing four-wheeled vehicles, some of the most esteemed automakers in the world have gone the route of building two-wheeled modes of transportation, i.e. bicycles.
The latest to dive in to the bicycle fixation is Land Rover, which is introducing the road bicycle extension for the Range Rover Evoque. Built in cooperation with Karbona and designed by the Land Rover design team headed by director, Gerry MCGovern, the Evoque bicycle uses Formula One-derived technology, featuring a carbon fiber frame with an integrated seat tube, alloy handlebars, black chrome trim, a leather saddle, and a 20-gear Shimano Ultegra system. The Evoque bicycle is expected to be a light, nimble, and clean-looking bicycle that doesn’t compromise its performance capabilities.
Having said that, those interested in the bicycle might as well go ahead and place an order for the whole package, SUV included. Having one without the other just doesn’t seem right, at least as far as we’re concerned.
It wasn’t that long ago when Amari Design graced our pages with their tuned-up Lamborghini Gallardo Invidia Edition. Today, one of the largest pre-owned supercar dealers in the UK is getting ready to introduce their latest creation, the 2010 Range Rover Sport Windsor Edition.
Loaded with aesthetic and performance upgrades, this Range Rover Sport is certainly not one for the weak-of-heart. Among the aesthetic upgrades you’ll find include a new front bumper with DRL lights, wide wheel arches, door moldings, a carbon fiber front grille, carbon side vents, a rear diffuser with a material choice of either ABS plastic or carbon fiber, a new rear bumper, a carbon hood, exhaust tips, with a choice of three different wheel concepts - deep concave, monoblock, and two-piece – which Amari Design is developing themselves.
Under the hood of the Range Rover Sport, Amari Design also addressed upping the ante on the luxury SUV’s performance capabilities. Having the same 5.0-liter supercharged engine as the stock model, Amari Design was able to increase the output from 503 horsepower all the way up to 611 horsepower, a jump of 108 horsepower. Details on how the company was able to get 108 more horsepower for the SUV wasn’t announced, but nonetheless, it’s still mighty impressive in its own right.
Land Rover UK is letting the British have it with a special edition model of its four wheel drive utility model. The Defender X-Tech will come in a two-door and four-door format, as well as the 90 Hard Top Commercial, with prices starting from £24,995 (or $33,401 at the current rates). Sales will begin in March.
Painted in Silver or Bronze, the X-Tech edition will be distinguished by a contrasting Santorini Black finish to the roof and wheel arches. And, for the first time, this Defender is fitted with unique gloss black 16 inch Saw Tooth alloy wheels.
The inside of the Defender offers the perfect contrast to the exterior with an Ebony finish on the leather seats and side bolsters. The 4X4 is available with a full range of accessories to enhance capability and individuality.
Under the hood, Land Rover has placed a 2.4 liter common-rail diesel engine, so this special edition can not only get you going with 360Nm of torque, but it can also save the driver gas while it’s doing it.
Customers in the UK now have another chance to drive a new special edition Land Rover Freelander with the Freelander 2 SD4 Sport Limited Edition. This special edition comes with a refreshed interior and exterior design with a Firenze Red that seems to be especially created for the women out there. Don’t worry guys, this special edition also comes in Fuji White and Santorini Black.
Next to these special exterior colors, the new Freelander 2 SD4 Sport Limited Edition features a black grille and side vents, a new body styling pack which offers cleaner profiling to the front corners, a new rear spoiler, and 19" Shadow Chrome alloy wheels.
For the interior, Land Rover is offering Ebony Windsor leather with contrast Pimento stitch, or Ebony Napoli leather with matching contrast Windsor leather highlight stripe on the seats.
With a total output of 190 hp, the new SD4 Sport limited edition sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds with an increased top speed of 118mph.
Press release after the jump.
Black and white are colors that will always be in fashion so it’s really no surprise that automakers choose these two colors when devising some of their special editions. Land Rover is just another example of that as they have unveiled a special edition Discovery 4 that pays tribute to those exact monochromatic colors. Called the Discovery 4 ’Landmark’, this special edition will be offered in Santorini Black or Fuji White color schemes and will go on sale in January 2011.
The exterior of the Landmark edition will be distinguished by Santorini Black finish grille vanes, gloss black 20" 5-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels, privacy glass, and Satin Black extended roof rails. The interior gets Taurus interior leather which comes in either Ebony or - for the first time in a Discovery - Ivory. Under the hood there is a highly efficient 3.0 liter SDV6 twin turbo diesel engine.
The new Discovery 4 Landmark will also be offered with the Terrain ResponseTM system, which optimizes the vehicle set-up for virtually all on-road or off-road driving situations, with five different settings to suit different terrains.
Press release after the jump.
The Range Rover Evoque won’t be released out on the market until next year, but it’s already catching a lot of attention from anyone who’s ever caught the car making test rounds on the streets.
This particular white beauty was caught doing the rounds in London a few days ago, and, by goodness, the Evoque is gorgeous. From what we’ve heard, this particular Evoque was out on the road filming a commercial, although if you ask us, we don’t think that releasing an advert for Range Rover’s new pride and joy would be all that needed, especially considering that its launch back in July already drew it a ton of positive feedback.
Then again, there’s nothing wrong with covering your bases, either. And knowing how the brand is trying be aggressive in promoting not only the Evoque, but their entire brand portfolio, we’re not surprised that the fellas over at Land Rover are doing all they can to aggressively bring the Evoque into the public consciousness.
But since this video of still shots is what we have at this point, we’re going to play it as often as we can and wait for the day when the SUV officially goes on sale, at which time, our bank accounts would be ready enough to support the financial blow of scooping one up for ourselves.
Photo credit: sssshaun
Land Rover is taking a bold step with this new LR2/Freelander 2. The new machine breaks away from the norm, as Land Rover will offer a front-wheel drive setup. That’s kind of like Porsche offering an SUV; it’s just plain wrong. The front-wheel drive setup will be the only option on this diesel model. Of course, we probably won’t even see it considering diesel models never make it to our shores.
We should see these new vehicles in the UK by the end of September packing a 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel with 150 horsepower. If you’re upset at the fact that the new Freelander will get front-wheel drive, take this fact in for a moment. With the diesel motor and a manual transmission, the Land Rover will be able to get 38 miles per gallon.
If you live in the United States and you want some of this front-wheel drive Land Rover action, then you’re going to have to wait for the Evoque.
The Land Rover will be offered with all-wheel drive as well, but at the penalty of around 5 mpg. There will also be a 190 horsepower petrol motor, but it will only be offered with an automatic.
On the outside, the LR2/Freelander 2 gets an overhaul in the looks department. There is a new bumper cap with redone fog lamps, a revised grille, and updated headlights and taillights. If you are having trouble noticing the changes, it’s not a big deal, we did too.
Inside, the Land Rover gets reworked gauges, seats, carpets, and storage. We were hoping for a bigger update than this, but it’s not bad.
Hit the jump for the press release.
The covers will officially hit the floor tomorrow asLand Rover unveils the new production version of the LRX premium compact mode. The LRX concept was shown in Detroit over two years ago.
Land Rover isn’t giving us many details on the LRX, but they did say that “it will demonstrate its exciting future by showing the all-new compact Range Rover for the first time”. Whatever that means.
The official unveiling party will take place at The Orangery in London at 8:30 BST. The event will also be part of the 40th anniversary celebration for Land Rover.
The English company owned by India’s Tata has yet to announce any details on the LRX, but the power will likely come from a turbocharged four-cylinder. We do know that the LRX will be available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. There will also be a three-door or a five-door model.
Check back tomorrow, around 3:30 PM EST, for official details on the new LRX.
It wasn’t too long ago when Land Rover was in such financial trouble that the Indian carmaker Tata had to intervene just to keep the brand from fading into obscurity.
Now, it’s safe to say that the luxury SUV brand has finally turned the corner after – or, at the very least, is well on its way back to respectabilty – they announced that they have sold a record 11,000 units in the UK in the month of March alone.
The figures compared to last year aren’t staggering – they sold 60 units more compared to the same time last year - but given the prior state the company was mired in, any improvement is good improvement.
The record sales figures for March also concluded a highly successful first quarter for Land Rover, which saw its sales post a 58% improvement in its year-on-year figures in January.
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Land Rover U.K. has just added a new model to their Freelander 2 lineup of go anywhere compact SUVs with the Freelander 2 Sport version, a new model that will go on sale in January of 2010 priced at a very reasonable £26,695. The sportier special edition Freelander will be available in two different trim levels to suit a variety of consumer’s tastes and come in two distinct exterior colors: Santorini Black and Lago Grey.
The Freelander 2 Sport is a much more serious looking sport utility with a purpose built appearance and no time for nonsense. The new car is distinguished from ordinary Freelanders thanks to a set of limited edition diamond turned alloy wheels measuring 19 inches in diameter as well as color matching exterior trim that includes a sporty rear spoiler, door handles and mirror covers while the inside of the Freelander 2 Sport benefits from a unique two tone interior treatment. Overall the new Freelander 2 Sport is the perfect option for the new car shopper who is looking for a go anywhere compact SUV that is short on unnecessary accessories and a bit more aggressive appearance then the run of the mill Land Rover.
Press release after the jump.
Land Rover U.K. likes to reward their compact crossover customers with limited edition variations of their entry level go anywhere do anything machine. The new White & Black Special Edition Freelander 2 models are being offered in either Alaska White or Santorini Black. No matter which you choose the interior is covered in fine Ebony cloth. Aside from the slim color selection, the White & Black Land Rover Freelander distinguishes itself from its more ordinary brethrens by privacy glass, a set of bold 17 inch alloys and a bespoke tonneau cover to keep peepers from peering in on what’s in the trunk. Sales will begin in January of 2010 starting at £19,495.
Press release after the jump.
Jaguar and Land Rover may have turned over new leaves with the recent launch of the new XJ and the strong showing of the Range Rover SUV, but they still couldn’t escape the reality of seeing the staggering amount of money – to the tune of $1.1 billion - they lost in 2008.
It’s a mind-numbing number that can be attributed to the global financial crisis, which has battered the auto industry. In their defense, the two manufacturers aren’t alone in reporting losses from the previous year, but it must be a bitter pill to swallow for both automakers, especially when they reported a profit of $1.05 billion in 2007.
What goes around does indeed, come around.
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