Can The 2020 Land Rover Defender Tackle The Harsh Desert in Dubai?
Land Rover is finally bringing back the Defender as a 2020 model. The rugged SUV was in production from 1983 to 2016, after which it went on a short exile for a few years. The company has teased the new Defender a few times, and this time, it decided to put out a video that shows the SUV doing test runs in some extreme conditions. The new Defender prototype was taken to Sharjah and handed over to the Red Cross Experts to test on the mighty sand dunes in the desert. Is the 2020 Defender still as tough as its previous iterations?
2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography by SVO - Driven
When you put words like luxury, performance, and SUV in the same sentence, the first names that probably come to mind are BMW, Audi, Bentley, or maybe even Lamborghini. But, what about Land Rover? It seems to be a brand that resides in the shadowy depths of our brains instead of up front where it really belongs. This never became more evident until we managed to get our hands on a Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography. From the second we came into contact with the SVA, the exterior design started tickling our interest, and we only became more fascinated with it once we sat down inside. In short, we couldn’t wait to drive it and experience the whole package. How does it handle? Is it comfortable for longer drives? Is that 557-horsepower V-8 too much for a vehicle like this or not enough, and how does its performance stack up against the competition? We decided to find out for ourselves, and this is our experience with the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography.
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sentinel
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.
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Launched in 2011, the Range Rover Evoque pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, prompting other premium brands to either join the niche or improve upon existing models. Come 2018, and Land Rover has introduced the second-generation crossover, placing it again high above the competition.
Redesigned on a brand-new platform, the second-gen Evoque ditched its old Ford-sourced engines and adopted JLR’s new four-cylinder diesels. More importantly, almost all drivetrains are now 48-volt mild hybrids, with a plug-in hybrid set to join the lineup in 2019. Land Rover took a rather evolutionary approach to the Evoque’s design inside the out, so it remains familiar. The redesign is more of the facelift variety styling-wise, but everything is new under the shell.
Update 02/12/2019: We’ve updated this review with a bunch of new pictures taken that the 2019 Chicago Auto show. Scroll on down to the gallery below to check them all out!
Land Rover Teams With Clarks for New Men’s Shoe Collection
Land Rover has launched a new line of footwear, in collaboration with shoe brand Clarks. The new collection, called the “Life.Limitless” range, starts with three designs for Fall 2018, specifically the CLR.51N, CLR52.N, and the CLR53.N. Each shoe draws on a specific function and purpose that adheres to the core principles of the two brands. The partnership between Land Rover and Clarks will run for five years and will include two Life.Limitless releases every year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
As Land Rover’s flagship SUV, the Range Rover has quite a billing to live up to. It should come as no surprise that as its flagship it can be had on a regular wheelbase or a longer wheelbase – the latter of which offers an astounding 7.3-inches of extra legroom in the rear. We’re still not sure why you would choose to ride instead of drive, but to each their own, we suppose. Either way, it’s offered with a number of drivetrains that include a supercharged V-8, a plug-in hybrid, and there’s even a diesel engine up for the taking if you prefer the oil burners. Power offerings range anywhere between 254 horsepower and 557 horsepower In the Range Rover Sport SVR. More important, though, is the fact that this baby is off-road capable as well. Even if you don’t have one in your driveway, you can have it on your desktop free of charge. We’ve hand-picked our favorite Range Rover wallpaper, but if it’s not good enough for you, we’ve included a nice little gallery for you to choose from as well.
Land Rover Wants to Take on the Mercedes X-Class and Toyota Hilux with a Single-Cab Defender Pickup
Land Rover is one of the few brands in the auto industry that abides by its identity unflinchingly. It’s known for building some of the finest SUVs in the world, and it stays in its own lane. When was the last time you heard Land Rover consider a sedan as part of its lineup? Never? That said, the automaker has shown its willingness to stretch its identity a bit. We saw it when it launched the Range Rover Evoque earlier this decade. Now, we could be seeing it again in the form of a single-cab pickup that will be based on the upcoming Defender.
Land Rover Discovery Turbodiesel Pulls 121-Ton, Seven-Trailer Semi Truck
Land Rover wants you to know its fifth-generation Discovery SUV is capable – so capable, in fact, that it can flat-tow a semi truck with seven trailers weighing a total of 121 tons a distance of 10 miles. Is this a publicity stunt that’s well beyond what anybody would attempt in their luxury SUV? Of course. But, Land Rover’s point is that the Discovery and its 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel Td6 are built to do the extremes. Even with the marketing hype, I can say I’m honestly impressed.
This sort of extreme towing test isn’t new. Land Rover had done similar feats before, as had other automakers like Volkswagen, Porsche, and Toyota – not to mention Chevrolet, Ford, and Ram. Nevertheless, these demonstrations show the importance of low-end torque and traction. Obviously, the Discovery Td6 has plenty of both. Its turbodiesel makes 443 pound-feet of torque that’s routed to all four wheels through a two-speed transfer case with low-range gears. The torque-multiplying transfer case is key to making 443 pound-feet do the work of the semi truck’s turbodiesel engine and its 2,200 pound-feet of torque. The Disco’s use of low range also explains why it topped out at 27 mph. Keep in mind, the Discovery Td6 is rated to tow 7,716 pounds.
What Land Rover didn’t attempt was slowing all that weight. Braking is a huge limiting factor when it comes to max tow ratings. After all, a vehicle and its load have to stop eventually. The Discovery’s brakes just wouldn’t be up to the challenge. That’s partly why the tractor sits between the Discovery and the trailers – to operate each trailers air brakes. That, and because the Discovery doesn’t have a fifth-wheel hitch.
Interestingly enough, a seven-trailer road train is illegal in Australia. The government down under limits road trains to “only” four trailers. Here in the U.S., the DOT caps the number at two. Land Rover says it had to get special permission to conduct the stunt and contract with local authorities to temporarily close the road.
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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2017 Land Rover Discovery – Driven
The Land Rover Discovery is one of the most iconic vehicles on the planet. Next to a Jeep CJ/Wrangler and the original Volkswagen Beetle, most folks can identify the Discovery in a lineup. Beginning in 1989, four generations of Discos have explored the far-flung reaches of earth and tackled city traffic on every continent, well, save for Antarctica – and that’s only because there’s a stark shortage of traffic down there. Here in the States, the Series I Discovery made its debut in 1994, followed by the Series II in 1999. Land Rover introduced an all-new model for 2004, known in North America as the LR3. This model lasted until 2016, with its 2009-facelift getting the LR4 name. But for 2017, the Discovery has undergone its biggest change yet.
Gone is the body-on-frame design and generous use of steel. Rather than this typical SUV recipe, Land Rover borrowed from its Range Rover line. An aluminum-intensive, unibody architecture replaces the boxy frame, helping the fifth-generation Disco shed nearly 1,000 pounds while adding structural rigidity. Not a terrible trade-off, eh? That’s especially true considering the 2017 Discovery is more capable off-road thanks to improved approach, break-over, and departure angles, combined with 1.7-inches of extra ground clearance and a whopping 7.8-inches of extra water fording depth. Add to that the Disco’s vastly improved on-road characteristics, and it’s clear Land Rover’s decision to adopt 21st-century technology paid off big time.
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Will SVO finally expand its reach into serious off-roading?
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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Land Rover Teases New Velar SUV; Fresh Tech Incoming?
Land Rover just dropped an above-and-behind teaser image of its new Velar SUV, saying it will fill the gap between the smaller Range Rover Evoque and larger Range Rover Sport. The Velar supposedly uses the same platform as the Jaguar F-Pace, and is expected to take on rivals like the BMW X4, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe, and Porsche Macan, with four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and possibly even hybrid powerplants offered under the hood.
Land Rover has yet to divulge many details, but did say the Velar will offer “elegant simplicity, a visually reductive approach and all-new consumer technologies,” so we’re guessing a coupe-like, streamlined, and somewhat minimalist exterior, a good dose of interior opulence, and a suite of semi-autonomous driving tech.
Studying the provided press pic, we can also see a large moonroof and a decently sized touchscreen in the dash. Land Rover added that it used “sustainable materials” in the vehicle’s construction.
“We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover,” says Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, in the attached press release. “It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand. The Range Rover Velar changes everything.”
While likely not much more than PR bluster, we’re excited to see if the Velar can truly bring something new and exciting to the segment. The name, after all, harkens back to the first Range Rover prototype from 1969, so maybe there’s something up Land Rover’s sleeve.
Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long to find out the truth. The Range Rover Velar is slated to see a full reveal on March 1st, with an in-the-metal debut in the U.S. at this year’s New York International Auto Show in April.
Land Rover Discovery Gets New Dynamic Design Pack For 2017
The Land Rover Discovery is already pretty wild as it is with all of the interesting little technological bits like the technology that allowed Bear Grylls to rearrange the seats while in the air, or the Activity Key that allows you to disable the normal key fob and leave it in the vehicle while still having the ability to unlock the doors from afar. That Activity Key is even waterproof up to 98ft, which is part of the reason why this Land Rover is also being fancied as the ultimate surfer’s ride. Now, the discovery is getting a new package called the Dynamic Design Pack that brings some new bits inside and out to help it stand out in the crowd just a little more.
On the outside, the Dynamic Design Pack as on 21- or 22-inch Satin Dark Grey alloy wheels. The roof can be had in Black or Corris Grey to help add some contrast to the exterior look. JLR claims that this Dynamic Design Pack add new and “purposeful” front and rear bumpers. After examining the pack in detail, however, there’s nothing more purposeful about either just a slightly different look. In the rear, that silver skid plate now has tiny winglets on it. The front fascia ends up getting new gloss black inserts in the corner vents that help to give it a slightly sportier appearance. A new, Narvik Black grille rounds out the front end, while the same color has been applied to the fender vents and door mirror caps on the sides.
Inside, buyers can opt for one of three different color schemes, each of which had contrast stitching. There’s also Windsor Leather on the “upper fascia” as well as the upper part of the door trim panels to go with a pair of floor mats that utilize Nubuck binding. The package is available on HSE and HSE luxury models, with the standard HSE getting 21-inch wheels and the HSE luxury presumably getting the 22-inch wheels. There are no details as far as pricing goes for now, but we’ll surely learn more about that when the Dynamic Design Pack finds its way onto order forms.
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2017 Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery’s fifth generation broke cover at the 2016 Paris International Auto Show to anxious crowds of hungry SUV buyers the world over. This latest model continues in the same vein as its predecessors, but now sports a new look, a completely reworked interior, and a slew of new technological advancements. The pair of V-6s and the eight-speed automatic are the only parts not completely reworked.
In the name of weight savings, Land Rover has ditched the Discovery’s ladder frame and steel-body construction for an aluminum-intensive unibody design. This results in an impressive 1,000-pound drop in weight over the previous generation Disco. This should greatly improve handling and straight-line performance, as well as fuel efficiency and off-road capability. Land Rover already announced an improved towing capacity for the fifth-gen Disco, up 500 pounds to 8,201.
Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system returns as well, offering driver-selectable modes that customize how the Discovery reacts to various ground and weather conditions. Increased ground clearance and water fording depth combine with Land Rover’s new All-Terrain Progress Control, or ATPC, which acts like a low-speed cruise control for off-road situations.
For 2018, the 10-inch InControl Touch Pro infotainment system is now standard across the trim levels. It also moves from 3G to 4G Wi-Fi and will support up to eight devices. The driver now enjoys JLR’s familiar 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display, the digital gauge cluster that is configurable. JLR’s second-generation Head-Up Display makes it debut in the 2018 Discovery, too, and can be added to the HSE and HSE Luxury trims. The new HUD is roughly 2.5 times larger and shows more information.
Update 11/09/2017: Land Rover improves the 2018 Discovery by adding more in-dash tech, new driver assistance features, and making the 3.0-liter Td6 turbodiesel optional on every trim line.
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Jaguar Land Rover Demonstrates All-Terrain Self-Driving Research
Jaguar Land Rover is no stranger to investing in futuristic technologies in recent years. You’ll likely recall Land Rover’s Transparent Bonnet and remote control operation. Well the automaker is now working to bring autonomous driving off the beaten path.
These self-driving technologies are designed to help drivers navigate terrain in which they might feel uncomfortable traversing, with the ultimate goal of having the vehicle travel on any type of terrain under autonomous control – even if that includes a rocky riverbed.
“Our all-terrain autonomy research isn’t just about the car driving itself on a motorway or in extreme off-road situations,” says JLR’s head of research, Tony Harper. “It’s about helping both the driven and autonomous car make their way safely through any terrain or driving situation.”
JLR accomplishes this with 3D sensing that combines cameras, ultrasonic sensors, radar, and LIDAR sensors. This gives the vehicle’s computer a 360-degree view of the surrounding terrain. The system is said to be so sensitive that it can determine surface characteristics down to the width of a tire, regardless of rain or snow.
The computer then uses this view to select the proper settings for the Terrain Response system, which includes ride height on air suspension-equipped vehicles, 4WD engagement, ABS settings, and Hill Decent control, among other settings.
What’s more, JLR is working on vehicle-to-vehicle communications in conjunction with this autonomous driving system. The V2V network would allow following vehicles in a convoy to preemptively adapt to upcoming road conditions well in advance. The full explanation of the system is found in the press release below.
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Land Rover gave the Range Rover a complete redesign for the 2013 model year. That redesign included a much lighter all-aluminum body structure that, when combined with other changes, dropped a whopping 771 pounds from the overall weight of the previous generation SUV. With several engine options that offered a range of horsepower from 250 to more than 500, the then-new Range Rover was better than ever.
Now, with just three years under its belt, the newest generation is slated to go under the knife for a minor facelift. The images you see here are of the facelifted model doing some real world testing. As you can see, only about forty percent of the SUV is covered in camouflage, with all of the camo concentrated on the front and sides. So, what is JLR trying to conceal behind this little bit of cover?
We don’t expect JLR to change up a whole lot with the luxurious and sporty look of the Range Rover. Keep on reading for what we can see from the spy shots and what might be lurking under that little bit of camo.
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Land Rover has just auctioned off the 2 millionth Defender at perhaps the highest cost ever given for the brand’s most iconic model. The auction brought in a staggering £400,000, or roughly $600,000 U.S. dollars. The winning bidder hails from Qatar and placed his bids though the phone.
This particular Defender might look familiar. We reported about Land Rover’s big hubbub about its construction back in the spring, having a star-studded cast of “assembly line workers,” including adventurer Bear Grylls, actress Virginia McKenna, and the sons of Land Rover’s founder, Stephen and Nick Wilks.
All the proceeds from the auction will be donated to Land Rover’s humanitarian and conservation partners, the international Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and to the Born Free Foundation. Both groups will use the funds for specific causes.
The IFRC will use the funds to help communities in Southeast Nepal improve preparedness for natural disasters. The Born Free Foundation will use its donation to help support the “Project Lion Rover” wildlife conservation initiative in Meru National Park, located in Kenya.
“We are extremely grateful to Land Rover for so generously donating half the proceeds of the sale of this one-off vehicle towards our work in Nepal,” says Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of The British Red Cross. “The Red Cross has used Defenders in humanitarian work and relief efforts in the U.K. and around the world since the early 1950s and has benefited from Land Rover’s support on many occasions through vehicle donations and loans.”
The Defender will continue to be in production through January of 2016, when Land Rover will officially dispatch historied model.
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