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Is New Range Rover the Last of Another Era?

Is a downsized version in the works?

by on Sep.27, 2012

The 2013 Range Rover makes a splashy entrance at the Paris Motor Show.

The world is rapidly changing for automakers and nowhere is that more obvious than in the once-huge SUV segment.  Sales peaked at more than 3 million in the U.S. a decade or so back and have been sliding ever since.  Only a handful of models continue to exist in the classic, truck-based SUV segment.  But don’t think utes are going away.

Certainly not the range-topping Range Rover which is making its formal public debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show.  The flagship of the British Land Rover, the fourth-generation Range Rover nonetheless has adapted to rapidly changing market realities.  Among other things, it’s nearly a half-ton lighter than the outgoing model and by next year buyers in many markets will be able to order one with an all-new plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

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Nonetheless, Land Rover is eyeing big changes – especially in the wake of the successful launch of its Range Rover Evoque last year.  The maker’s first crossover-based model is now its biggest seller, outperforming even the most optimistic expectations for the downsized CUV.


2013 Range Rover Makes Official Debut

A lightweight that carries plenty of heft.

by on Sep.06, 2012

The latest in the Range Rover series -- which was first introduced in 1970.

Land Rover isn’t dancing around the facts when it describes the new 2013 Range Rover as the most important product it will be bringing out over the next few years.  Though sales may be dwarfed by the wildly successful new Evoque, the Range Rover that debuted today at London’s Royal Ballet School is the model that sets the standard for the British marque.

And by radically slashing the weight of the new model, Land Rover shows it can bring the classic SUV into a new era where mass and mileage become increasingly critical.

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“The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle – that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability,” said John Edwards, Land Rover’s Global Brand Director. “However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling.”


First Look: 2013 Land Rover LR2

Go-anywhere ute gets new engine, other updates.

by on Aug.23, 2012

Land Rover updates the LR2 for 2013 with a new engine and other changes.

Land Rover’s mid-range mainstay undergoes a major, nose-to-tail update for 2013 and the British maker is offering a first look.

Complementing the more exclusive Range Rover Evoque, the LR2 moves a bit up-market with a more refined interior and added comfort and convenience features, according to Land Rover.

Starting at $37,250, with the high-line 2013 LR2 HSE LUX going for $42,350, the traditional, body-on-frame SUV introduces a new powertrain to the British marque’s line-up.

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Like its competitors, Land Rover is under pressure to adapt to rising fuel prices and is adding a new 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 to replace the old 3.2-liter inline-six.  Despite the downsizing, the new engine comes through with increased power and torque – as well as improved fuel-efficiency.


First Look: Land Rover Defender Concept

Coming to America?

by on Aug.31, 2011

Land Rover will reveal the DC100 concept at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

Underscoring its aggressive product development program, Land Rover will reveal an all-new concept version of its big Defender sport-utility vehicle at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

The update of what is arguably the British maker’s most iconic model will go into production in 2015, though Land Rover officials caution “there is no current decision” on whether to bring the reborn Defender back to North America.  Perhaps not, but as recently reported, that is something Land Rover is hoping to accomplish if it can meet U.S. regulations – and lay out the necessary business plans.

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The new Land Rover Defender, we earlier reported, will be part of a much more aggressive product program that is kicking off with the current launch of the all-new Range Rover Evoque, and which also includes a variety of new powertrains, including the brand’s first hybrid, a plug-in.  (Click Here for that story.)

“Replacing the iconic Defender is one of the biggest challenges in the automotive design world,” said Land Rover Design Director Gerry McGovern.  “This isn’t a production-ready concept but the beginning of a four-year journey to design a relevant Defender for the 21st century.”