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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: 2013 Range Rover

Lighter, more fuel-efficient, still ready to go anywhere.

by on Aug.15, 2012

The 2013 Range Rover will drop as much as 976 lbs in some markets.

It has long set the benchmark for the classic, full-sized SUV but it’s been a decade since Land Rover last rolled out a new version of its flagship ute and the market has changed dramatically since then.  The wait is finally over.

The British maker is officially lifting the covers on the all-new 2013 Range Rover – and while the look might be familiar it’s not just a facelift. The new sport-ute has been re-engineered from the ground up, with the 2013 Range Rover adopting an all-aluminum body and platform.  That, the maker claims, will translate into a lighter, more nimble – and more fuel-efficient – vehicle than the outgoing SUV.

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Yet despite shedding a stunning 926 pounds of mass, Land Rover insists the new flagship will maintain its go-anywhere versatility while also delivering more of the comfort, convenience and safety features the typical owner is demanding for day-to-day use.


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.”