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Land Rover Teases New 3-Row Discovery

Second “Disco” to make Paris debut.

by on Sep.06, 2016

The new Land Rover Discovery will make its debut this month in Paris, but won't go on sale until mid-2017.

Land Rover’s line-up of mid-range sport-utility vehicles is about to get a bit bigger. Actually, quite a bit bigger, considering the new model set to make its debut at the Paris Motor Show will be a three-row, seven-seater.

The British maker is offering up just this one tease image and it suggests that the new Land Rover Discovery will pick up the more tapered shape of the popular Range Rover Evoq, rather than the classic, “Disco” box.

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It is also expected to move a fair bit more up-market than the old SUV, adding a larger model to complement the Discovery Sport that came to market little more than a year ago.  Land Rover has also made it clear we’ll see a third model bearing the Disco badge in the not-too-distant future.


Land Rover Adds New Range Rover Sport HST

Limited edition 2016 model makes 380-hp.

by on Mar.24, 2015

The 2016 Range Rover Sport HST.

The fast-growing Land Rover family will be getting bigger yet with the addition of the new Range Rover Sport HST, a limited-edition model for 2016.

Set to make its debut at the New York International Auto Show next week, the new model gets a 40 horsepower bump thanks to a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. The HST is part of an array of updates announced for the 2016 Range Rover Sport line, including a new diesel engine option.

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“Sitting between the existing 340hp Range Rover Sport 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and the 550-hp supercharged variant, (the HST) delivers enhanced V-6 performance to go with the renowned comfort and refinement of the Range Rover Sport,” said David Mitchell, the vehicle program director.


Land Rover Confirms Plans to Produce Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Set to go on sale in 2016.

by on Mar.02, 2015

Land Rover has been testing its new Range Rover Evoque Convertible in the tunnels of London's massive unfinished subway project.

Apparently, the folks working on London’s massive new subway program, the 26-mile Crossrail tunnels, know how to keep a secret. Even as they’ve been working away on Europe’s biggest infrastructure project, 130 feet underground, British maker Land Rover has been using the partially completed tunnels to test out its new Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

The maker today confirmed the unusual SUV convertible will go on sale in 2016, though it isn’t saying much more about the project beyond what one can pick out in a short film taken while the Evoque Convertible was being driven through the Crossrail tunnels.

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“The tunnels are still under construction, so we had a unique opportunity to explore the vehicle’s all-terrain ability in unchartered territory,” said Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover Programs. (more…)

Range Rover Revealing Refreshed Evoque in Geneva

A challenging update.

by on Feb.24, 2015

Range Rover's best-selling model, the Evoque gets a facelift for 2016.

As its best-selling model, Land Rover has a lot riding on the fashion-forward Range Rover Evoque. And it hopes to keep momentum building with the upcoming launch of the 2016 Evoque facelift at the Geneva Motor Show.

First introduced as a 2012 model, the Range Rover Evoque served as the British maker’s first entry into the booming compact luxury utility vehicle market. And it proved an instant hit with its blend of functionality, performance and a funky, coupe-like design. Sales last year continued their upward trajectory, in the U.S. Evoque sales rising 9% to 12,440.

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“Our challenge has been to evolve the Range Rover Evoque design without diluting its distinctive character,” Land Rover Design Director Gerry McGovern said, ahead of the Geneva debut of the 2016 refresh. (more…)

Jaguar Land Rover Opens First Overseas Plant – in China, of Course

China already JLR's biggest market.

by on Oct.22, 2014

A Range Rover Evoq moves down the assembly land at JLR's new assembly plant near Shanghai.

That “veddy” British automaker, Jaguar Land Rover, is looking a little less Anglo-Saxon every day. First, it was acquired by American maker Ford, then sold to Indian upstart Tata Motors. And now, JLR has opened up its first foreign manufacturing plant. In China, of course.

The Asian nation is already the world’s largest automotive market and, by most accounts, is expected to top the global luxury sales charts, as well, by the end of the decade. It is, in fact, already Jaguar Land Rover’s single-largest market.

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And the maker is expecting to see that grow significantly, in part, because localizing production will eliminate the hefty Chinese tariff on automotive imports. (more…)

Land Rover Reveals All-New Discovery Sport

3-row SUV to be first in a new “family” of Disco models.

by on Sep.03, 2014

The new Sport model will be the first of a new "family" of Discovery models from Land Rover.

It’s a new age of Discovery for Land Rover.

Following up on the popular concept vehicle it revealed during the New York Auto Show last April, the British SUV maker has revealed a “pivotal” new model underpinning Land Rover’s new product strategy. The new Sport model will be one of several new utes expected to share the Discovery badge.

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“The launch of Discovery Sport is a pivotal moment in the 66-year history of Land Rover,” said Phil Popham, marketing director of the Jaguar Land Rover Group. “Not only does it mark the introduction of the first new member of our expanding Discovery family, it also brings the versatility of 5+2 seating to the compact premium SUV market.”


Jaguar Land Rover Reportedly Sharing Platforms with Parent Tata Motors’ New SUVs

Payback time?

by on Aug.25, 2014

Reports suggest that this Land Rover Discovery concept may be the basis for five- and seven-passenger vehicles from Indian automaker Tata.

After long maintaining a strict wall between their engineering and design departments, British maker Jaguar Land Rover may finally be ready to work more closely with its Indian parent Tata Motors.

A report from India indicates two new SUVs planned by Tata will ride on a platform shared with Land Rover. The vehicles are also expected to offer a new line of powertrains developed by the Jaguar Land Rover group that will be used in such future British models as the Jaguar XE sedan and Land Rover Discovery.

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Rumors of such a project have been circulating for months on outlets as diverse as the Economic Times, Autoblog and The latest to pick up – and add some significant details – is Indian website Live Mint. It reports that Tata will use Land Rover’s platform for both five- and seven-passenger SUV models. (more…)

Land Rover Launching Two Limited-Edition Evoque Models

Part of maker’s strategy of appealing to pricier segment.

by on Feb.18, 2014

The 2014 Evoque is getting two special edition siblings that will utilize the new Land Rover InControlTM Apps infotainment system.

With the recent launch of the Range Rover Autobiography Black, Britain’s Land Rover pushed itself up into some rarified air, at $200,000 apiece, the utes nudging British rival Bentley.

Now, Land Rover’s hot new Evoque is about to get a bit of the limited-edition treatment, as well, two special spin-offs set to make their debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The strategy is twofold: to keep momentum building for what has become the fastest-selling model in Land Rover history, while also reaching ever upwards in the price spectrum.

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“The new Range Rover Evoque Autobiography is a natural progression, bringing luxury that’s more commonly associated with far larger, more expensive models to a premium compact SUV, while reaffirming its ability to resonate with customers on an emotional level,” explains Land Rover Design Director Gerry McGovern. (more…)

Automakers See Sales Mirror Winter Weather: Cold, Cold and Cold

Fiat Chrysler defies trend with 8% increase.

by on Feb.03, 2014

Nissan enjoyed a sales increase in January as did it's luxury sibling, Infiniti.

High-flying luxury brands, middle-market nameplates and smaller boutique brands all suffered as new car sales slid 2% for January, failing to live up to the optimistic expectations of carmakers and analysts who are predicting total sales of 16 million units this year.

The record cold weather that has swept across much of the U.S. in recent weeks has apparently put car sales in the deep freeze – a situation analysts suggest was worsened by the slide in stock prices that has again raised concerns about the nation’s on-again/off-again economic recovery.

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While a few manufacturers were able to buck the downward trend, key makers including General Motors and Volkswagen saw sales tumble last month. And the industry saw average transaction prices – the amount consumers actually paid for a vehicle after factoring in incentives and options – slide after months of reaching new records. (more…)

Land Rover Paints it Black with Most Expensive Range Rover Ever

Only 100 Autobiography Black Models slated for the US market in 2014.

by on Nov.19, 2013

Range Rover nudges the $200,000 mark with its most expensive model ever, the Autobiography Black.

You’ll have to move fast – and hope to have a big chunk of available change – if you plan to get one of the new Range Rover Autobiography Black models. The British marque plans to import only 100 of what will be the most expensive version ever of the flagship SUV for 2014.

You may also need a cue card to remember the formal name of the new offering, officially dubbed the Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black edition. The good news is that for $185,000 – before delivery charges, taxes and other fees – you’ll also get the longest list of standard features ever found on a Range Rover.

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The basic shape is familiar, picking up with the all-new, all-aluminum version of the Range Rover introduced for the 2013 model-year. To broaden the big ute’s appeal – especially in China where affluent motorists are more often than not using chauffeurs – parent Land Rover has introduced a new long-wheelbase version for the ’14 model-year.