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Lego My New Land Rover Discovery

New ute makes record debut.

by on Sep.29, 2016

The new Land Rover Discovery makes its debut alongside a replica of London's Tower Bridge using nearly 6 million Lego blocks.

It took nearly 6 million Lego blocks to set the stage for the debut of the all-new Land Rover Discovery.

The new seven-seat SUV, which replaces the old LR4 model, got a novel send-off ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut, emerging alongside the largest Lego structure ever built – a reproduction of London’s familiar Tower Bridge that took 5,805,846 of the blocks. That was enough to stretch from London to Paris, earning it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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That said, Land Rover isn’t playing around. The three-row Discovery is the latest in a fast-growing line-up of luxury utes from the British-based, Indian-owned automaker. It joins the smaller Discovery Sport model launched a year ago, with a third “Disco” variant still in the works. (more…)

First Drive: 2015 Lincoln Navigator

Legacy SUV needs a technology upgrade.

by on Jun.16, 2015

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator is fighting for attention in an increasingly crowded luxury SUV market segment.

The Lincoln Navigator has been around so long that one might think it was named by Abe Lincoln. However, the nearly abolished full-size luxury SUV soldiers on until its replacement arrives some time next year.

Navigator was slated to get the ax during former Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s push to get streamline Ford Motor’s product line-up. It was the effort that dismantled Mercury entirely and the Navigator was on the chopping block until Ford officials realized that Cadillac and other luxury marques were going to have a full-size luxury SUV available.

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However, as much as Navigator is showing its age, it’s still remarkably appealing. The current version got an exterior makeover for 2015 that is clearly an evolution, among other things adopting the split-wing grille that debuted on the latest version of the Lincoln MKZ. (more…)

Rolls-Royce Set to Build Luxury SUV

British maker set to join rival Bentley in off-road segment.

by on Feb.18, 2015

The Rolls-Royce badge will be adorning a new vehicle in the near future: an SUV.

You’re likely to think of a Rolls-Royce as the sort of stately machine that would be driven to the opera, or perhaps to a meeting of heads of state. But apparently there’s also a sub-set of ultra-premium car buyers who want the option to go off-roading while maintaining their luxury lifestyle.

Rolls confirmed long-rumored plans to add an SUV to its line-up. And lest you think it will be nothing more than a high-line soft-roader, you can expect something far more capable, stressed Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos and Chairman Peter Schwarzenbauer in an open letter released today.

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They don’t actually use the words, “sport-utility vehicle,” referring instead to a “high-bodied car with an all-aluminum architecture…that can cross any terrain.” If it acts like a duck, goes the old adage. (more…)

Rolls-Royce Considering Plans for a “Proper SUV”

Could become latest super-premium brand to add a ute to its line-up.

by on May.15, 2014

Rolls may soon plant its "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament on a new SUV.

Confirming widespread rumors a senior Rolls-Royce executive says the British maker is giving serious thought to the prospect of adding an SUV to its line-up.

It would become the latest in a growing list of high-line manufacturers to add a utility vehicle, but unlike those who have opted for car-based crossover models, design chief Giles Taylor says Rolls would opt for a “proper SUV” if it ultimately enters the market – some estimating the maker could have one in the market by late 2017.

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“I’m interested in function and functionality. I’m looking to create a properly functional vehicle – a shooting brake, not a crossover with a sloping roof. A proper SUV,” Taylor tells British magazine Autocar. But he stresses that such a new model has to fit in with the existing line-up and not “undermine the Rolls-Royce brand.”

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