Land Rover Discovery Sport officially announced for production
Filed under: Concept Cars, New York Auto Show, SUV, Land Rover
Land Rover unveiled its Discovery Vision concept (pictured above) at the New York Auto Show. Now the company has announced that the first vehicle to wear some of the concept's styling is going to be the new Discovery Sport. The Sport is the newest member of a whole new family of Disco models that LR has in the works.
Land Rover says that the Discovery Sport will go on sale as a premium compact SUV in 2015. The company claims in its release that: "This will be the most versatile and capable SUV in its segment and is the first expression of the Discovery Vision Concept unveiled here in New York." We don't have any images to go on just yet, aside from the concept car cues, but we do know the new model is likely to be a replacement for the aging LR2.
The Discovery Vision is a seven-passenger SUV concept is meant to show the general look of a whole family of new vehicles from Land Rover, including the smaller Sport. It's expected that a larger model will be used as a replacement for the current LR4/Discovery. Scroll down for LR's entire tease about the Discovery Sport.
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Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept bows early on the USS Intrepid
Filed under: Concept Cars, New York Auto Show, Performance, SUV, Land Rover, Luxury, Off-Road
After teasing us for more than a month, Land Rover finally unveiled - in the flesh - its Discovery Vision Concept a couple days in advance of the New York Auto Show. The glitzy event took place on the deck of the USS Intrepid, now serving out its retirement as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in the Hudson River in New York City. The venue was appropriate, as Land Rover and Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's commercial spaceline, have announced a long-term global partnership (thus explaining why a fullsize model of the VSS Enterprise suborbital spacecraft was in attendance).
Land Rover is touting the Discovery Vision Concept as "a vision into the future of Land Rover's new family of leisure vehicles." For the past decade, Discovery models sold in North America have been badged as the LR3 and LR4, but the Vision Concept marks the return of the Discovery nameplate to our soil. According to the British automaker, the Discovery is back to "redefine its territory in the leisure category." The concept is intended to represent a future family of Discovery-named vehicles that will boast the new design language an introduce new technology.
Speaking of technology, the seven-passenger Discovery Vision Concept is loaded with innovation, including Gesture Control, Remote Control Drive, laser headlights, Smart Glass, Laser Terrain Scanning and Transparent Bonnet. Most, if not all of the technology will trickle out over the next decade on Land Rover's production vehicles. Read more about the Discovery Vision Concept in the full press release below, and look for more of our pictures later this week when it arrives at the Javits Center.
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Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept bows early on the USS Intrepid originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Chevy-powered Icon Land Rover Defender 90 goes its own way [w/video]
Filed under: Aftermarket, Classics, Convertible, SUV, Videos, Land Rover, Off-Road
As far as resto-mods go, few turn the trick quite as well as the folks at Icon. We've seen the California outfit do its thing with everything from a Chevy Thriftmaster pickup and Ford Bronco to an electric bicycle and even an Ural Solo motorbike. For its latest project, Icon has worked over another one of the most legendary off-road vehicles of all time: the Land Rover Defender.
Built on commission for a discerning customer as part of Icon's Reformer line, the Icon D90 is based on a 1995 Land Rover Defender 90. But as with everything Icon does, this Land Rover has been extensively reworked.
For starters, the standard diesel engine has been replaced with a General Motors 6.2-liter LS3 small-block V8, modified to perfection by Icon's own mechanics. The aluminum block packs powdered-metal connecting rods, aluminum pistons, investment-cast rocker arms and custom cooling, intake and exhaust systems. It's all mated to a four-speed automatic transmission with a purpose-built CNC-machined Atlas II transfer case.
That more powerful engine has been mounted inside a media-blasted and powder-coated frame and, as Icon is wont to do, the rest of the vehicle has been fitted with some exquisitely overbuilt fixtures. We could go on and on, but we'll let company founder Jonathan Ward give you all the juicy details of the build in the video and spec sheet below while you check out the extensive high-resolution image gallery above. Suffice it to say that the finished product is every bit as stunning as you'd expect from Icon, and we're sure the customer - who has owned several Defenders before - was left suitably satisfied with the results.
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Land Rover augments off-road reality with amazing Transparent Bonnet tech
Filed under: New York Auto Show, SUV, Technology, Videos, Land Rover, Off-Road
With very few exceptions, production off-road vehicles all mount their engine up in front. The trouble is that the hood can obstruct the view to the terrain ahead. Leave it to Land Rover, then, to come up with a novel solution.
When the doors open at the Javitz Center next week for the 2014 New York Auto Show, Land Rover will present its new Discovery Vision Concept. The vehicle will show the way forward for the brand's next generation of SUV, and included with it will be this Transparent Bonnet system. The system uses cameras located in the grille to project an image of the terrain ahead on the vehicle's Head-Up Display, making the hood virtually transparent to make navigating up-close obstacles like large rocks and narrow tracks that much easier.
It's just one of the new technologies which Land Rover will demonstrate in the new Discovery concept, and - like the depth sounders mounted in the mirrors of the Range Rover Sport - the system follows a proud tradition of technological innovation pioneered or adopted by Land Rover to enable more capable off-roading. Check out the system in action in the video and the details in the press release below.
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Land Rover augments off-road reality with amazing Transparent Bonnet tech originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Land Rover, Tata working on entry-level SUV for India?
Filed under: SUV, Land Rover, India, Tata, Rumormill
Since Tata Motors bought Jaguar Land Rover in 2008, the companies have slowly begun working more closely together on development and production. However, they might be taking another big step because a recent report indicates that Land Rover and Tata may be working together on an SUV project for the Indian market.
According to the Economic Times, the two companies are working to create a five- to seven-passenger SUV based on a modified version of the platform from the Land Rover Freelander, known as the LR2 in other parts of the world. Mechanical development hasn't begun yet, but the project study is about to be concluded. The SUV could be on the road by 2016 or 2017 and would be targeted at a price of 2 to 2.5 million rupees ($33,209 to $41,511).
"The SUV is likely to be 50 to 85 percent different from the existing Freelander, but it will have the genes of a Land Rover with JLR quality," said an unnamed Jaguar Land Rover executive to the Economic Times.
It's even possible that the project could spawn two vehicles. The Tata SUV would be aimed at the mass market in India, while the Land Rover version would be a more premium vehicle. The team behind it claims that sharing large portion of the parts would keep the price of both vehicles down.
This might only be the first step in more joint projects among the automakers. According to a Tata executive speaking to the Times, it and Land Rover may also collaborate on a common engine in the future. With the Indian brand working to elevate its brand's stature in Asia, leaning on JLR for its experience may pay off. We've contacted Land Rover for more details, and we'll update this story when we hear back.
Land Rover, Tata working on entry-level SUV for India? originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments