Range Rover Sport beats Jeep models, nabs Four Wheeler of the Year award
Filed under: SUV, Land Rover, Luxury, Off-Road
If you're in the market for a rugged and capable off-road SUV, the redesigned 2014 Range Rover Sport is quickly proving itself worthy of a second look. Although it may have gotten lost among the 22 SUVs vying for the Motor Trend SUV of the Year, the Range Rover Sport has followed up its Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road 4x4 of the Year award with a similar honor, having just been named Four Wheeler magazine's Four Wheeler of the Year. The Land Rover beat out the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel and 2014 Cherokee Trailhawk (in addition to the updated Toyota 4Runner Trail and Dodge Durango, among others.
To qualify as a contender for Four Wheeler of the Year, a new or updated SUV must be on sale before January 15, 2014 with a planned production run of more than 1,500 and an available two-speed transfer case. The five SUVs were tested for a full week before the Range Rover Sport broke Jeep's three-year stranglehold on the award, which won with the Wrangler for the last two years and with the Grand Cherokee in 2011.
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Range Rover Sport beats Jeep models, nabs Four Wheeler of the Year award originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 07 Dec 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Land Rover Defender pickup coming in 2017?
Filed under: Truck, Land Rover, Luxury, Off-Road
American consumers will remember the Land Rover Defender as a utilitarian SUV that was sold in the US for a short time. What many may not realize, though, is that in its home market the Defender is arguably one of the most versatile vehicles around, available in a number of different body styles ranging from a three-door hardtop to a chassis cab. Naturally, there's a pickup variant.
As Land Rover continues to wrestle about what to do with the next Defender, it throws into question the future of Land Rover's hauler. Now, a report from What Car? is claiming that we'll see a new Defender-based pickup in 2017, and that it will rival Volkswagen's Amarok.
What Car? spoke with Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's design boss, who indicated that a pickup will join the Defender's replacement, but only after more conventional five- and seven-passenger SUVs are launched. Unlike the current Defender pickup, this new model would follow more of a luxury theme as well, although just how luxurious Land Rover could go without alienating the rough-and-tumble bunch that value the Defender's spartan nature remains unclear.
Even if a new Defender Pickup is launched, much like the Amarok, we shouldn't count on it making a trek across the pond (although there's still hope for the standard model), according to Motor Trend. Blame America's Chicken Tax for that.
Land Rover Defender pickup coming in 2017? originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Jaguar-Land Rover builds millionth vehicle at Halewood
Filed under: SUV, Plants/Manufacturing, Crossover, Jaguar, Land Rover, UK, Luxury
Jaguar-Land Rover is not what you'd call a volume automaker by any stretch of the imagination. But in the dozen years since it started manufacturing at its Halewood plant near Liverpool, England, the automaker has already built its millionth vehicle.
The landmark vehicle is a Range Rover Evoque, done up in white with red roof and mirrors, black wheels and a red and black interior. The crossover is set to be donated to Cancer Research UK, which will auction it off next year to help fund its projects in the north-west of the country.
Halewood started manufacturing the Jaguar X-Type in 2001, then went on to assemble the Land Rover LR2 / Freelander 2 before taking on production of the Evoque a year and a half ago. The facility reached the 300,000-unit milestone just last year as production moved to a 24-hour cycle for the first time in either marque's history.
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Jaguar-Land Rover builds millionth vehicle at Halewood originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Land Rover could expand Autobiography Black trim to other Range Rovers
Filed under: SUV, Land Rover, Luxury
There are two things that set the new flagship Range Rover apart from the rest. For one, it's longer than the already commodious SUV on which it's based. For another, it comes in an exclusive new trim level which Land Rover calls Autobiography Black. Only it may not be exclusive for long.
Speaking with Autocar, Land Rover product chief Finbar McFall indicated that the British automaker could expand the new top-of-the-line trim level to other Range Rover models, including the standard-wheelbase Range Rover, the seven-seat Range Rover Sport and the compact Range Rover Evoque. Though McFall stopped short of confirming their imminent arrival, he did say that customers are always clamoring for more luxury, and that more Black editions could be "an option for the future".
Realized by JLR's Engineered To Order division, the Autobiography Black edition of the long-wheelbase Range Rover features a first-class cabin with 18-way adjustable, reclining rear seats separated by a center console, electrically deployable tray tables, bottle chiller, 10.2-inch rear entertainment screens, Medirian audio system, ten-color LED ambient lighting, distinct exterior detailing and unique seven-spoke wheels.
Land Rover could expand Autobiography Black trim to other Range Rovers originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Black LWB is a $185k mountain-climbing limo
Filed under: LA Auto Show, SUV, Land Rover, Luxury, Off-Road
Land Rover is seriously amping up its luxury credentials at the 2013 LA Motor Show, showing off its new Range Rover Autobiography Black. Available only in the off-road manufacturer's new long-wheelbase bodystyle, the Black model of the popular Rangie has a starting price of $185,000. To put that into perspective, a short-wheelbase base model starts at $84,195.
So, what's an extra $100,000 get you? For starters, it adds an extra 7.3 inches of rear legroom and an extra eight degrees of incline when the individual rear seats are optioned. The LWB model also adds power rear sunshades and a panoramic sunroof. The Black model, meanwhile, is different all together.
Exclusive to the US market and limited to just 100 units, the exterior of the Black has a new grille and blingy model-specific wheels, along with identifying badges. There's also the availability of the stylish Valloire White paint shown here, which will be used on the first 25 Black models built, and it adds a cool $14,500 to the $185,000 starting price. And while the exterior tweaks are limited, it's the cabin of this luxury limo that sees the biggest batch of upgrades.
All four seats have their own memory, climate and massage controls, as well as 18-way adjustability for the front pair of seats. Passengers in back will enjoy 17 degrees of recline along with 10.2-inch rear screens, while the passenger-side backseat as a deployable ottoman. LED mood lamps comes standard, and helps show off the exquisite wood and leather work of the SUV's cabin.
We've got a full gallery of live images of the new Range Rover Autobiography Black at the top of the page. Land Rover has also provided images and a press release about the new SUV that are available below.
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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Black LWB is a $185k mountain-climbing limo originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments