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PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Defender Works V8 Is an Homage to the Original

On the 70th anniversary of the iconic Defender, and with an all-new model currently in the works, Land Rover decided to treat the fans of this car to something rather special. The Classic Defender Works V8 is a tribute to the early V8 models, and the most powerful version of the SUV ever built. 

The 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V8 powertrain featured in the Defender Works V8 churns out 405PS and 515 Nm of torque. That is a far cry from the standard Defender which has to make do with only 122PS and 360 Nm. As a result, this V8 version is a limited, collector’s edition of just 150 copies, and the only one capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 106 mph.

The performance highlights of the V8 Defender include eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode, uprated brakes and handling kit (springs, dampers and anti-roll bars), plus exclusive 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels and 265/65 R18 all-terrain tyres. Distinguishing features of the Land Rover Defender Works V8 on the outside include Santorini Black roof, wheel arches and front grille, aluminium door handles, fuel filler cap and Defender bonnet lettering,LED headlights and 8 exterior colors. Inside the cabin you get Windsor Leather interior trim covers the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro sports seats and Land Rover Classic’s own Classic Infotainment System.

The cost of this most desirable of Defenders is a whopping £150,000 for a 90 version. They will also make 110s built-to-order, and those obviously cost even more.









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PostHeaderIcon 1948 Land Rover Launch Model Headed for Restoration

In its 70th anniversary year Land Rover is about to do something really cool. They have tracked down one of the three pre-production ‘original’ models, a 1948 Land Rover, and they are now going to restore it back to original glory. The car will be the center of anniversary celebration. 

This 1948 Land Rover has an interesting story attached to it. It was one of the launch models shown at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show launch. So this was the genesis, what showed to the world what was then to become the ultimate offroad icon we now know and love.  But then this demonstrator wen missing. Turns out it had spent 20 years sitting in a Welsh field before being bought as a restoration project,whereupon it spent many more years just slowly disintegrating in a garden. As luck would have it though, the Landie was found just a few miles outside of Solihull, UK, where it was first built and it is now in the hands of Jaguar Land Rover Classic department being restored to an as-new condition.

Land Rover will invite the previous owners of this vehicle to come check out the restoration process and share their stories of the car.







The Jaguar Land Rover Classic team will follow a dedicated process to restore the launch vehicle, which has a lot of special features that are unique to the 48 pre-production Land Rovers that were produced prior to the mass production vehicles, such as thicker aluminium alloy body panels, a galvanised chassis and a removable rear tub. The patina of its components will be preserved, including the original Light Green paint applied in 1948.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Land Rover Discovery Commercial

Just in time for Christmas JLR has announced an “ultra-versatile” version of the Disco in the UK market. The new 2018 Land Rover Discovery Commercial is the ideal car to carry lots of boxes of presents, or tow a huge Xmas tree. The only problem the car won’t be released until the second quarter of next year. 

But they, that gives you an excuse not to get a tree this year, and limit the presents to small, cheap items. What are yo gonna do, your regular Discovery does not enough room! You can promise your kids next year you will get the Land Rover Discovery Commercial which has up to 1,856 litres of flexible load space and can tow up to legal UK limit of 3.5 tonnes. To put these numbers in perspective, Land Rover actually fitted 300 boxes of Bloom & Wild mini Christmas Trees into this car:

Design-wise, while the overall looks are standard Disco, rear window concealment panels are masked by privacy glass so Discovery Commercial can be undistinguishable as a commercial vehicle if desired. 2018 Land Rover Discovery Commercial can be ordered with JLR’s Ingenium 2.0D SD4 240HP and 3.0D TD6 258HP engines. The all-wheel drive, Terrain Response and multi-link suspension ensure the SUV is pretty much unstoppable no matter the weather or terrain.

Technology features for this model include InControl Touch Pro, cruise control and speed limiter, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, heated windscreen and rear window, heated door mirrors, DAB radio, InControl Protect, Tyre Pressure Monitoring system, Hill Launch Assist, Dynamic Stability Control, Roll Stability Control, Cornering Brake Control, Gradient Acceleration Control, Hill Descent Control and Trailer Stability Assist all come as standard.









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PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

The Land Rover Range Rover’s ultimate trim level, the SVAutobiography, is getting a healthy update for 2018. Of course, many of these same updates are found on the standard 2018 Range Rover, too, having undergone a welcomed refresh. The 2018 SVAutobiography is available on the long-wheelbase Range Rover. It comes with ultra-premium levels of luxury fittings and first-class accommodations for rear passengers. Airline-style reclining seats with massaging, folding aluminum tray tables, power-operated doors, twin 10.2-inch entertainment monitors, and a refrigerated compartment are just some of the highlights.

As part of the Range Rover’s 2018 update, the dashboard now features the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10-inch touchscreens in the center stack and another 10-inch screen for the fully digital gauge cluster. Other tech features include 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for eight devices, plenty of USB and 12-volt ports, a household power plug. Land Rover’s Connect Pro brings smartphone connection and remote controlling of the vehicle’s systems. The app allows for operating door locks, setting climate control temperatures, and remotely starting the engine. And for those times when having keys for a phone on your person isn’t feasible, the available Activity Key wristband doubles as the key fob.

Of course, that’s just scratching the surface, so let’s dive into what’s new.

Continue reading for more on the updated 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography.

What’s New on the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography


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“While there’s plenty to cover, the heart of the Range Rover SVAutobiography is is rear-seat comfort”

While there’s plenty to cover, the heart of the Range Rover SVAutobiography is is rear-seat comfort. The long-wheelbase Range Rover provides a whopping 1.2 meters (four feet!) of legroom. Power-raising leg rests and reclining seatbacks make long trips completely comfortable, while customizable massaging rubs out a sore back and heating and ventilation keep backside temperatures regulated. Of course, rear passengers can control their own HVAC settings, too. The new seats are more padded than before while offering more power adjustments and memory settings. If breaking out a bottle of Champaign feels right, a refrigerator between the seatbacks will keep two bottles chilled. The luxury life is so hard, isn’t it?

New colors and stitching patterns for the leather upholstery appear for 2018, giving customers more choices and combinations. Up front, the steering wheel has been update with invisible-until-touched backlit controls. The updated digital gauge cluster now has more customizable configurations to choose from. The Touch Pro Duo screens offer better and more intuitive controls. The upper screen is still the main hub for radio, navigation, and various vehicle menus, but the lower screen now holds the HVAC controls and doubles as the Terrain Resonse 2 control center for off-road settings. Remember, even though the Range Rover SVAutobiography is basically a private jet for the ground, it can still traverse over nearly any terrain thanks to its adjustable air ride suspension, full-time 4WD, locking differentials, and various drive modes that include settings for sand, snow, mud, and rocks.


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“And speaking of the greasy bits, the updated 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography is also available with Land Rover’s new plug-in hybrid drivetrain”

And speaking of the greasy bits, the updated 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography is also available with Land Rover’s new plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Called the P400e model, it features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder combined with an electric motor good for a combined 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The system offers an all-electric range of 31 miles and will charge on both public quick chargers or at home with a standard wall outlet and its included charging cable.

The supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 carries over, too, so those who enjoy big power will be happy. The all-aluminum engine makes 557 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Both the PHEV and V-8 come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and that full-time 4WD system.


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“The 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography starts at $208,200 and comes with just about everything as standard”

Naturally, the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography is pretty pricy. It starts at $208,200 and comes with just about everything as standard. Land Rover does offer a few accessories like the $5,815 “tailgate event seating” with leather-wrapped seats and metal stirrups. There’s also a $5,455 power-deployable loadspace floor extender, which basically does nothing but move fore and aft to help getting heavier items into the cargo area.

Despite the Range Rover’s bones continuing unchanged, the 2018 updates and the major upgrades to the SVAutobiography edition make this SUV one of the swankiest (yet still most capable) on the market today. Even with its hefty price tag, the SVAutobiography represents a good deal when compared with other vehicles in its ultra-luxury class.

  • Leave it
    • * A good deal, but still very expensive
    • * Choosing between driving and riding in back

References

Land Rover Range Rover


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Read our full review on the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover.


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Read our full review on the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e.


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PostHeaderIcon In the Works: Kahn Flying Huntsman 6×6 Soft Top

We really did not think that something like the Maybach G650 Landaulet could possibly have a rival, but we were wrong. In our defense that is such a niche vehicle, no one would be inclined to invest in making such a thing… no one except the eccentric visionary Afzal Kahn, it turns out. He has just teased the Kahn Flying Huntsman 6×6 Soft Top which is a direct attempt at the Landaulet’s life. 

On the face of it comparing a wonky Land Rover, which is what Kahn Flying Huntsman 6×6 Soft Top is based on, to the unique Mercedes G-Class, which is what the Maybach G650 is based on, seems idiotic. Of course the Mercedes is a superior product. But you see, the Hunstman is no ordinary Land Rover. It is a completely bespoke car, every part of which is improved and when necessary redesigned from scratch by Kahn artisans. Granted, it still may not be as spacious or as comfortable as the big G, but calling it just as classy and luxurious is not stretching the truth.

There are obvious advantages with Kahn Flying Huntsman 6×6 Soft Top as well. For starters, it’s a 6×6 whereas the G650 has only, I mean only, four wheels. The British car also seems to have a much neater folding soft top than the Benz, at least going by what we can see in the preview image. The Hunstman uses a 110 Double Cab Pick Up Defender as the base vehicle, but you’d be forgiven for not recognizing that at first glance owing to all the modifications it goes through to become a Huntsman. Prices and availability of this special vehicle will be announced over the coming days.

This teaser sketch is a statement of intent, announcing that the dream of owning an uncompromisingly designed Flying Huntsman soft top model, designed by the UK’s most avant-garde designer is now a reality.

The post In the Works: Kahn Flying Huntsman 6×6 Soft Top appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon The Range Rover SVAutobiography Is JLR’s Answer to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Judging by what vehicles it has created since its inception, you’d be tempted to believe that Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operation division is all about blistering performance and race-inspired looks. But it’s capable of more than that and the Range Rover SVAutobiography is the perfect proof. Although the name isn’t exactly inspired (maybe we’re supposed to read it Svautobiography?), this new model takes the Range Rover SUV to new heights in terms of luxury. Wait, is that even possible? This car is already packed with the best Land Rover has to offer. Well yeah, because it turns the performance-rated SUV into a comfortable lounge for rear seat passengers.

Available exclusively in long-wheelbase specification, the SVAutobiography comes with Executive Class Rear seats. Combined with the longer wheelbase, it results in rear legroom of over 3.9 feet (1.2 meters), so it’s by far the most comfortable Land Rover you can buy. The seats also feature deep foams that enhance comfort during long trips, as well as 40-degree recline capability, a hot stone massage function, heated calf and footrests, and 22-way adjustment. There’s also a revised center console that extends in the rear compartment to give passengers access to control for the power-close rear doors, electronically deployable tables, and a small refrigerator that’s large enough for four 20oz bottles, or two 750mL bottles and two glasses.

Two 10-inch integrated rear entertainment screens and 4G WiFi connectivity keeps the passenger connected and allows them to work or relax while driving. But wait, there’s more!

Continue reading for the full story.

A Rolls-Royce-spec SUV


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“While it may seem like the SUV is all about rear-seat passenger comfort, the front-row gets its fair share of tech too”

While it may seem like the SUV is all about rear-seat passenger comfort, the front-row gets its fair share of tech too. The InControl Touch Pro infotainment system and its twin 10-inch display provides access to navigation and apps, as well as climate control, seat functions, and Terrain Response settings. A new seat design in Poltrona Frau leather is available alongside the exclusive aluminum sill plates, new veneers, and five upholstery colors.

An exclusive new Zenith clock with a knurled bezel, placed on the center console, complements the finish of the start/stop button, gear shifter, and pedals. Convenience is further enhanced by a folding right-hand rear seat in order to accommodate long items in the trunk. Additionally, the SUV can be equipped with a power-deployable load space floor for easier loading and unloading. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that the SVAutobiography is actually the Rolls-Royce Cullinan we’re so anxious so see…

Unique Exterior


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“The front grille is unique, sporting chrome inserts, while the front and rear fascias, as well as the sides, have accents in Bright Atlas”

While the package focuses on the cabin, there are few new exterior bits to talk about as well. The front grille is unique, sporting chrome inserts, while the front and rear fascias, as well as the sides, have accents in Bright Atlas. The rear bumper was revised and now includes metal tailpipe finishers. Finally, this Range Rover rides on a set of new, exclusive 22-inch wheels.

Pricing starts from a whopping $207,900, making it the most expensive Land Rover available. Sales will begin in early 2018.

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover.


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PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover is apparently working on the next generation of Discovery Sport. It comes a bit early since the current model has only been out since 2015 and the next generation isn’t expected until 2020 at the earliest. Then again, automakers need plenty of lead time in building a new model. Spy shots were gathered of a test mule driving along European streets and tale-tell signs of change are seen hidden within the bodywork.

Nothing official is known about the next-generation Discovery Sport at this point, though Land Rover will likely strive for better fuel economy with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, expanded diesel options, improved driving characteristics, and a more luxurious interior – all while still being the smallest and least-expensive vehicle in Land Rover’s fleet.

Continue reading for more information.

Exterior

  • Possible new platform architecture
  • Reworked front fascia
  • New exhaust system suggests powertrain changes

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“Speculation is running ramped that the next Discovery Sport will have an entirely new architecture.”

These spy shots give away a few clues. First, check out that fuel door. It’s massive compared to the current design and likely indicates big changes underneath. Speculation is running ramped that the 2020 Disco Sport will have an entirely new architecture, meaning things like the fuel filler neck don’t exactly line up with the current body. If true, that means this test mule could be running the new chassis with the current body shell bolted on to fool onlookers.

The second clue is the exhaust. A look up its skirt reveals a single muffler with dual tips at the vehicle’s left-hand side. The current SUV features a single exhaust tip at each end of the bumper.

Then again, these changes could indicate updates to the powertrain. Currently, the Discovery Sport’s diesel exhaust fluid reservoir tank is located under the hood and requires a special DEF bottle to refill. Land Rover could be relocating this filler neck to under the fuel door. The new exhaust layout also suggests powertrain changes and the need to better control diesel emissions. Still, we won’t know until more information comes to light.

As for the front, this test mule has a slightly revised fascia with very minor changes. The lower chin sticks out further than before and with a sharper edge, giving the crossover a more aggressive appearance. The rest seems oddly unchanged despite the swirly camouflage.

Interior

  • Expect an updated dashboard
  • Possible influence from Range Rover Velar
  • Seven seats over three row
  • Folding second- and third-row

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Note: 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport pictured here.

“Expect an updated dashboard with hints from Land Rover’s swankier models like the Range Rover Velar.”

Our spy photographer was unable to snap shots of the interior, but we’d bet it would have been a jumbled mess of wires and testing equipment, anyway. For the 2020 production version, we’d bet on an updated dashboard layout with hints and cues from Land Rover’s swankier models, say the Range Rover Velar and new Range Rover Sport. Upper trimmed Discovery Sports might come with digital gauges, an improved head-up display, and other nifty Jaguar Land Rover technology. Expect to pay a premium for those, though.

The next-generation Discovery Sport will surely continue to seat seven people in a 2+3+2 configuration. The rear seats will still fold flat for hauling cargo. Active families should find the Disco Sport rather handy.

Drivetrain

  • Expect a plug-in hybrid option
  • Possible updates to 2.0-liter Ingenium engines
  • Full-time AWD
  • Off-road Modes

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“The next Discovery Sport will indeed have a plug-in hybrid powertrain as an option.”

The current Land Rover Discovery Sport is offered with both gasoline and diesel engines in a range of power levels. Outside the U.S., the Disco Sport is available with the 2.0-liter TD4 with 150 horsepower or 180 horsepower. Those who like shifting their own gears will appreciate the manual transmission available with those engines. A nine-speed automatic is optional. There is also the 2.0-liter SD4 turbodiesel with 240 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline option also displaces 2.0 liters but makes 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Both the upper turbodiesel option and the gas engine come standard with the nine-speed gearbox. Here in the U.S., we’re confined to the 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 237 horsepower as standard or the 286-horsepower version optional in the HSE and HSE Luxury trims.

As for the future, we know Jaguar Land Rover has committed to electrifying every model it makes, so the next Discovery Sport will indeed have a plug-in hybrid powertrain as an option. The specifics of the driving range and battery size aren’t yet known, obliviously.

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport can actually be had without 4WD, believe it or not. Outside the U.S., the Pure E-Capability trim level with its efficiency-tuned, 150-horsepower turbodiesel is front-wheel drive. Land Rover could expand the FWD’s reach to more markets in hopes of selling to the eco-conscious crowd. Perhaps FWD will be paired with the hybrid powertrain, leaving 4WD to be an optional extra.

As for the turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline and diesel engines, expect only minor updates since they fairly new. They belong to the JLR’s Ingenium engine family and are as cutting-edge as current production engines go.

Nevertheless, expect better efficacy throughout the engine lineup and the mileage star to be that plug-in hybrid. Hopefully, the U.S. will finally get the turbodiesel option, too.

Pricing

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport starts at $37,795 here in the U.S. Opt for the range-topping HSE Luxury trim and order the 286-horsepower 2.0-liter, and the price jumps to $52,895 before other options. That’s a pretty good swath for an entry-level crossover from a premium brand. Expect Land Rover to continue offering this pricing strategy, though adjusted for inflation and the perpetual increases in new-vehicle prices. We’d guess the 2020 or 2021 Discovery Sport will start around $40,000 and venture into the low $60,000 range.

Competition

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class


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The proliferation of compact crossovers prompted Mercedes to develop the GLC-Class for the 2016 model year. Think of it as a lifted C-Class sedan with more rugged styling. It offers good ground clearance for all-weather driving yet all the niceties of a luxury sedan.

Under the hood of America’s GLC 300 is a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.
A nine-speed automatic transmission is the only choice, but a good one. Customers can choose between RWD and AWD. The sprint to 60 mph only takes 6.3 seconds in the RWD model. Off-roading is possible, though the Land Rover is better adept at the rougher stuff.

Prices for the 2017 model start at $40,050 for the RWD and $42,050 for the 4Matic AWD version. Options are plentiful and expensive, so the bottom line can grow by $20,000 in some cases.

Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.

Acura MDX


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For those needing three rows like the Land Rover Discovery Sport, but without the off-road chop and minus the poshness of a Mercedes, the Acura MDX is a great option. The MDX has room for seven people and their stuff thanks to its relation to the Honda Pilot. The MDX builds off the Pilot by adding a swankier dash with dual center screens, a push-button gearshift, and more features.

Power comes from the familiar 3.5-liter V-6, which makes 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic does the shifting. Putting power to the ground is Acura’s optional (and fancy) SH-AWD system. It features a torque-vectoring rear differential that also helps in dry weather handling. A hybrid powertrain is also available, too, with a 3.0-liter V-6, 321 horsepower, FWD, and an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 26 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined.

Pricing for the 2018 MDX starts at $44,200 and crests into the upper $50,000 range.

Read our full review on the 2018 Acura MDX.

Conclusion


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It’s hard to tell what Land Rover has up its sleeve at this point, but the Discovery Sport is clearly about to change. Whether it’s a refresh or a complete generational update, that’ has yet to be seen, but we’re betting on the latter. Adding a plug-in hybrid powertrain to an existing platform isn’t an easy proposition, after all.

The new Discovery Sport will undoubtedly be more advanced, more efficient, and more techie while still appealing to active families who might occasionally venture off the beaten path.

  • Leave it
    • Still several years off
    • Kid-only third row
    • Price likely to rise

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Land Rover Discovery.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport.

PostHeaderIcon East Coast Defender “Project Beast”

2017 East Coast Defender “Project Beast”

The name “Defender” carries some serious weight in the world of off-roading. With a long history of military service and simply unflappable talent off-road, this iconic model from Land Rover serves as the bones for myriad capability-focused vehicles. Florida-based auto shop East Coast Defenders knows this well, making its name building custom versions of the British model for enhanced style, greater interior comfort, and even greater agility while traversing the great outdoors. Now, ECD is invading the sands of Vegas with its latest custom build, dropping the sheets at the 2017 SEMA show. The project was a collaboration with Warn Industries, a manufacturer that specializes in vehicle recovery equipment, and is based on a Defender 110 model from 1985. Created by hand and equipped with a litany of custom parts, ECD appropriately calls this build “Project Beast.”

Framed as an “elite off-road SUV,” Project Beast was actually completed in 2016, built in ECD’s “Rover Dome” in Kissimmee, Florida. All told, it’s got the right stuff for attracting attention at SEMA. Read on for more.

Continue reading to learn more about the East Coast Defender.

Exterior

  • Classic Defender shape, enhanced
  • Kahn wide body kit
  • External roll cage
  • LED light bar on the roof
  • Custom wheels

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“ECD outfitted Project Beast to play the part of a hardcore rough-stuff killer”

From the off, it’s pretty obvious this is no ordinary Land Rover Defender. ECD outfitted Project Beast to play the part of a hardcore rough-stuff killer, giving it the look of an unstoppable black cube that merges British engineering with American know-how.

The classic four-door exterior styling remains, including the extended rear cargo area and a multitude of broad, flat body panels. However, to this classic shape, ECD added a variety of enhancements.


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“The most eye-grabbing feature is the Kahn wide body kit, which adds some serious girth to the exterior dimensions”

The most eye-grabbing feature is the Kahn wide body kit, which adds some serious girth to the exterior dimensions. Then there’s the external roll cage, which sweeps up from the A-pillar and into the roof, then down again into the rear fenders, adding impressive protection in the event you accidentally tip this thing over. Illuminating the view forward is a large LED light bar, which finds its home just above the windshield.

The front fascia appears to be freshened with a new grille insert, while the new fender flares add extra chunkiness. Filling to extra space are custom wheels, matched in back by a spare of the same design. Finally, the whole thing was slathered in flat-black paint, lending it even more attitude.

Interior

  • Keeps the standard Defender layout
  • Lots of high-end upholstery
  • New seats

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“Inside, you’ll find modern Defender mixed with luxury, with ample coverings of sumptuous hide and stitching.”

Step into the cabin of this thing, and you’ll find a very nice place to be. While the floor gets tough rubber to help rebuff whatever muddy mess you bring with you, the rest of it is modern Defender mixed with luxury, with ample coverings of sumptuous hide and stitching. Indeed, everywhere you look, there is some kind of quilted leather, from the seats, to the door panels, to the center console, to even the dash.

Behind a three-spoke steering wheel from Momo, ECD included the standard three-pod gauge layout, albeit modified to include additional readouts and data, not to mention the requisite ECD plaque below.


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“The seats themselves are elaborate buckets that should do well to hold passengers in place”

The seats themselves are elaborate buckets that should do well to hold passengers in place, while seating for three additional passengers can be found on the second-row bench. Meanwhile, copious space in the cargo area means you’ll be hauling whatever you need to bring with you, whether its gear, supplies, or even more passengers on the fold-out seats.

Drivetrain

  • Chevy LS3 V-8 powerplant
  • Automatic transmission
  • 4X4 traction

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“Output is rated at a healthy 430 horsepower, which is pretty much standard for the powerplant”

As you might imagine, East Coast Defender wasn’t content to keep their build stock as a rock under the hood, so instead, this burly trail buster comes equipped with a brand-new Chevy LS3 small-block V-8, the same engine you’ll find driving the rear wheels in the Camaro SS and the Corvette. Output is rated at a healthy 430 horsepower, which is pretty much standard for the powerplant. However, ECD does say it incorporated a good deal of custom work to make the engine function properly in the Defender platform.

The rest of it includes an automatic transmission routing power to the ground by way of a robust 4X4 drivetrain. And just in case you still can’t find the traction from those big tires, there’s a winch from Warn on the nose to help pull you free.

Conclusion


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“What we’ve created with our custom Defender and Range Rover Classics, fits into a highly niche market. We strip each vehicle down to its frame and complete it according to our client’s exact specifications,” says ECD co-owner Elliot Humble.

That’s exactly the right approach for a SEMA build. The further away from factory you can get, the better. Of course, ECD took care to keep the Land Rover’s inherent off-road worthiness intact, adding to it with the right components, rather than detracting from it with superfluous accouterments.

Kudos.

  • Leave it
    • Custom build = expensive
    • More extreme off-roader builds out there

References

Land Rover Defender


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Read our full review on the 2017 Land Rover Defender.


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Read more news on the 2017 SEMA Show.

PostHeaderIcon Of Course The Next Land Rover Defender Will Be Electrified

People might act surprised when automakers release a new fully electric vehicle or a hybrid version of an old favorite. Ford, for example, says a hybrid version of the F-150 is coming. There’s even talk of a hybrid Jeep Wrangler in the next few years. As such, it should come to nobody’s surprise that the next-generation Land Rover Defender will also have an electrified drivetrain. What exactly that entails, not even Land Rover has the specifics nailed down. Add to that Land Rover’s official statement confirming every one of its models will have an electrified version by 2020. So yeah, the next Defender will be electric in some way.

It would be a safe bet Land Rover will use a similar hybrid drivetrain found in the recently revealed Range Rover P400e and Range Rover Sport P400e. The system consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with an 85-kW electric motor sandwiched between. A 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery supplies the power, while regenerative braking and engine power recharge the battery when in motion. When parked, a P400e’s battery is plugged in for charging. Impressively, both P400e versions have an all-electric range of 31 miles.

As for the new Defender, it’s reported to abandon the traditional body-on-frame design for Land Rover’s modern, aluminum-intensive unibody architecture. The Defender is expected to keep its tradition of a two-door soft-top and a four-door hard-top version. We’re just hoping it retains the boxy shape that’s made it an icon. Land Rover is expected to debut the Defender sometime in 2018 with production versions hitting dealerships worldwide in 2019.

Continue reading for more information.

Why It Matters


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“Here’s the thing: EV and hybrid powertrains are here to stay”

Here’s the thing: EV and hybrid powertrains are here to stay. We’re not getting rid of them, and they will soon be found in virtually every vehicle type and category. Thankfully, with their proliferation, the tree-hugging and granola-eating stigma surrounding them will fade. In many respects, that’s already well underway. As a result, having a hybrid Land Rover Defender or Ford F-150 or Jeep Wrangler won’t be some assault to cultural norms. It’ll just be the new normal.

Of course, having a hybrid Defender brings several really positive aspects. First, the SUV won’t suck as much fuel and will cost less at the pump. Second, the low-end torque provided by the electric motors is perfect for off-roading. Third, having the battery packs located low in the SUV should help its on-road handling, too. It won’t be as top heavy or have the propensity to roll over during a crash.

“The hybrid powertrain will add cost, though nobody will be buying a Land Rover because it’s economical”

Naturally, there are downsides, too. The hybrid powertrain will add cost, though nobody will be buying a Land Rover because it’s economical. It also adds complexity. Though all modern vehicles are far trickier to repair under a shade tree, fixing a hybrid system should be left to the professionals. Then again, a full EV drivetrain has very few moving parts, are easily made watertight, and should have very little chance of “breaking down” without warning. That would certainly be a welcomed feature for those overlanding through the African plains or Amazonian jungles.

References

Land Rover Defender


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Read our full review on the current Land Rover Defender.

Land Rover Range Rover


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Read our full article on the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover P400e.


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Read our full article on the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport P400e.

PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Range Rover

A well-deserved update

The Range Rover is Jaguar Land Rover’s flagship SUV, offering surprising off-road capability wrapped up in a luxurious, premium package. The latest model year smartly keeps these basics intact, while also adding a dash of tweaked exterior styling, a heavy dose of the latest infotainment and driver assist tech, and most importantly, a brand-new plug-in-hybrid powertrain. If you prefer power rather than efficiency, a supercharged V-8 is on hand as well, as is a diesel option and a gas-powered V-6. Inside, the rear seat gets as much as 7.3 inches in extra legroom, which works wonders while relaxing in the high-end long-wheelbase iteration. Leather upholstery and wood trim pervade throughout. Read on for more.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover.

Exterior

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“Hard to differentiate between the previous generation (left) and the new one (right) from a profile…”

Smartly, JLR didn’t make any dramatic changes to the highly successful Range Rover formula, and that includes the exterior styling. The same simplified design cues are present, with lots of straight lines and broad, flat surfaces. The details are made up of horizontal contours that add a sense of beefiness to the vehicle, a good complement to the squared-off, long-reaching rooflines and rear hatch.

“Our approach was to find ways of enhancing the Range Rover’s traditional appeal without making too dramatic a change,” says Gerry McGovern. “We therefore set out to create an uncluttered graphic that embodied a cleanliness and quality of design, with flush detailing and a greater emphasis on overall cohesion.”

Exterior equipment and styling upgrades vary between the various trim levels. For example, the high-powered SVAutobiography stands out thanks to the inclusion of a new mesh grille using a “Graphite Atlas” design with chrome inserts.

Meanwhile, all models in the range get an updated rear bumper with integrated exhaust tips, plus a reshaped front bumper with wider vent blades. Up top, you’ll find a new shape for the clamshell hood as well, which also gets longer dimensions than before.


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“Each new Range Rover comes standard with 24 LEDs, which includes the signature daytime running lights. Options include a high-beam assist feature.”

In front, you’ll notice headlight housings that are more pointed and thinner than before, with LEDs used as the primary lighting element. In fact, each new Range Rover comes standard with 24 LEDs, which includes the signature daytime running lights. Options include a high-beam assist feature.

Moving to the flanks, we find new lower side elements that gain fresh accents and new vent graphics. Various hues offered include a Satin Body-Colored look and an Atlas Accent Finish. Six new designs for the alloy wheels are also on hand, which, depending on the trim level, get sizing up to 22 inches in diameter.

Two exterior colors were added to the lineup, now including Rossello Red and Byron Blue. Further exterior customization can be had with the optional design packs, the first of which is the Black Exterior Pack. Opt into this and you’ll get Narvik Black coloring for the lettering front and back, grille insert, front tow eye cover, side view mirror covers, side vent graphics, and more. There’s also the Shadow Exterior Package, which applies upgrades to the same areas, but in a Shadow Atlas color, rather than black.


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“Tail lights and rear bumper are the most obvious part of the 2018 gen facelift.”

Finally, the body panels were made from aluminum in order to keep weight down, resulting in a body that’s 39-percent lighter than before. The styling changes also affect how the SUV moves through the atmosphere, with the coefficient of drag reduced to 0.34.

Interior

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“The redesigned cabin (right) is finally up to par with the competition in this price range.”

Step into the Range Rover’s cabin, and you’ll find even more space than what was offered before. This includes a redesign for the rear bench as well, where a substantial amount of legroom was added – up to 7.3 inches, bringing the grand total up to 47.5 inches of legroom total in long wheelbase variants. JLR even managed to accomplish this without putting a dent in the rear cargo room. The rear seats are wider as well, and they get a recline function. With one touch, the rear bench will fold flat to accommodate larger objects you might wanna move. A 60/40 split for the rear bench offers other cargo arrangement options, while smaller storage bins were added here and there.

As for the passengers, ambient road noise sees a decline thanks to 20-percent thicker glass. Rear-seated passengers will also enjoy the power-deployable center console, which enables easier ingress and egress for those climbing in and out. When deployed, the center console provides soft touch leather surfaces and additional storage. It’s all part of the Range Rover’s Rear Executive Seating feature, which essentially turns the SUV into a premium limo, especially when folding down the front passenger seat for ever more rear legroom.


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“Rear-seated passengers will enjoy the power-deployable center console, which enables easier ingress and egress for those climbing in and out.”

Speaking of seats, there are 16-way adjustable units as standards, while options toss in either 20-way or 24-way adjustable units. Hard-button controls were added to the arm panels. The seat frames were made wider and now get deeper foam, plus there’s a heating function and cooling function. Heating can also be found on the armrests, feet rest, and calf rest. The seats also get 25 different massage programs and even eight different settings for the headrests. All of these various settings can be customized via the Range Rover smartphone app.

In terms of materials, expect copious leather upholstery, with grained leather as standard, plus oxford leather and semi-aniline leather as available options. There are also seven different options for interior veneers, four of which are new for this latest model year.


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“In terms of materials, expect copious leather upholstery, with grained leather as standard, plus oxford leather and semi-aniline leather as available options”

That’s all to be expected though, right? What about this technology JLR is boasting about?

Well, long story short, the new Range Rover gets the “most advanced infotainment system yet created by Jaguar Land Rover.” Providing the platform is an InControl Touch Pro Duo system with two 10-inch HD touchscreens in the center console, offering smartphone-esque operation (pinch, swipe, etc.) and a high degree of customizability for whatever features you need to control.

Providing the instrumentation is a 12-inch Interactive Driver Display, plus a heads-up display that projects info onto the windshield. In back is an optional 10-inch display.

Expect the usual array of app support, plus a 4G Wi-Fi connection for up to eight devices. There are also 17 connection points, with normal power sockets, USB connections, HDMI ports, and 12-volt sockets.


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“Expect the usual array of app support, plus a 4G Wi-Fi connection for up to eight devices.”

Meridian provides the audio equipment. Standard spec is a 13-speaker system with 380 watts, 19 speakers with 825 watts, and 29 speakers with 1,700 watts. Each options includes a dual-channel subwoofer.

Further technology upgrades include a full suite of safety and driver’s assists. Kicking it off is stuff like adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, emergency braking, and more. Even more can be had with the optional Drive Pack, which adds a Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Speed Limiter, and a Driver Condition Monitor, among others. There’s also a Park Pack that adds a 360-degree parking aid, Reverse Traffic Monitor, Clear Exit Monitor, and other things.


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“Further technology upgrades include a full suite of safety and driver’s assists.”

More luxury-oriented options include a cooler box and refrigerator in the center console capable of holding four 16.9-ounce bottles. There’s also a new cabin air ionization system, plus LED ambient lighting divided into three distinct “zones” in 10 different colors.

Finally, passengers will enjoy the gesture control for the sunblind – just swipe your hand in front of the rearview mirror to open or close the blinds, although normal button operation is also in place if desired. A smart function will automatically close the blinds after passengers get out, keeping the cabin cool in hot, sunny climates.

Drivetrain


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“One of the most important headlines with this latest update is the addition of a new PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) powertrain”

Let’s kick off this section with the range-topping Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic, offered as the most powerful Range Rover model ever made. Equipped with the same all-aluminum supercharged V-8 as the Range Rover Sport SVR, peak output is rated at 557 horsepower, which is enough to propel the large SUV to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds.

That said, one of the most important headlines with this latest update is the addition of a new PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) powertrain. This latest electrified Land Rover makes solid progress towards Land Rover’s goal to offer an electric powertrain option with every new model released after 2020.


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“The hybrid starts with a 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder internal combustion engine making 296 horsepower. It then adds a single electric motor making 114 horsepower.”

Dubbed the Range Rover P400e, the hybrid starts with a 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder internal combustion engine making 296 horsepower. It then adds a single electric motor making 114 horsepower. The ICE is mounted longitudinally under the hood, while the electric motor is placed inside the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Total output for the hybrid system is rated at 398 horsepower and a stout 472 pound-feet of torque. With output reaching the pavement through a permanent 4WD system, acceleration from 0-to-60 mph takes 6.4 seconds for short-wheelbase variants, while top speed is pegged at 137 mph. What’s more, the eight-speed gearbox is adaptive, changing its shifting patterns to better suit your particular driving style. For example, if you like driving with bit more enthusiasm, the gear changes will compensate with quicker cog swaps.

Mounted under the floor in the rear of the vehicle is a 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery. Charging it up is a 7-kW charger, connected via a charge point placed just behind the grille. Plugged into a standard household outlet, JLR says a full charge can be achieved “overnight.” There’s also an included public charger cable, and the option for pulling power from the grid during off-peak hours. The current charge status is indicated via light strips placed next to the socket behind the grille. Buyers can also monitor the charge status via the Range Rover smartphone app.


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“As you probably expect, there are multiple driving modes to suit the conditions at hand”

As you probably expect, there are multiple driving modes to suit the conditions at hand. The first of these is the default Parallel Hybrid mode, which kicks in both the gas and electric power sources. Then there’s the SAVE function, which maintains a specific battery charge based on your stated destination and onboard GPS navigation data, creating a smart efficiency plan to make the most of the available energy, maximizing mpg as a result. For example, the system will save electric power to help navigate through stop-and-go traffic.

Then of course there’s the EV mode, which draws motivation exclusively from the battery pack. Top speed while in all-electric mode goes down to 85 mph, while max range before the ICE kicks in is 31 miles.

Drivers can select their preferred mode via a button on the console. Regenerative braking also helps to keep the battery pack at full.


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“In addition to a supercharged V-8 and hybrid four-cylinder, the Range Rover is also offered with a few powerplants to fill the gap, including a diesel option and a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in two states of tune”

In addition to a supercharged V-8 and hybrid four-cylinder, the Range Rover is also offered with a few powerplants to fill the gap, including a diesel option that makes 254 horsepower from a turbocharged V-6, returning 28 mpg on the highway. Finally, there’s a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in two states of tune, either with 340 horsepower or 380 horsepower.

Chassis And Handling


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“In addition to providing more economic driving options, the new electric powerplant provides the Range Rover with enhanced off-roading chops as well”

In addition to providing more economic driving options, the new electric powerplant provides the Range Rover with enhanced off-roading chops as well. It uses something called the Land Rover Terrain Response system, which will precisely distribute the available 0 rpm torque from the electric motor across all four corners, enhancing traction as a result.

Further grip is provided by the low-traction launch mode, which is ideal for surfaces like wet grass, gravel, or snow. Hill Descent Control comes as standard. There’s also plenty of ground clearance and a smooth underfloor, and if necessary, Land Rover says the Range Rover can wade into water up to 35.4 inches (nearly 3 feet) deep.

“Hill Descent Control comes as standard. There’s also plenty of ground clearance and a smooth underfloor, and if necessary, Land Rover says the Range Rover can wade into water up to 35.4 inches (nearly 3 feet) deep.”

Further improvements to the new model include an optimized chassis thanks to improved stiffness, plus a refined variable-ratio, speed-sensitive steering system. The construction utilizes aluminum for the construction, which keeps it as lightweight as possible. The set-up is independent at all four corners, with double wishbones in front and a multi-link in the rear.

The Range Rover comes standard with air suspension components, which allows it to automatically lower or raise the ride height by as much as 3.5 inches. This is particularly useful when adapting to certain driving situations, for example, lowering for high-speed freeway cruising, or rising up for off-roading adventures. Max ride height is also great for hitching up to a tall trailer. Further towing capabilities are provided by optional Advanced Tow Assist, which will automatically countersteer as necessary to guide the trailer where intended.


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“The Range Rover comes standard with air suspension components, which allows it to automatically lower or raise the ride height by as much as 3.5 inches.”

A Dynamic Response system allows drivers to fine tune their suspension set-up, with independent front and rear axle control and an active roll system. An active rear-locking differential and Adaptive Dynamics system with variable damping rounds out the handling equipment.

Various drive modes make the most of it. There’s a Comfort mode for cruising, as well as a Dynamic mode for spirited driving, plus modes like Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, or Rock Crawl. There’s even an Eco mode, which will provide feedback and tips for eking out more mpg, while also softening the throttle response, short shifting the transmission, and deactivating the heating function for the side view mirrors, steering wheel, and seats.

Finally, ducts in the front bumper help to keep the brakes nice and chilly.

Prices


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Order books for the Land Rover Range Rover are open now, with deliveries scheduled for the end of 2017, depending on the market in question. Meanwhile, buyers interested in the Range Rover P400e won’t get availability until the 2019 model year.

Pricing for the base model SE starts at $87,350, while the turbodiesel option will run you $89,350. Step up to the V-8 and you’re looking at $104,850, while the range-topper SVAutobiography gets a price tag of $177,200. Go for the long wheelbase iteration and prepare to dish out $207,900.

Land Rover declined to announce pricing for the P400e, but if we were to guess, a figure of $95,000 feels about right.

TRIM POWERTRAIN – OUTPUT MSRP
SE 3.0L S/C V6 Gas – 340hp $87,350
HSE 3.0L S/C V6 Gas – 380hp $94,050
SE Td6 3.0L T/C V6 Diesel – 254hp $89,350
HSE Td6 3.0L T/C V6 Diesel – 254hp $96,050
Supercharged 5.0L S/C V8 Gas – 518hp $104,850
Supercharged LWB 5.0L S/C V8 Gas – 518hp $108,895
Autobiography 5.0L S/C V8 Gas – 518hp $141,995
Autobiography LWB 5.0L S/C V8 Gas – 518hp $148,295
SVAutobiography Dynamic 5.0L S/C V8 Gas – 557hp $177,200

Other Options

Lexus LX


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When it comes to boldly styled luxury SUVs, the Japanese-brand Lexus makes a tempting offer with its LX model line. Introduced for a third generation in 2007, the last refresh was shown at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Outside, the LX advertises itself with an utterly unique exterior. The look is quite different from that of the Range Rover, with sharp cuts, many geometric forms, and highly angular features. Chrome lines the surrounds for the grille and windows, while the proportions are classic SUV in their appearance.

Mercedes-Benz GLS Class


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If you’re looking for high-end luxury in a big SUV package, the Germans definitely have the right stuff. Mercedes-Benz offers the GLS Class to scratch that particular itch, available in three individual trim levels. Kicking it off is the GLS 450, which gets 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque from a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. Next is the GLS 550, which throws in another two cylinders and 1.7 liters for 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. At the top of the heap is the AMG GLS 63, which mounts a 5.5-liter V-6 good for 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. Pricing starts at $69,550 for the 450, and ranges up to $125,300 for the AMG.

Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class.

Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid


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Volvo has been making significant moves in the hybrid space as of late, with the XC90 T8 SUV offering both high-end interior luxury and powerful (yet fuel-efficient) technology under the hood. Big screens, leather upholstery, and wood trim are in the cabin, complemented by the latest safety and assistance features. A twin-charged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is mounted in the nose. Assisting the ICE is a pair of electric motors, which boost output to 400 horsepower. At the same time, return figures are estimated at an impressive 53 MPGe in the city.

Read our full review on the 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid.

Conclusion


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I’ll be perfectly honest, no one is gonna buy a $95,000 luxury SUV to save on gas, even if it does get a hybrid powertrain under the hood. Rather, the electrification of the Range Rover is a clear indicator that Land Rover is expecting some pretty big changes in the future, and when they happen, the automaker will have the experience needed to continue offering its most iconic model.

That said, the rest of the Range Rover line looks as good as always. The interior luxury and features are all top-notch, whether you’re behind the wheel or in the back seat relaxing. Premium SUV motoring is very much in effect here, and by all accounts, the off-roading chops are as strong as ever. It’s a solid foot forward for the nameplate, and we expect it to carry the JLR torch for quite some time to come.

  • Leave it
    • Can get very, very expensive very, very quickly
    • Will folks really care about the hybrid?
    • Will folks really go off-roading?

References

Land Rover Range Rover


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Read our full article on the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover P400e.


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Read our full article on the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport P400e.

PostHeaderIcon See How The 2018 Range Rover Velar Withstands Crash Testing

The new 2018 Range Rover Velar recently went headlong into Euro NCAP’s crash test barriers and emerged a five-star winner. The new SUV not only earned a perfect overall score but managed an impressive 93 percent in adult protection and 85 percent in rear-seat child protection. Even those outside the Velar are well-protected thanks to its active braking system that detects both vehicles and pedestrians. Between the active brakes and the Velar’s front end design, Euro NCAP awarded it a 74 percent in pedestrian protection.

Compared to the current benchmark, the Volvo XC90, the Range Rover Velar does very well, only falling short a few percentage points in both adult and child protection. Impressively, the Velar outscores the XC90 in pedestrian protection by two percentage points. When the then-new 2015 XC90 was evaluated by NCAP, it scored a 97, 87, and 72 percent in the adult, child, and pedestrian protection categories. What’s more impressive, Alfa Romeo’s new SUV, the 2017 Stelvio, scored right up there with the Volvo, getting a 97, 84, and 71 percent in each respective category. So, the Range Rover Velar might not be the absolute best-ranked SUV by the Euro NCAP, but it certainly does a bang-up job in protecting its passengers.

Of course, the NCAP tests also include evaluating active safety assist features and how well they help avoid an accident altogether. Keep reading for those results.

Continue reading for more information.

Active Safety To The Rescue

The 2018 Range Rover Velar’s standard Autonomous Emergency Braking system scored a 72 percent in preventing a front-end collision. The system works by giving the driver an audible and visual warning when a crash is about to happen, and in most scenarios, will begin to slow the vehicle down. In many situations, the Velar will bring itself to a complete stop without the driver’s input.

“The 2018 Range Rover Velar’s standard Autonomous Emergency Braking system scored a 72 percent in preventing a front-end collision”

The video above shows the Velar coming to a complete stop from 40 kph (25 mph) when it approaches a stationary car. The same test at 60 kph (37 mph) brought the same results of a completely avoided collision. The AEB system also brakes for and avoids run-ins with pedestrians. The system automatically stops the Velar and avoids a pedestrian from 40 kph. From 50 kph (31 mph), the Velar did strike the pedestrian, but its AEB system lowered vehicle speed to only 20 kph (12 mph). Splitting the difference, the Velar’s AEB system completely avoided the pedestrian from 45 kph (28 mph).


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“The system automatically stops the Velar and avoids a pedestrian from 40 kph”

By comparison, the 2018 Alfa Romero Stelvio scored a 60-percent in the safety assist category though it avoided every crash. It lost points since it doesn’t offer a driver-selectable speed limiter or warning system – something the Velar comes standard with. The 2015 Volvo XC90 takes the cake, however, scoring a perfect 100 percent in the NCAP’s safety assist testing.

References

Range Rover Velar


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Read our full review on the 2018 Range Rover Velar.

Land Rover Range Rover


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Read our full review on the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e.

PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Range Rover P400e

Only a few days after Land Rover announced its heavily updated 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e, the British automaker is adding that same plug-in hybrid powertrain to its revised 2019 Range Rover. The gasoline-electric system provides a very impressive all-electric range of 31 miles thanks to a 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery and an 85-kW electric motor. Once depleted, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder kicks on to recharge the battery and power the Range Rover through the familiar ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Thankfully, the P400e is no slouch. It boasts a combined output of 398 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque good enough for a 0-to-60 mph run of 6.4 seconds and to a top speed of 137 mph. In other words, the Range Rover doesn’t lose any of its class-leading capabilities due to its new hybrid powertrain.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about hybrids from Range Rover. In fact, not only does the 2019 Range Rover P400e follow the Range Rover Sport P400e, it follows Jaguar Land Rover’s official promise to offer a hybrid powertrain in every one of its models by 2020. We had also seen camouflaged Range Rover test mules trudging through the snow with a slightly reshaped front end. Now, the P400e is only one member of the Range Rover lineup. There’s the 3.0-liter gasoline V-6 and the 5.0-liter V-8 – both of which are supercharged. Then there’s the newer 3.0-liter Td6 V-6 turbodiesel. All Range Rovers are undergoing a mid-cycle refresh for the 2018 model year. The changes include the new front fascia and some extensive technology improvements within the dash. Those wanting the P400e powertrain will have to wait until the 2019 model year, however. Still, it should be well worth the wait.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Range Rover P400e.

Exterior


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“The headlights are also new and feature a different LED pattern and both low and high beams are now LED”

For 2018 the Land Rover Range Rover is getting a welcomed mid-cycle refresh. These same changes will be found on the 2019 P400e, as well, though you’d have to be a true Range Rover fan to spot the differences. Most of the changes happen up front. The main grille now has a flat mesh insert rather than the three-part wavy mesh grille. The headlights are also new and feature a different LED pattern and both low and high beams are now LED. Down low, the tall air inlets below the headlights now integrate with the horizontal lower grille. Like we said, the changes are small.

The Range Rover P400e does have a trick up its sleeve. Engineers and designers teamed up to incorporate the charge port within the new grille. It’s hidden behind the green Land Rover oval. Two doors – an outer and an inner – are used to keep the charge port clear of water, dust, or mud.

Interior


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“The interior of the 2018 Range Rover (and consequently the 2019 Range Rover P400e) has a heavily reworked dashboard and center stack”

While the outside didn’t get much more than a massage, the interior of the 2018 Range Rover (and consequently the 2019 Range Rover P400e) has a heavily reworked dashboard and center stack. The overall look hasn’t changed all that much, but Range Rover has given the 2018/2019 model the same dual, 10-inch screens found on the 2018 Range Rover Velar and the 2019 Range Rover Sport. The main gauge cluster also gets a welcomed graphic interface with updated icons and displays.

The two new screens in the center stack are part of Range Rover’s “Touch Pro Duo” system. Both screens have high definition resolution and touch capability. The upper screen even recognizes multi-gesture inputs. The lower screen is where the fun really happens. In normal operation, the screen shows the HVAC controls with the rotary dials operating vent speed and dual-zone temperature controls. But when it’s time to adjust the Terrain Response 2 system, the entire lower screen and the digital faces of the knobs change into the controls for the off-road modes. It’s a fantastic double use of space and keeps the console free from extra buttons and dials.

The Range Rover offers 17 connection ports in the standard wheelbase model and 18 in the long wheelbase version, all placed around the cabin for easy use. These connections include 12-volt plugs, a household plug, and HDMI and USB ports. The 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot also has slots for eight connections, meaning four passengers can have two devices online at the same time.

Adding to the tech is the addition of Jaguar Land Rover’s Activity Key. Like in other JLR products, the driver can simply wear a wristband that acts as the key. The waterproof band means no more lost or water-soaked key fobs.


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Audiophiles will love having a choice between three sound systems in the Range Rover. There’s the base 380-watt system with 13 speakers, an 825-watt surround sound system with 19 speakers, and the 1,700-watt Signature Sound System with a whipping 29 speakers. All three systems come from Meridian. Having experienced the 1,700-watt system in several Range Rovers, we can vouch for its absolute movie theater-quality sound and thunderous bass.

“There’s the base 380-watt system with 13 speakers, an 825-watt surround sound system with 19 speakers, and the 1,700-watt Signature Sound System with a whipping 29 speakers”

Another new trapping inside the updated Range Rover is the gesture-controlled sunshade for the panoramic moonroof. Rather than pushing a button, the driver or front passenger can simply wave a hand to open or close the blind. Motion rearward for the shade to open and wave forward for the shade to close. While it sounds cool, we’ll reserve judgment until we can see how responsive and accurate the system works.

Drivetrain


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“The P400e uses a gasoline-eclectic hybrid system that operates normally as a parallel hybrid with the engine and electric motor working together”

The 2019 Range Rover P400e is nearly identical to the gasoline and diesel-drinking Range Rover. Of course, the big difference is its powertrain. The P400e uses a gasoline-electric hybrid system that operates normally as a parallel hybrid with the engine and electric motor working together. In higher load driving situations, the engine kicks on to supply power to the wheels and when coasting or during light acceleration, the battery powers the electric motors, which in turn, powers the wheels.

So what are the specifics?

The gasoline engine is Range Rover’s 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder tuned to produce 296 horsepower and mounted longitudinally within the engine bay. It mates to the familiar ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, but with an 85-kW, 114-horsepower electric motor sandwiched between. The electric power comes from a 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack stored under the rear load floor. A 7.0-kW onboard charger feeds the battery pack when plugged into a power source.


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Speaking of charging, the P400e can be charged both on the go and when stopped. In motion, the hybrid system will use the engine and regenerative braking to help replenish the battery. When stopped, the plug-in charge port will recharge the battery in as little as 2.75 hours with a public charging station or with the optional high-power AC wall box. On the typical household plug, the P400e will change in 7.5 hours. Naturally, Range Rover allows the driver to monitor and control charging via the InControl smartphone app.

The system provides a combined output of 398 horsepower and an impressive 472 pound-feet of torque. Despite the power, the Range Rover P400e has an all-electric range of 31 miles when driven conservatively. That’s a marvel considering the Chevrolet Volt, a ground-up designed hybrid, has an electric-only range of 53 miles. The Range Rover even out-performs the Toyota Prius Prime, which only has an electric-only range of 25 miles. Of course, the Nissan Leaf and every Tesla product have greater ranges. Still, this is a fantastic first stab at a gasoline-electric hybrid system.

At the time of this writing, the EPA has not tested the Range Rover P400e for its fuel economy.

“The system provides a combined output of 398 horsepower and an impressive 472 pound-feet of torque”

Despite having a fuel-friendly powertrain, the Range Rover P400e remains a capable SUV. It will hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and will achieve a top speed of 134 mph. Not only that but when the road turns sloppy, the Range Rover falls back on its heritage. The full-time 4WD system remains in place, sending power to all four wheels. The electronically controlled transfer case and center differential send power where it’s needed and the traction control system will deliver power to whatever wheel has traction. Both the center and rear differentials can be locked, providing a 50:50 torque split between the front and rear axles and a between the rear wheels, affording the Range Rover the maximum level of traction.

Managing the 4WD system is Land Rover’s famed Terrain Response 2 system. As mentioned, it now lives in the Touch Pro Duo’s lower screen and uses the HVAC knobs to adjust the terrain modes and other settings. The driver can select between Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, and Rock Craw modes to suit the trail at hand. The system also has modes for on-road driving, too. These include Comfort, Dynamic, and Eco, with each recalibrating the power delivery of the engine, electric motor, and transmission shift points.


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The Range Rover P400e continues to utilize Land Rover’s adjustable air suspension. Not only does it provide a smooth ride, the suspension offers multiple ride heights for different situations. These include Access Height, which lowers the vehicle by two inches to ease getting in and out. Then there is the normal ride height, though it will automatically drop by 0.6-inches when traveling over 65 mph to increase stability and reduce drag. When its time for getting dirty, two off-road ride heights provide extra ground clearance of 1.3 and 3.0 inches, respectively. These ride heights are limited to speeds under 50 mph and 31 mph, as well.

Interestingly, the air suspension can also be used to help with loading cargo and hitching a trailer. The rear suspension will lower up to two inches for a shorter lift height for heavy items. This can also be used when backing under a trailer coupler. Once aligned, the air suspension will raise up to 3.5 inches, taking the weight off the tongue jack for easy stowage.

Drivetrain Specifications

Gasoline engine 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder
Horsepower 296 HP
Electric motor 114 HP
Combined output 398 HP
Combined torque 472 LB-FT
Tranmission ZF eight-speed automatic
Battery 13.1-kWh lithium-ion
All-electric range 31 miles
0 to 60 mph 6.4 seconds
Top speed 134 mph

Safety


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“The Range Rover continues to offer a suite of driver assistance technologies”

The Range Rover continues to offer a suite of driver assistance technologies. These include Lane Departure Warning, Emergency Braking, Front and Rear Park Distance Control, and a driver-selectable speed limiter. There is also a rear backup camera as part of the standard package.

Optionally, customers can get the Drive Pack. It comes with Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Speed Limiter, Driver Condition Monitor, and Traffic Sign Recognition. Above that is the Drive Pack Pro, which includes High Speed Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and an upgraded version of the adaptive cruise control that includes Queue Assist, which keeps the Range Rover moving in a stop-and-go line of traffic.

For those who don’t like parking, the Park Pack offers the 360-degree camera system, Reverse Traffic Monitor, and the Clear Exit Monitor. The Park Pack Pro goes beyond that to actually park the Range Rover by itself, with the driver only operating the pedals.

Pricing


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Land Rover has not relapsed pricing for the 2019 Range Rover P400e model at this time. However, pricing for the updated 2018 Range Rover models was announced. The base SE with the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 starts at $87,350. Moving to the turbodiesel will move the price to $89.350, while the supercharged V-8 starts at $104,850. Graduating into the range-topping SVAutobiography Dynamic trim with the 557-horsepower tune of the 5.0-liter V-8 costs $177,200 and the long-wheelbase version starts at $207,900. That’s a seriously wide range of prices.

We suspect the P400e will slot between the turbodiesel and the V-8, meaning its starting price could be around $90,000 to $100,000. Needless to say, people won’t be buying the Range Rover P400e to save money on fuel costs. This is just Land Rover keeping up with the times and offering a model that customers living near gasoline-free city centers can still have.

Land Rover didn’t give a specific timeline for the P400e’s arrival in the U.S., but will be sometime for the 2019 model year.

Competition

Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid


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The XC90 is a beautiful SUV worthy of any luxury buyer’s attention. Its classy and reserved appearance is only surpassed by its leather-lined and wood-accented interior. Large screens for the infotainment and driver’s gauge cluster keep information and controls handy, while three rows offer seating for seven. The Volvo might not have the Range Rover name or cache, but it definitely rivals the Range Rover in terms of fit, finish, and comfort.

The range-topping powertrain also happens to be the most efficient. Called the T8 Twin-Engine Plug-in Hybrid, the powertrain uses Volvo’s 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder mated to an 87-horsepower AC motor driven by a 9.2-kWh battery pack. Another electric motor, a 46-horsepower unit, is sandwiched between the engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission. Total output is up from the XC90 T6 model’s 316 horsepower to an impressive 400 horses and 472 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 53 MPGe city and 25 MPGe highway.

Pricing for the XC90 T8 starts at $67,800. The “base” trim for the T8 Plug-in Hybrid is the trendy R-Design. The luxury-minded Inscription trim starts at $68,900, while the range-topping Excellence trim starts at $104,900.

Read more about the 2018 Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid.

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid


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Focused more on sport, the Cayenne E-Hybrid lives up to the Porsche name, while delivering improved fuel economy and 416 horsepower. The two-row SUV has a swanky interior that should fool the front occupants into thinking they’re flying a military aircraft. High-tech features abound, as does comfort.

Power comes from a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 mated to a 10.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which powers a 95-horsepower AC motor. The gasoline engine makes an impressive 416 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque by itself. Combined with the AC motor’s 229 pound-feet of torque, the Cayenne makes 435 pound-feet. That’s enough to push the two-row SUV to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 151 mph. An eight-speed automatic does the shifting. The EPA estimated the Porsche will achieve 46 MPGe combined between city and highway.

Prices for the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid start at $78,700, while the Platinum Edition starts at $81,600.

Find out more about the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid.

Conclusion


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Land Rover’s acceptance and adoption of gasoline-hybrid technology is a huge milestone in automotive history. What’s more, its exciting and relieving to see an automaker with such a rich history in off-roading manage to retain that capability while still providing a more fuel-efficient powertrain with an impressive 31-mile, all-electric range. This is no small task and Land Rover deserves some serious credit here.

We can’t wait to see the 2019 Range Rover P400e is like in person and what the future holds for Jaguar Land Rover’s other models. The future is certainly exciting.

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References

Land Rover Range Rover


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Read our full article on the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport P400e.

Land Rover Velar


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Read our full review on the 2018 Land Rover Velar.

PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Range Rover Sport P400e

The Range Rover Sport is getting a facelift and thorough update for the 2018 model year, along with an all-new gasoline-electric hybrid variant called the P400e. In addition to the new exterior and swanky updated, technology-laden interior, the 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e will offer 31 miles of all-electric driving from its 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery paired with a 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder. But this isn’t some slowpoke Prius. Rather, the P400e packs 404 combined horsepower and 472 pound-feet of combined torque to shoot this all-aluminum SUV to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 137 mph while also being able to squeeze out 101 MPGe on the European scale when driving conservatively.

The 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s recent promise to have an electrified variant of each of its vehicles by 2020. The P400e joins the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace crossover as the second member of JLR’s new-age lineup. Obviously, we can expect many more JLR vehicles coming with similar hybrid powertrains in the near future, especially since 2020 is only two model years away. While we have no insider information on the subject, it would be a safe bet JLR will use hybrid systems very similar to the P400e’s in the majority of its vehicles. The range will include everything from the sporty Jaguar F-Type to the luxury-minded Range Rover. Until then, let’s take a look at the 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e, its hybrid drivetrain, and its updated aesthetics and technology.

Continue reading for more information.

Exterior


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“The Range Rover Sport’s new face is more aggressive than ever.”

The Range Rover Sport’s new face is more aggressive than ever. The previous design featured much more surface area on the bumper with a relatively tiny lower air inlet. Now, even the non-SRV Range Rover Sports have a huge, three-part lower grille. The design doesn’t impact the SUV’s ability to clear off-road obstacles, however, especially when combined with its adjustable air suspension. The lower chin still retains that skid-plate look that’s designed not to catch on things. The upper grille and leading edge of the hood, however, look almost unchanged.

Looks can be deceiving, though.


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“The P400e’s grille hides this plug-in hybrid’s charge port”

The P400e’s grille hides this plug-in hybrid’s charge port. It’s hidden under the Land Rover badge near the headlight. And speaking of headlights, those are new, too. In fact, they incorporate a new technology Land Rover calls “intelligent Matrix Pixel LED headlights.” While the tech is new for Land Rover, we’ve seen other automakers use this in Europe for a few years now. Basically, the headlights are super bright, but avoid “dazzling” oncoming cars by blocking the light aimed in the moving car’s direction. Pretty neat. Sadly, unless legislation changes here in the U.S., we won’t get them. (Call your representatives, folks!)

Things out back are new, too. The 2018 Range Rover Sport has an updated rear fascia that, like the front, is far more sporty and aggressive. Integrated rectangular exhaust tips and an accent piece help differential the 2018 model from its predecessors.


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“The 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e carries the same basic design as the 2014 Range Rover Sport”

Beyond those changes and some updated wheel deigns, the 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e carries the same basic design as the 2014 Range Rover Sport. That’s not a bad thing, though, as the SUV’s untouched parts still look fresh.

Interior


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“The 2018 Range Rover Sport, including the P400e model, has an updated interior with vastly updated in-dash technology”

The 2018 Range Rover Sport, including the P400e model, has an updated interior with vastly updated in-dash technology that’s modeled after the 2018 Range Rover Velar. The most noticeable change is the HVAC controls on the center stack. Like the Velar, these controls are touch-sensitive and feature intuitive airflow controls. JLR calls the system Touch Pro Duo. The dual-zone temperature settings are adjusted by the rotary knobs. What’s more, these controls also double as the Terrain Response 2 system, with the HVAC layout changing to the 4WD settings and the knobs change to operate the different drive modes.

The other big changes include a new, larger main infotainment screen. It’s now a 10-inch touchscreen and runs the latest software from JLR. A second 10-inch screen replaces the analog gauges with a full complement of digital gauge and vehicle parameters. The driver can also configure the display to his liking.

The rest of the interior is updated with new leather upholstery with intricate stitching and piping. There are now 12 power ports for charging a variety of personal electronics. Two of those pugs are household plugs for charging larger devices like laptops. These plugs change depending on the market. And like other JLR products, the new Range Rover Sport comes with JLR’s Activity Key. This wristband is fully waterproof and allows the wearer to leave the traditional keyfob behind. It means no more lost keys or waterlogged keys after getting wet.

Last but not least is an interesting new feature that allows gesture controls to operate the sunblind over the panoramic moonroof. Simply motion backwards with a hand near the rearview mirror to open the shade and motion forward to close it.

Drivetrain


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“At the heart of the system is an all-aluminum 2.0-liter four-cylinder from JLR’s Ingenium engine family”

Of course, the big news with the 2018 Range Rover Sport P400e is its gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. At the heart of the system is an all-aluminum 2.0-liter four-cylinder from JLR’s Ingenium engine family. The engine is mounted longitudinally within the engine bay and is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Integrated into the transmission are the new 85-kW electric motor and a 7-kW on-board charger for the main 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which takes the place of the spare tire under the cargo area floor.

Total system output is rated at 404 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. That’s combined from the 300-horsepower 2.0-liter and the 116-horsepower electric motor. As mentioned, the P400e isn’t slow. It will hit 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and onto a top speed of 137 mph.

“The P400e isn’t slow. It will hit 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and onto a top speed of 137 mph”

The Range Rover Sport P400e offers an impressive 31-mile range of all-electric driving in optimal conditions. That’s rather good considering the Range Rover’s size and relatively small 13.1-kWh battery pack. Of course, the P400e two main drive modes that manage the hybrid powertrain. First is the normal parallel hybrid mode. This has both the engine and electric motor powering the vehicle, with the computers determining when to run the engine and when battery power is sufficient. Top speed on battery power is 85 mph. The second mode is EV. This keeps the engine turned off and runs solely on the battery. This mode is critical for Europe’s urban areas that have recently been deemed EV-only.


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“With a regular household plug emitting 10 amps, the P400e will change in seven hours and 30 minutes”

Between these two main modes are two other sub-settings that allow the driver to tailor how the powertrain operates. The SAVE function will run exclusively on the gasoline engine in order to preserve the battery’s charge. The second mode, Predictive Energy Optimization, works when a destination is keyed into the GPS system. The navigation uses road data to “intelligently optimize the switch between electric motor and engine use.” In other words, the GPS system suggests to the powertrain when to run the gas engine and when to use batteries based on altitude, hill grade, and other variables.

Charging happens quickly and in a variety of ways. First, the on-board charger uses the gasoline engine to recharge the battery on the go. Of course, the P400e is primarily designed as a plug-in hybrid. It can charge in as little as two hours and 45 minutes on a 32-amp charging system. With a regular household plug emitting 10 amps, the P400e will change in seven hours and 30 minutes.

Despite the P400e’s hybrid powertrain, the Range Rover Sport remains a capable off-roader. It features Land Rover’s full-time 4WD system and a specially calibrated version of Terrain Response 2. The electric motor is especially handy when off-roading thanks to its instant torque from zero rpm.

Price


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The ordering books are already open for all versions of the 2018 Range Rover Sport, which includes the P400e, standard gasoline and diesel variants, and the performance-minded SVR. Prices start at £61,315, or $81,248 at current exchange rates with the U.S. Three trim levels are available with the P400e. The “base” HSE version starts at £70,800.00 ($93,810), the HSE Dynamic starts at £73,800.00 ($97,792), and the Autobiography Dynamic starts at £84,400.00 (111,830). Naturally, the most expensive version of the Range Rover Sport is the SVR, which starts at £99,680.00, or roughly $132,000.

The updated Range Rover Sport will begin arriving in U.S. showrooms in early 2018 and a 2018 model, but the P400e won’t be available until the summer of 2018 as a 2019 model.

Competition

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid


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Hybrid SUVs aren’t as ironic as they used to be, much like how a Porsche SUV has become commonplace rather than comical. Porsche’s latest big, green, off-roading machine is the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. It’s based on the regular Cayenne platform and for the most part is hard to tell apart. That means this luxury SUV has room for five people and their cargo, can tackle winter weather and mild trails and can blend in with the other high-end metal at the local country club. What sets it apart is its powertrain.

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid uses a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and paired with a 10.8-kWh lithium-ion battery and a 95-horsepower electric motor. The total system output is 416 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to get this 5,300-pound monster to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. When driving green, the S E-Hybrid has 14 miles of all-electric range and will travel up to 78 mph. Like the Range Rover and most other hybrids, the Cayenne can hold its charge until the driver wants to run solely on the battery. On the U.S.’ EPA testing scale and using U.S. gallons, the 2017 Cayenne S E-Hybrid averages 46 MPGe in combined driving.

Pricing is up there with the Range Rover Sport, too. The 2017 model starts at $79,750. Of course, Porsche will let you spend as much money as you’d like upgrading your Cayenne, so costs can quickly soar past $90,000.

Read our full review on the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid.

Volvo XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid


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The Volvo XC90 might not have the brand cache enjoyed by Porsche and Range Rover, but the Swedish automaker is turning out some impeccably brilliant and refined products these days. One of the premiere examples is the XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid. While it shared the same aesthetics and interior niceties as other XC90 models, the Plug-In Hybrid trim offers the most horsepower and the best fuel economy. How’s that for a conundrum? And the XC90 boasts seating for seven.

The Volvo uses its 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is both supercharged and turbocharged mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Though it’s AWD, the engine and transmission only power the front wheels. The electric motor is what turns those rear tires. This 87-horsepower motor generates 177 pound-feet of torque, that when combined with the gasoline engine’s 313 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, equate to 400 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. That’s respectable. The electric motor is fed by a 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery mounted within the transmission tunnel where the driveshaft would normally be. Volvo claims an all-electric range of 14 miles and a Level 2 charge time of 2.5 hours. Straight-line performance is excellent, with a 5.0-second sprint to 60 mph. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 53 MPGe combined.

The Volvo is hardly cheap, but it’s certainly less expensive than the others. The T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid can be had for $64,950 when paired with the “base” Momentum trim. That is an $18,050 jump in price over the XC90 Momentum’s least-expensive powertrain option, the T5 FWD Five Passenger. However, Volvo also offers the T8 powertrain on the sporty R-Design and the luxurious Inscription trims, while making it standard on the range-topping Excellence trim. Prices for those T8 versions start at $68,950; $70,050; and $104,900 respectively.

Read our full review on the Volvo XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid.

Conclusion


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The Range Rover Sport’s 2018 updates are a welcomed addition to an already capable and lust-worthy SUV. Not only does it look more aggressive and its interior comes with high-end electronics, the new P400e package adds a dose of futurism to the powertrain. This marks Land Rover’s first hybrid, as well as a good step forward for JLR’s goal of offering a hybrid variant of each of its models.

The P400e isn’t just a great first-step for JLR, though. It’s a solid contender in its segment. With an impressive 31 miles of electric range, 404 horsepower, and a quick-charge time of 2.75 hours – all without sacrificing its off-road capabilities – the P400e should be one of the most desirable yet practical versions of the new Range Rover Sport.

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References

Land Rover Range Rover Sport


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PostHeaderIcon This Was America’s First Taste of Range Rover

It was 1987 when Range Rover first invaded America’s shores. But unlike any previous British invasion, this luxury SUV offered comfort and convenience for citizens brave enough to associate with anything related to The Crown. And brave they would have to be – the Range Rover cost $30,000 in 1987, a hefty sum back in those days. Range Rover didn’t expect to find many of these brave souls, either, as only 5,000 examples were initially allotted to the U.S. each model year. What’s more interesting is how novel the concept of a premium SUV was at the time. MotorWeek’s host, John Davis, opens this segment by saying, “It seems no one though a luxury 4×4 could succeed in the U.S.” Boy, how times have changed.

The times have also changed the definition of luxury. Compared to a modern Range Rover, or even the least-expensive compact car from 2017, this SUV is downright spartan. It has cloth seats, laughably basic gauges, and low-buck plastic panels covering nearly every inch of the interior. The “luxury” touch consisted of wood trim on the door panels. Despite the relativity of luxury, the Range Rover was far cushier than most SUVs of the 1980s. Only the Jeep Grand Wagoneer could really compete.

But like modern Range Rovers, the 1987 model was far more capable off-road than its competition. Coil-spring suspension and solid axles gave it good articulation while its full-time 4WD system with low range kept all four wheels turning. Power came from a Buick-derived, all-aluminum 3.5-liter V-8 with an electronic fuel injection system. The old V-8 made a then-respectable 150 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Of course, that’s nothing compared to Range Rover’s current 510-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. Power was routed through a four-speed automatic transmission.

Despite its flaws, the 1987 Range Rover started a trend that continues today. Luxury SUVs are definitely ingrained into modern car culture and won’t likely be going anywhere anytime soon.

References

Land Rover Range Rover


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Read our full review on the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover.

PostHeaderIcon Jaguar Land Rover’s New Nomenclature Is Actually Easy To Understand

Changing model names in the auto industry on the fly is actually a pretty difficult thing. An automaker who decides to adopt a change risks confusing its existing clientele, not to mention future buyers who may end up being turned off by the sheer confusion brought about by the new names. Take Audi, for example. The German automaker announced a new naming structure for all of its models, and all-around confusion has been the overwhelming response to it. As it turns out, Jaguar Land Rover is also planning to adopt a new nomenclature for its models and, wouldn’t you know it, the proposed changes are actually easy to understand.

Word of JLR’s plans come from a reader from Auto Express who spotted a Jaguar F-Type prototype that was wearing a badge reading “P380 AWD.” As it turns out, there’s more to the badge than meets the eye as the alphanumeric combination actually points to a new naming structure that both Jaguar and Land Rover are planning for their respective models. According to Auto Express, it is believed that in the case of the “P380 AWD,” the “P” stands for petrol while the “380” refers to the amount of horsepower the model has. The AWD reference is self-explanatory. In the case of the Range Rover Velar, it is believed that it will adopt the “D180” name, meaning that it’s running on a diesel engine and has 180 horsepower on tap. Likewise, the range-topping unit will also feature a “P380” nomenclature based on the model having the same engine and output as the F-Type. Even Jaguar’s upcoming electric vehicles will adopt the same naming strategy, including the Jaguar I-Pace, which is reportedly getting badged as the “E400.” And as far as Land Rover’s various hybrid models are concerned, the thought process would be for them to get “H” badges.

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This new naming structure is a lot easier to understand than Audis


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“The “D180” name means that it’s running on a diesel engine and has 180 horsepower on tap”

Oh, Audi. Why couldn’t you have come up with an easier naming structure? I understand the rationale behind it, but the final offering made telling the difference between models all the more confusing. Apparently, Audi’s goal in this name overhaul is to do away with using engine size as part of the name and instead using the car’s power output in kilowatts to differentiate itself from other variants of the same model. More to that, the new naming strategy involves designating a “number” to classify power ranges in kilowatts.

For example, cars that will wear the “30” name produce between 81 kW to 96 kW (108 horsepower to 128 horsepower). These numbers are then staged in increments of five so the next number is 35, which will be used on models with outputs between 110 kW and 120 kW (145 horsepower and 159 horsepower). The numbering system goes on until it reaches “70” for models with more than 400 kW (529 horsepower) on tap.

The end result is new model names like the Audi A3 30 TDI, the Audi A8 50 TDI, and well, you get the picture. Or do you? If you need a simple cheat sheet to understand how the classifications are broken down, check the table out below.


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Badge identifier Power reference in kilowatts
25 80kW and under (106bhp)
30 81kW to 91kW (107bhp to 127bhp)
35 110kW to 120kW, (145bhp to 159bhp)
40 125kW to 150kW, (165bhp to 198bhp)
45 169kW to 185kW (223bhp to 244bhp)
50 210kW to 230kW (278bhp to 304bhp)
55 245kW to 275kW (324bhp to 363bhp)
60 320kW to 340kW (423bhp to 449bhp)
70 400kW and over (529bhp)

If you’re still confused, I don’t blame you. Unlike JLR’s straightforward approach, Audi’s new naming strategy is going take a lot of getting used to. And even with the passing of time, there are no guarantees that all of us can fully understand it.

“Jaguar Land Rover found a way to make all of that work while still keeping it in a plane that’s easy to understand”

All this though isn’t to say that Audi completely messed up with this endeavor. IN fairness, the move was done with the best of intentions as Audi was, among other reasons, trying to find a unified way to rank powertrains instead of displacements, which is not only inaccurate in telling the difference between gas and diesel engines, but is also downright irrelevant when it comes to electric and hybrid powertrains. That said, Jaguar Land Rover found a way to make all of that work while still keeping it in a plane that’s easy to understand. I don’t know if Audi is going to revisit this anytime soon, but if I were the German automaker, I would be looking for a way to make the new naming structure easier to comprehend.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar Land Rover Contemplates a Big Move That Could Shake the Very Core of the Auto Industry

Jaguar Land Rover is in the market for a new auto brand, and it’s not just gunning for any manufacturer. Nope. JLR is shooting for the big boys as it’s being reported that the company is looking to acquire a marque brand in an effort to diversify its lineup. The report comes from Bloomberg, which cited sources saying that on top of being on the lookout for an international auto brand, the company is also weighing options on potential purchases of technology firms that can complement the company’s efforts in being a leader in electric technology and autonomous driving systems.

JLR’s push for expansion reportedly has the green light of parent company Tata Motors, which is sitting on a staggering amount of cash amounting to around $6.1 billion. The immediate plan is to use that money to add new products to the fold, whether it’s an established automaker, new technologies, or increased manufacturing capacity. As for the end goal, Tata believes that it needs to build off of the success of Jaguar and Land Rover – the two companies account for 78 percent of Tata Motors’ revenue – by growing its portfolio in the auto scene. It’s still unclear which auto brands JLR is looking into purchasing, but the important thing is that it has the blessing from Tata to start doing some shopping. And, if it just so happens that JLR is going to need extra finances to close a potential acquisition, the mothership is more than willing to provide the financial support to make it happen. Don’t look now, but JLR could be on the verge of shaking up the auto industry.

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What are JLR’s options?


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It must be a good feeling for an automaker like Jaguar Land Rover to have the blessing of Tata Motors to acquire assets. It’s hard to believe that as recently as nine years ago, neither Jaguar nor Land Rover were in this position. Back then, Jaguar was struggling, and Land Rover was doing its thing, but not on the level that it is now. The fate of both brands changed when they were purchased by Tata for $2.4 billion in 2008 and look at where they are now. Both brands are thriving, to say the least.

“The fate of both brands changed when they were purchased by Tata for $2.4 billion in 2008 and look at where they are now”

Now as far as adding another automaker to the fold is concerned, there are a few candidates that JLR can look into, including two Italian marquees whose own parent company is reportedly looking to spin off: Alfa Romeo and Maserati.

Granted, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hasn’t come out and announced any plans to sell Alfa Romeo and/or Maserati. There have been rumors though that FCA is actually considering it as part of its plans to streamline its own business and focus more on becoming more of a mass-market brand. Neither Alfa nor Maserati are considered mass-market by any means, so if FCA’s strategy is to focus more on selling volume cars, the two Italian brands will become dispensable. Previous reports indicate that if FCA does decide to go this route, it could sell both brands for somewhere around $8 billion, a figure that would be a little more than JLR’s spending money. Then again, Tata is reportedly willing to top up JLR’s funds if it means being able to close a deal so if nothing else, there’s a possibility that we could end up hearing about discussions between JLR and FCA.

“Acquiring brands like Alfa Romeo and Maserati may be the groundbreaking development here, but don’t sleep on JLR pivoting its focus on purchasing new technologies instead”

Acquiring brands like Alfa Romeo and Maserati may be the groundbreaking development here, but don’t sleep on JLR pivoting its focus on purchasing new technologies instead. It’s already invested $25 million in ride-sharing service Lyft as part of a funding round that closed earlier this year. It’s not guaranteed either, but it’s also possible that we’ll see this relationship expand into something more than one party investing on the other.

Whatever happens in the interim, this is one news story that we should be all paying close attention to. JLR’s making serious moves to be a bigger player in the auto industry and if it achieves its reported goal of bulking up its portfolio, at least one prominent automaker could be changing ownership sooner rather than later.

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PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Discovery Turbodiesel Pulls 121-Ton, Seven-Trailer Semi Truck

Land Rover wants you to know its fifth-generation Discovery SUV is capable – so capable, in fact, that it can flat-tow a semi truck with seven trailers weighing a total of 121 tons a distance of 10 miles. Is this a publicity stunt that’s well beyond what anybody would attempt in their luxury SUV? Of course. But, Land Rover’s point is that the Discovery and its 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel Td6 are built to do the extremes. Even with the marketing hype, I can say I’m honestly impressed.

This sort of extreme towing test isn’t new. Land Rover had done similar feats before, as had other automakers like Volkswagen, Porsche, and Toyota – not to mention Chevrolet, Ford, and Ram. Nevertheless, these demonstrations show the importance of low-end torque and traction. Obviously, the Discovery Td6 has plenty of both. Its turbodiesel makes 443 pound-feet of torque that’s routed to all four wheels through a two-speed transfer case with low-range gears. The torque-multiplying transfer case is key to making 443 pound-feet do the work of the semi truck’s turbodiesel engine and its 2,200 pound-feet of torque. The Disco’s use of low range also explains why it topped out at 27 mph. Keep in mind, the Discovery Td6 is rated to tow 7,716 pounds.

What Land Rover didn’t attempt was slowing all that weight. Braking is a huge limiting factor when it comes to max tow ratings. After all, a vehicle and its load have to stop eventually. The Discovery’s brakes just wouldn’t be up to the challenge. That’s partly why the tractor sits between the Discovery and the trailers – to operate each trailers air brakes. That, and because the Discovery doesn’t have a fifth-wheel hitch.

Interestingly enough, a seven-trailer road train is illegal in Australia. The government down under limits road trains to “only” four trailers. Here in the U.S., the DOT caps the number at two. Land Rover says it had to get special permission to conduct the stunt and contract with local authorities to temporarily close the road.

PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Discovery Turbodiesel Pulls 121-Ton, Seven-Trailer Semi Truck

Land Rover wants you to know its fifth-generation Discovery SUV is capable – so capable, in fact, that it can flat-tow a semi truck with seven trailers weighing a total of 121 tons a distance of 10 miles. Is this a publicity stunt that’s well beyond what anybody would attempt in their luxury SUV? Of course. But, Land Rover’s point is that the Discovery and its 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel Td6 are built to do the extremes. Even with the marketing hype, I can say I’m honestly impressed.

This sort of extreme towing test isn’t new. Land Rover had done similar feats before, as had other automakers like Volkswagen, Porsche, and Toyota – not to mention Chevrolet, Ford, and Ram. Nevertheless, these demonstrations show the importance of low-end torque and traction. Obviously, the Discovery Td6 has plenty of both. Its turbodiesel makes 443 pound-feet of torque that’s routed to all four wheels through a two-speed transfer case with low-range gears. The torque-multiplying transfer case is key to making 443 pound-feet do the work of the semi truck’s turbodiesel engine and its 2,200 pound-feet of torque. The Disco’s use of low range also explains why it topped out at 27 mph. Keep in mind, the Discovery Td6 is rated to tow 7,716 pounds.

What Land Rover didn’t attempt was slowing all that weight. Braking is a huge limiting factor when it comes to max tow ratings. After all, a vehicle and its load have to stop eventually. The Discovery’s brakes just wouldn’t be up to the challenge. That’s partly why the tractor sits between the Discovery and the trailers – to operate each trailers air brakes. That, and because the Discovery doesn’t have a fifth-wheel hitch.

Interestingly enough, a seven-trailer road train is illegal in Australia. The government down under limits road trains to “only” four trailers. Here in the U.S., the DOT caps the number at two. Land Rover says it had to get special permission to conduct the stunt and contract with local authorities to temporarily close the road.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Land Rover Discovery Tows 110-Tonne Road Train

Land Rover never shies away from extreme stunts that challenge the capabilities of their cars. In fact, they welcome it. This time they have gone to the Australian Outback to prove the 2018 Land Rover Discovery is a towing king… by hooking it up to a 110-tonne road train. 

A road train is a convoy of lorries linked together and pulled by a massive tractor up front. To even think that a regular SUV could move this thing is preposterous. That is why we are lost for word trying to describe the 2018 Land Rover Discovery. The son-of-a-gun did it! It pulled the ginormous road train for 16 kilometers across the Outback without braking a sweat. The road train itself was even carrying 10-tonnes of ballast in order to hit the magic 110-tonne weight mark. The coolest thing is, the Disco with this 258PS 3.0-litre diesel engine has an official towing capability 3,500kg.

This whole stunt was planned to promote the 2018 Land Rover Discovery and its upgrades. For the new modelyear the Disco comes with the 300PS four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine. It also gets Interactive Driver Display TFT instrument cluster and 0-inch Touch Pro infotainment. There is even a head-up display with 4×4 data projection for ease of us when off-roading. And there are some insulation upgrades to make the cabin nicer to be in.






Quentin Spottiswoode, Land Rover Product Engineer, said: “Towing capability has always been an important part of Discovery DNA and the raw weight of the road train tells only half the story here. Pulling a rig and seven trailers, with the rolling resistance of so many axles to overcome, is a huge achievement. We expected the vehicle to do well but it passed this test with flying colours, hitting 44km/h along its 16km route.”

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PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Discovery SVX

Land Rover has finally debuted its concept of what the hard-core off-road Discovery SVX will be when it enters production in 2018. The long-rumored SVX version of the new Disco is the latest creation from Land Rover’s in-house skunkworks and customizer, Special Vehicle Operations, otherwise known as SVO. Designed to handle even worse terrain than a standard Discovery, the SVX boasts an upgraded suspension with more flex and ride height, restyled bumpers for improved approach and departure angles, exposed tow hooks, and even a recovery winch mounted in the rear bumper. Naturally, the interior is given a flair of outdoorsy extremism.

The Discovery SVX project takes inspiration from the classic Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge events, which used to pit man and machine against incredible odds in extended cross-country driving through remote areas with basically no roads. While both off-road events have been dead since 2000 and 2008, respectively, Land Rover has tried to infuse that adventurous spirit into the Discovery SVX. Perhaps one day we’ll see Land Rover organize another G4 Challenge, but until then, let’s check out its new Discovery SVX.

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