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2012 Geneva Motor Show – Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

I’ve always liked the looks and style of the Range Rover Evoque but the idea of a convertible SUV is just ridiculous, but at least it is better than the hideous Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Anyway, Land Rover has introduced the concept at the Geneva Motor Show and in the next few months it will analyze whether they will put the model into production. The idea behind this concept is to figure out if there is a market for such a car, a method that Land Rover used before when they developed the DC100 concepts which could form the foundation of the new Defender.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

The convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque could be 2WD or 4WD and either gasoline- or diesel-powered. According to the engineers from Land Rover, about 75kg of strengthening is necessary in comparison to the hard-top sibling which as you probably know is a huge success for the British automaker.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

If the car will get the green light for production, Land Rover is going to spend two years for engineering the car before they will be able to actually sell this model. Most likely, the car will be manufactured at the company’s Halewood factory. The regular Evoque has been sold so far in approximately 50,000 units and the company has already got orders for another 60,000 cars so this convertible version might boost sales even further.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

The concept shown at the event in Switzerland has a fully retractable roof system and can seat four people. It also benefits from a roll-over protection system while inside the cabin it has a lot of goodies, such as an 8-inch dual touchscreen display, surround cameras, Terrain Response, Meridian sound system and others as well. It rides on 21-inch alloys and comes in a metallic Causeway Grey paint.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

If this drop-top version of the Range Rover Evoque will be produced, it will cost approximately 10-15% more than the 3-door hard-top version so it will carry a price tag of approximately 30,795 pounds in today’s money.

Source: Land Rover via Autocar.co.uk

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Range Rover gets three special editions

The current generation of the Range Rover has reached its 10th anniversary and for this occasion the British automaker Land Rover has decided to launch not one, but three special editions of the popular SUV. Most likely these can be considered as the last hurrah before the next generation of the Range Rover will make its debut this summer.

The 4.4 TDV8 Vogue and Vogue SE models will be replaced by the Westminster edition in March when it will hit the dealerships at a starting price of 69,995 pounds. The car features a bespoke “Noble” finish for the side vents and the front grille, along with a new design for the 20-inch alloy wheels. Aside from these, the SUV will also feature special Westminster badging.

Inside the cabin of this edition we notice the Grand Black trim and special carpets. This Range Rover also gets heated and cooled seats, as well as an upgraded audio system. Clients will be able to choose from one of the seven exterior paint finishes and one of the five interior trim themes.

Both the 4.4 TDV8 Autobiography and the 5.0 V8 Supercharged Autobiography specials will feature the Range Rover Design Pack in the standard configuration. The front and rear bumpers get a look, while the front grille adopts a “Titan” theme. Both versions will be riding on 20-inch alloy wheels that are finished in Shadow Chrome.

Inside the cabin of these two special editions of the Range Rover there will be the Seat Style pack as standard which means that the rear seats are heated + cooled, plus they can recline. Aside from this, the seats come with lumbar adjustment, while the front passenger seat can be adjusted forward in order to improve the rear legroom.

The price for the TDV8 model will start from 84,295 pounds, while the more powerful Supercharged model has a base price of 86,896 pounds.

Source: Land Rover via Autocar.co.uk

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Germany gets Land Rover Defender Blaster Edition

Land Rover Defender Blaser Edition

The British automaker Land Rover has introduced a special edition of the legendary Defender model which will be limited to only 60 units. This Blaster Edition is based on the Defender 110 SE double cab model and comes painted in Keswick Green. Among its most noticeable goodies, we notice the trailer hitch, an expedition roof rack, a snorkel air intake, an electric winch, black leather seats and a rear spot light.

There’s also a custom fitted gun case built into the cargo area which is capable of accommodating up to five rifles. In the case’s bottom there are two drawers for ammunition as well as other types of small gear.

Land Rover Defender Blaser Edition

The Land Rover Defender Blaster Edition is motivated by a 2.2-liter turbo diesel Euro-5 compliant engine that has a particulate filter. This power unit develops 122 hp (90 kW) and has a peak torque of 266 lb.-ft (360 Nm).

The car will make its official debut this month at the largest trade fair for hunting and fishing in Europe which will be organized in Dortmund from January 31st, before going on sale in the following period for 49,500 euros.

Land Rover Defender Blaser Edition

Source: Land Rover via WCF

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Range Rover Evoque by Startech announced

Range Rover Evoque by Startech

For those of you who haven’t heard about Startech, they are a branch of Brabus, the very famous Mercedes-Benz tuners. The Range Rover Evoque you see in these photos will make its first public appearance at the upcoming 2011 Dubai International Auto Show. At the moment, they’ve only created a bodykit for the sexy crossover, but they are also working on a power boost for the 2.0-liter SI4 gasoline engine.

Range Rover Evoque by Startech

The aero kit for the Evoque brings a new front fascia that was developed in the wind tunnel and has bigger air vents. According to Startech, the new front spoiler of the car can increase the downforce on the front axle.

Range Rover Evoque by Startech

At the back, we find a new rear bumper that has an integrated diffuser, along with a roof spoiler and a new set of tail pipes. The crossover can ride on 21- or 22-inch alloys that have a cool dark finish. The new suspension system developed by the tuner for this model can lower the ride height by up to 35 mm.

Range Rover Evoque by Startech

Inside the cabin, the Range Rover Evoque comes with aluminum pedals, a sport steering wheel, new footrests and a revised shifter. Other than that, it has Alcantara and leather upholstery, plus a bunch of carbon fiber styling accents.

Range Rover Evoque by Startech

Source: Startech via ZerCustoms

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Spy shots – 2013 Range Rover

2013 Range Rover

The new generation of the Range Rover will arrive in 2013 and it is expected to feature a lightweight rivet-bonded aluminum chassis which is based on a modified platform that underpins the XJ model. By implementing this new lightweight material, the car will probably be up to 40% lighter in comparison to the current model so it is expected to be 660-880 pounds lighter.

For certain elements like the rear tailgate and the body panels, the company’s engineers will use advanced composites. As a result, the car will have a curb weight similar to that of a fully-loaded luxury sedan, promising to bring better fuel efficiency and increased performance. Some of the models are expected to deliver 33.3 mpg in the combined cycle.

2013 Range Rover

Land Rover will use the same platform for the Range Rover Sport that will replace the LR4 model in the company’s lineup and it will be available for the first time in its history with a 7-seat configuration.

The photographers from Motor Authority have managed to grab a few spy shots with one of the prototypes while conducting some tests in Germany. Also known as the L405, the new generation of the Range Rover appears to be a little bit longer compared to the model you see on the roads today, while the roofline will be lowered significantly. As a result, the offroader will look smaller and it should have a lower drag.

2013 Range Rover

As for the engines, most likely these will be borrowed from the current generation model, including here the V8 5.0-liter supercharged and naturally aspirated engines, along with a few new turbodiesels that will probably be available only in Europe since the U.S. is not a big fan of diesels. The British automaker will also be working on a hybrid version of the Range Rover that will be able to return somewhere around 33 mpg.

2013 Range Rover

The new generation of the Land Rover Range Rover will probably make its official debut next March at the 2012 edition of the Geneva Motor Show or later on in April at the New York Auto Show.

Source: Motor Authority

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New Info About 4th Generation Range Rover Emerge

Land Rover Range Rover (rendering)

The fourth generation of the highly successful Land Rover Range Rover will be launched in fall 2012 and according to company insiders, it promises to be the most radical and technically advanced model in the entire history of the British brand.

This rendering was created by the guys from Autocar.co.uk by using accurate info from Land Rover sources to show how the all-new Range Rover will look like when it will replace the current third generation model that was launched more than a decade ago.

Known within the company as the L405, the new Range Rover will adopt some of the styling of the sleek Evoque and as a consequence it will ditch some of the design cues of the model that have been around for decades. The interior cabin of the SUV promises to offer a considerably higher level of quality and luxury.

The vehicle is going to be manufactured around an all-new pressed aluminum monocoque so it will lose some weight compared to the current model, although it will be bigger. Autocar says that the British engineers will manage to shave off about 500 kg and the new model will be 25 mm longer.

With this newly developed architecture, the rear wheels of the Range Rover have been pushed further towards the back of the vehicle and the advantage is that the new model will offer more legroom by up to 125mm and thanks to the fact that the rear doors will be longer, the cabin access will be further improved as well.

Compared to today’s Range Rover Sport, the fourth generation of the SUV will adopt a more sloping roofline and a more steeply raked windscreen while the headlamps will be less obtrusive and slimmer. The vent in the front wing will be slanted in order to reflect the angle of the car’s windscreen.

The car will be motivated by the same array of V6 & V8 diesels, as well as V8 and supercharged V8 engines. Some say that Land Rover also plans on offering a gasoline V6 and a supercharged V6 gasoline unit. The new gasoline V6 might make it into a hybrid version of the Range Rover which the automaker previewed earlier this year when they’ve unveiled the Range_e concept. Most likely, it will adopt a 69 kW electric motor which will be incorporated in the 8-speed automatic gearbox. It will feature a 14 kWh battery and it will be able to offer a drive range of up 20 miles on electric mode.

Compared to the current model, all of the next generation variants of the Range Rover will be considerably more frugal thanks mostly to the implementation of the pressed & riveted aluminum monocoque we’ve mentioned before. It is expected that the entry-level Range Rover TDV6 model will have CO2 emissions of less than 200 g/km.

Source: Autocar

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Next-gen Range Rover Spied

Next-gen Range Rover

Our esteemed colleagues from Auto Express have captured a few spy shots with the upcoming generation of the Land Rover Range Rover. Set to rival the Porsche Cayenne as well as the soon-to-be-released Maserati Kubang and Bentley’s SUV, the all-new Range Rover will feature a more modern appearance, rounding off the edges and adding LED daytime running lights.

Next-gen Range Rover

Compared to the current model, the new one will weigh 500 kg less thanks to the implementation of an aluminum chassis which will lower the overall weight of the car to about 2,000 kg. Aside from going on a diet, the new Range Rover will be motivated by a revised 4.4-liter diesel engine that will develop 320 hp. The engine is going to be mated to an updated 8-speed automatic transmission that will feature the stop/start technology. This means that the CO2 emissions will be reduced from the current 253 g/km to less than 180 g/km, while fuel economy will be up to 35 mpg UK.

Next-gen Range Rover

Also in the works are a V6 engine and a beefier V8 supercharged 5.0-liter unit. Rumors say that the British engineers are also working on a hybrid variant that will have an electric motor attached to the gearbox.

Next-gen Range Rover

As for the interior cabin, expect to see more rear space for the passengers, due to some complaints that the current Range Rover is not spacious enough in the back. In addition, the car will get a whole bunch of gadgets, like direct syncing of smartphones as well as integration of devices like a tablet for the rear seat entertainment.

Next-gen Range Rover

The new generation of the Land Rover Range Rover is scheduled to make its official debut in March 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show. Sales are expected to commence in the summer for a base price of about 70,000 pounds, which is more than the current model.

Source: Auto Express

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Land Rover Freshens Up Range Rover Sport And Discovery 4

2012 Range Rover Sport

The British automaker Land Rover has revealed this week a range of updates for the Range Rover Sport and the Discovery 4 models. They’ve manage to upgrade the SDV6 3.0-liter diesel engine to 252 hp (256 PS / 188 kW) and 443 lb.-ft (600 Nm), which is an increase of 11 hp (11 PS / 8 kW). This power unit is now linked to a brand new 8-speed automatic gearbox that packs steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a rotary gear-selector similar to the one you see in Jaguar models, enabling both SUVs to have CO2 emissions of 230 g/km which is pretty reasonable for this segment.

2012 Land Rover Discovery 4

Both the Range Rover Sport and the Discovery 4 get updated rims and infotainment systems, along with 17-speaker 825W Harman Kardon audio system that is an optional feature. The Range Rover Sport gets a new power-operated tailgate, along with a 7-inch touchscreen display that benefits from the Dual View technology. The Discovery 4 now features Gradient Acceleration Control and Hill Start Assist.

Source: Land Rover via WCF

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Range Rover Evoque Production Kicks Off

Range Rover Evoque

I’m not a big fan of crossovers or SUVs but I’ve always had a soft spot for the Range Rover Evoque ever since Land Rover revealed the first official photos. This week, the very first unit of this model rolled of Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant on Merseyside. It is a 5-door model with the Dynamic trim level that has a white exterior finish. Just like all other new Jaguar Land Rover products, this one is going to be donated to the Heritage Motor Center Museum, located in Gaydon.

The Range Rover Evoque is going to be built alongside with the Freelander model. Land Rover doubled the staff at the plant by hiring 1,500 new employees in order to produce the Evoque. The British automaker is going to pump 2 million pounds in UK’s economy with no less than 40 contracts that were handed out to local supply companies.

In its homeland, Ranger Rover believes that customers will choose in equal amount the 3- and 5-door version, but for the global market it is expected that the 5-door model will be bought by approximately 2/3 of the clients.

The first 15,000-20,000 units of the Evoque are going to be manufactured before the customer-specific models so that the suppliers will benefit from an initial stability of orders. Land Rover stated that about 50% of clients will be women and the average age of the buyers will be between 30 and 40 years.

The entry-level, 2WD diesel fitted with the manual gearbox costs from 27,955 pounds and it will reach the showrooms in United Kingdom this September, but you already can make a preorder. It is going to be available in three different trim levels: Pure, Prestige and the top-spec Dynamic. Customers will be able to choose from one of the following three engines: a 2.2-liter turbodiesel unit that produces 148 hp or 187 hp, along with a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine that churns out 236 hp.

Source: Range Rover via Autocar.co.uk

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Range Rover Evoque U.S. Pricing Announced

Range Rover Evoque

The sexy 2012 Range Rover Evoque will hit the stateside dealerships this fall and you can get one for yourself if you’re willing to pay at least $43,995. For this money you’ll get the 5-door model which costs roughly the same as the one sold in UK. Choosing the 3-door model will set you back another $1,000.

In order to get a decent fuel economy rating from EPA, the engineers over at Land Rover put a lot of work into lowering the curb weight of the Evoque as much as possible. The crossover SUV weighs 3,680 lbs (1,680 kg) and will do 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

In United States, the Range Rover Evoque doesn’t have that many competitors to battle with as the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 are not available, at least for now.

Source: Range Rover via WCF

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Project Kahn 2011 Range Rover RS300 Limited Edition

Project Kahn 2011 Range Rover RS300 Limited Edition

Probably the best-looking SUV at the moment is the Range Rover and British tuner, Project Kahn, has decided to make it look even better. This limited edition RS300 Afzal Kahn features a 10-piece body kit that looks very nice, a massive update for the cabin and most importantly, Cosworth technology.

Project Kahn 2011 Range Rover RS300 Limited Edition

This body kit consists of two-piece front bumper spoilers, a front bumper A-frame, a satin front mesh grille, color coded side sills, door handles and a rear apron, along with the Cosworth steel door entry sills. As you can see, it also got a brand new set of 20-inch RS rims.

Project Kahn 2011 Range Rover RS300 Limited Edition

As far as the interior is concerned, they’ve fitted this limited edition Range Rover RS300 with perforated and quilted “RS” front and rear seats with “Cosworth” logos, an RS gear shift with contrasting stitching and a quilted center glove box and instrument binnacle. Other additions include Cosworth front and rear lettering, a hand-crafted Cosworth enamel boot badge, along with a numbered conversion plaque (also Cosworth) and blue dials and time clock (Cosworth, again).

Source: TopSpeed | Photos: seriouswheels.com

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Range Rover Hybrid In The Works

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Prototype

It seems that the British automaker Land Rover is working on a hybrid version of its Range Rover model. In an interview given to Inside Line, the company’s Global Brand Director, John Edwards, said that Land Rover will implement a top-down hybrid strategy that will focus on bigger models “where the greatest consumption gains are to be made.”
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Amari Design Range Rover Sport 2010 Windsor Edition

Amari Design Range Rover Sport 2010 Windsor Edition

At the beginning of this month, Amari Design revealed the beautiful Lamborghini Gallardo Invidia Edition and now they’ve launched another project, based on the Range Rover Sport. The British luxury car dealer is at its second conversion kit for this SUV and this one has some important changes.

First of all, the front bumper has been updated with DRL’s while the rear one has been redesigned. The car also has new wide wheel arches, a roof spoiler, door moldings, carbon side vents, carbon front grill, a rear diffuser (made either from ABS plastic or carbon fiber), new exhaust tips and a carbon hood. This conversion is also available in a non-wide version for more conservative customers.

Amari Design Range Rover Sport 2010 Windsor Edition

They also created their own line of forged rims, starting with the three-face designs on three different wheel concepts: monoblock, two piece and deep concave. In these pictures you see the AD1 deep concave model.

This Windsor Edition of the Range Rover Sport has an engine that outputs 611 hp (620 PS / 456 kW) which is a healthy 108 hp (110 PS / 81 kW) increase over the standard 503 hp (510 PS / 375 kW) available for the production model.

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2011 Arden Range Rover AR 7 Highlander

2011 Arden Range Rover AR 7 Highlander

Yesterday we’ve talked about the most luxurious Range Rover ever made. Today we look at Arden’s version of the Range Rover, dubbed AR 7 Highlander. The German engineers over at Arden became popular for rolling out some interesting tuning programs for the Land Rover models. The last one offers both exterior and interior updates, along with a 50 hp power increase.

2011 Arden Range Rover AR 7 Highlander

Design-wise, it has a new wide body aerodynamic package that includes a redesigned front fascia (which isn’t very appropriate for the car in my opinion), side skirts, rear aprons, fender flares and hand-made stainless steel grilles.

To get that 50 hp increase, the engineers at Arden fitted the Range Rover with a new stainless steel sport exhaust system. The SUV also got an electronic suspension module which will work in tandem with the new 22-inch Arden Dakar II light alloy rims. The AR7 Highlander offers a high-performance brake system to match the increased power.

2011 Arden Range Rover AR 7 Highlander

As far as the cabin is concerned, the car benefits from a new center console that has a mini-bar and is wrapped in the finest materials available today. The bar has a cooling unit that has a low power consumption. How low? Even if you stop the vehicle it will be able to maintain a constant temperature.

We’ll let you know once they announce the price list for this tuned Range Rover.

Photos via TopSpeed

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Land Rover Discovery 4 Armored

Land Rover Discovery 4 Armored

A few days ago Range Rover unleashed the all-new Land Rover Discovery 4 armored vehicle, a car that is capable of withstanding some serious firepower. According to the official data offered by the British automaker, this new Discovery 4 model complies with the BS EN 1522 FB6 and with the BS EN 1063 BR6 European standards regarding high velocity assault rifles. The car is offered with solid under floor protection against 2x DM 51 hand grenades. In addition, it features 15 kg side blast protection, turning the Discovery into a tank as far as resistance is concerned.

The Range Rover Land Rover Discovery 4 armored vehicle is equipped with a powerful LR-V8 5.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine that is capable of outputting 375 PS (276 kW) and a massive torque of 376 lb ft (510 Nm). With this engine, the Discovery is capable of doing the 0-100 km/h in 10.6 seconds, fast enough for a quick getaway.

Without the optional features, this bulletproof sport utility vehicle has a remarkable weight of 3500 kg. In order to safely handle that much amount of weight, the Discovery is fitted with a heavily modified suspension system as well as massive 378 mm brake discs that have upgraded Alcon aluminum brake calipers. The tires of this armored vehicle are Goodyear Wrangler HP All Weather run flat, while the rims are heavy duty models.

Here are the official base vehicle specifications, according to the price release: 5.0-litre LR-V8 direct-injection petrol engine; 6-speed automatic gearbox; Land Rover Terrain Response system; Off-Road capability (deep sand driving is not recommended by the automaker); 4050 kg GVW; air conditioning and 6-pot, 4-pot rear tire pressure monitoring system.

Land Rover Discovery 4 Armored

As far as the optional features available for the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armored are concerned, here are the most important: anti-tamper exhaust, intercom, auxiliary secondary battery supply and driver opening window (100 mm drop to allow document passing). In addition, Range Rover offers a Maintenance Option Pack that consists of the following: heavy duty spare rim and run flat tire – Goodyear Wrangler HP All Weather Tire; heavy duty tools and jack. Independent options include a rear payload glass anti-theft film protection, driver’s opening front window, anti-tamper exhaust, auxiliary secondary battery supply, intercom, tinted windows, heavy duty jack and tools, covert headlight flash – LED, under bonnet fire suppressant system and covert blue lights and siren system (in areas where these are legal).

Available on request is the global after sales support and the armored vehicle driver training program. The pricing for the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armored has not been announced yet.

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