New Defender Still Under Wraps

The Defender has been off of the Land Rover lineup for a few years now and the brand has kept quiet on any news of a replacement.

It has been announced that there are plans to unveil the 2019 model near the end of this year. It is also expected to enter into production this year, although Land Rover is still keeping many aspects of the release secret and consumers are anxiously awaiting the updated 4×4.

The reason JLR is keeping the information under wraps is that when they leaked news on the Evoque, a Chinese automobile manufacturer released a very similar model. Instead of giving the competitors an edge on the newest release and risking them duplicating the inspiration, they are delaying the details about the new Defender. A smart strategy on their part, but many are dying to see the new SUV’s exterior and new specs.

Luckily, Autocar was able to absorb several details on the new Defender, the few things that the brand execs were willing to share with fans.

The new model will likely be nicknamed L663 and brought out at the company’s 70th-anniversary event. It will come in two different body styles, sticking with the existing 90 and 110 models used in the previous Defender.

The aluminum frame known as the D7u which is also featured in the Discovery and arrange rover models will also be used for the new Defender. The ability to choose from soft and hard top models will be another plus with new variants to be released in the future. It is also clear that the lineup will be using the JLR Ingenium engines.

Many people were speculating that the DC100 concept would closely resemble the new Defender but instead, design head Jerry McGovern indicated that they went in a completely different direction.

We don’t quite know yet what that will look like but one thing is for sure, it will be a much more refined model and likely the “most high-tech Land Rover vehicle”. McGovern also noted that the brand may not advertise the typical off-road features like the snorkels or retro spotlights.

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Electrification for the Range Rover

Wondering how the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrids work? Autoweek asked Lynfel Owen, the head of Land Rover’s vehicle engineering department about how the system operates and what is in the future for electrification and off-road driving.

“It is two clutches that are combined to operate the EV (electric vehicle) drive, whether the hybrid drive or the engine propulsion alone.” The electric motor is situated in the bell housing. The primary clutch is located in the front of the gearbox, alongside the engine. Behind it is the 8-speed gears and the second clutch.

Land Rover kept the rear driveshaft the same between the PHEV and non-PHEV models. This was integral to their mission because the goal was to create an electric vehicle with a low range.  

The PHEV offers a variety of charging options including a 110V charging kit and 7-kw onboard charger. It takes approximately 2 hours to fully charge or 45 minutes for a quick charge.

Land Rover collaborated with Samsung to create the electronic battery in an aluminum casting which allows for an efficient and compact solution. Samsung took credit for the cell technology while Land Rover designed the casing and engineering elements.

Land Rover is passionate about electrifying the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport model. They took on the challenge of upholding the off-road performance and designed a beautiful aluminum architecture to represent the brand.

Now we know Land Rover is well versed in the land of diesel and diesel hybrids. But why not go with a diesel engine for the PHEV models? “We realized there were major advantages in sticking with the gasoline engine,” said Lynfel Owen “It truly complemented the PHEV powertrain by delivering a wider range of torque.”

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Discovery Wins Luxury SUV of the Year


At the 2018 NDTV Car and Bike Awards, the Land Rover Discovery was awarded for coming in at the top slot against a panel of judges and winning as the Luxury SUV of the Year.

The jury round of the Car and Bike Awards event consisted of a group of experts judging each vehicle based on the engine power, interior and exterior features, driver experience and overall brand integrity. Against its closest competitors the Lexus LX450d and Maserati Levante, the Discovery had the most impressive performance and design quality.

With a twin turbo V6 gas engine, the Land Rover proved its worth when it comes to speed and on-road dynamics. Not only was it judged as the highest performing vehicle, but the jury was enthralled by the neat smart tailgate feature that folds the rear seats flat with a quick switch pull. The same electronic switch is used to return the seats back to the upright position.

The Land Rover Discovery is nothing short of impressive as the flagship of the Land Rover brand. Now in its 5th model year, the SUV includes 7 seats to compete against other luxury SUV models such as the Audi Q7 and Mercedes Benz GLS.

Its luxurious interior is a marvel for drivers and passengers alike, not to mention the plethora of tech features inside.

The jury noted that the Discovery maintained a comfortable ride over rough terrains but it leaned on the edge in regards to handling. Even with that being said, as an overall luxury SUV, the Land Rover Discovery remains unmatched by the competition and certainly deserved the award for Luxury SUV of the Year.

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What’s New in the 2018 Range Rover?

The 2018 Range Rover line came to market with new updates mirroring the completely refreshed Range Rover Sport. While some of the changes may be minor, Range Rover introduced the lineup with features that keep the most important things in mind; the driver and passengers.

One of the most significant updates is the addition of the Range Rover P400e hybrid model to the Range Rover family. The plug-in hybrid Range Rover is equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that claims a 31-mile range when running on electric power. It boasts a 398 horsepower and will be available in the 2019 lineup.

Apart from the new hybrid model, the refreshed 2018 Range Rover models are currently available with a series of small changes for the exterior construction and styling. The rear of the vehicle now has more exhaust outlets that are integrated into the bumper.

With enhanced LED headlights and new patterns for the grilles, the Range Rover is keeping up with the demand for futuristic styling while keeping its signature body shape. The lower front grille is scaled down to make the bumper seem more like one large unit than separate parts.

The most notable changes are on the inside with thicker foam cushions built into the seats in all trims and the option to upgrade to a full suite of massage programs.

The Autobiography models now come standard with heated and cooled seat cushions for passengers and 24-way power adjustments up front. For backseat passengers, there is even heated armrests along with calf and footrests.

Just like the high-end Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Sport, the lineup now comes with a 10-inch dual touchscreen stack. The neat part about the touchscreens is that they can either work together or independently for navigation, entertainment and much more.

The tech options in the Range Rover are fully equipped for passengers to plug in all of their electronics. There are 17 power points built into the cabin including 12-volt power plugs, USB, HDMI and even standard household-type outlets.

Coupled with a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, the 2018 Range Rover has stepped up to the plate when it comes to work and play.

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Land Rover’s Most Refined SUV – The 2018 Velar

Welcome the 2018 Range Rover Velar, a mid-size crossover destined to merge between the small Evoque and the statuesque Range Rover. This is a totally new design concept for Land Rover, yet no one would mistake the Velar for any other make outside of Range Rover.


The Blackout window trim, floating roof and clamshell hood styling are exclusive to the brand presented in a sleek, elegant fashion. The short windows and tapered body give the vehicle an aggressive look compared to its Range Rover siblings.

While most drivers will pamper the velar, this model is equipped to get down and dirty as it can handle dusty slopes and bumpy terrain. The Velar P380 model is equipped with a rear locking differential which adds to the quick-reacting 4 wheel drive system.

With the Terrain Response system, the steering, suspension and powertrain settings are optimized for off-road performance. The Velar also comes equipped with All-Terrain Progress Controls that steadies the vehicle’s pace when navigating up and down hills. Drivers are able to focus on their steering in tricky conditions while the vehicle autonomously handles braking and acceleration.

The most powerful version is equipped with a supercharged 3.0 liter V6 boasting 380 horsepower and an 8-speed transmission. With a 0 to 60 time of 5.3 seconds, the supercharged V6 is as delightful on-road as it is off-road. The other engine offerings consist of a turbocharged 4-cylinder that comes in both gas and diesel options.

When you step inside the cabin, the interior feels almost like a living space with the wool-ensconced seating and wood paneling throughout. The driver is surrounded by a sensory-indulgent design full of muted colors and exclusive textures. The dashboard features a Touch Pro Duo system that controls the infotainment system with twin HD touchscreen displays

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