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Land Rover Discovery Sport Updated For 2020 Model Year Unit

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Land Rover is working on the next-generation Discovery Sport, which we expect to arrive a couple of years from now. While waiting, we are treated to a facelifted version of the current-generation Discovery Sport, which will pave way for the new generation model.

The prototype in the spy shots was wrapped heavily in camouflage but there were enough details to hint of changes made to the updated Discovery Sport.

Exterior

There are quite a few changes on the front of the updated Discovery Sport. Based on the test mule, there’s going to be a new look for the front fascia and a new grille. Right now, we can’t really say for sure how all these elements will look after the camouflage has been taken off. We can see that there’s a change in the lighting fixture through two horizontal LEDs at the bottom. The current-generation Discovery Sport doesn’t have those.

The profile looks similar to the one we have now, but the rear side will have no cutouts and there seems to be a pair of exhaust outlets on one side. Of course, since this is a “hybrid” test mule (as seen on a yellow sticker on the windshield), the lack of cutouts is expected.

Interior

The current-generation Discovery Sport has one of the most pristine cabins in the SUV segment, so we don’t expect much to change here since this is only an updated model. Coming standard, though, to the updated Discovery sports is a lot of “options” for the current generation. These luxurious features are the twin-needle-stitched leather, genuine metal interior trim, configurable mood lighting, and multi-zone climate control, among others.

Space will not be an issue because the updated Discovery Sport will sit on Land Rover’s version of the D8 platform. Not only will the ride be more comfortable, but there is also extra cargo space and enough room underneath to store the lithium-ion batteries for the hybrid version.

Drivetrain

The most important update will be the inclusion of a plug-in hybrid version. It will use the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium engine that Land Rover began using on the model in 2015. The use of the Ingenium engine makes sense because it is so versatile it can come in gas or diesel variants and can be reconfigured to accommodate three-, five-, or six-cylinder options. It can also produce as little as 150 horsepower or as much as 240 horsepower.

Range Rover Sport P400E Plug-In Hybrid Can Go 31 Miles Using Electricity

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Even Land Rover is going hybrid now. The British automaker just revealed the 2019 Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid that can go 31 miles on electric power alone.

JLR is responsible for producing the hybrid system that can power the heaviest Range Rover vehicle. It carries the same engine found in the Jaguar F-Type, which is based on a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit with an output of 296 hp. The engine is assisted by a powerful 141 hp electric motor that receives power from its 13.1 kWh battery.

The hybrid system produces 398 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque that allows the Range Rover to go from 0 to 60 mph in mere 6.3 seconds. That is 0.1 second quicker compared with the Range Rover P400e.

However, what we’re actually looking for is just how many miles can the P400e go without using gasoline, which is 31 miles on electric power with a fully-charged 13.1 kWh battery. It takes only 2 hours and 45 minutes to fully charge the SUV’s battery using a 220V/32 Amp charger.

Even if the power is only coming from its electric source, the Range Rover Sport P400e plug-in hybrid can handle serious off-road situations. The auto receives the same off-road gear as the other Range Rover Sport models.

The new feature for the 2019 model includes the wade sensing feature, which can detect the depth of water and can assess if the Range Rover is moving deeper or shallower into the water. It notifies the driver if the car is getting too deep. The system is also available across all other 2019 Range Rover Sport models.

3 Things To Know About The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Landmark Edition

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Be prepared to be wowed by the Landmark Edition of the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport. The Discovery Sport first came into our consciousness in 2014 as the replacement for the Freelander. Since then, it has become the fastest-selling Land Rover of all time, prompting the company to create a series of special-edition models.

1. Exterior

The Landmark Edition for the Discovery Sport has a subdued appearance and does not look any different from the regular Discovery Sport. It is meant to be that way, though you’ll easily find the differences in the Carpathian Grey roof and the Graphite Atlas accents on the grille, bumpers, and wheel arches. There’s a couple of pairs of 19-inch Mantis wheels that are in Gloss Dark Grey.

There are three hues to choose from if you want the Landmark Edition. There’s Narvik Black, Corris Grey, and Yulong White. Experts agree that the white exterior color palette is the best one for the grey roof and body accents.

2. Interior

The inside of the Landmark Edition is as elegant as they come. The seats are wrapped in grained leather in Ebony color and a matching headliner. On the center stack is a dark grey aluminum trim and panoramic roof. Additional tech and features are the Meridian sound system and a heated steering wheel. It’s not much more than what’s already in the standard model, but these are tech features you won’t get access to even in the options list.

3. Powertrain

The Landmark Edition is using the lone 2.0-liter Ingenium diesel engine that is shared with the XE sedan. You can get it in either the 150, 180, or 240 horsepower. This output is paired with 317 pound-feet of torque. To get the car to 62 mph from a complete standstill, you’ll need 8.9 seconds. The top speed is 117 mph.

Jaguar Land Rover Is Developing An All-Terrain Self-Driving Tech

Jaguar Land Rover is now developing a self-driving technology that can handle any type of terrain and weather conditions. The system will be able to identify various surface conditions and adjust the vehicle’s settings without any intervention from the driver.

The company, which is known for its off-road SUVs, first announced this system two years ago. But last week, Jaguar Land Rover revealed that it partnered with various groups, including the University of Birmingham to form the group known as CORTEX.

For the system to work, various cameras, ultrasonic, radar and LiDAR units will be used. These sensors would tell the car about the conditions of the road it is driving on. They will scan the surroundings constantly, up to 16 feet ahead at the most. But the sensors won’t only detect road situations. It would also be able to determine weather conditions—dirt, rain, ice, snow, and fog.

The data will then be analyzed and artificial intelligence will predict the potential impacts and effects of the surrounding conditions on the vehicle. Thus, the vehicle will automatically adjust its speed, steering, and even suspension.

The sensors would also be able to measure the space above and on the sides of the vehicle, a feature that would be helpful in warning the vehicle if there is insufficient clearance to maneuver. This is the same technology used in parking assistance systems.

Another type of technology that Jaguar Land Rover is developing is a kind of “platoon” system, wherein a fleet or convoy of vehicles would be able to communicate in such a way that the first vehicle on the line would send a message if it encounters a ditch or a slippery boulder.

The company has yet to announce when this technology will become available. What Jaguar Land Rover is making clear is the fact that it does not intend to take away the fun in off-road driving. The driver can take control of the vehicle anytime he/she wants. This technology is merely an aid that could guide the driver on the conditions ahead.

 

Land Rover Announced Updates For The Range Rover Velar

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Land Rover is updating its Range Rover Velar for 2018 with a fresh six-cylinder diesel engine and a slew of enhanced driver assistance and safety features.

The new D275 will bring a 3.0-liter V6 diesel option for customers producing 271 horsepower and 625Nm of torque. Those who will opt for the engine will also get to carry the D275 badge. No performance figures or fuel rating has been revealed, but Land Rover claims that the new engine will be capable of delivering 42.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 175g/km.

Aside from the new engine, all other petrol and diesel units will be fitted with new particulate filters. The P250 and the P300 models are both going to have a larger, 83-liter fuel tank.

The Velar is already fitted with a number of driver assistance technology, but even this has been updated with the Steering Assist and Lane Centring, allowing the vehicle to maintain a steady path when driving in a single lane. This Steering Assist feature works at speeds of up to 111mph.

In the new models, all will come standard with a rear camera, front and rear parking aids, driver condition monitor, emergency braking and lane keep assist. Also updated is the forward collision detection system, which can now work between 6pmh and 99mph to alert the driver to potential hazards. It will also be able to apply the brakes automatically during a critical situation.

All Velar models will be fitted with coil springs as standard. Four-corner air suspension will be an option on V6-powered models, as well as in the four-cylinder D240 and P300 cars. Other features to be expected are adaptive dynamic damping, scanning wheel and body movement.

The Kvadrat-made Premium Textile interior is available across the Velar range, not reserved anymore for top-end models. The D275 is on sale now for $67,293.

 

Battle Of The SUVs: Mercedes-Benz Versus Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged SUV

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There’s nothing more experts, analysts, and fans enjoy than a good old competition between the best of the best, or so we believe. German car Mercedes-Benz and British brand Land Rover have always made their marks in terms of luxury, functionality, and even performance.

For many car experts, the Land Rover Range Rover remains to be the world’s best luxury off-road utility vehicle. While there is a strong argument for that, some would say that the Mercedes-Benz is a more desirable four-wheel-drive off-road vehicle. Obviously, there are both truths to these claims based on Autoblog.

Interior

The argument goes like this: For Mercedes-Benz fans, there’s nothing like staying inside the German automaker’s luxurious SUV, where drivers and passengers will usually spend their time in. There’s a point in that, of course, as no one would stand outside an SUV ogling at it for hours in a day.

That’s pretty much a reality because everyone knows that stepping into a contemporary Mercedes-Benz SUV is a “wow” moment. The interiors have always been posh, luxurious, and exclusive. Even Mercedes’ older SUVs have a special and upscale experience, despite the fact that luxury features of yesterday cannot compare to what they are today.

Reliability and Dependability

Based on the latest Vehicle Dependability Study, which rates vehicles after they have reached three years of use, Land Rover is “average” in terms of reliability. On the other hand, the Consumer Reports and others indicate that Mercedes-Benz owners are rated second for the most-expensive repair bills on average. It sits behind BMW. Again, Land Rover was average in terms of repair needs.

Range Rover issues such as check engine lights, air suspension warnings, and the like appear randomly. In time, these issues go away on their own without the owners having to bring the Range Rover to their service centers or to a local mechanic. Mercedes, on the other hand, has to be brought to a mechanic as soon as an issue crops up. Owners also have to prepare for a massive repair bill.

Top 3 Features Of The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace

The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace is smaller than the F-Pace and more keenly priced, but it did not compromise on comfort, luxury, practicality, and usability. Its design, one of the most expensive in its class, will distinguish it from the F-Pace.

D8 Architecture in Use

This compact SUV used the same D8 architecture we saw on the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The only difference is that Jaguar decided to fit the 2018 E-Pace with more on-road dynamics described only as the “Jaguar version” of the Discovery Sport.

The E-Pace, unlike the Land Rover series like the Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque, won’t be produced in the Halewood facility. Instead, this will be built under license by Magna Steyr in Austria.

Land Rover’s Powertrain Borrowed

Land Rover’s turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel Ingenium engines are going to be fitted in the E-Pace. That includes the range-topping 296bhp 2.0-liter petrol version that can power the E-Pace from 0 to 60mph in just 5.9 seconds. It will have a top speed of 151mph.

All of these will be paired with all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The entry-level 148bhp 2.0-liter diesel model with six-speed manual gearbox will be available with a front-wheel drive system.

Sporty Interior on Point

The interior of the E-Pace will be sporty in nature. This means that the front cabin is driver focused, with a stick shifter instead of the rotary controller. Jaguar said that the interior features of the auto are all inspired by the F-Type.

Sporty interior with a spacious cabin to boot? Can you beat that? The E-Pace boasts of a raised driving position up front and a roomy kneeroom at the back that is similar to the Audi Q5 rather than the Q3. There is plenty of storage space out back too and once the rear seats have been folded, the total capacity will run to 1,234 liters.

Infotainment and connectivity features in the E-Pace will attract the younger clients. Here, you’ll find a 10-inch touchscreen, an optional widescreen TFT display, 4F WiFi hotspot for eight devices, five USB charging ports, and a wearable key option.

The E-Pace will be on sale in the UK starting in late 2017 for the price of £28,500 for the entry-level car.

Toyota Remains the Most Valuable Car Brand in the World

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Toyota retains its status as the most valuable car brand in the world. The company toppled the likes of luxury car giants like Mercedes-Benz and BMW to keep its position.

According to Autoweek, the Japanese automaker’s value dropped by three percent to $28.7 billion. The decrease was attributed to the tough currency rates, in addition to the company’s investments and increase in labor costs. Despite the setbacks, Toyota topped the vehicle segment of the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brand study made by market researcher Kantar Millward Brown.

Brown said Toyota is still viewed by customers as a reliable brand with quality value. Even with the recall issues going on, Toyota car owners gave positive reviews to their cars.

Based on the report, the study was first conducted 12 years ago. Since then, Toyota has landed in the number one rank 10 times.

In our earlier article, Toyota projected that further losses in revenue and net income are expected for the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2018. The company, through its CEO Akio Toyoda, defended that the slump is also in line with their vision to put more priority in stabilizing their future investments rather than focusing on short-term profit.

The Toyota CEO added that to safeguard the company’s future, they created an internal division called the Toyota Research Institute. The new division aims to work on futuristic technologies like the development of electric and hybrid vehicles as well as a potential autonomous car.

BMW and Mercedes landed on the second and third spots, respectively. BMW fell in value by eight percent to $24.6 billion while Mercedes rose by four percent to $23.5 billion.

On sidelines, Tesla seems to be catching up fast in the global car brand rankings. The company just jumped from number 10 last year to number 8 at the present, thanks to an increase of brand value by 32 percent to $5.9 billion. The car maker overtook Land Rover and Porsche to secure its new place in the hierarchy.

Top 3 Features of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery

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Land Rover will debut its 2017 Discovery to US market, and the first stop will be at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This is the Discovery’s first arrival in the US.

To get to know more about the 2017 Land Rover Discovery, we compiled these three things:

1. The Starting Price is $50,985

Land Rover said that the 2017 Discovery will have a starting price tag of $50,985, including a mandatory $995 destination charge. The first to be offered to the US market is the high-buck First Edition package, which will have to raise the price to $74,945. The nearly $25,000 will give you the fully-loaded model, complete with the limited edition styling package.

For a truck that plays well in the dirt and rough roads, the price tag isn’t that hefty, after all.

2. It Wowed Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece

During an event in Venice, Land Rover put the Discovery First Edition among high-tech equipment built for people with very active lifestyles. Unsurprisingly, it caught the eye of Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece. Laird is the “king” of big wave surfing while Gabby is a volleyball player and model.

There’s no active lifestyle more than those two combined. With two children, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery is the perfect vehicle for the couple.

What Land Rover imagines as an owner of the Discovery is one who would load the roof with mountain bikes, surfboards or any equipment for the great outdoors. You can even opt for the waterproof key that Discovery offers, so that you don’t have to worry about it when you’re out.

3. It’s Light and Powerful

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery has a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine. It is also made of aluminum, which allowed the Land Rover engineers to make it 1,000 pounds lighter over the current LR4.

Photos

Check out the photos of the new Land Rover Discovery in the gallery below:

Uber Urban, Uber Cool – the Upcoming SUV Land Rover Landy

The year 2013 was brilliant for Land Rover. Yes, in every aspect you can think about. The company was lauded globally, its creations appreciated and sold like hot cakes. It seemed, people just couldn’t have enough of its creations! There was a wave of excitement among takers of Land Rover vehicles. While there were many who were fortunate enough to own some of the coveted creations by the company, there were others who could only afford to drool over them. Either way, the popularity of the brand skyrocketed in the past year and from what we can understand, it is about to shoot way, way up, thanks to Landy, the upcoming Land Rover SUV!

This is what we know so far! So, it was overall a hit show, across the world, mainly in Asian country of China. However, the company has decided to gear up and expand beyond the nextgen features that so many other contenders are offering. It is really very wise of the brand to foresee the expectations of the motor world and be prepared to strike at the right time, in the right manner. In the company’s drive to explore next level technology, we are going to get the urban delight – the upcoming Land Rover Landy.  It is also said that the company is now going to dedicate more efforts on developing a hybrid Range Rover as well as an electric variant Land Rover Defender. These are the company’s obvious efforts to take on the many offerings in the market. Who could contest that nobel thought! After all, the motor world is abuzz with a lot of new stories every day. With the crack of every dawn there is a new technology staring us in the eye, it makes sense if the company is smart enough to strategize well in time, and be ready with inspiring innovations. Landy seems to be just one of the many beauties lined up from the company. We are sure there are many more swanky machines to come our way, in the coming years. For now, we stay hooked on to what the company is calling its ‘Urban SUV’!

If rumours are to be believed, and well, we will actually pay heed to them, for they turn out to be true, then the upcoming Land Rover Landy is going to be set against Evoque. It is going to get its style and aura from DC100 concept which seems promising, already. As for the quirky yet simple name, the company has decided to get it trademarked. News has it that they have applied for it, already! Once everything falls in place, the name is likely to be used for not just the vehicle but its accessories and dealership franchisee, too! Seems like Landy is truly going to paint the world in its colors, and literally so! This one is sure to give tough competition to Jeepster and Audi Q1. Quite understandably, we are having a tough time waiting for it to be launched.

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