The fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery has finally been unveiled, ushering in a new era of technology, capability and sophistication for the off-roading British SUV.
Bucking the trend of evolutionary rather than revolutionary vehicle designs, Land Rover went for something a bit more radical for the new Discovery. The squarish body of the previous models has been dropped in favor of a streamlined form inspired by the Discovery Sport and latest Range Rovers.
The trademark stepped roof carries over, however, and serves as the most obvious link to past generations. It’s a design choice that provides more headroom for passengers seated in the third row, which the company says allows for 95th percentile adults to sit comfortably.
The seats can be configured by using your smartphone — a world’s first — and customers can specify a range of premium materials to appoint the interior with, including luxurious Windsor leather upholstery and natural oak veneers.
Thanks to the new aluminum construction, the rugged SUV is a whopping 1,058 lbs (480 kg) lighter than the last Discovery, which should help make it more fuel-efficient. Depending on the region, buyers will have a choice of two four-cylinder diesel engines, specifically a 180-hp 2.0L and a 240-hp 2.2L unit, as well as a six-cylinder diesel that generates 258 horsepower and/or a gas-powered, supercharged 3.0L V6 with 340-hp.
Despite its softer appearance, the new Land Rover Discovery remains just as capable as its predecessors, if not more. Its height adjustable air suspension can be set to provide just over 11 inches of ground clearance and the Terrain Response 2 system comes with a setting for almost every type of terrain.
Its reduced weight and suspension revisions are said to provide improved on-road performance without sacrificing off-road prowess. The new Discovery can in fact drive through water that’s up to 36 inches high, making it an amphibious vehicle of sorts.
With its world debut now out of the way, the all-new, 2018 Land Rover Discovery is scheduled to go on sale in the first half of 2017. It replaces the LR4 in North America.
2020 Land Rover Defender Modernizes A Classic Off-Roader
It took decades, but there is finally a fully-redesigned Land Rover Defender.
British automaker Land Rover used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut an all-new Defender, modernizing the iconic SUV with new technology while maintaining some of its classic charm.
As capable as it is off-road, the new Defender is more civilized than the previous models, having been redesigned for more comfort on all road conditions. It’s capabilities as an overland vehicle have also been improved.
Buyers will be able to choose between the two-door Defender 90 and the larger four-door Defender 110, both available in four different configurations: Adventure, Country, Explorer, and Urban.
The Defender 90 has 8.5 inches of ground clearance, while the Defender 110 has 8.6-inches. Both configurations can travel through 35.4 inches (3 feet) of water.
Despite its relatively compact size, the Defender has a payload capacity of nearly one ton. It can handle a static roof load of 660 pounds and tow more than 8,200 pounds.
Designers retained the boxy form of the previous Defenders, but an angled windshield and slightly rounded corners improve the SUV’s aerodynamics.
Inside, the rugged interior features a 10-inch PIVI Pro infotainment system that serves as gateway to the latest tech and convenience features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster with 3D maps, a head-up display that can show videos, and a rearview mirror that displays the view from the backup camera.
In North America, the 2020 Land Rover Defender will be offered with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 296 horsepower and a six-cylinder mild hybrid powertrain that produces 395 horsepower and 506 pound-feet of torque. The former can accelerate the SUV to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.7 seconds, while the latter slashes the sprint to 5.8 seconds.
If you find the Jeep Wrangler too plebeian and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class too expensive, the new Land Rover might just be utilitarian off-roader you’ve been waiting for.
Range Rover Astronaut Edition Is Only For Space Travelers
The Astronaut Edition comes to Earth, but only for those who paid to fly on the Virgin Galactic spaceship.
Land Rover and Virgin Galactic have teamed up to develop a special edition Range Rover for the elite members of the Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut community who paid $250,000 to grab a seat on Virgin Galactic’s upcoming spaceship.
Called Range Rover Astronaut Edition, the model is based on the Range Rover Autobiography and features unique exterior and interior touches that express the craftsmanship of Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations & Virgin Galactic. As such, it offers unprecedented comfort, elegance and all-terrain aptitude.
Designers applied numerous space-related touches that should put a smile on any space-lover’s face. For starters, they took a “crafted piece” straight from the front landing skid of the spaceship used during the Virgin Spaceship Unity’s in 2018; repurposed to create a two-disc emblem, one of which is inscribed with an oft-used Richard Branson quote “See you up there”; and placed it near the center console’s cup holders.
The door handles are made from solid aluminum door handles and engraved with Virgin Galactic’s Future Astronaut community constellation pattern, while the front console drawer and leather-wrapped rear armrest feature a “DNA of Flight” graphic. The Future Astronaut community constellation pattern can also be found on the glove box and front headrests.
Not impressed yet? Land Rover explains that after returning to Earth from the space flight, an owner will be able to remove the spaceship emblem from the center console and replace it with a section of the wooden skid used during his or her spaceflight. The wooden piece can be personalized with text of whatever the owner wants regarding the experience of going into space.
Like the interior, the Range Rover Astronaut Edition’s exterior boasts a number of exclusive touches. Our friends at pointed to us the Zero Gravity Blue paint that was inspired by inspired by a night sky’s depth and intensity, as well as puddle lamps that illuminate the silhouette of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. “Astronaut Edition” badge can be found at the back and on the sides of the SUV.
Buyers have two world-traversing engine to choose from. There is a high-performance 5.0L V-8 P525 supercharged gasoline engine for those who prioritize performance, while the more environmentally-conscious have the option of Land Rover’s P400e (PHEV) plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain, which produces 404PS and allows the Range Rover Astronaut Edition to travel on electricity-only for just over 26-miles!
“Land Rover vehicles have been part of daily life for the Virgin Galactic team since the launch of the partnership in 2014,” states Gerry McGovern, the Chief Design Officer at Land Rover. “The Astronaut Edition Range Rover is the next step on this journey and the chance for the Future Astronaut Community to celebrate our two brands’ shared values of pioneering spirit and a true sense of adventure. This vehicle really will take them Above and Beyond.”
Land Rover has yet to disclose pricing for the Range Rover Astronaut Edition, but if you can afford to pay $250,000 to go into space, you can probably afford to get one.
New Range Rover Evoque Debuts With Velar Looks, Hybrid Tech
The premium small SUV borrows many styling cues from its bigger brother the second time around.
Land Rover has unveiled the all-new, second-generation Range Rover Evoque, which brings with it new innovations alongside a familiar look.
The British automaker has sold nearly a million Evoques since its introduction in mid 2011, so it’s understandable why it played it fairly safe with the exterior “redesign”. It looks very similar to the previous Evoque inside and out, but a healthy infusion of Velar styling cues makes things a bit more interesting add modern.
Riding on Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture grants the new Evoque more interior room than before, with 20 mm longer wheelbase translating to more rear knee room and storage capacity. Inspired by the Velar, the interior has a cleaner, more minimalist design and uses more eco-friendly interior materials, such as Eucalyptus and Ultrafabrics.
Driver and passengers also benefit fromt he latest tech sweeping the industry. including several touchscreens for infotainment duties, a rear-view mirror that can be transformed into an HD video screen for a clearer view, smartphone integration (both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), 360-degree cameras, and a number of semi-autonomous capabilities.
The biggest changes are found under the sheetmetal. While a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will still be the Evoque’s primary motivator, a new 48V mild hybrid setup has been introduced as an optional upgrade. The system automatically operates in EV mode whenever the vehicle slows to below 11 mph (18 km/h), with the engine not turning on until the driver accelerates again.
A plug-in hybrid model will join the lineup later on.
All new Evoques come standard with an all-wheel drive and Land Rover’s Terrain Response system with six drive modes: General, Eco, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow, Mud-Ruts, and Auto. Ground clearance comes at 8.3 inches (212 millimeters), with approach and departure angles of up to 25 and 30.6 degrees, respectively.
The all-new, 2020 Ranger Rover Evoque goes on sale in 2019 after making its world debut at the Chicago Auto Show.