New Land Rover Defender due in 2014

March 5th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

A replacement for the venerable Land Rover Defender, has been given the green light by Indian parent company Tata. The Defender is now 62-years-old and a replacement is finally expected in 2014, and is being worked on now under the codename Project Icon.

So far it seems that few details have been decided about Project Icon other than its codename and its status in the Land Rover line-up, which is at the very top. Sorting out a way to differentiate the new Defender from the previous model will be part of the work to be done, as well as creating a platform and powertrain. The current platform may prove too heavy to serve for much longer with the new European efficiency regulations.

In terms of powertrain there is already talk of a hybrid set-up. Land Rover has been developing an Electronic Rear Axle Drive technology that was put into a Freelander hybrid two years ago, it consisted of a 288-volt motor with 34 to 47 horsepower and 147 foot-pounds of torque drove the rear wheels and could drive the front set when needed.

Is a Defender hybrid just crazy enough to work? Only time will tell.

2011 Land Rover LRX to debut in Paris

February 24th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Land Rover is getting ready to debut the production version of its hotly anticipated LRX at the Paris Motor Show later this year. Shortly after, it will make its North American debut in LA. Apparently, the LRX is set to go on sale in the third quarter of 2011.

The LRX Concept was first viewed at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, where it impressed both the press and the showgoing public with it’s blend of sharp styling and traditional presence. The LRX is expected to be Land Rover’s most efficient model ever and is likely to be offered with a hybrid powertrain.

It’s rumoured that Land Rover’s first hybrid drivetrain would include a 3.0-litre diesel V6 engine mated up to a 25kW electric motor. This system would be a ‘full parallel hybrid’, which means it could operate on any combination of gasoline or electricity using an onboard lithium ion battery pack.

Land Rover refreshes range in NZ

January 29th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Land Rover has undertaken a multitude of changes to its 2010 models in NZ including the Discovery 4, Range Rover Sport, and Range Rover Vogue.

With new engines, upgraded interiors, improved brakes and suspension and refreshened looks, the latest Land Rover and Range Rover models have introduced more than 5000 changes in total.

Externally the cars have smoother, simpler surfaces, particularly at the front, with a new more aerodynamic bumper on the Discovery 4. The Range Rover Sport has a new two bar grille, side vents, front bumper and mudguards to create a more sporting stance. The top-spec Range Rover Vogue has a new bumper and grille and the interlocking circular design headlights now feature LED lights.

Inside the Range Rover Vogue has a new virtual instrument cluster with traditional dials replaced by a Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen which is capable of presenting more information.

There is also a dual view screen option, which allows the driver and passengers to look at different things on the centrally mounted dashboard screen at the same time. This could include Sat.Nav. information being displayed to the driver, while the passengers watch a DVD.

The Discovery 4 has new fascias, doors, seats, consoles, instruments, switch gear and steering wheel.

The Range Rover Sport gets a more luxurious cabin, while retaining the sporty cockpit feel with new seats.

A revised suspension set-up on the Discovery 4 reduces body roll and improves ride quality. The Terrain ResponseTM 4WD system has been improved for all models and a “Sand Launch Control” programme added to prevent the wheels from digging in when starting off from a standstill in soft sand.

In terms of engine updates the 3.0-litre TDV6 and 5.0-litre V8’s now provide more power and torque and better economy with lower emissions. The 3.0-litre TDV6 replaces the 2.7 version and produces 180 kW and 600 Nm of torque, for 29 and 36 % improvements in power and torque respectively. But the engine is nine % more economical and has nine % less CO2 emissions.

The new V8 is available with fuel injection in the Discovery 4 and Range Rover Sport with 276 kW and 510 Nm while the supercharged variant has 375 kW and 625 Nm and is available on the Range Rover Vogue and Range Rover Sport.

The 5.0-litre supercharged V8 replaces the 4.2-litre version with 29 % more power and 12 % more torque. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by seven % with the new engine.

With this increased performance, all models have larger braking systems, with a Brembo system helping out on the Supercharged models.

Pricing of the Discovery 4 starts from $89,990, while the Range Rover Sport begins at $134,990 and the Range Rover Vogue from $184,990.

Land Rover LR3 – “Let’s Take Mine”

December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Be glad you took yours, the Land Rover LR3 – designed for the extraordinary

Land Rover LRX concept

December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

LRX concept from Land Rover

Land Rover LR3 in Argentina

December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

A cool ad for Land Rover’s new Discovery (LR3) in Argentina.

Land Rover LR3

December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Awarded 2005 Motor trend sport/utility of the year, Land Rover LR3.

Land Rover Discovery 4 /LR4 2010 Revealed

December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

A major update in terms for style, luxury and technology for what is arguably the world’s most versatile vehicle

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