Category: Land Rover
Jaguar and Land Rover are known for doing some over the top stuff when revealing vehicles, and the automaker did so yet again when unveiling the all-new Range Rover. Thanks to a lot of hard work and careful designing, the automaker made the 2016 Range Rover the 45th anniversary of the Range Rover the first vehicle to drive over a paper bridge in the world. That’s an interesting title for a very impressive feat.
The all-new Range Rover is a great looking vehicle, but let’s be honest, the real hero of this story is the 20+ foot bridge composed of just paper. It’s impressive when you look at the papery arch, but it becomes much more so when you realize that it’s not held together with bolts or glue. Instead the paper is just squished together in a highly compacted fashion. It relies on the strength of the arch design perfected more than 1,000 years ago, but it’s very cool to see a full-sized SUV drive over a span made from paper.
Land Rover recruited Steve Messam, paper bridge designer, to come and design and help assemble the bridge designed to set the new world record. All the paper used during construction was donated by James Cropper PLC. a British manufacturer.
A Fist Full of Firsts
When the Range Rover was released in 1970 it was the very first vehicle to travel through the treacherous Darien Gap, a section between Central and South America that’s so difficult most people still avoid travelling through it by land today. In 1989 the Range Rover was the first vehicle with 4×4 that also came with ABS anti-lock brakes. Just three years later in 1992 the Range Rover was the first vehicle in the segment to get an electronic air suspension and electronic traction control. In 2012 it was the first all-aluminum SUV and now it’s the first vehicle to travel over a paper bridge. It has a long and rich history, and that’s part of the fun of owning a Range Rover.
Travelling over Paper Terrain
Not only was the bridge itself pretty darned impressive, but the ease of which the Range Rover traversed is was just as impressive. A paper bridge isn’t likely to be a very easy surface to grip onto, especially when it’s positioned into a delicate supporting arch that creates a circular driving surface. Even still the Range Rover slinked up one side and down the other without a moment’s hesitation. It’s amazing how easily it accomplished the feat.
Try building a paper bridge at home on your own and you’ll see what an impressive feat this is. To be accomplished in just a couple days of construction is even more impressive.
The 2016 Range Rover Sport Td6 has a lot to offer Land Rover customers looking for improved efficiency and higher levels of torque, while maintaining the same level of quality and performance that Land Rover customers have come to expect. It’s a mesh of quality and technology that works really well, and it’s an exciting product that’s more refined than you might expect.
Let’s face it, no matter how much the automotive industry swears by diesel vehicles, they’re louder than gasoline-powered cars, trucks and SUVs most of the time. That’s the case with the 2016 Range Rover Sport Td6 as well, but to a much lesser extent than usual. For a slight sacrifice in power, the vehicle is quieter and more efficient that most diesels on the market, and only those with the most discernible hearing will even realize that the vehicle is a diesel at all.
The lower level of volume from the vehicle is in large part thanks to the graphite engine block. It absorbs vibrations more effectively and cuts down on the audio tones noticeably.
Power and Fuel Economy
The Td6 Range Rover comes with a 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine and offers 254 HP and 440 lb.-ft. of torque overall. That’s less than the gasoline V6 version, but it’s also with way more torque than the gas version so there’s a nice tradeoff that diesel owners get. The vehicle manages a startlingly good 25 MPG combined, which is much better than the gasoline version of the vehicle that’s rated at 16 combined. The high level of fuel economy also helps increase the range of the Range Rover to a massive 588 miles on average, farther than any other Range Rover Sport on the market in the United States.
The car accelerates very effectively at lower speeds and gear shifts happen almost seamlessly thanks to the quality eight-speed automatic transmission. Drivers will notice a slight drop in power at the upper speeds of the vehicle versus the gasoline version, but for standard everyday driving the diesel actually feels more powerful thanks to all that torque.
A Well Tested Engine
While the 2016 Range Rover TD6 is the first diesel model offered in the United States, the engine has been tested heavily around the world. In the United Kingdom nearly the full lineup is diesel and the engine’s been used for years so it’s highly reliable and proven to perform as it should.
The Range Rover relies on a Diesel Exhaust Fluid injector system that helps create a chemical reaction that cuts down on the most harmful emissions produced by the vehicle before it the exhaust ever reaches the catalytic converter. The fluid is held in its own tank and must be refilled around every 10,000 miles in general. While it might be a bit of a hassle to refill the tank, it’s important to note that Land Rover will top it off for free each time it needs to be filled.
Nice New Features
The latest Range Rover comes with a few modern-day upgrades that drivers will enjoy. Things like a hands-free tailgate that opens up with the wave of a hand at the bumper, and a new infotainment system with a nicer touchscreen and better smartphone integration are included. The vehicle also comes w3ith an off-road self-driving feature where it manages the acceleration and power distribution, leaving the driver to steer the vehicle over particularly nasty terrain. It handles steep inclines and loose stones and sand quite capably when paired with quality tires.
The 2016 Range Rover Sport Td6 is a pretty cool SUV that should attract customers for a few reasons. It’s more efficient than the gas version and it’s got all that nice torque that’s really enjoyable to drive with, particularly at the lower end of the driving range. Speaking of driving range, it also travels considerably farther on a single tank, which is nice for long-distance traveling.
We’d like to introduce you to the 2016 Range Rover Sport TD6. A highly refined diesel variant of the Range Rover sport that stands up to the gasoline version in nearly every way, while surpassing it in a few areas. It’s a truly rugged vehicle that should be considered by someone looking for a mix of power, performance, luxury and efficiency.
Nobody Knew it Was Diesel
Land Rover had a group of people test out the Range Rover Sport TD6 in a blind test setting and not one of the drivers was able to identify that the vehicle was a diesel model at all. That’s pretty shocking news, and something that future buyers should take note of. Even well-made diesels today have some characteristics that give them away a bit. For instance, most of the modern diesels are still quite a bit louder than your standard gasoline engine, according to all the testers who took the TD6 out for a drive, this isn’t so with the Range Rover model.
Land Rover went to a great deal of trouble to make the Range Rover Sport TD6 as quiet as possible. The engine block is composed of compacted graphite iron, that helps reduce the vibration from the engine noticeably. A series of engine mounts help to smooth the engine further and a specially designed acoustic windshield that’s been laminated for additional soundproofing is also in place to make the cabin quieter overall. While driving at highway speeds the engine is nearly inaudible, and another surprising thing is that the sound proofing doesn’t just help on the inside of the vehicle. Walk around the Range Rover Sport TD6 while it’s running and you’ll barely hearing the humming engine below.
Tough Offroad Prowess
If you’re crazy enough to take this 60K+ luxury vehicle to more rugged terrain, you’ll be very happy with the performance it puts out. This SUV can tackle steep ascents and descents with ease. It has plenty of ground clearance to get you over even the most uneven terrain, and you’ll love bringing it camping, or anywhere else that takes you off the beaten path a bit.
Light on its Feet
The Range Rover Sport TD6 weighs in at around 5,000 lbs, and it still manages to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 7.1 seconds. that’s very quick, and it’s clear the vehicle is packing some serious power as soon as you step on the pedal. That’s thanks to the TD6 engine that offers 254 HP and a massive 440 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s just a touch slower than the gasoline version, and zips past other vehicles gleefully while out on the open highway. The Rover manages 25 MPG combined, and achieves a whopping 28 MPG in highway driving conditions.
Inside the Range Rover Sport TD6 you’ll be treated to a luxurious view that you would expect from any Land Rover vehicle. Supple leather coats the highly supportive seats both front and back. Fine wood and soft touch accents abound throughout the cabin. A competent media system sits above the center console and a range of cool feature are available through buttons right on that console.
The market for a Range Rover Sport is markedly limited, which is to be expected with the massive price tag that comes with it, but any buyer that decides on the TD6 variant is likely to be overjoyed with the performance. It’s a real treat to drive, and likely one of the most refined diesel models on the market today.
Anyone who’s ever towed a trailer behind their truck or SUV before knows how much of a paint it can be to change lanes safely. It’s tough seeing if there is someone behind you while driving, and it’s pretty difficult making sure your blind spots are clear as well. According to Land Rover there’s no reason that you shouldn’t be able to see behind the trailer your towing and that’s why the automaker developed technology to help solve this problem. It’s known as Transparent Trailer.
The concept behind transparent is really quite simple. You attach a camera to the back of the trailer you’re towing and your vehicle lets you see right through it by feeding you an image from the back of the trailer. The results are anything but simplistic though. You get a live feed looking out your rear window and it allows you to not only see the vehicles and other objects out behind your trailer by giving it a transparent look, but the feed still keeps the trailer outline in the video so that you’re aware of the object while making important driving decisions.
Back Up More Easily
While reversing using the system the indicator not only helps you see what is behind you, but the it also creates a set of guidelines that you can follow to backup successfully without hitting anything or anyone. Backing up with a trailer has never been easier than with this technology!
Keep an Eye on Interior Cargo
Not only does this tech help you remain aware of what’s around you on the road, but Land Rover also came up with technology known as Cargo Sense that will help you remain aware of your physical cargo as well. This tech keeps an eye on your trailer load and lets you know when the weight shifts substantially enough. Once you get an alert from the system you have the option of jumping to a camera inside the trailer to take a look at what’s going on, all while staying on the road and continuing along your trip. This makes it easy to avoid distractions while driving and to remain aware of what is going on without having to stop all the time. The system also keeps an eye on interior temperatures and lets the driver know when temperatures are getting high in the trailer. That’s particularly important when hauling around animals that have to be kept cool. The technology even keeps you up to date when you’re sitting in place and while away from the vehicle.
All the new technology comes together and makes travelling with trailer into a much more enjoyable experience. It’s simpler to do and comes with less risk than it used to.
Pot holes are a real issue for luxury vehicles. Not only are they unpleasant to drive over, but they are also damaging to the vehicle itself. Learning how to spot these obstructions in the road and coming up with ways to either slow down for them or avoid them will help extend key suspension components in luxury vehicles which is a good goal to shoot for. Land Rover is currently testing out a system that does just that.
The system relies on connecting different vehicles to one another using an information system to share pothole information. This information will let you know when a pothole is coming up in the road and give you an opportunity to slow down in time to avoid most of the damage. This information will also be shared with those responsible for road maintenance, in the hopes that something will be done about them faster.
Locating the Holes
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport models both come with a MagneRide active suspension system that has sensors that monitor motion and suspension height. By looking at these two pieces of information, Land Rover should be able to tell when a driver hits a pothole. When the information is collected it will be immediately added to the system and made available for other drivers out on the road.
Scanning for Holes
While recording potholes after they’ve been hit is a good way to protect future drivers, it doesn’t do much for the driver about to hit the hole. This is why Land Rover is also planning to develop a camera system that spots the hole before it is even hit in the first place. A stereo camera will be installed at the front of the vehicle and it will scan the road ahead. When it sees major holes in the road the driver will be notified and can take action before hitting the hole. It’s possible the system will even automatically apply the brakes in the future when it’s certain that the drive will hit the hole.
This type of system is just one of the exciting future developments that will help drivers navigate roadways more safely and comfortably. Connecting cars together to share information is a common goal shared by many automakers and is a technique that may be used in automatic vehicles in the future. While sharing information between Jaguar and Land Rover drivers is a good start, it would be even more beneficial if information was also shared between other car brands that are out on the roads more frequently. It’s unclear how long the technology will be in development before being released, but it’s pretty cool to think that someday potholes will be mostly avoidable.
It’s a proven fact that three out of four car seats in vehicles today aren’t installed properly. That means that most children riding around on the road today are facing more risk than they need to be, and taking just a few minutes to make important changes can help increase their safety noticeably.
Lock Down those Loose Items
First and foremost, make sure that any loose items in your vehicle are secured. Simply putting loose CD’s into cases and slipping other valuables into the trunk of your vehicle will help reduce the impact risk to children riding around in the vehicle. It only takes a couple seconds to get rid of loose items, but those seconds can result in a much safer crash if you are unfortunate enough to experience one.
Lock the Sit Firmly in Place
The first step you should take when installing a new car seat is to put it in using the built-in safety anchors and then try and move it in any direction after the installation. If you can get that seat to move more than one inch you don’t have it installed properly. It’s simply too loose and it’s going to be doing your little one more harm than good. To rectify the situation tighten the seat up and make sure that you can’t move it as much next time.
Another test can be conducted once the seat passes the first one. Put your child in the seat and tighten the straps until they feel like they are secure. To make sure they are tight enough try to pinch them. If you can pinch the fabric over top of itself you know it’s not tight enough. Tighten it down some more and try again to see if you’ve made a big enough difference. Continue going through this cycle until you have straps that you can’t pinch. Only then are they holding your child tight enough to be safe to use.
Don’t Rent a Car Seat
Renting a car seat is a bad idea for a number of reasons, the main one being that you don’t know what happened to the seat when you weren’t using it. The seat could be expired, it could have been through numerous accidents and it could have other problems that you don’t know about. Instead rely on your own car seat when using a rental car. Make sure that you have it with you to use, otherwise you won’t know what kind of protection you’re providing to your child.
Take a few minutes to make sure the car seat in your vehicle is installed properly. Checking for each of the different issues listed above and avoiding some common mistakes will make your vehicle safer for your children to use. For such a small time investment, the results are well worth the work.
Land Rover just developed a new 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that gets exceptional fuel efficiency figures. The engine is four-cylinders and comes in a couple different variations in the new Land Rover Discovery models. Buyers looking for different outputs will have a couple different diesel options to choose from, and one offers fuel efficiency figures that would be good for a hybrid vehicle. The new and improved engine is also supposed to reduce CO2 emissions, making it a more environmentally friendly choice than most diesel engines out on the market now.
Land Rover is offering a couple different variations of their new engine. The lower power and more efficient engine provides 148 HP, more than enough power to keep the SUV from being too sluggish. The other output is 178 HP and can propel the vehicle from 0 to 62 in a respectable 8.9 seconds. It hits a maximum speed of 117 MPH.
Exceptional Fuel Efficiency
The lower output engine offers an exceptional fuel efficiency rating of up to 57.7 MPG on the highway. That rating is on the European cycle but efficiency figures are expected to be similar stateside. With such high figures the SUV should be an excellent trip vehicle that will save its owners a lot of cash in fuel expenses over time.
In order to save on weight the engine relies on aluminum construction, and this helps reduce fuel consumption during use. The engines benefit from reduced friction that also improves the efficiency rating. In order to lower emissions from the engine has stiffer cylinder blocks than standard. As an owner of this new engine you’ll also enjoy an increased service duration of somewhere between 16,000 and 21,000 miles, keeping most drivers out of the shop for over a year after the initial purchase.
Getting on the Market
The Ingenium family of diesel engines are set to go on the market next month. They will be released in Europe and South Korea around the same time, but we’ll probably have to wait a bit before they come stateside. The impressive fuel efficiency rating will make the vehicle worth the wait for many car buyers. An SUV that manages such high levels of efficiency is pretty rare and worth serious consideration.
There’s something particularly exciting about a vehicle that defies expectations. When you see a massive SUV like the Range Rover Sport rolling down the road you expect it to be a slow and lumbering machine that can climb over rocks, twigs and through mud holes with ease. What you don’t expect is for that same SUV to easily burn rubber around the track when it’s finished climbing over said sticks, twigs and rocks. The Range Rover Sport SVR is among an elite breed of performance SUVs that can seemingly do it all. They have no trouble going through rough courses, and they can exceptional performance in a track setting as well. It’s hard to imagine a scenario that could benefit from all these skills other than maybe a high speed police chase, but either way the SUV’s a blast to drive, and pretty nice to look at too.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is designed for a smooth and polished off-roading experience. Essentially you set the system to the type of terrain you are tackling and the monstrous SUV will traverse it smoothly and confidently. It doesn’t matter if you’re going through mud pits, over loose terrain or cresting a brutal ridge, the Rover handles most challenges with ease and comes out ahead of most luxury SUVs every time.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is so capable because of great design. It comes with all-wheel drive that’s on all the time. It benefits from a two-speed transfer case with an effective low-range. The SUV relies on a multi-plate clutch to route its immense power between either axle depending on which is more effective at the time and a rear differential helps ensure that the best gripping wheels get the power each time.
On a vehicle that’s so good off-roading it seems strange and almost unfair for it to be such a capable track machine as well. After all every vehicle has to have some weakness, but if the Sport SVR has one it’s hard to spot. It’s massive engine offers 550 HP and 502 lb.-ft. of torque creating enough power to accelerate the SUV from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds. The Sport has no problem climbing all the way up to an impressive 162 MPH and it offers the type of power that drivers can enjoy on a daily basis.
The Range Rover is carefully calibrated to take corners like a champ, and easily weaves around even sharp bends without a second thought. It offers good steering response and has a nice grounded feel to it more akin to a racecar than an SUV. The only reminder you’ll have that you aren’t in the sporty Jaguar F-Type R is the tipping feeling you get from cornering at speed thanks to all the weight the SUV carries around. It can’t defy the laws of physics any more than any other vehicle and you’ll feel the top-heavy design if you corner fast enough, but the body roll is surprisingly tame and you can still corner the SUV pretty quickly and for most drivers other than the hardcore racers the performance is going to be highly impressive.
Of course the Range Rover Sport SVR has an adjusted look to match its larger engine. The SUV comes with a bunch of black accents, added body kits and carbon fiber to show off its track readiness. The inside appearance pretty much matches the exterior. It’s a mix of refinement and aggression. The seats are particularly interesting with a scaly armored design that you won’t find on another vehicle anytime soon.
The Range Rover Sport is the type of vehicle that anyone can enjoy but few will own. It can handle any situation you throw at it and looks great whether your climbing hills or burning rubber on the track. Unfortunately anyone looking to pick up this luxurious piece of machinery will have to have some deep pockets. The base version starts at over $111,000 and the price goes up from there. The price is in line with what the other brands are offering for a performance SUV though.
Jaguar is able to offer the modern technology that they do to their drivers because of their commitment to advancing their tech. The automaker now has an advanced automotive lab setup in Portland where they are hoping to hire an additional 50 engineers. The lab’s designed to test and improve upon existing automotive technology while figuring out what’s coming next.
The lab comes with a large curved driving simulator to give the engineers a chance to look at what their tech will really look like once operational. When you walk into the building the first thing that you’ll notice is computers everywhere. They are on nearly every desktop throughout the building and the engineers are busy working away on new enhancements. Within the building they can build and adapt new tech and test it out on the simulator and in actual Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles that are also located in the facility. This offers a convenient environment to adapt and enhance driving technology in.
With each new technological development for vehicles there is always going to be that element of concern for driver safety. Smartphones are continually distracting drivers and causing accidents, it’s important to Jaguar and other automakers that their new tech isn’t going ot do the same. That’s why the engineers are always careful to create options with voice controls and other features that avoid taking driver’s eyes away from the road. They state that the tech allows drivers to do what they want in their vehicles while remaining safe, and that’s very important to the industry.
The Cool Tech
At the facility the engineers are working on advanced navigation systems with simple green lines projected on the screen for drivers to follow. Imagine playing a game and following the simple display guides through a city. The tech works much the same, only you are navigating real life situations. The tech lets you look out the windshield for all your directions and helps drivers stay safer than ever while getting where they want. There is another feature that displays the current speed limit even when the view of a local road sign is impeded while driving. The car will always know how fast you should be going and with a quick glance to the screen so will you. Jaguar also developed a Ghost Car navigation system that works much the same as the green line but you are following a holographic car rather than lines making it feel even more natural.
The auto industry is well-known for being behind when it comes to cutting edge technology and that includes luxury brands like Jaguar and Land Rover as well. It’s through dedicated labs and lots of development that Land Rover hopes to get back to the forefront of technology and by working with top companies in the tech industry like Intel they shouldn’t have any problems. Some of the latest Jaguar and Land Rover tech is already highly impressive, and as their new Portland Lab grows and develops the tech is only going to keep coming and getting more impressive.
If you’ve ever wanted to see the most expensive SUV on the market take a look at the photo below. No it’s not from Porsche, and it’s actually produced by Land Rover. The model is known as the Range Rover SV Autobiography and it retails for $199,495 putting it just below the 200,000 mark, and that’s before any options are added on. The vehicle is more expensive than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S by more than $40,000, putting it out of range for most buyers, but it’s truly a sight to behold.
On the Outside
On the outside of the Range Rover it’s clear that it’s a custom build. The SUV has a two-tone paint job option that isn’t available on any other Rover. The top of the vehicle is black and there are nine different colors to choose from for the bottom portion. The SUV continues the black theme with a large black chrome grille with a high polish. There is also a set of black chrome lettering on the hood and tailgate of the Range Rover.
Inside the Luxury SUV
The interior of the Range Rover is a blend of brushed and textured aluminum. Custom textured aluminum is used on the surround button, the gear selector, the pedals of the vehicle and all the seat adjuster knobs. The same textured aluminum is used on the key fob as well for a real classy touch. Brushed aluminum is used for most of the other features within the vehicle. Both the center and rear consoles are detailed with brushed aluminum.
The seats are very comfortable and highly adjustable, which is expected in this class, but one thing that you won’t see in most standard SUVs is the executive setup that you have in the rear seats. There are fold out work tables as well as a beverage chiller at the back to make it easy to get things done while on the go. Even the floor mats have a nice custom look and feel and are made from twist pile mohair.
The Best Performance
When you invest as much money into a vehicle as Land Rover is asking for this custom Range Rover it’s only reasonable to expect the best in performance, and that’s what you get. The Range Rover comes with Land Rover’s most powerful V8 engine that’s taken from the SVR performance model set to be released soon. The V8 produces 550HP and manages 502 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s highly responsive and feels light on its feet, which is always impressive in an SUV of this size.
The model is set to go on sale this fall, and will premiere at the NY Auto Show in just a few days. The vehicle will be presented along with the Range Rover Sport HST and the Range Rover Sport TD6 Diesel.