Category: Land Rover
When I heard that Land Rover was releasing an updated version of their Range Rover I knew I had to take it for a test drive. Range Rovers are always fun to drive and the 2014 edition was no different. Not only does this model feature a new updated look that is all masculine SUV, but its performance is kicked up a notch with slightly more refinement as well. It’s a ride that everyone should experience at least once.
Performance and Handling
The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport comes in two different performance flavors. It’s either equipped with a V6 engine that provides plenty of power, or a monstrous supercharged V8 that’s over the top but a heck of a lot of fun to drive around.
The V8 provides a whopping 510 horsepower and 461 lb.-ft. of torque for very fast acceleration. Both of these models are tied to an eight speed automatic transmission that can be operated with paddle shifters. The center and rear differentials are electronically locking for improved control in varied conditions. The Terrain Response System, automatically locks and unlocks both differentials to improve driving conditions, while the constant four-wheel drive gives this vehicle plenty of traction.
Seven Driving Modes
The Land Rover Range Rover features six different driving modes and the Sport edition comes with one more. The automatic setting alters performance levels to meet with the varied conditions that you come into contact with. It is also equipped with a grass/gravel/snow setting, one for mud/ruts, one for sand, a rock crawl and general setting for clear roads. The sport edition also features a dynamic mode that is for high-performance driving.
Quick downshifts and upshifts paired with a high-powered engine make the Range Rover sport very fun to drive. Press firmly on the pedal and it screams to life leaping ahead and passing the speed limit in mere moments. The throttle provides refined control but it does take some getting used to in order to operate it smoothly. The V8 model also has a nice throaty growl during hard accelerations. The supercharged V6 model isn’t quite as exciting to drive, but it isn’t sluggish either. Sufficient acceleration and plenty of control make it an enjoyable option.
Even though this Rover is designed for rough driving conditions it was also built to glide smoothly down the road. With an air suspension and active dampers most bumps and ruts in a standard road will go completely unnoticed.
The new Range Rover has a sporty look that models the Evoque more than anything else. The large wraparound headlights give the front a modern look and the LED accents only serve to enhance the effect. The small side grilles are a nice touch that give the front an intricate look and the textured side-sill is another small touch that help complete this overall package.
The 2014 Range Rover is luxurious on the inside with a fabric coated dash and soft touch materials throughout. Knobs and controls are accented by textured aluminum for a modern look. While sitting in the driver’s seat the high ride-height creates high visibility driving conditions and the highly adjustable seat provide plenty of support for a more comfortable ride. The high seat position in this Rover does make getting in and out of it a bit more challenging however.
One weakness in this highly refined interior was the multimedia system that Land Rover used. The 8-inch touchscreen is cumbersome to use and the menus are difficult to navigate. Overall the system feels a bit dated and can’t stand up to some of the more refined systems out on the market today.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport isn’t a vehicle that you’ll forget about after driving. Its high powered acceleration, luxury interior and great ride quality all make it into an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. While many people won’t want to pay the premium prices for this SUV (over 80K) those who do will certainly be getting their money’s worth.
Land Rover Commands Attention at the NY Auto Show with its New Age of Discovery Spectacle
When most people think back on the 2014 New York Auto show the spectacle that they will remember the most was the Land Rover New Age of Discovery display. From the moment that things got started they put on a show above and beyond everyone else and everyone got a good look at the new Land Rover Discovery concept as well.
Visitors traveled down to the flight deck of a retired aircraft carrier for the display of the Land Rover Discovery concept. At the start of the show a multimedia display featuring vivid graphics and a bright display built up excitement for the unveiling of the concept car using an intricate space theme. The show even features a mockup of the Virgin Galactic space shuttle that will begin bringing passengers up to the edge of space.
The new concept vehicle has a compact design with sharp masculine features. The wide rounded front end suggests power and gives this vehicle an appealing look. Described as a “premium compact SUV” you would expect this concept vehicle to be built for smooth gliding without much off-roading potential. While it clearly isn’t marketed to off-roaders wanting to drive through big mud pits, and on very serious terrain, more than a few impressive technical features suggest this vehicle will be very capable even on rough terrain.
The Terrain Response System
The Terrain Response System employs an array of lasers at the front of the vehicle in order to scan the upcoming terrain and create a virtual layout for later use. This layout is used to adjust the four-wheel drive of the vehicle and to offer guidance to allow the driver to pick the easiest path ahead. The system also uses cameras mounted just under the front of the vehicle to display the section of terrain that the driver can’t see right on the windshield, using a see-through projection.
Land Rover has been playing around with laser headlights that emit a very bright beam of light ahead of the driver for improved vision while driving down the road or an off-road path. The best thing about these lights is that they can dim themselves very quickly to avoid blinding oncoming traffic.
Remote Control Technology
The system also showcases a low-speed remote control system that will make doing things like hooking up a trailer a simpler task. If you’re on your own hooking up a trailer would be very difficult to do, but with the remote technology it would be a very easy task.
The array of technology featured on the new Discovery concept from Land Rover is impressive. These are the features that will set future generations of this luxury SUV apart from the competition, but they are also features that many drivers won’t have available to them right away, and most will require add-on packages when they do finally become available. Either way Land Rover fans have a lot to look forward to with the coming models from this automaker.
Race2Recovery, the group of severely injured soldiers who made history as the first disabled rally team to enter, and complete, the Dakar rally in 2013 has arrived in South America for the 2014 running of the toughest race in the world. The team, supported by Land Rover, has entered two race vehicles into the 2014 Dakar which will once again put its competitors through the ultimate physical and mental test. This year’s Race2Recovery team is made up of 16 injured soldiers and civilian volunteers, including drivers, co-drivers, support vehicle drivers and a crew of technical and mechanical experts.
The injured servicemen will be driving Land Rover Defender-based Wildcat rally-raid vehicles, both of which were entered in last year’s race, as well as a T4 race truck and a T5 support truck, which will follow the route providing support for both race vehicles. Land Rover is assisting the team with parts, logistics, vehicle and financial support throughout their 2014 campaign. In addition, two Land Rover Discovery vehicles provided by Land Rover will support Race2Recovery along the assistance route and will provide vital support to the team throughout the 14 day epic.
The 2014 Dakar will see the team race across some of the world’s most unforgiving terrain. This year’s competition will traverse three countries; Argentina, Bolivia (motorcycles only) and Chile. They will travel over 9,000km, including crossing the Atacama desert and the Andes mountain range, in temperatures that could reach between 40 to 50 degrees celcius.
Speaking at the start-line in Rosario ahead of the challenge, team founder and driver, retired Captain Tony Harris said: “We’re delighted to be back in South America for our second Dakar challenge. The memory of finishing last year’s race is something we’ll always treasure but we always wanted the Race2Recovery team to become a sustainable rally team so it’s fantastic to be entering our second Dakar. We learnt a lot from last year’s competition so we feel extremely well prepared for the challenges that this race will inevitably throw at us.
“The 2014 Dakar signals the start of a massive year for us. Our sponsor Land Rover has confirmed that the brand will support our entry into the new ‘Defender Challenge by Bowler’ race series that launches in the UK in March this year. That provides us with a fantastic platform to train up new recruits and develop our skills ahead of future Dakar challenges. It also enables us to race in front of UK crowds, something we love doing as the support we’ve received from motoring fans and the public in general has been incredible.”
Mark Cameron, Global Brand Experience Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We’re very proud of our association with Race2Recovery, having been the team’s lead sponsor since its inception. The team has broken down barriers relating to disability and motorsport and truly lives up to its motto ‘beyond injury, achieving the extraordinary’. The Dakar is the ultimate race and one that has a long association with Land Rover vehicles. We’re pleased that the team can benefit from our support and we wish them the very best of luck. We’ll be following their progress all the way.”
Land Rover is the most successful nameplate in this year’s 4×4 Magazine awards, securing two class wins and the ultimate 4×4 of the year title.
It was the new Range Rover Sport that took on competition from 24 of the market’s finest all-wheel drive models to take both the Premium class and the overall 2014 honor. Meanwhile, the Ranger Rover Evoque proved itself by claiming honors in the Top Range SUV class. The Land Rover Defender was “highly recommended” in the Hardcore class and the new Range Rover was second only to its Range Rover Sport sibling in the Premium category.
Presenting the results in the winter issue of 4×4 Magazine, Editor Nigel Fryatt said: “The Range Rover Sport is a worthy winner of the prestigious 2014 4×4 of the Year award. Indeed it is such a significant vehicle that you wonder if it is the best product ever to come from the Land Rover stable, of any era.”
After putting the Range Rover Sport through its paces, the judges gave it an unmatched 90 per cent score, highlighting the 3.0-litre SDV6 engine, on-road handling, off-road prowess, towing ability, comfort and design as its stand-out features.
Their report hailed the model as the “revelation of the premium group, if not the whole test” and made special reference to the quality of the Terrain Response 2 system for tackling all kinds of off-road scenarios. Where on-road performance is concerned, they declared the Range Rover Sport is “a pure pleasure to drive” and referenced the contribution made by its independent air suspension on ride quality.
The Range Rover Evoque once again proves that Land Rover’s advanced styling and premium quality are not at the expense of true all-terrain performance. The Evoque topped the Top Range SUV class, netting an 88 percent score from judges who claim that they appreciated its “boldly styled and superbly crafted interior.” They also liked the fact that it has “the handling feel of a sport car half its size.” Design, on-road handling and off-road competence were singled out as the qualities defining its success.
Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks, said: “These awards are very much appreciated, not least because 4×4 Magazine subjects its awards contenders to such rigorous, expert scrutiny.
“The results help demonstrate that we are successfully pushing the boundaries of all-terrain vehicle engineering and design to address the changing requirements of today’s customers. We have a great heritage, but it is vital that we continue to build on that foundation with models like Evoque, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport that deliver in terms of style, premium quality and on-road handling as well as fundamental all-terrain capabilities.”
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Jaguar Land Rover achieved a remarkable triple success at the 2013 Scottish Car of the Year Awards, with honors going to the new Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Jaguar F-TYPE sports car.
The Jaguar F-TYPE beat stiff competition to win the Sporting category award, impressing the judges – some of Scotland’s most important motoring journalists – with its elegant design, formidable performance and impressive customer appeal.
Alisdair Suttie, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said, “We have waited a very long time for the Jaguar F-TYPE, more than four decades in fact, but this year’s Sporting winner does it with panache. It also does it with elegance, superb performance and complete desirability.”
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, accepted the award at a ceremony in Glasgow and commented, “This award is a wonderful recognition of the efforts invested in creating the new F-TYPE. It is a sports car that reaffirms the brand’s sporting heritage in both its performance and design.”
Range Rover received the Best Luxury Car Award, an acknowledgement of how Land Rover has continued to develop the quality, comfort and refinement of the fourth generation vehicle.
Alisdair Suttie said, “Luxury comes in many forms, but the Range Rover brings together such a broad range of talents, it stands head and shoulders above the competition. It also brings innovative design, supreme comfort and world-beating style.”
The all-new Range Rover Sport was also named Scottish SUV of the Year. Sharing the same lightweight construction principles with its larger sibling, and built on the same highly efficient production line at Land Rover‘s Solihull plant, the new Range Rover Sport has made significant advances in handling, performance and customer appeal.
“A good SUV has to be many things: good looking, roomy, comfortable and ideally great both on road and off,” said Alisdair Suttie. “Thanks to an all-aluminium lightweight body that has helped it lose 400kg, the latest Range Rover Sport is all those things, as well as being much faster and surprisingly economical. Factor in the availability of a seven-seat option and we think this is the best SUV available on the roads of Scotland today.”
Three Range Rover Diesel Hybrid prototypes have completed the ultimate engineering sign-off test by traversing 13 countries over 53 days from Solihull, UK, to Mumbai, India. It is the world’s first ever hybrid expedition along the Silk Trail and one of the boldest driving adventures ever pursued by Land Rover.
Hostile conditions on the route included asphalt roads riddled with vast and deep potholes, dusty desert trails in 43°C heat and numerous miles of mud and gravel tracks and cattle trails. In addition, river crossings, passes clinging to the edges of mountains partly blocked by rock falls, the thin air of extremely high altitudes and the dense and erratic traffic of Chinese and Indian roads all added to the test of man and machine.
The Silk Trail 2013 expedition was the final validation test for the Range Rover Hybrid before it is signed-off for production. From the home of the Legend in Solihull, UK, it blazed a trail through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China (including Tibet), Nepal and India. For much of this distance the expedition followed the legendary Silk Road trading routes that first connected Asia with Europe more than 2,500 years ago. Overnight halts were made in hotels, hostels and tents at many of the same staging posts visited all those years ago by Silk Road merchants, missionaries and mercenaries.
Land Rover development engineers closely monitored data loggers fitted to each car, sending back more than 300 gigabytes of detailed technical records to their engineering team at Gaydon in the UK. The purpose of the expedition was not to test the reliability of mechanical components, which are already proven, but to fine-tune the calibration of engine and transmission software to ensure perfectly seamless performance in all terrains and extreme temperatures and altitudes. Technical setbacks reflected the roughness of the road surfaces: 15 punctures among the expedition’s three Range Rover Hybrids and four support vehicles, four wheels damaged by deep potholes, and four windscreens cracked by stones thrown-up on loose surfaces.
Peter Richings, Jaguar Land Rover Hybrids and Electrification Director who took part in the final leg from Jaipur to Mumbai commented: “The world’s first diesel hybrid expedition along the Silk Trail pioneered an ambitious route across Europe and Asia that would have been impassable to most other types of vehicle – but no matter how hostile the conditions, the Range Rover Hybrid prototypes took it all in their stride.
“In developing the hybrid-powered Range Rover, our objective was to gain hybrid’s fuel economy and carbon emissions advantages without compromising the Range Rover‘s go-anywhere capabilities, its cabin space or its refinement. The success of this remarkable expedition clearly demonstrates we have achieved that.”
With global sales of over 170,000 vehicles in just 18 months, the Range Rover Evoque has proven to be highly successful. For 2014, the Evoque makes a significant leap forward with the introduction of a host of new technologies and enhancements that bring a range of new comfort and convenience features. Highlights include a new 9-speed automatic transmission, new driveline technologies, new driver assistance features, and detail design enhancements inside and out.
The ZF-9HP automatic transmission was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. It is among the world’s first 9-speed units fitted to a passenger car and has an ultra-fast response time and an adaptive shift program that quickly matches whatever the driving style. Partnered with the familiar 2-liter 240 horsepower Turbocharged Direct Injected engine, the new transmission delivers reduced emissions, enhanced performance and greater comfort.
The 2014 Range Rover Evoque sees a new Active Driveline system with active differentials and torque vectoring, which are both now standard. The Active Driveline is an on-demand four wheel drive system that reduces driveline drag by decoupling the four-wheel drive system during steady-state driving at speeds above 22 mph. By actively monitoring vehicle dynamics, the system is capable of automatically activating four-wheel drive within 300 miliseconds whenever it is needed. The system also features Active Torque Biasing with an electronically controlled differential to distribute torque between the rear wheels, optimizing traction and stability. The Torque Vectoring feature further enhances agility and safety by redirecting torque between all four wheels to counteract understeer.
Enhancements to the driver assistance capabilities for the 2014 Range Rover Evoque include new features such as Park Exit (to automatically exit parallel parking bays), Perpendicular Park (to position the car centrally in parking bays), Adaptive Cruise Control (with Queue Assist, Forward Alert and Intelligent Emergency Braking), Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection (to warn drivers of oncoming traffic).
In addition to the new technologies, there are detail changes to the Range Rover Evoque vehicle’s exterior, new color options for the interior, new alloy wheel styles and a new style of Land Rover badge on the grille, wheel centers and tailgate.
Here is a video of the All New 2013 Range Rover in Morocco
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