After a millennia on the this planet, the antiquated Land Rover Defender is finally out to pasture. Its replacement will be revealed sometime in 2018 and promises to be an all-around better SUV.
With Defender traditionalists being extremely resistant to change, the new Defender will have a lot riding on its shoulders, and everyone wants to know how Land Rover’s engineers and designers will modernize the model’s tried and tested recipe without alienating its loyalists.
For starters, the redesigned SUV will actually meet fuel and emissions regulations. According to , it will be built on an all-new, lightweight architecture and source its power from Jaguar-Land Rover’s new line of Ingenium gasoline and diesel engines, mated to either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission.
Land Rover’s latest off-roading tech, as well as the availability of low-range transfer cases and locking differentials, will help ensures it meets and surpasses the original Defender’s off-road prowess.
Five different bodystyles will reportedly be offered, including a short and long wheelbase variant, and a practical pickup configuration.
Finally, the new Land Rover Defender will be sold in the United States and Canada once again.
Jaguar Land Rover seems to be taking a no holds bar approach with the second-generation Defender; will the traditionalists be pleased?
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.
Jaguar Land Rover Adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto To Its Vehicles
It’s better late than never for this Brit.
Jaguar Land Rover has announced that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity will now be available on its vehicles, starting with select 2019 models.
For the 2019 model year, all vehicles equipped with the British automaker’s InControl Touch Pro or Touch Pro Duo infotainment systems with navigation, InControl Apps, and Wi-Fi connectivity are available with the Smartphone Pack, either as a port- or factory-installed. The I-Pace electric SUV (pictured) comes standard with the connectivity.
Speaking of the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, it has received a few updates to coincide with the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, gaining voice command for the navigation system, refreshed graphics, and more shortcut buttons.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were introduced in 2014 and 2015, respectively. It’s about time Jaguar Land Rover got with the program.
Next Land Rover Defender Will Be Electrified
Having previously hinted that the next-generation Land Rover Defender could be offered with an electrified powertrain, Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that the iconic British SUV will indeed be offered with an all electric version.
We already know that the the new Defender will ride on a modified version of the aluminum platform that underpins the Discovery, Range Rover, and Range Rover Sport. In an interview with Australia’s , a senior-level personnel at the company revealed that the electric Defender with be one of multiple versions of the Defender with wheelbases measuring 90 and 110 inches, sourcing its power from at least one electric motor with a powerful battery.
As far as design is concerned, it won’t follow a retro theme, instead adopting a more polarizing aesthetic.
Expected the new Defender to be unveiled sometime next year to commemorate Land Rover’s 70th anniversary before going on sale in 2019. The electric version should give the Bollinger B1 some competition.