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New Land Rover Discovery Brings More Tech, Capability and Refinement

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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.

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New Range Rover Evoque Debuts With Velar Looks, Hybrid Tech

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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.

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Jaguar Land Rover Adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto To Its Vehicles

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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.

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Next Land Rover Defender Will Be Electrified

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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.

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