Latest spy shots for new Land Rover Discovery 2017 give away more details

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New Land Rover Discovery is seen (again) barely disguised; full details of new large SUV that will take on Q7 and XC90

The new Land Rover Discovery SUV has been snapped again, as reader Sam Berry spotted an orange test mule parked on a residential street. These latest images give an almost unprecedented look into the car’s shape and design features before the new SUV’s official debut later in 2016. 

A number plate check of the orange test car revealed very little, but previous cars that have been spotted have been equipped with anything from 2.0-litre petrols to 3.0-litre diesels. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a test car in this livery before; a red Land Rover test car was recently spotted at a service station, but that was a picture from the front only. The orange car’s rear end features an offset number plate – something we haven’t seen before up to now. This could be a design cue that follows on from previous Discovery generations, where the boot handle and number plate have also been offset.

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2017 Range Rover gets autonomous tech and SVAutobiography Dynamic edition

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Land Rover has announced a series of updates to the Range Rover for its 2017 model year. The flagship SUV gains a suite of driver assistance technology, a new supercharged V6 petrol engine and a racy SVAutobiography Dynamic trim level.

The flagship Range Rover SVAutobiography can now benefit from a new ‘Dynamic’ spec, tuned by SVO to give a sportier driving experience.

Revisions to the suspension and an 8mm lower ride height, plus JLR’s latest adaptive dynamics and driver response system, aim to deliver greater agility. The Dynamic model is marked out by chrome quad tailpipes, unique graphite-coloured exterior detailing, red Brembo brakes and special alloy wheel choices, while inside there’s bespoke trim and upholstery.

UK buyers also now get the choice of JLR’s 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine. With 335bhp and 450Nm of torque, it can shift the SUV from 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds while emitting 248g/km of CO2.

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New Range Rover options packs 

To keep it in contention with the latest batch of high-tech German SUV rivals, the luxury 4×4 gains option packs with more driver assist systems. As standard the Range Rover will come with Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning, while an optional Drive Pack brings a blind-spot monitor, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic detection. That Drive Pack also includes a Driver Condition Monitor which analyses driving style to guard against fatigue.

The Drive Pro pack adds further features including adaptive cruise control with ‘Queue Assist’  (autonomous driving in traffic) and ‘intelligent’ emergency braking. Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keep Assist can also apply corrective lock to ensure the driver stays in lane. Advanced towing assist and a new ‘Low Traction Launch’ mode for the Terrain Response system are added as well – it operates under 25mph to help the Range Rover get off the line cleanly in slippery conditions.

Inside, Range Rover buyers can finally opt for the larger and more responsive InControl Touch Pro infotainment system – a 10-inch touchscreen which debuted across the Jaguar range and the new Evoque Convertible this year.  It adds in Land Rover’s special ‘dual view’ tech for the Range Rover (letting the driver and front passenger see different displays) but retains features such as a WiFi hotspot, smartphone connectivity and the ability to connect to smartwatches.  You can now control some of the car’s functions remotely via an app, while live services update you with real-time information when on the move.

In addition, there are 19 new colours across the range brought in from JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division, with either gloss or matte finishes.

Top-10 oldest new cars you can buy

Although most models are treated to a thorough refresh every few years, there are cars that haven’t been treated to a substantial update since they first went on sale.

Just because they aren’t the latest and greatest though, doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. There are some advantages to buying something that’s been around a while. For one, the car maker would have worked out all of the model’s foibles, but also with a long production cycle there should be a good supply of parts. With this in mind we scoured the new car price lists to find the ten best oldest models you can buy now.

1.Land Rover Defender

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With production ceasing in the UK this year, the Defender just makes our cut. Although it has changed substantially over the decades, it’s visually, conceptually and philosophically close to the 90 and 110 it replaced in 1984. The pick-up version even shares a component with the 1948 version.

It’s crude and noisy by modern standards, but it’s the epitome of ruggedness, strength and capability. To acknowledge the car’s passing, Land Rover launched three special editions priced from £27,800 which will be available to buy from August – the last chance you’ll get to buy a current Defender in England. Although rumours are, there is an all-new Defender coming next year.

Launched in 1984.

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New 2016 Range Rover Evoque Convertible: full details


The original Range Rover Evoque was revealed in 2008 by Land Rover to a general ‘wow’, and customers queueing up with deposits clutched in sweaty palms. The ‘wow’ that accompanied the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible was relatively muted, and possibly a little more thoughtful in tone, as we all sat back and wondered how we’ve managed for so long without a luxury SUV drop-top in our lives.

Manage we have, but the new Evoque Convertible has arrived unabashed to stake its claim on a brand new niche. Whether it will herald a surge of used Range Rover Evoque for sale ads in the classifieds as customers clamour to be the first convertible 4×4 on the school run remains to be seen.

The Evoque Convertible was revealed at the LA Motor Show in 2015, and frankly there’s a reason for that. The eye-catching machine definitely looks more Rodeo Drive than Birmingham Bull Ring, but that’s not going to stop the ragtop Range Rover selling over here.

While open-topped utility vehicles like the original Jeep and Land Rover sowed the seeds of the thriving SUV sector and have been around since the middle of the last century, there’s not really been a luxury convertible off-roader in mass production before. Land Rover isn’t being shy about its upmarket positioning either, as the Range Rover Evoque price list starts at a weighty £47,500.

The Evoque Convertible was revealed at the LA Motor Show in 2015, and frankly there’s a reason for that. The eye-catching machine definitely looks more Rodeo Drive than Birmingham Bull Ring, but that’s not going to stop the ragtop Range Rover selling over here.

While open-topped utility vehicles like the original Jeep and Land Rover sowed the seeds of the thriving SUV sector and have been around since the middle of the last century, there’s not really been a luxury convertible off-roader in mass production before. Land Rover isn’t being shy about its upmarket positioning either, as the Range Rover Evoque price list starts at a weighty £47,500.

That means the Evoque cabriolet is £5,200 more than its hard top sister model, which might seem a lot but is not much more than the premium placed on the BMW 4 Series which costs £4,885 more than the coupe. The BMW does benefit from a folding metal roof, of course, while the Evoque makes do with a fabric job.

Apparently packaging difficulties made it impossible for Land Rover designers to equip the Evoque with a folding metal top, but the fabric one doesn’t look any less premium. It’s fully automated of course, which means you can expose your Evoque interior to the open air – or shut it away again – in just 18 seconds.

RR Evoque cabrio design walkaround with Gerry McGovern

“It’s really changed the culture and attitude within our organisation, too, and this convertible is a natural progression for Evoque – but it wasn’t easy to do.”

Although the concept was well received, a production version has many more challenges and we’ll admit to some nervousness about seeing the finished car.But in the metal, it’s clear McGovern and his team have produced a convertible that still has the Evoque’s striking (and popular) good looks, with the hood up or down.

Apparently packaging difficulties made it impossible for Land Rover designers to equip the Evoque with a folding metal top, but the fabric one doesn’t look any less premium. It’s fully automated of course, which means you can expose your Evoque interior to the open air – or shut it away again – in just 18 seconds.

RR Evoque cabrio design walkaround with Gerry McGovern

“It’s really changed the culture and attitude within our organisation, too, and this convertible is a natural progression for Evoque – but it wasn’t easy to do.”

Although the concept was well received, a production version has many more challenges and we’ll admit to some nervousness about seeing the finished car.But in the metal, it’s clear McGovern and his team have produced a convertible that still has the Evoque’s striking (and popular) good looks, with the hood up or down.

McGovern said: “The biggest challenge was keeping the purity of the design with the packaging necessary for a convertible. The rising beltline gives it distinctiveness, while helping to disguise the hood mechanism and allowing decent boot space.”

“It still keeps its stance, though – it looks like a tough so-and-so.”
The Convertible is marginally longer than the hard-top cars, at 4,370mm, and a touch wider, too. And with extra strengthening round the A-pillars and under-body bracing to keep the car’s structural rigidity, there’s been a bit of a weight gain, too – an extra 277kg in the case of the diesel models.
Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet: technical specs
That means the 0-62mph time increases from the diesel hard-top’s 9.0 seconds to 10.3 in the Convertible, while claimed average economy is cut from 57.6mpg to 49.6mpg. CO2 figures are hit, too, from 129g/km to 149g/km – still fairly reasonable, though.

Most British Evoque Convertibles will be diesel, with the TD4 178bhp Ingenium engine, although the 237bhp four-cylinder Si4 will also be an option. Both come as autos only in top HSE Dynamic spec or for an extra £4,200 HSE Dynamic Lux trim.
Under the skin, the all-independent suspension and anti-roll bars have been tweaked to compensate for the extra weight, while the electric power-steering has been retuned, too.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible: interior and practicality 

As was clear from our initial ride none of the Evoque’s off-road prowess has been lost in the conversion to convertible – it’s still a proper 4×4.
But as with nearly all convertibles, the Evoque seats only four people – the fifth making way for the hood folding mechanism. You can also fit an optional wind deflector behind the front seats, effectively turning the car into a two-seater, but it should ensure that your hair do doesn’t become a hair don’t.
If you do sit in the back, head and leg space is okay, with decent access, too. Boot capacity is still acceptable, at 251 litres, although the opening is a bit letterbox-like. Sitting on top of the boot is a cute-looking spoiler that also houses the third rear brake light. Gerry McGovern describes it as a “bib spoiler” and confirms it’s there for aerodynamic reasons. 
Land Rover has used the arrival of the Convertible to introduce a host of new tech to the car, starting with the latest InControl Touch Pro system with its super-wide 10.2-inch touchscreen and 3G Internet connectivity.


well as providing navigation and access to the Meridian-supplied sound system, InControl includes various apps that can work on smartphones, plus remote tracking and a Wi-Fi hotspot. However, Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is still “a little way off”.

New all-LED headlights have been added, along with autonomous emergency braking to prevent slow speed nose to tail shunts and the latest driver assistance technology.
Land Rover is further stressing the car’s luxury credentials with leather seats on all models, plus personalisation options including the ability to have your own name inscribed in the treadplates.

10 Best Off-Road Vehicles

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Modern trucks and SUVs have gotten more comfortable on a day-to-day basis, but they have also gained considerable off-road capability as technological and engineering advances have helped to create virtually unstoppable four-wheel drive systems buttressed by electronic driver’s aides. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to sample some of the best off-road vehicles currently available, but if you want to, there are certainly top-dollar models out there that happily pair up luxury and a go-anywhere attitude. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best off-road vehicles that money can buy.

1) 2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

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The 2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X mid-size pickup truck is a great all-around package for those who are interested in leaving the asphalt behind. The Nissan Frontier PRO-4X package includes Bilstein off-road dampers, skid plates to protect delicate components underneath the chassis, a locking differential out back, knobby BFGoodrich tires, and, of course, four-wheel drive. All versions of the PRO-4X Nissan come with a robust 4.0-liter V-6 engine that generates 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque, yoked to either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Examples equipped with the automatic gearbox also have the option adding on hill descent control and hill start assist features.

2) 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

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The Toyota 4runner is pretty capable of getting you where you want to go, but the TRD Pro was designed specifically for those who are serious about their off-road adventuring. It’s powered by the everyday Tacoma’s 4.0-liter V-6, which puts out a capable 270 horsepower and is paired to a five-speed automatic gearbox with manual shift mode. The TRD Pro’s off-road credentials are real, though, thanks to a locking rear differential, a terrain select system, crawl control, lifted front suspension, and upgraded Bilstein shock absorbers.

3) 2016 Jeep Wrangler

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The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is the undisputed king of off-road SUVs, with even the base model’s solid front axles, excellent ground clearance, and standard four-wheel drive making it a formidable trail master. Upgrading to the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, however, introduces the vehicle’s most capable four-wheel drive system with a Rock-Trac transfer case, the strongest available axles front and rear, locking differentials, and the ability to disconnect the front sway bar electronically in order to improve suspension articulation. Power is derived from a 3.6-liter V-6 that puts out 285 horses and 260 lb-ft of torque, and buyers can choose between either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is available in coupe and Unlimited four-door body styles.

4) 2016 Ford F-150

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The 2016 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck is designed around a lightweight aluminum body with glued and riveted panels, over a high-strength steel frame. If it doesn’t sound that durable, well, Ford used to make Land Rovers with a similar procedure. The 2016 F-150 offers a choice of four drivetrains, all of which are mated to six-speed automatic gearboxes. The FX4 package adds upgraded shocks, skid plates, and an electronically locking rear axle for off-road chops. Not tough enough for you? Just wait for the F-150 SVT Raptor edition to make its highly anticipated reappearance, due later this year.

5) 2016 Land Rover LR4

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The 2016 Land Rover LR4 is a staple amongst families shopping for a luxury SUV, but the mid-size vehicle does far more than just coddle occupants. The Land Rover LR4 is a formidable trail weapon thanks to its relatively short wheelbase and its advanced full-time four-wheel drive system, which comes with Land Rover’s Terrain Response feature that can automatically adjust a wide range of vehicle parameters to specifically handle mud, snow, gravel, and rocks. A locking rear differential can also be added to the LR4’s list of features, and the vehicle’s air suspension system is adaptable to the driving conditions that the Land Rover is facing. All versions of the SUV are powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine that is good for 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

6) 2015 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X

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The 2015 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X is frequently lauded for combining a tough, full-frame, off-road ready platform with the kind of daily driving manners that make it a viable commuter option. The Nissan Xterra PRO-4X enhances the mid-size SUV’s prowess by way of installing special tires and wheels, adding hill start assistance and a hill descent control feature, providing a locking rear differential, and offering additional exterior lighting. Four-wheel drive is of course a major component of the PRO-4X’s personality, and a 261-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 (that is also good for 281 lb-ft of twist) is included free of charge with the Xterra. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic. Though the Xterra was discontinued for the 2016 model year, it’s worth looking around for a leftover 2015 model.

7) 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser

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The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is another high-dollar off-road contender. The Toyota Land Cruiser is the priciest vehicle in the Japanese brand’s fleet, and it offers no options (everything is standard), but in addition to its three rows of cushy seating, it also offers a full-time four-wheel drive system, excellent ground clearance, an adaptive suspension system, the Multi-Terrain Select feature for handling a range of different driving conditions, and a crawl control system that allows the vehicle to creep forward while negotiating tricky situations. Off-Road Turn assist uses the brakes on the inside wheels during a tight turn to help better rotate the big vehicle. The Land Cruiser is outfitted with a 5.7-liter V-8 that is good for 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

8) 2016 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

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The 2016 Ram 2500 Power Wagon is a serious three-quarter ton full-size pickup that makes use of an extremely aggressive rear axle ratio, locking differentials, a tough four-wheel drive system, a factory winch, skid plates, tow hooks, all-terrain tires, Bilstein shocks, and the ability to disconnect the front swaybar from inside the cabin. The Ram Power Wagon is a throwback to the days when one could spec out a heavy-duty truck to tackle the great wide open. A 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 is the only engine available with the Power Wagon, and it delivers 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission handling the gear-shifting duties and a Fuel Saver Technology feature for those breaks between climbs. (2015 model pictured.)

9) 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is not only a comfy people mover, but it also maintains Jeep’s high standards for off-road capability. The Trail Rated Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with the choice of three different four-wheel drive systems, although hardcore drivers will want to go for the Quadra-Drive II edition which offers Selec-Terrain (for configuring engine, transmission, stability, and traction control parameters for a particular type of driving situation) as well as an air suspension with adjustable ride height and a pair of locking differentials. The Grand Cherokee can be equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 putting out 290 horses and 260 lb-ft of torque or a 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 that also generates a respectable 390 lb-ft of torque. Both come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

10) 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is the most expensive vehicle on this list, and it’s also the only one that was originally based on a military transporter. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class looks like a big box on wheels, and its upright charm conceals a host of serious off-road features, such as three locking differentials, a full-time four-wheel drive system with low-range capability, and exceptional departure and approach angles. The luxury-laden G-Class makes use of a 416-horsepower, 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that also develops 450 lb-ft of torque, and it comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The AMG G63 version offers a twin-turbocharged V-8 that boasts 563 horsepower, and the new-for-2016 AMG G65 boasts 621 horsepower from its twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12

Next-Generation Range Rover, Discovery Could Move Upmarket


Land Rover will introduce a new generation of its venerable Discovery SUV in 2017, which will replace the LR4 and mark the return of the Discovery name to U.S. shores. According to a report from Automotive News, the next-generation Discovery could take the place of the current-generation Range Rover in the lineup since Land Rover sees an opportunity to move the Range Rover line upmarket. This means the Range Rover will effectively become a competitor to ultra-luxury SUVs like the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce’s upcoming SUV, which could be named the Cullinan.

In an interview with Automotive News, Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern revealed that the Range Rover line will become more luxurious while the Discovery and Discovery Sport slot underneath it. McGovern also believes that the Range Rover line has yet to reach its price ceiling, which could indicate that the brand may be going after a more affluent clientele, with off-road-capable SUVs that also happens to be opulent. McGovern also noted that he doesn’t see a Range Rover becoming a true seven-seat SUV because the Discovery will fill that role. However, he also indicated that the 5+2 configuration, which is available on the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, will likely remain.

Moving the Range Rover upmarket could not only see the Discovery step into the segment it formerly occupied but also lead to a member of the upcoming Defender family to fill the spot of the current LR4 (Discovery in other global markets). Currently, the most luxurious Range Rover available is the long wheelbase SVAutobiography model, which seats four and starts at a cool $200,490 including destination.

New Land Rover Discovery 2017 spotted in clearest picture yet

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The new Land Rover Discovery has been spotted once again out in the wild. This time, however, the car has been seen with only a very light disguise. The Discovery test car, shown with a dark metallic red body colour and white graphics, is the clearest image yet of how the new large SUV will eventually look. The all-new SUV will debut towards the end of 2016, and will go on sale in 2017.

A number plate check of the red test car revealed very little, but previous cars that have been spotted have been equipped with anything from 2.0-litre petrols to 3.0-litre diesels. 

We’ve also spotted a prototype test mule in the most unlikely of places – the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany. It seems even dedicated off-roaders aren’t immune from the punishing ‘Green Hell’ treatment nowadays.

As you’d expect, the 2017 Discovery will be festooned with clever technology – as well as being more spacious and better both on and off-road than ever before. That’s not forgetting the fact that it’ll be noticeably posher inside, too.

There’s huge responsibility resting on the shoulders of the fifth-generation Discovery. Aside from having to tread a path so successfully dominated by its four predecessors, it’ll also headline one of Land Rover’s new brand ‘pillars’. 

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The Disco and the family beneath it will represent the ‘leisure’ pillar in the brand’s range, with the next defender family embodying ‘dual-purpose’ and Range Rover covering the ‘luxury’ arm. Sitting alongside the Discovery will be the Discovery Sport, launched last year, and an intriguing, as-yet-unspecified offshoot. This is set to arrive by the end of the decade, and is mooted to be even smaller than Range Rover’s Evoque.

Much like its Sport brother, the new Discovery (which we do know won’t be badged Discovery 5) will have sleek and curvaceous styling – not too far removed from the Discovery Vision Concept, Land Rover’s 2014 New York Motor Show star. Our images, backed up by revealing spy shots, show how the boxy styling Discos have enjoyed for 25 years has gone in an effort to give a more premium, less utilitarian look. The design will also help the model cut more cleanly through the air.

The bluff front end of the current car will give way to a softer approach with a clamshell bonnet – just like the Discovery Sport and Range Rover. Its side profile is boxier than those, however, and more in line with previous Discovery models. Meanwhile, the rear window is slightly raked with a spoiler-style surround.

Wraparound tail-lights help make the Discovery look narrower, and the current model’s Range Rover-style split tailgate makes way for a one-piece design. The Discovery’s trademark stepped roofline is still present, albeit slightly toned down.

Land Rover’s design boss Gerry McGovern told Auto Express last year that the Discovery Vision concept’s interior was just as vital to the story as the exterior, and we can expect the 2016 Disco to follow this idea. As before, it’ll get seven seats, but the middle and rear rows will be configurable to allow the car to remain a practical SUV. It’ll be roomier and feel more spacious, too, and – as with the Range Rover – will be lighter than at present, partly due to a monocoque structure.

Along with the striking exterior, the Vision Concept showcased the next step in Land Rover interiors. It featured the neat gesture-controlled JLR rotary gear selector, and similarly operated lights and indicators. Smart glass panels allowed info and data to be displayed on the roof and windscreen, and while this is perhaps a step too far for next year’s Discovery, it should feature a larger and crisper central touchscreen.

Top-line models will also get the option of laser headlights offering unparalleled vision, Land Rover’s clever Transparent Bonnet tech, and even remote drive that allows the driver to step out of the car  and control it via their smartphone.

The company is being coy about the engines it’ll offer, but we expect the next Discovery to use Jaguar Land Rover’s new four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel and petrol ingenium units. There will also be electric motors for hybrid drive. Larger petrols and diesels shouldn’t be ruled out, either, with the car in our spy shots revealing a Jaguar 3.0-litre supercharged V6 under the bonnet.