Ultra-Luxury Model Coming to the Range Rover Lineup?

Land Rover is open to taking on the challenge of competing against the Bentley Bentasyga with a new model to sit at the top of their luxury lineup. While the Range Rover Autobiography is already positioned as a premium luxury SUV, they want to take it one step further and enter the ultra-luxury market.

The head of Land Rover’s design team, Gerry McGovern told Automotive News Europe, “Why not? It really wouldn’t be a huge step to come out with a halo model to top off the lineup, we certainly have experience in the SUV market.”

The Range Rover family currently has 4 variants available including Range Rover itself, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Velar and among each model is several trim options.

The size overlap in coming out with a new model wouldn’t be an issue for Land Rover as the Range Rover Sport and Velar models are similar in size.The halo model would appeal to a new set of customers, very likely the chauffeured crowd, with a plusher model to redefine the concept of luxury for the brand.

After seeing the colossal increase in Bentley sales, it is possible the Range Rover caught on to the fact that large, expensive SUV models are back in style. We can only speculate on the motivations behind considering a new addition to the already expansive lineup.

Carat Duchatelet and several other coachbuilders have already approached Land Rover offering expanded and first-class trimmed Range Rovers. Even before the Range Rover Autobiography trim was released, armorers were looking to get in on the ultra-luxury improvements to come up with a halo model for the lineup.

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Driving the 2019 Range Rover Plug-Ins

Land Rover is changing the hybrid landscape with the release of the 2019 Range Rover PHEV and Range Rover Sport PHEV.

Both of the new plug-in hybrid vehicles utilize a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission combined with an electric motor. The total power output is just short of a whopping 400 horsepower.

When it comes to the electric range, most commuters will have enough charge to drive back and forth from work with a 31-mile electric-only range. The vehicle is designed to bring together the optimum balance between battery capacity and vehicle weight.

The best way to drive the hybrid is to let the onboard systems take charge to recommend the times ideal for activating the electric motor or the gas engine. You also have the flexibility of manually controlling the power, so you can choose when to drive it on full electric.

Say you are taking a long trip to camp out at the beach. The Range Rover hybrids can use gas power driving the long highway miles and then electric power to cut down on the pollution as you are driving through the sand.  

Speaking of the electric range functionality for off-road terrain, both PHEV models can rough through the muddy waters or rough terrain on electric power alone. There is no other 4×4 vehicle that compares to the driving experience encompassed by the Range Rover PHEV and Range Rover Sport PHEV.

If you plan to engage in water fording in electric mode, it is a good idea to raise the suspension system to avoid muddy deposits from decaying the exhaust system. The PHEV models keep the same 35.4 water fording capability of the standard Range Rover but they recommend to take caution when preparing for a water crossing.

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What’s in Store for the Next-Gen Defender?

While production stopped early last year on the Land Rover Defender, the Special Vehicle Operations(SVO) team is reportedly considering a hardcore Defender SVX.

Right now the concept is rumoring across multiple auto news networks with hints that the vehicle will be coming to market in the next few years.

Drivers are already getting excited about what Land Rover has in store for the reinvented SVX. 

Gerry McGovern, the design head at Land Rover feels that the “ultimate capability machine is the Defender”.

The new Discovery badge will fit right in with the outgoing Defender, filling the void until the Defender SVX is formally announced. The Discovery SVX not only boasts off-road elegance but is backed by the go-anywhere, do-anything durability.

The SVX badge is affixed to the vehicle is a symbol of excellence as the SVO team takes all terrain driving seriously. From the concept that Jaguar Land Rover revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show, the Discovery SVX concept will be coming to production in 2018.

While specific details on the new Defender are still unknown, the Special Vehicle Operations dedicated their efforts to make sure the Discovery SVX had extreme off-road capabilities.

We can only expect the Defender to follow suit and be packed with off-road features and rugged design.

The concept for the Discovery SVX includes Land Rover’s exclusive Terrain Response system, anti-roll system secured on hydraulics and driving mode selection. It is also fitted with 20 inch, 275/55 Wrangler all terrain tires and under the hood is the supercharged 5.0 liter V8 engine.

The proposed Defender will have a premium edge on the market with the SVX badge backing the durability. Chances are, we could even see an electric or hybrid version of the Defender.

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