Celebrating Land Rover’s 70th Anniversary with the Defender Works V8

Land Rover fans have been anxiously awaiting the news of what will be next for the Defender. In honor of Land Rover’s 70th anniversary, they will be releasing a limited special edition of the world-renowned vehicle as a tribute to the historic V8 Defenders.

The Defender Works V8 is a powerhouse SUV with a colossal 400 horsepower and 380 lb-feet of torque. This is certainly a huge jump from the 120 horsepower offered in the standard Defender models. Land Rover quoted a 0-60 time span of 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 106 miles per hour. Rest assured, this is plenty of speed for the nostalgic British icon.

The inspiration for the vehicle was first brought up in 2014 while the original Defender was still active in the Land Rover lineup. The company listened to feedback from consumers with the need for a Defender packing extra power and speed.

The automatic 8-speed comes with a Sport mode, larger brakes, 18-inch alloy rims, all-terrain tires, dampers and anti-roll bars to help stabilize the frame. Land Rover will likely be offering the 90 and 110 variants for the chassis body style.

The Defender Works is the fastest Defender ever created and is expected to launch later this year. With eight different body colors to choose from and Bi-LED headlights, the exterior is sure to impress just as much as the haymaker engine. The interior will be featuring sleek Recaro sports seat, Land Rover’s signature infotainment system and Windsor leather styling.

Not only is Land Rover celebrating 70 years of history, we can expect more excitement along the way when it comes to electrification and new releases from the brand.

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Welcoming the 2018 Velar

The Range Rover family welcomed a new member to the SUV lineup for 2018, the 5-passenger Velar. It’s powerful design and sophisticated silhouette is a staple of the Land Rover brand and fits perfectly between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport models.

 

The 2018 Velar brings forward revolutionary changes with refined luxury, technology and off-road capability. One example is its aluminum architecture which is both lightweight and agile for enhanced performance.

Three variants of the Velar are available — Velar, R-Dynamic and the First Edition which is exclusive for 2018. There are also another three specification packages; the S, SE and HSE, for further upgrades to the Velar and R-Dynamic models.

The most memorable feature of the Velar is the InControl Touch Pro Duo system that includes dual 10-inch infotainment touch screens, InControl Apps and SSD Navigation. You simply download the smartphone app and have access to journey tracking, remote start and vehicle location.

When it comes to design, the Velar has a sleek curb appeal with flush door handles that deploy when touched. The continuous waistline and floating roof are kept as a signature design cue of the Land Rover brand.

For added safety and convenience; the R-Dynamic models come with Adaptive Cruise Control, Emergency Braking, Driver Condition Monitoring, Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Keep Assist. Families will also appreciate the SOS Emergency call feature which utilizes vehicle health data and satellite positioning to direct help to your location.

 

Overall, the Velar is a very attractive vehicle coupled with luxurious textures and details throughout. Passengers will have lots of room in the spacious cabin to stretch out when riding for long distances. The seats can even be upgraded to include massage and heat inside the cushions for maximum comfort.  

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Looking Back on 2017 for Range Rover

2017 was a big year for Range Rover with updates to the vehicles capability, luxury and refinement along with innovations in technology. Range Rover will continue to uphold its status as the world’s finest SUV by innovating new technology to simplify the driver experience.  Looking back at the 2017 model year line-up, there were a handful of safety, off-road, guidance and entertainment features favored among drivers.

With the brand innovating the building blocks of autonomous driving, features such as Blind Spot Assist and Driver Condition Monitor steer the vehicle back into the lane if the system detects it is shifting onto the path of another vehicle.

To aid drivers when approaching traffic signs, Range Rover vehicles come equipped with Traffic Sign Recognition to adjust the speed of the vehicle.

When towing a load or trailer, the Advanced Tow Assist helps reduce the burden of maneuvering the trailer by guiding the direction of the vehicle when backing up.

Most noteworthy for consumers in the new InControl Touch Pro system that will also be featured in 2018 models. The exclusive infotainment system has a suite full of features to make life easier for drivers when navigating to their destination. For those who commute, the technology adapts to the frequent routes and suggests the optimal route based on traffic data.

The guidance doesn’t stop inside the vehicle’s cabin, there is a Route Planner app to guide drivers to their final destination on foot. What more can you ask for than door-to-door, start to finish directions to make sure you never get lost?

Finally, but certainly the most valued feature of the Range Rover is its all-terrain capability backed by Low Traction Launch which is a special driving mode designed to master the most treacherous surfaces like snow, mud or ice.

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Fully Electrified Vehicles Coming to Land Rover?

Jaguar Land Rover will be introducing the Jaguar I-Pace in 2018 as its first electric car. Land Rover will soon be following suit to bring forward the iconic skateboard platform and underpin the Jaguar I-Pace.

They haven’t yet released specifics on timing or where the fully electrified version will be positioned between the Range Rover, Defender and Discovery families. However, at the 2017 Los Angeles Motor show, Land Rover’s design team made it clear that it would naturally fall into all three pillars over time.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s design manager stated that his goal is to “embrace electrification while maintaining the substance of the brand, especially when it comes to off-road driving”. The team will need to weigh the changes that come with electrification against the proportions of the vehicle to determine the best approach.

One thing is for sure, Land Rover will bring a more rugged approach to the table when compared with the Jaguar I-Pace and make sure that both vehicles have their own distinct characteristics.

Hardcore off-road drivers will value a Land Rover vehicle that has enhanced torque delivery and lightweight battery, both that come with the change to the electric engine.

The great thing about the electric drive for the Land Rover brand is that offers complete control over the speed, giving the opportunity to move super slow when going over rough terrain. Once they move to fully-electrified vehicles, they surely will not skimp on the poise or durability of the new models.

They’ve already introduced the Range Rover P400e variants as their first range of plug-in hybrids, the next step is to emerge in the fully electric market alongside the I-Pace. Before Land Rover starts producing fully electric vehicles, they will continue with more plug-in models, likely the next-gen Defender.

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Land Rover Design Head Dropping Hints on New Defender

As one of the toughest vehicles ever produced by Land Rover, the Defender is a symbol of hard work and dedication. With raving fans across the world for its durable performance, the Defender is surely an iconic vehicle in the brand’s 70-year history.

Mcgovern is hesitant to reveal details on the next Defender but he has dropped several clues over the past few months. The most recent clues were revealed in a presentation reported to Auto Week.

The Land Rover brand is comprised of three primary members: the Range Rover, Defender and Discovery. Of course, there is the Evoque, but McGovern mentioned these three for the fact that they each have original traits that they must stay true to while succeeding in the current era. For the Defender, those characteristics consist of durability, precision engineering and design leadership.

Another hint thrown out by Land Rover was a sketch depicting the silhouette of the Defender with a squared front end and flat roof, just like the original Defender. Although those who are hoping for a retro-styling may end up disappointed.

The design head of Land Rover prides himself on being a modernist, always coming up with fresh ideas. “I’m looking forward, not backward.” McGovern stated when speaking with reporters.

We can incur from these hints that the Defender will likely take on its original shape but have a modern twist that is recognized as the Land Rover brand.

McGovern’s design work with the Discovery and Range Rover also shed light on the direction of the new Defender. The most significant design changes in the two came in the way of the exterior styling; the grille, headlights and taillights. These improvements were much more sophisticated yet represented the authentic styling cues of the brand.

One thing is for sure, the design team at Land Rover is keeping the company true to their roots while evolving the Defender as an unforgettable member of the family.

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