Year of Defender – 2015 Land Rover Defender Assembly in Solihull

Land Rover released a large amount of info for the final year of Defender production.  I’ll be posting all the info over the next few days.  But to start, the collection of images from the assembly line at the original factory in Solihull.

Starting with these two pictures showing the two parts that never changed after 60+ years.  On the left you’ll see the 2014 part, not yet painted.  And on the right, the part on my 1971 Land Rover Series IIA.

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Range Rover Evoque NW8 Special Edition Makes Global Debut At The Montreal International Auto Show

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Montreal International Auto Show (MIAS), 15th January: Land Rover revealed the final piece of its ‘Inspired by Britain’ jigsaw at the Montreal Auto Show, Canada. The Evoque NW8 is the third in a series of special edition models inspired by iconic British landmarks.

The Range Rover Evoque NW8 takes its inspiration from the postcode in North West London, UK, that has been at the heart of the city’s creative scene since the Sixties and is home to the world famous Abbey Road. It is based on the Dynamic model and complements the existing SW1 Monochrome and SW1 Colour special editions.

Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern, said: "Our customers love to personalise their vehicles to reflect their own characters and the Evoque NW8 provides another opportunity for them to make a statement. Its bold combination of colours makes it the most individual of our ‘Inspired by Britain’ special editions."

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The exterior of the NW8 is exclusively available in Fuji White paintwork with a unique Firenze Red Contrast Roof and matching red door mirror caps. The Range Rover lettering on the bonnet and tailgate is given the eye-catching red treatment while the 20-inch alloys are finished in Narvik Black (20-inch six-spoke alloys with Vibration Polished finish for US market).

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Darkened headlights and foglamps, clear rear lights and the Santorini Black wing vents and grille all highlight the Evoque’s confident stance, while the NW8 is also distinguished by black rather than silver finished bumper inserts.

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Customers get an equally distinctive interior with a choice of Taurus leather Ebony seats with Pimento perforated inserts or Ebony seats with perforated Ebony inserts. Additional highlights include unique embroidered headrests and an Anodised Red rotary Driver Selector with matching CommandShift gearshift paddles or, on manual models, a white gearlever insert with red graphics.

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A unique Evoque graphic sets the NW8 apart from its special edition stablemates. The distinctive motif is inspired by the iconic Abbey Road zebra crossing and adorns the treadplates, seat tags and key fob. Its design celebrates the history of Evoque showcasing the original 2008 LRX Concept, Evoque five-door, Evoque Coupe and 2012 Evoque Convertible Concept.

Exclusivity is guaranteed with only 1,000 examples of the special edition NW8 set to be produced.

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Land Rover Defender Assembly Line in 2015

Have to post this video just because it’s perfect.

25mpg Diesel Range Rover coming to U.S. for MY16 – “Coke vs. Pepsi” tests proved customers couldn’t tell difference

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LAND ROVER BRINGS TWO LUXURY DIESEL SUV MODELS TO NORTH AMERICA MARKET

- 2016 model year Range Rover Td6 and Range Rover Sport Td6 diesels to deliver 32 percent increased combined fuel economy; 28 miles per gallon on the highway

- Diesel vehicles to debut at 2015 North American International Auto Show

- Diesel technology to be available across Land Rover lineup in coming years

Vehicle

Range Rover and Range Rover Sport

Engine

Longitudinal V6, 24 valve, four OHC, direct injection diesel, single turbocharger

Displacement

2993 cc (182.6 cu. In.)

Bore x Stroke

84.0 x 90.0 mm

Valvetrain

DOHC / 4 valves per cylinder

Emissions

US LEV III

Maximum Power

254hp

Maximum Torque

440 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm

Transmission

ZF® 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with CommandShift™ (Normal, Sport and Manual shift modes); locking torque converter

EPA Estimated Fuel Economy

22 mpg city / 28 mpg highway (25 mpg combined)

Fuel Tank Capacity

23.5 gallons

Maximum Range

658 miles

0-60 mph

Range Rover: 7.4 seconds / Range Rover Sport: 7.1 seconds

Top Speed

130mph

(MAHWAH, NJ) – January 11, 2015 – Land Rover will offer consumers the option of fuel efficient diesel powertrains in two 2016 model year luxury SUVs, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The Range Rover Td6 and Range Rover Sport Td6 SUVs will deliver 25 miles per gallon combined, a 32 percent improvement over the supercharged V6, and reach a high of 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

The two new luxury diesel SUVs debuted at the 2015 North American International Auto Show and go on sale Fall 2015.

Land Rover has employed a combination of new and proven innovative technologies to bring North American customers an engine with exceptional refinement, efficiency and performance.

The 3.0-liter Td6 turbocharged V6 diesel engine delivers effortless performance thanks to 254 horsepower and a low-end torque output of 440 lb-ft. Peak torque arrives at 1,750rpm in the Td6 while the gasoline V6 produces its 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) at 3,500 rpm. This high torque output at low RPM, makes the diesel Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models particularly well suited to towing heavy loads and off-roading where reaching maximum torque at low RPM is extremely beneficial.

Similarly, the low-end torque of the Td6 allows the vehicles to deliver 0-60 acceleration times comparable to the higher horsepower V6 gasoline models. The Range Rover Sport Td6 and Range Rover Td6 accelerate from 0-60mph in 7.1 and 7.4 seconds respectively, compared to 6.9 and 7.1 seconds for gasoline V6 models.

Preliminary fuel economy figures for the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover of 22 mpg (city), 28 mpg (highway) and 25 mpg (combined) represent significant gains over traditional gasoline alternatives. The combined figure equates to a 32 percent improvement over the gasoline V6 engine. Total range increases to 658 miles, a gain of 8.0% for the Range Rover Sport and 3.3% for the Range Rover.

These improvements underline a dedication to meeting and exceeding the expectations of luxury SUV consumers. Both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have seen significant advancement in fuel efficiency, safety, and design. As part of a complete model redesign for the 2013 and 2014 model years, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport respectively, have moved to all-aluminum platforms, gained the option of V6 engines and have had significant design changes in an effort to continuously improve Land Rover product offerings. With the addition of Td6, we are advancing these vehicles even further.

Designed from the ground up, the Td6 provides efficiency and refinement. Its block is constructed using Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI), which has a higher tensile strength than standard grey cast iron, better fatigue strength than aluminum, and added stiffness. Its overall advantages in weight and strength mean the block can be lighter and smaller which make it compact in size. The deep-skirted, cross-bolted design and one-piece structural aluminum oil sump of the Td6 help the engine to absorb combustion noise effectively which improves refinement.

Prior to its introduction in the US, improvements have been made to the Td6 helping to achieve an additional eight percent increase in overall fuel efficiency. These include the addition of a water-cooled turbocharger for maximum performance and durability at high operating temperatures; and new ball bearings, vanes and nozzles to improve efficiency.

A Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system uses Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to reduce NOx emissions, ensuring the Td6 achieves US LEV 3 status. The DEF is injected into the exhaust and, as the resulting mixture passes through the SCR, NOx is turned into harmless nitrogen gas.

The reservoir for the DEF is located in two areas, the main is under the floor with the secondary located under the hood. Combined they hold enough fluid for approximately 10,000 miles. Diesel exhaust fluid is commercially available and owners can top the fluid level up themselves or take it to their nearest Land Rover dealer if the reservoir needs replenishing.

In addition to the cleansing efficiency of the SCR, every aspect of the Td6 engine has been optimized to ensure emissions are as low as possible. This includes the new Low Pressure EGR system which has been critical to success of Td6 emission ratings and further improves fuel economy.

Unlike traditional High Pressure EGR systems, which recirculate gases directly from the exhaust manifold to inlet manifold at high pressure, the revised design takes gases at low pressure – after the DPF filter in the exhaust pipe – and feeds them back to the turbocharger inlet. From here they pass through an intercooler, resulting in a lower peak combustion temperature.

The higher the peak combustion temperature, the more NOx is produced, so the low pressure EGR system has the effect of reducing the harmful emissions contained by exhaust gases, by lowering the peak combustion temperature and improving efficiency.

Elsewhere, a two-stage oil pump reduces engine losses while a revised design for the fuel-injectors has been introduced to improve efficiency and reduce hydrocarbon emissions. The injection cycle also employs an innovative two-stage process to eliminate the traditional ‘knock’ associated with diesel engines.

Attention to detail ensures diesel derivatives deliver traditional Range Rover refinement. Innovative dual-isolation engine mounts, as well as windshields featuring a special acoustic laminate, help reduce noise levels. Refinement on Range Rover models is further enhanced by the design of the bulkhead between the engine and vehicle interior, which minimizes the transmission of engine noise into the cabin.

The fuel filler neck on diesel Land Rover vehicles is fitted with a misfueling protection device. This device will prevent the narrower gasoline fuel nozzle fitted to gasoline pumps from being inserted into the filler neck on the vehicle, reducing the likelihood of adding the wrong fuel.

Tested and Proven in the USA

The latest Td6 diesel has been tested extensively to ensure it meets the expectations of US buyers. Early in the development process Land Rover conducted test drive clinics with premium SUV buyers to determine whether customers would notice a difference between the driving feel of diesel versus gasoline models.

Without informing participants that they’d be driving diesel models, the Land Rover team gathered feedback using in-vehicle video and audio recordings, data loggers and post-drive interviews. The results of the program were conclusive; consumers participating in testing clinics in major US cities could not identify if they were driving a diesel vehicle during a 30-minute test drive.

Land Rover engineers embarked on US testing schedule to ensure the new diesel engine could handle all US climate and terrain conditions. By the time US sales have begun, the test fleet will have completed one million test miles.

The test fleet has targeted the most extreme climates and diverse terrains imaginable across the US. The new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport diesel have navigated from sea level to altitudes of 14,000 feet during the grueling test program. To meet the unique demands of the North American climate, engineers have undertaken testing year round, from the coldest winter days in Minnesota, to summertime in the deserts of the Southwest.

MY15 Range Rover Sport SVR Pricing & Options bulletin for the North American Market

OId news(MY15.5 info is out and added to bottom of this post) but I wanted to get it up here for anyone looking, formatting it a little odd but it’s all there.  Red indicates new for MY2015 and basically all the SVR changes.

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2015 Model Year Pricing Destination & Delivery MSRP * Invoice *
Range Rover Sport SVR (SCBV/350PG) $925 $110,475 $102,009.63
* This pricing does NOT include $925 destination and delivery charge.    
SVR Specification Vista Codes

SVR Content Highlights

POWERTRAIN: 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 / 550 – horsepower / 502 Ib-ft torque, Intelligent Stop/Start

8-speed automatic transmission with CommandShift. Full-Time Four Wheel Drive with Electronic Traction Control (4ETC)

Twin Speed Transfer Box (High/Low Range). Torque Vectoring by Braking. Paddle Shift

Adaptive Dynamics, Dynamic Response, Terrain Response* 2 Auto, Dynamic Program, Switchable Active Sports Exhaust

INTERIOR: Four Unique Colorway choices in Oxford Perforated Leather with SVR Pattern & contrast seat piping

Leather Upper & Center Dashboard. Leather Heated Steering Wheel, Dark Engine Turned Metal Aluminum Trim

Noble Plated Paddle Shifters. Stainless Steel Gas and Brake Sports Pedals. Front and Rear Premium Carpet Mats

14-Way SVR Sports Front Driver & Passenger Heated Power Seats with Memory Function. Power Lumbar, and Adjustable Front Seat Bolsters

Rear Heated SVR Sports Seats. Split 60/40 folding rear seat, Customer Configurable Interior Mood Lighting

Aluminum Tread Plates with Range Rover lettering, Morzine Headlining (Cirrus or Ivory dependent on colorway)

EXTERIOR: Unique SVR 21" 5 Split Spoke Alloy Wheel – Style 517, SVR badges on Lower Front Grille and Tailgate

Blue painted Brake Calipers (20* Brembo* Branded Front and Non-Branded Rear). Performance Enhancement (Increase in top speed to 162 mph)

Sliding Panoramic Glass Roof, Heated Windshield, Bright Quad Tailpipes, Unique Roof Colored Spoiler

Unique SVR Front and Rear Bumpers, Color Keyed Side Molding with Black Lower Finisher

Gloss Black (Mirror Caps. Grille Finisher, Hood & Fender Vents, Tailgate Plinth, Range Rover lettering on Hood & Tailgate, Lower Front Bumper Vents)

TECHNOLOGY: Meridian™ Premium Surround Sound 825W with 19 speakers including Subwoofer

TFT Virtual Installment Cluster, 3-Zone Climate Control, Blind Spot Monitoring with Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection

Adaptive Headlamps with Automatic High Beam Assist (AHBA), Auto Dimming Mirrors

Surround Camera System; 5 Cameras To Assist With Low Speed Maneuvering including Junction View

350PG
OPTION PACKS Vista Codes MSRP Invoice

Driver Assistance Pack - Includes Lane Departure Warning with Traffic Sign Recognition,Perpendicular and Parallel Park with Park Exit, and 360° Park Distance Control

074OK $1,560 $1,427.40

Rover® Tow Package – Includes NAS Receiver with Electrics and Armature (Maximum towing capability reduced to 6600lbs)

028BX $650 $594.75
AUDIO, ENTERTAINMENT & VEHICLE CONNECTIVITY Vista Codes MSRP Invoice

Meridian™ Signature 3D Surround Sound 1700 Watt – includes InControl™ Apps and
1700 Watt 3D Surround Sound System with 23 speakers including Subwoofer

074NF $4,150 $3,797.25
STANDALONE OPTIONS Vista Codes MSRP Invoice

SVR Carbon Fiber Engine Cover

063AC $2,000 $1,830.00

Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and Intelligent Emergency Braking

065AG $1,295 $1,184.93

InControl™ Apps

025PA $430 $393.45

Heated Windshield – Delete Option available in Vista

COLOR/TRIM OPTIONS Vista Codes MSRP Invoice

Estoril Blue Premium Exterior Paint

024BR $1,800 $1,647.00

Carbon Fiber Veneer - Includes Carbon Fiber Bezel on Steering Wheel, Extended Veneers with Opening Map Pockets,and Additional Ambient Lighting

088JF $2,300 $2,104.50

Contrast Roof

(Santorini Black 080AN) / (Indus Silver 080AD) / (Corris Grey 080EE) No Charge No Charge

Morzine Headlining (Ebony)

005BJ $350 $320.25

22” 10 Split Spoke Alloy Wheel – Style108

NOT AVAILABLE FOR 15 MY

 

Update as per this post: SVR 2015.5 Model Year MSRP & Invoice Pricing, Specs, Options:

Soft Door Close & InControl Remote & Protect now included in the Vision and Convenience Package

InControl Remote & Protect (011BB)  now available for $400

Fixed Panoramic Glass Roof including Power Blind (041CX) available for No Charge

Metal Roof (041CY) available for No Charge