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SVO Badged LWB Range Rover showed up in London today, Two Tone Paint & Quad Tailpipes

Very interesting find!  It could be someone actually ordered their own SVO special or this could be one of the special editions that have been mentioned recently.

 

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Here’s the badge from the Range Rover Sport SVR, the SV part does look like it could be the same as from the pic in the tweet:

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LinkedIn always comes through with interesting Jaguar Land Rover tips – L462, L663, X761, L560, L538C, 16MY, 17MY, 18MY

A September post on fullfatrr.com, outed the Holland & Holland Range Rover well in advance of yesterdays official reveal.  Within that post was some info from a JLR contractor’s LinkedIn page.  LinkedIn has been a great source of this type of info for a long time.  I’ve posted a few times in the past using info from those pages – specifically about the InControl system designers.

And now we get some new confirmed model numbers and info that (Jaguar) Land Rover nerds will love – nothing secret just interesting and one search leads to another…  And this info is all out there, so it’s obviously not news in the urgent sense but this post lets me put it all in one place.

L462 is the next Discovery / L663 is the next Defender

From that post:

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BAK Automotive Development Limited

May 2014 – Present (7 months)Jaguar Land Rover – Gaydon

Working specifically within the Engineered to Order Department (ETO), which has recently been renamed SVO department, or Special Vehicle Operations.
I will be working on the design, development and project management of special vehicle models, concentrating on, exterior and interior trim parts, across all special variants of the Jaguar and Land Rover models, which will include parts such as unique front and rear bumpers and valances, sculptured rocker panels, sports trims, side rails, mud flaps and boot lid spoilers.
I am currently working on the following vehicle line ups:-
L494 – Range Rover Sport SVR 15.5MY
Wheel Arch Extensions – SPATS
Bumper / Fender Bracket
L405 – Range Rover Holland and Holland 16MY
Bespoke Front Grille
L462 – Discovery 17MY
Door Rubbing Strips
L663 – Defender 17MY
RMDV2 Input
Project 7 – 16MY
Water Management – Drain Bag
"B" Pillar Seals
Modified Door Window Regulators
I also work closely with the supply chain to deliver the above items efficiently and to build schedule.

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Then another search leads to a document that should sit behind a secure webpage but lucky for us it doesn’t.

The Jaguar and Land Rover STA Guideline: Programme What to Where submission requirements, that lists all of the upcoming models for suppliers submissions to JLR.  The document is from May 2014.  While it is publicly accessible I’m not going to link to it directly nor post all of the contents of the document, but here’s the interesting bits:

L405 Current Car  
L494 Current Car  
L405 14MY  
L405 Hybrid  
L405 LWB  
L405 15MY & 15.5MY First mentions of 15.5MY
L405 / L494 (D7u) 16MY These are platform related? D7u
L462 L494 & L405 (D7u) 17MY Same as above but adding in the Discovery Sport
T5 Current Car & 15 & 16MY Only T5 left is the LR4/Discovery 4
Defender Current Car  
Defender 2015 / 2016 MY  
XK / XF / XK Current Car  
X152 AWD /16MY Here’s the F-Type AWD model that was just announced
X152 Convertible  
X152 Coupe  
X250 14 MY  
X250 RS  
X260 This is the next XF
X351 14 MY  
X760 Jagaur XE
X761 This is the Jaguar SUV, teased as the C-X17 concept
L359 Dead man walking for most of the world
L538  
L550 Discovery Sport
AJ200 Petrol Ingenium Engine
AJ200 Diesel Ingenium Engine

 

I’ll close this out with a few more interesting random LinkedIn Experience posts, my italics are for emphasis:

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PMST Leader Discovery 3 & Range Rover Sport
Land Rover

January 2000 – December 2002 (3 years)gaydon, england

Bonnet and fender PMST leader for the T5 platform that included a Defender replacement which didn’t continue and the Discovery 3 and the original Range Rover Sport.

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On the item below it’s the “C” at the end of the L538 that makes it interesting.  The L538 is the Range Rover Evoque and the C indicates the convertible model.  They first showed it back in 2012 but from the various L538C posts, it appears the engineers are still working on it.

Lead DM Engineer
Jaguar Land Rover

April 2013 – Present (1 year 8 months)

D8 Platform:
L550
L538C

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This one was dated July 2013 – Present and adds even more model numbers and model years.  The X761 is the Jaguar SUV.  The L560 may be the all new Range Rover model that Gerry McGovern dropped hints about a few weeks ago.  And except for the X760, the other Jaguar models are all future products.

Programmes involved:
X760 16MY/17MY
X260 16MY/17MY
X261 17MY
X761 17MY
L560 18MY
X360 18MY

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Way too much text, done.

John Edwards Announces Launch Of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations

There’s been a lot of talk about Special Operations, Engineered to Order and Individual Products Division over the past year.  This was the first time I remember them talking about the Heritage section.  I realize how this related to Jaguar but will this also include Land Rover?  That’s my question.

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  • Jaguar Land Rover launches Special Operations division to meet the increasing needs and aspirations of today’s discerning customers.
  • Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations will focus on designing and engineering high specification vehicles, bespoke commissions, heritage products and branded goods.
  • Jaguar Land Rover will invest in creation of a new state-of-the-art Special Operations Technical Centre in the West Midlands.

(Whitley, Coventry UK- 12/06/2014)  A new business division, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, has been created to focus on meeting the increasing expectations of today’s most discerning and enthusiastic car customers.

Under the lead of John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations will offer a range of products and services:

  • High specification vehicles that showcase the best of both brands, including high performance derivatives, ultra luxury products and limited run collector editions.
  • Truly bespoke commissions and an extended choice of colour and trim specifications and accessories.
  • Heritage products including vehicle recreations, servicing and restorations, and the creation and provision of heritage vehicle parts.
  • A new portfolio of branded goods that will engage with a wide audience of current and potential customers.

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A cool invitation to the NY Range Rover Autobiography Black reveal – it’s made of metal!

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Can’t wait!

Reading through the 14.5 Order Guide shows LWB & Autobiography Black clues were hidden in plain sight

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The above shot is from the Range Rover 14.5MY UK Pricing & Order Guide, which was public before the Autobiography Black was announced.  There’s lots of neat info in it. Right there on the first page of data was the yet-unannounced Range Rover Autobiography Black LWB.

First the “Autobiography Black Badge” which was used for a 2011 model on the previous generation Range Rover but not on the current model yet, so that was a clue.

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Then a little further down, starting with the Hybrid AAG Badge.

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We knew what the Hybrid AAG was, which leads us to the L’ AAG Badge – which we now know is for the LWB designation. 

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So that info was right there in front of our noses, hopefully next time I’ll read a little closer the first time around.

Does anyone out there know what AAG stands for?