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The Range Rover Velar, cool…

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All the same stuff will be written everywhere, and for consistency the full PR details will be at the bottom of the post.

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Here’s what I found more interesting…

InControl Touch Pro has something new going on and the brightly lit controls below it also seem new and remind me of the touch controls in the new Panamera

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Then there’s the door handles, have they gone Tesla and Aston Martin and made them flush with the body?

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The gauges get a new more colorful middle display – maybe album art?  Steering wheel also gets new glossy controls.

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INTRODUCING RANGE ROVER VELAR

· A new addition to the Range Rover family, filling the white space between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport

· Land Rover reaffirms its position as the world’s leading SUV brand

· From a bloodline like no other, Velar name is derived from the original Range Rover prototypes of 1969

· World premiere on 1 March 2017

Whitley, UK, 22 February 2017 – The luxury SUV was created in 1970 when Land Rover launched the original Range Rover. Almost half a century later that spirit of innovation continues with the introduction of the fourth member of the Range Rover family, to be unveiled on 1 March 2017.

Elegant simplicity, a visually reductive approach and pioneering consumer technology are the hallmarks of the new Range Rover Velar.

Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, said: “We call the Velar the avant garde Range Rover. It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand. The Range Rover Velar changes everything.”

Refined for every occasion, for every terrain, Velar uses unique sustainable materials and advanced engineering to continue Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond.

The origin of the Velar name (pronounced vel-ar) dates back to the first Range Rover prototypes of the Sixties: the pioneers of the luxury SUV landscape.

When development engineers needed to hide the true identity of the 26 pre-production Range Rovers, they chose the name Velar, derived from the Latin velare meaning to veil or cover.

Full details of the Range Rover Velar will be announced on 1 March 2017.

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The new Land Rover Discovery

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  • The new Land Rover Discovery is a full-sized, three-row, seven-seat SUV with unbeatable capability and versatility
  • It embodies Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure
  • New Land Rover Discovery on sale from Spring 2017 priced from £43,495 (OTR)

The Seven Wonders of Discovery:

Seven principles describe the essence of Discovery and have guided its creation:

1. The Magnificent Seven: every seat is the best seat in the house

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  • Flexible interior provides seven full-sized adult seats, instantly configurable from your smartphone using the world-first remote Intelligent Seat Fold technology

2. A much loved member of the family: keeping you safe for the last 26 years

  • Semi-autonomous safety technology provides the family peace of mind
  • Premium interior combines leading design with durable, high-quality materials and space for the whole family

3. King of the hill: unstoppable on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers

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  • Land Rover’s full-sized SUV architecture delivers world-beating all-terrain capability
  • Lightweight aluminium construction saves 480kg, delivering enhanced efficiency and CO2 emissions from 171g/km
  • Super clean Ingenium family grows with adoption of 240PS, four-cylinder diesel engine with 500Nm of torque
  • Towing king: best-in-class 3,500kg towing capacity and semi-autonomous Advanced Tow Assist take the stress out of difficult reversing manoeuvres

4. British creativity: designed with charm & sophistication loved by the world

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  • Design retains key Discovery family cues, adding optimised proportions and sophisticated surfaces

5. Storage addiction: discover the space for everything

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  • Up to 2,406 litres of luggage space with seven seats as standard in the UK and clever storage for 21st century family essentials

6. Connects every generation: Ingenious features that make life easier

  • Digital Discovery equipped with up to nine USB ports, four 12-volt charging points and an in-car 3G WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices

7. After the roads end: reaching threatened habitats and vulnerable people

  • New Discovery will continue Land Rover’s work in humanitarian aid and conservation projects around the world

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2017 Range Rover Sport gets feature parity with Range Rover, InControl Touch Pro and New Driver Assistance Features

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  • New driver assistance technologies introduced to Range Rover Sport including Advanced Tow Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Intelligent Speed Limiter
  • Low Traction Launch technology enhances all-terrain capability
  • Land Rover InControl® Touch Pro™ now standard across the Range Rover Sport line-up features a larger 10.2-inch touchscreen
  • New exterior Design Pack enhancements and broader choice of colors introduced
  • On sale from late 2016, with pricing starting from $65,650
  • UK model gets new four-cylinder diesel engine in the form of the 2.0-litre 240PS/500Nm/45.6mpg  SD4 Ingenium.
  • 2017 Range Rover Sport UK Brochure in PDF

(MAHWAH, NJ) – August 16, 2016 – The status of the Range Rover Sport as a top-tier luxury performance SUV has been strengthened with a range of enhancements for 2017 model year. The latest model features the introduction of innovative new driver assistance technologies and greater scope for bespoke personalization.

Introduced in 2013, the Range Rover Sport is a genuine Land Rover success story, delivering all the refinement and capability expected from a large SUV with the engaging experience of a performance vehicle. Underlining this is the Range Rover Sport SVR which sits at the top of the Range Rover Sport line-up and takes on-road performance to new heights with a potent 550HP Supercharged V8 engine, achieving 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds.

For 2017, Land Rover has introduced a series of new advanced driver assistance technologies to Range Rover Sport including Blind Spot Assist, Intelligent Speed Limiter and Advanced Tow Assist, which assists the driver when maneuvering an attached trailer.

All-terrain capability remains a cornerstone of the Range Rover family and the 2017 model year Range Rover Sport includes a selection of new features to enhance both the on-road and off-road driving experience. Low Traction Launch makes it easier for drivers to pull away on low-grip surfaces while the updated 4x4i menu presents key vehicle information when tackling challenging terrain.

Powered by the Land Rover InControl® Touch Pro™ system, the enlarged touchscreen features a new 10.2-inch display for greater ease-of-use and clarity and features tablet-style pinch and zoom functions.

All-new towing technology

Advanced Tow Assist technology is the latest advanced driver assistance feature to be introduced by Land Rover. This feature is a key addition in ensuring that the 2017 model year Range Rover Sport stays ahead of its rivals and assists the driver with the potentially difficult task of reversing while towing a trailer.

Images from a rear-facing camera are relayed to the central touchscreen, allowing the driver to indicate the desired direction of the trailer using the Terrain Response® 2 rotary controller. The vehicle will then steer the trailer into place while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals.

As well as making it easier to maneuver a trailer, the system will alert the driver if a jack-knife situation is imminent, while the driver can monitor their immediate surroundings for potential hazards using the vehicle’s Surround Cameras.

Specialist all-terrain technology

All-terrain capability is a Range Rover trademark and 2017 model year Range Rover Sport takes breadth of capability to new levels in the performance SUV class with the introduction of two advanced technologies.

Low Traction Launch is designed to assist the driver when pulling away from a standstill on low grip surfaces, such as mud, wet grass or ice(2). The technology can be selected manually using the central touchscreen menu. Alternatively the vehicle will automatically prompt the driver to select Low Traction Launch whenever the Grass/Gravel/Snow mode is selected using the Terrain Response 2 controller.

Once active, the system controls the amount of torque the driver is able to apply when pressing the accelerator mitigating the likelihood of experiencing a loss of traction. Active at speeds below 19mph (30km/h) the system can also be used to negotiate slippery surfaces or inclines once the vehicle is moving.

An enhanced All-Terrain Info Center is also part of the improvements for 2017 model year. Accessible via the central touchscreen it displays useful information when driving off-road, such as vehicle geometry, slope assist engagement and wheel information(3). This display also now includes Drive Assist, which uses the vehicle’s surround cameras to help with low-speed maneuvers when off-road.

Enhanced connectivity

One of the most significant changes to the 2017 Range Rover Sport is the introduction of InControl Touch Pro™ which features a larger central touchscreen display. As a result, the infotainment system features smoother controls and a wider range of connectivity options and apps than ever before(3).

The larger screen measures 10.2-inches, a significant increase over the previous eight-inch design. The increased dimensions have allowed the Land Rover interior design team to remove the hard keys previously required, resulting in a cleaner dashboard with no compromise to functionality.

One of the key aspects of InControl Touch Pro™ is the ability to pinch and zoom when navigating maps, or swipe through menu screens as you would on a smartphone or tablet. Functions now require fewer actions, improving ease of use.

The introduction of the latest infotainment system delivers bespoke apps for functions such as music playback, contacts and calendars that are mirrored on the central touchscreen when the driver’s smartphone is connected to the vehicle.

In addition, InControl Remote allows drivers to control a number of vehicle functions remotely using the dedicated smartphone app. Owners can check data such as the mileage or fuel level, lock and unlock the vehicle, adjust the climate control settings and remote start the vehicle.

There have also been significant upgrades for the fully integrated satellite navigation system(3). Commute Mode is an intuitive new function that learns regular journeys so customers don’t have to set a destination manually. It recognizes frequent trips, for example the drive to work, and automatically redirects drivers if the regular route is congested. Door-to-door routing allows the customer to set a route using the Land Rover app and transfer it to the vehicle. Once the vehicle is parked, final directions to the destination can be viewed on a smartphone so customers can complete their journey on foot.

Simplified option selection

The 2017 Range Rover Sport has a simplified selection of advanced driver assistance packs. All derivatives have a comprehensive suite of technologies as standard equipment including Rear Park Distance Control, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter and Lane Departure Warning. For 2017, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) joins that list. The system monitors the road ahead of the vehicle through its forward facing stereo camera and will warn the driver of any potential collision risks. If the driver fails to respond to the warning, the AEB system is designed to apply emergency braking to help mitigate damage depending on the speed in which the vehicle is traveling.

The optional Drive Pack contains all the standard features in addition to Blind Spot Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and Reverse Traffic Detection, while Intelligent Speed Limiter is a new feature for 2017. Intelligent Speed Limiter uses Traffic Sign Recognition to read speed limit signs and is designed to automatically adjust the vehicle’s speed accordingly. Once the driver has accepted the on-screen prompts they will be unable to exceed this limit unless they cancel the command.

Driver Condition Monitor is another new addition. It analyses steering inputs and takes into account factors such as the time of day and journey time to warn the driver if signs of fatigue are detected.

The Drive Pro Pack includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and Intelligent Emergency Braking and adds Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keep Assist for 2017. Blind Spot Assist monitors for vehicles approaching from behind or those in the vehicle’s blind spot. If the driver begins to change lanes in circumstances that could pose a risk of a collision, the vehicle is designed to automatically apply gentle steering input to guide the vehicle back into its lane. Lane Keep Assist provides gentle corrective steering inputs if the driver veers out of their lane without indicating.

Exterior enhancements

A number of updates have also been made to select Range Rover Sport design options for the 2017 model year.

Customers are able to choose from an even wider choice of colors, heightening the level of personalization and luxury design of their vehicle thanks to an increased Special Vehicle Operations color palette. Buyers can pick from 19 new colors ranging from contemporary pearlescent whites to sophisticated greys, as well as luxurious high-gloss and satin finishes.

Best-Selling Freelander 1 Becomes Latest Land Rover Heritage Vehicle

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  • Hugely popular Freelander 1 becomes newest Land Rover Heritage vehicle
  • Over 9,000 individual part numbers available for best-selling compact 4WD
  • Rapidly became Europe’s best-selling 4WD vehicle for five consecutive years after launch in 1997
  • Land Rover Heritage specialises in cars, services, parts and experiences

Whitley, Coventry – 4 January, 2016: Produced between 1997 and 2006, the Land Rover Freelander 1 remains one of the brand’s best-selling models and is now officially a Land Rover Heritage vehicle. Land Rover Heritage specialises in cars, services, parts and experiences for classic Land Rover models and the Freelander 1 becomes the brand’s eighth Heritage model. The others are Series I, II and III, Range Rover Classic and P38 Range Rover plus Discovery 1 and 2.

A Heritage model is defined as those products that have been out of production for longer than 10 years and the Freelander 1 was first produced in 1997 and its production run ended nine years later in 2006 when Freelander 2 replaced it. Ever since production of Freelander 1 concluded, Land Rover continued to support owners through the supply of spare parts for this model line. Now, owners will be supported by the brand’s Heritage experts and ensure loyal owners continue to enjoy their vehicle for many years to come.

Over 9,000 individual Land Rover Heritage Part numbers are available for the Freelander 1 and it adds to the brand’s comprehensive parts catalogue, which already features over 33,000 items for both Jaguar and Land Rover Heritage vehicles.

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Heritage, said: "With the addition of the Freelander 1 as a Heritage model, Land Rover is reaffirming its support and commitment to its loyal customers by providing exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences for models more than 10 years out of production. Genuine Land Rover Heritage Parts for Freelander 1 have been engineered and tested in extreme conditions. As such it gives our customers total peace-of-mind that their vehicles are maintained to the highest possible standards."

When it was launched, the Freelander broke the mould by pioneering the compact premium 4×4 class and at the time had 16 patented features including Hill Descent Control (HDC), Immediate Reduction Drive (IDR), a viscous-coupling (VCU) and an innovative ABS system designed specifically for off-road situations.

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Range Rover Evoque Convertible finally brings InControl Touch Pro to a Land Rover (might still be vaporware)

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After years of waiting, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is a really here for MY17.  There are very few details that were new – they took the concept and updated it with the MY16 Evoque refresh plus a bit more: the addition of the 10.2” InControl Touch Pro system to a Land Rover is a welcome surprise.  All pictures & official PR to follow below but really I only care about the vaporware aka InControl Touch Pro. 

It looks like the Evoque isn’t also getting the 12.3” digital gauge display that Range Rover proper has had since 2010 (But done NOTHING interesting with anyway).  And the do still love to call 3G state of the art for a MY2017 vehicle {eyeroll}

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RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE A CONVERTIBLE FOR ALL SEASONS

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· World’s first luxury compact SUV convertible

· Highly-desirable design ensures distinctive profile with roof up or down

· Lightweight fabric hood stows in only 18 seconds, at speeds up to 30mph

· Uncompromised luxury – space for four adults, 251-litre boot and ski hatch

· Debuts next-generation infotainment system with 10.2-inch touchscreen

· Most capable all-terrain convertible in the world

· Choice of efficient Si4 petrol and Ingenium diesel engines

· On sale from Spring 2016, in SE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic derivatives

Whitley, UK, 9 November 2015 – Land Rover has unveiled the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible. Range Rover Evoque Convertible combines the bold design and refinement of Evoque with comprehensive specification and a sophisticated folding roof to create a no compromise, all-season convertible.

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