2014 July

Land Rover Discovery Sport close-ups

Quick and dirty graphic using the preview shots from the new Land Rover website and the preview shots of the camouflaged Discovery Sport released today.  We get a quick view of the side vent trim and see it again in the camouflage graphic.  Then towards the bottom we see the Evoque-ative headlamps that are now becoming a Land Rover trademark.


Latest Land Rover Discovery Sport pictures leave little to the imagination and confirm a third row

Land Rover Discovery Sport in Camouflage (2)

Wow, third row option for the Discovery Sport, can’t wait to see it without the camo.  I’m most interested in seeing what the interior will look like.  The spy shots have give some little glimpses but we need more.

We know now the Jaguar XE will be getting 75mpg with the new Ingenium engine.  The prototype shown here is plated as a 2.2L so it appears they didn’t put an Ingenium in that one yet.  And of course it’ll be a lot heavier than the XE but should still help with fuel economy when it arrives.

Official PR:

  • Ahead of its official reveal, Land Rover uncovers innovative camouflaged Discovery Sport

  • New compact SUV remains true to Discovery family with option of a third row of rear seats

  • Latest camouflage wrap gives clearest view yet of vehicle’s design

  • Prototype vehicles leave Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant to embark on final testing stages

Land Rover has dropped the biggest hint yet towards the design of Discovery Sport, with the debut of a new camouflage wrap confirming that the new compact SUV will be available with 5+2 seating.

As if ‘peeling back’ the outer layer of the vehicle, the camouflage reveals that the Discovery Sport will in fact have the option of two seats in the third row, enhancing its versatility and appeal as a compact, family SUV.

Prototype cars sporting the new camouflage design left Halewood, UK, where the Discovery Sport will be manufactured, to embark on final testing and development activity across several continents.

"As you would expect from a Discovery, the versatile Discovery Sport will feature optional 5+2 seating, offering spacious load space and configurable seating, while still retaining a more compact footprint than traditional 5-seat SUVs," said Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer for Land Rover.

Discovery Sport will go on sale alongside the existing Discovery in 2015.

Land Rover Discovery Sport in Camouflage (4)Land Rover Discovery Sport in Camouflage (1)

Land Rover Discovery Sport in Camouflage (3)

MY2015 Range Rover Official Info & Pricing for the North American Market

The details we’ve all been waiting for, linked below is JLR Bulletin MRPR14-24 2015 MY RANGE ROVER PRODUCT INFORMATION WITH PRICING.  We knew most of what was changing but still some interesting items.  Also news, the US orders will start in late July with builds beginning October 13, 2014.

The Land Rover badging has made its way to the engine cover for the 2015 Range Rover.


We also can confirm that side view approach/puddle lamps will match the Range Rover logo disc found between the front and rear doors of Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport.  This will bring the silhouette imagery to the entire Range Rover family.


Lots of other little things:

  • A literally slicker wood veneer option for the powered tray tables in the Autobiography Black,
  • Soft Door Close is now standard with HSE and above.
  • The InControl system everyone is excited for is a $430 option
  • For the truly sensitive customers who just can’t handle it, you can now opt for a non-heated windshield

And some 2015 Range Rover pricing:

Range Rover
Range Rover HSE
Range Rover HSE LWB
Range Rover Supercharged
Range Rover Supercharged LWB
Range Rover Autobiography
Range Rover Autobiography LWB
Range Rover Autobiography Black
Range Rover Autobiography Black with  
   Vallorie White Paint $200,995

Check it out:


Click on image above or here to download completely MPR14-24 bulletin as a PDF

Jaguar Land Rover Develops The Self-Learning Intelligent Car Of The Future

Continued tech news from last weeks Jaguar Land Rover Technology Showcase:


  • The intelligent car will have its own on-board ‘Smart Assistant’ to carry out a host of functions to allow the driver to concentrate on driving
  • The ground-breaking system will minimise driver distraction to reduce the potential for accidents – with an eventual goal of zero accidents
  • New state-of-the-art software recognises the driver and learns their preferences. It can then predict their routine and changing preferences based on variables such as the weather and their schedule for the day
  • The ‘Smart Assistant’ will check your calendar in advance and remind you to take your child’s sports kit to sports day
  • The self-learning car will learn an individual’s driving style and apply them when Auto Adaptive Cruise Control (AACC) is engaged

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Jaguar Land Rover Develops Virtual Technologies To Enhance Performance Driving And Reduce Distraction

Jaguar Virtual Windscreen


  • Jaguar Land Rover reveals its ‘Jaguar Virtual Windscreen’ concept that will aid road and track driving
  • Hazard, speed, navigation data and the racing line could all be projected onto the entire windscreen.
  • Jaguar Land Rover demonstrates virtual imaging technology that could offer drivers a spectacles-free 3D image instrument cluster, replacing the rear view mirror
  • ‘Jaguar Virtual Windscreen’, 3D cluster and gesture control are part of a suite of new concept technologies that will reduce driver distraction

Whitley, UK: Jaguar Land Rover is creating cutting-edge technologies to develop new ways to give drivers higher quality, life-like graphics and information that will offer an enhanced ‘virtual’ view of the road or race track.

The ‘Jaguar Virtual Windscreen’ concept uses the entire windscreen as a display so the driver’s eyes need never leave the road.  High quality hazard, speed and navigation icons could all be projected onto the screen together. For performance drivers, imagery that could aid track driving includes:

  • Racing line and braking guidance. Virtual racing lines on the windscreen appear to be marked on the track ahead for optimum racing line, with changes in colour to indicate braking guidance.
  • Ghost car racing. Improve your lap times by racing a ‘ghost car’ visualisation of your car on a previous lap, or compete against a lap uploaded from another driver.
  • Virtual cones can be laid out on the track ahead for driver training. These could be moved as the driver’s ability improves.