Minutia

All-New 2020 Range Rover Evoque, the minutia…

The Velar makeover for the Evoque does seem to suit it well.  And being the last car in the lineup needing a good refresh, it’s a great indicator of what we’ll see in the next couple years on the up-level models.

The transparent bonnet from the 2014 Discovery Vision Concept makes its debut and it’s pretty cool.

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Basically an updated extension of the current Drive Assist that blends the cameras for a very helpful view.  Currently this is buried a few levels deep in the menus and you have to accept a warning message.  We’ll see if that stays the same for Clear Sight Ground View

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The other “Clear Sight” tech – ClearSight Rear-View Mirror, a 9.5” LCD with a 1600 x 300 resolution displaying an HD 60FPS camera feed providing a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light.  Love this but be warned “Customers who wear varifocal or bifocal lenses may have issues adjusting to the mirror’s digital mode”

What are these giant blank areas surrounding the shifters in the current JLR line up – it just seems like very lazy design.  It’s the same thing Jaguar does in the XE with the rotary shifter.  You can tell it’s there because they just gave up and over-compromised.  If you’re going to do this why not just change up the interface altogether?  They’re not saving space they’re just wasting it.  And it looks cheap.  Please don’t let the cheap Jaguar interiors come over to our side.

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Is it because they need to have space for a manual transmission?

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How are they not including inductive charging or wireless CarPlay at this point?  They show two places you can put your phone but neither charges it wirelessly.  These are 2020 cars – look at our super-advanced AI-enhanced next-gen WIRED technology.

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More to come…

All-New 2020 Range Rover Evoque & its creepy faux-NYC photos, does it make us question authenticity?

What’s with the off-putting faux-New York City sets they took their location pics on?  Did they not actually film in NYC for secrecy reasons?  But then why not just make it a generic city?  Why show NYC Taxis and NYC addresses?  Further the fake taxis show advertisements for the fake stores.  Then there are the very distinct models who seem to all know each other from vignette to vignette but not always acknowledge it.  And okay, I know the last part is a stretch but looking at it, you can see how weird it is.

It’s like The Truman Show or like a Twilight Zone where alien’s have built a prison for humans.

This is the “Mott sounds authentic, let’s use that for the bakery” shotmott-bakery1

This is not a place and something’s not right with those traffic lights.

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This is the “Let’s put a Mustang and a Chrysler in the background so it looks like USA” shot

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Woah – a hipster barber (Holder the Barber) & two coffee shops (Two Two Seven & Nick’s Coffee House)– this must be NYC!

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I wonder how the Taxi Rooftop Ads are working for Two Two Seven?  And coincidentally this taxi is parked in front of Nick’s Coffee House – how awkward!

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The only authentic New York detail is that the two coffee places are right across the street from each other.  That would be true.

It’s so fake.  I wonder if the off-road pics are filmed in a sandbox?

Actual images of the Clear Exit Detection display in the 2018 Range Rover

Clear Exit Detection

Described and displayed as such in the original release:

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Clear Exit Detection will alert passengers of approaching traffic or other dangers before they open their doors

It wasn’t clear where this would be or what it would look like in the actual vehicle.  But the latest SVAutobiography LWB image at the top of the post makes it a lot clearer.

A very verbose, slightly bombastic description of the 2018 Range Rover & Range Rover Sport Animated Turn Signals…

Someone put a lot of thought into describing the new animated functionality of the turn signals in the owner’s manual for the updated 2018 Range Rover & Range Rover Sport.  This is kind of a repost but the wording was so thorough I couldn’t resist.

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TURN SIGNALS
The animated turn signal feature is in place to improve the turn signal function by a sequential activation of their light sources. This is achieved by switching on consecutive segments of lights from inboard to outboard and during a defined period of time, creating a sweeping effect. Only lights with LED are able to reproduce any dynamic effect.

2018 Range Rover Order Guide gives away unannounced SVAutobiography LWB details & options

Continuing to study the 2018 Range Rover US order guide, I noticed the "Subject of future announcement", as shown here:

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A mistaken drag of my mouse showed that the text was all there, just hidden behind some white boxes.  This also happened in other spots throughout the document.  While the info below the white box hasn’t been officially announced and might be completely wrong, it’s still interesting.  They definitely could have removed the data instead of covering it.  I did a better job removing some data from the original.

Here you go:

2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB, MSRP: $207,900:
Powertrain/Dynamics:
557hp 5.0L AJ133 V8 Supercharged Gas Engine, Unique Suspension Calibration, Black Brake Calipers with Land Rover Branding

Exterior:
21" 7 Spoke ‘Style 7006’ Alloy Wheel w/ High Gloss Polished Finish, Body-Colored Roof, SVAutobiography LWB Exterior Accents [Chrome Badging w/ Black Knurled Insert Hood and Tailgate Lettering, Unique SVAutobiography LWB Grille, Atlas: Grille Mesh Foil, Front Bumper Accent/Vent Finisher – Bright Chrome: Grille Inner Surround, Door Handle Surround, Tailgate Finisher], Body-Colored Side Vent Graphic w/ Chrome Inserts, "SVAutobiography Badge"

Interior:
24-way [22-Way Power, 2-Way Manual] Heated/Cooled, ‘Hot-Stone’ Massage Front Seats with Fixed Center Console Executive Class Comfort-Plus Rear Seats (includes Zenith Branded Clock, Heated Calf Rest Behind Driver/Passenger, Leather Cushions, SVO Luxury Finishers), Deployable Tables with Leather Finish, Mohair Mats with Leather Binding, Satin Santos Palisander Veneer, Wood and Leather Steering Wheel, Rear Side Door Power Blinds and Map Pockets, Front Center Console Cooler Compartment and Rear Seat Refrigerator Compartment, CD/DVD Player, 10" Rear Seat Entertainment, 110-Volt/150-Watts Power Outlet (1x in Row 2 & 1x in Cargo Area), Power Close Rear

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And some of the more interesting items that were also covered by white boxes – these might have been around in previous years.  I didn’t take a the time to look back but these are just the items that I found in the 2018 documents and all specific to the SVAutobiography or as Land Rover USA calls it, the SVAutobiohraphy[sic] 🙂

Power Deployable Loadspace Floor w/ Carpet Finish $5455
Power Deployable Loadspace Floor w/ Veneer Finish $5455
Both not available with Full-Size Spare

Copper Weave Carbon Fiber $1225

SVO Duo Tone Paint Pallette[sic] $14280

Quilted Poltrona Frau Leather $4490

Vintage Tan Tailgate Event Seating $5815
Ebony Tailgate Event Seating $5815

Last thing – the Interior section ends with "Power Close Rear" which seems kind of unfinished.  My guess right now it’s Power Close Rear Door – like on a Rolls Royce.  We shall see…