Continuing the Jaguar-Land Rover range’s barrage of refreshes — Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar XF and E-Pace all have been updated for 2021 — is the 2021 Range Rover Velar. The midsize crossover SUV gets new tech and electrified engines for the new model year.
The 2020 Land Rover Defender 110 recently made its way to our local shores as one of the most anticipated cars of the year, received with mixed reactions before its limelight was stolen by far more retro Ford Bronco and maybe the upcoming Jeep Wrangler V8. We had a go at it on UAE sand to see if the modernised new model does justice to the nameplate.
The old Land Rover Defender became legendary for its offroading prowess while offering a minimum of modern conveniences. It was never particularly suited for markets outside Europe though, with its pathetic diesel engine (a weak petrol V8 option died a quick death by the late 90s), its unsuitability for extreme desert driving, its sky-high price that dwarfed more capable rivals, and its propensity for being unreliable even after half a century of development time. Owners and fans may vehemently disagree, setting a low bar for their expectations, but even I wore the Land Rover blinkers for several years before coming to my senses.
There has been a lot of speculation, and negativity, on what the upcoming 2020 Land Rover Defender will look like, especially as there is no way the Defender can continue its classic looks in a modern safety-conscious world. With numerous spy shots hinting at something that looks like a previous-generation Land Rover LR4, the reincarnation of the legendary off-roader is largely expected to become the new boxy option to the blobby new Discovery. And the wait to see what the new Defender looks like is almost over, as a leaked image of the Defender surfaces, presumably from the instrument cluster of a pre-production prototype.
As a part of the strides being made by almost all car manufacturers to electrify their portfolio, Land Rover revealed a new mild-hybrid version of their Range Rover Sport model. Available on the Range Rover Sport HST Special Edition, the mild-hybrid harvests energy lost in braking to assist the engine when needed.
The Range Rover SV Coupe, which was to be a limited-edition expensive version of the regular Range Rover, has been canceled before a single example has been built.
The 2020 Range Rover Evoque debuts as the SUV’s second generation, looking much like the “Victoria Beckham-designed” first generation, but now carrying Velar inspired design and mild-hybrid technology.
Despite being a massively preposterous idea, 6-wheeled behemoths of the car world have gained popularity as limited-edition publicity stunts, even with their price tags blown up beyond the horizon. Now to accompany the Mercedes AMG G63 6X6 and the Hennessey Velociraptor 6X6, a yacht company named T.Fotiadis Design has released a 6-wheeled Range Rover SLT model which aims to spice up the “boring” ride.
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