Land Rover Discovery Sport To Launch in 2015

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Land Rover's Discovery Vision concept at the 2014 New York International Auto Show is a wild concept with a highly versatile, configurable cabin; video chat between front and rear occupants; and a remote control driving system, among many other out-there features.

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Land Rover says an all-new premium compact SUV called the Discovery Sport will be the first production model to take cues and features from the Discovery Vision concept. It will arrive at dealerships in 2015. The Discovery Sport is the first member of an all-new Discovery family of vehicles.

By Joe Bruzek | April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept: First Look and Gallery

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Looks like: George Jetson's Land Rover with plenty of wraparound glass, rear-hinged doors, a sleek profile and laser headlights

Defining characteristics: Ultra-configurable seating for four to seven passengers as well as a host of from-the-future gadgets

Ridiculous features: It's the ultimate luxury toy with a remote control system that allows you to control the SUV from your smartphone

Chance of being mass-produced: Land Rover confirmed that a new family of vehicles under the Defender umbrella will be produced — we're betting not one of them will be remote-controlled

One thing we've noticed ahead of the 2014 New York International Auto Show is that concept cars are few and far between. In fact, Land Rover may have one of the only concept reveals — but what a concept it is. The Discovery Vision Concept gives us a hint at the automaker's plans for a family of new SUVs along with a glimpse into some pretty out-there technology.

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Land Rover says the design embodies the "ultimate leisure SUV," and nowhere is that more apparent than inside. The cabin is finished in two types of washable and water- and oil-repellent leather along with wood veneer on the floors and instrument panel and Harris tweed accents — how very British.

The SUV concept's highly configurable cabin makes room for anywhere from four to seven passengers with seats that fold, slide and even convert into a tablelike surface. But don't start looking for the buttons and levers yet — all of this is done via a touch-screen menu.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 15, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Land Rover LR2: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Land Rover LR2, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

Land Rover's five-passenger SUV gets a minor exterior face-lift and a major powertrain one for 2013. The previous model's six-cylinder is replaced by a new 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder this year. Although Land Rover calls the LR2 a compact SUV, it was able to comfortably accommodate two child-safety seats in the second row without hogging too much of the first row's legroom.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept Headed to the New York Auto Show

Land Rover is planning to debut a new concept with a very storied name at the New York International Auto Show, but the concept doesn't just preview one new Land Rover SUV, rather it marks a whole new sub-brand for the automaker. Land Rover says the Discovery Vision Concept "will showcase the design and technology vision for a future new family of Discovery vehicles."

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The first-generation of the Discovery was introduced in England 25 years ago and was eventually known in the U.S. as the LR4. Based on the dark teaser video above, the Discovery Vision Concept appears to be LR4-sized and offer configurable seating for seven, hinting at that model's eventual replacement.

Check out the teaser video for more details and check back with us in mid-April for more Land Rover news from the 2014 New York Auto Show.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Real-World Cargo Space

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The addition of "Sport" in the redesigned 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport's name may seem like a small difference between it and the classic Range Rover. For 2014, 75 percent of the parts in the Sport model are unique, however, and the model offers a drastically different experience compared to the regular Range Rover.

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The Sport is smaller in almost every dimension and lighter as well. That means a smaller cargo area with a maximum 62.2 cubic feet of cargo space compared to its bigger sibling's 71.7 cubic feet. Oddly enough, the smaller Range Rover Sport is the one that offers an optional third row. We tested a Range Rover Sport sans third row and stuffed our standard collection of golf bags, luggage, stroller and shopping bags in the cargo area. Check it out below in our cargo animation.

By Joe Bruzek | March 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

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For their $80,000, 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport buyers will be able to check most of their "wants" boxes: great ride; lush, comfortable interior; and formidable off-road capabilities (which they're unlikely to use). And the biggest box of all — having the sweetest, most opulent ride in the soccer-practice pick-up line — gets an extra-emphatic, "CHECK!" But Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela says the disappointments are in the details. Read her review below and note her beefs with the luxury SUV's cornering skills as well as an annoying glare from the heated windshield.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 14, 2014 | Comments (4)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: Top Tether Trouble

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Given the proliferation of Land Rover Range Rover Sports that line the drop-off lane of an elite private school near my home, one might assume that it's a near-perfect family car. After recently test-driving the redesigned 2014 Range Rover Sport, however, I've decided that it's not the best choice for those of us with kids who are still in child-safety seats.

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Sure, the Range Rover Sport is magnificent. A rare specimen of beauty and brawn, it drives like a regal boss around town and can off-road like a beast. The newly updated interior is quiet, comfortable and spacious. Then you try to install child-safety seats and all hell breaks loose.

By Courtney Messenbaugh | February 28, 2014 | Comments (2)

2011 Models Less Reliable Than 2010 Vehicles, J.D. Power Study Finds

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Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac led J.D. Power and Associates' 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study, which tracks problems per vehicle from original owners of 3-year-old cars — in this case, 2011 models. But overall problems rose 6 percent versus last year's study of 2010 models, the first time since J.D. Power's 1998 VDS that reliability in late-model cars has declined.

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Among non-luxury brands, Honda (sixth overall), Toyota (eighth) and Subaru (12th) ranked highest in the 31-brand study. Hyundai, Jeep, Land Rover, Dodge and Mini rounded out the bottom five.

Vehicle dependability, which J.D. Power expresses in problems per 100 ("PP100") vehicles, rose to 133 PP100 in the 2014 study. A year ago, it was 126 PP100 — the lowest in the 25-year study's history. Drivetrain problems led to most of the increase, the company said, as four-cylinder engines and large diesel motors accounted for more problems than conventional five- and six-cylinder engines.

By Kelsey Mays | February 12, 2014 | Comments (6)

Toyota, Ford Top Consumer Reports' Brand-Perception Survey

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People love Toyota but think Land Rover stinks, according to Consumer Reports' 2014 Car-Brand Perception Survey. The magazine quantified Toyota's brand image to an indexed score of 145, which put it ahead of second-place Ford (120 points), third-place Honda (109) and Chevrolet (105). On the flip side, Land Rover's 4-point index score placed it last; sister brand Jaguar scored just 9 points.

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Consumer Reports said brand perception reflects how consumers view auto brands across seven categories: quality, safety, performance, value, fuel economy, design/style and technology/innovation. Myriad factors, from marketing and recalls to actual hands-on experience and awards, influence the scores. And it's those categories — in that order of importance — that consumers find most important in cars, the magazine said.

By Kelsey Mays | February 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

January's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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As automakers report their total January sales today, many point to the polar temperatures seen in much of the country as a reason for subpar results. While the totals may be down, there were still plenty of cars selling quickly — coincidentally enough, many with all-wheel drive.

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Twelve of the 18 fastest-selling cars either come standard with all-wheel drive or have it widely available. Although Wall Street had a bad January, perhaps some 2013 bonus checks helped brands like Land Rover, which had the top two spots on the fastest-selling list. Mercedes-Benz's redesigned and nearly six-figure S550 also made the list.

By David Thomas | February 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

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