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    Land Rover Teases Range Rover SV Coupe's Interior

      Would you look at that interior!


    When Land Rover first introduced the Range Rover back in 1970, it was only available as a two-door model. The last two-door model would roll off the assembly in 1994, never to be seen again. But Land Rover is planning to bring back the two-door Range Rover as a limited-run model.

    Yesterday, Land Rover dropped a teaser picture of the upcoming Range Rover SV Coupe. The picture is an overhead shot of the SV Coupe's interior which looks like what you'll find in a highly-spec Range Rover. The front seats are upholstered in white leather, while the back seats come in blue. The dash appears to be from the new Velar with a similar center stack layout.

    “The Range Rover SV Coupé is a highly compelling design with peerless refinement and uncompromised sophistication from its breathtaking exterior proportions to its sumptuous, beautifully appointed, interior. This is a vehicle that will resonate on an emotional level,” said Land Rover lead designer Gerry McGovern.

    Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) will be tasked with building the SV Coupe. The plan is to only build 999 models for worldwide distribution.

    We'll have more information when Land Rover debuts the SV Coupe at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6th.

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    Source: Land Rover
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    LIMITED EDITION RANGE ROVER SV COUPE SET FOR WORLD DEBUT AT 2018 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW

    • Land Rover announces the introduction of a new addition to the Range Rover portfolio – the Range Rover SV Coupe
    • Coupe design pays homage to the original Range Rover during the Land Rover brand’s 70th Anniversary year
    • Limited to 999 units, the Range Rover SV Coupe will be offered to buyers worldwide, each hand-assembled by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations in Warwickshire, UK
    • The all-new model will make its world premiere at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show as part of the Jaguar Land Rover press conference at 11:45 CET, live streamed on www.landroverusa.com

    (MAHWAH, N.J.) - January 23, 2018 – Today, Land Rover announces the introduction of an all-new full-size luxury SUV coupe. The Range Rover SV Coupe will be a dramatic and desirable addition to the Range Rover model portfolio featuring a seductive body design and a supremely refined interior.

    “The Range Rover SV Coupe is a highly compelling design with peerless refinement and uncompromised sophistication from its breathtaking exterior proportions to its sumptuous, beautifully appointed, interior. This is a vehicle that will resonate on an emotional level,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer.

    The SV Coupe is a celebration of the Range Rover bloodline, with a dramatic two- door silhouette which alludes to its unique heritage – the Range Rover launched as a two-door in 1970 – while being thoroughly modern and contemporary.

    The interior image released today illustrates that traditional skills have combined with the latest technologies throughout the cabin to exquisite effect. Stunning to the eye, sumptuous to the touch, it is a light, contemporary space where attention to detail has been paramount.

    Land Rover Design and Special Vehicle Operations have created the Range Rover SV Coupe, which will be hand-assembled at the SV Technical Center in Ryton-on- Dunsmore in Warwickshire, UK. Production will be limited to no more than 999 vehicles for worldwide distribution.

    “Land Rover created the luxury SUV sector with Range Rover almost 50 years ago. In launching the new Range Rover SV Coupe, we will offer clients an alluring combination of peerless luxury and rarity,” said John Edwards, Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director. “Unveiling this special vehicle at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, during Land Rover’s 70th Anniversary year, will be a defining moment for Land Rover, the Range Rover portfolio and Special Vehicle Operations.”

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    I think the interior looks great, I like that it is different, who says the front and rear seats have to be the same color.    Not sure about this coupe Range Rover idea and that sort of defeats the purpose of a fancy back seat of you can’t get to it.

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    Nice, I can live with a two tone interior, but the wife would hate it as it is not uniform for her OCD approach to life. My only dislike is the White Leather. What morons think White is a smart move? Talk about showing all the dirt fast, high maintenance if you want it to stay looking bright and clean, White interior is just not a smart move for the Lazy Human population.

    Would be nice to have a Forest Green Leather interior with a warm earth brown. dash and doors.

    I have come to HATE, Yup HATE these interiors that have wall dividers in the back seat. Can we isolate and separate people any more ? Even in a luxury high end interior, I just do not see the need for that center mass on top of wasted seating space.

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    4 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    What morons think White is a smart move? Talk about showing all the dirt fast, high maintenance if you want it to stay looking bright and clean, White interior is just not a smart move for the Lazy Human population.

    It's leather, not cloth. You wipe it off like you would black, brown, or tan. 

     

    7 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    I have come to HATE, Yup HATE these interiors that have wall dividers in the back seat. Can we isolate and separate people any more ? Even in a luxury high end interior, I just do not see the need for that center mass on top of wasted seating space.

    It's because they open up and there's gadgets in there. Nobody in their right mind WANTS to sit three deep back there to begin with. This gives you compartments, cup holders, charging ports, etc. 

    " Two individual fully adjustable seats are complemented by an extended and re-designed centre console with electrically deployable walnut tables, integrated USB charging sockets, enhanced stowage and bespoke lighting.

    That is what's going on back there for their Holland & Holland Range Rover that looks very similar. 

    Lost a seat nobody would use and gained actual bucket seats and much more. 

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    Beautiful interior from above, looks like.  Kind of unusual for the front seats and back seats to not match. I like the white leather.  Good to not see it on the steering wheel rim, I've seen some cars (Chrysler 200/300) with really light leather or vinyl on the steering wheel rim, seems like that would get grubby quickly.    Will be interesting to see how the outside looks..

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    33 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    It's leather, not cloth. You wipe it off like you would black, brown, or tan. 

     

    It's because they open up and there's gadgets in there. Nobody in their right mind WANTS to sit three deep back there to begin with. This gives you compartments, cup holders, charging ports, etc. 

    " Two individual fully adjustable seats are complemented by an extended and re-designed centre console with electrically deployable walnut tables, integrated USB charging sockets, enhanced stowage and bespoke lighting.

    That is what's going on back there for their Holland & Holland Range Rover that looks very similar. 

    Lost a seat nobody would use and gained actual bucket seats and much more. 

    I know it is leather but every WHITE Leather interior looks dirty and cheap fast. I have never seen any auto builder have a white leather interior that still looks good only months after use. Just the wrong color in an Auto in my opinion.

    I have see plenty of interiors that have had those things without the dividing wall. Rolls, Bentley, MB in the S class. 

    I just do not see the needs to isolate people that way with the wall, my opinion on it.

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    A bench seat seems more appropriate for a family CUV/SUV  or minivan...a luxury car or luxury SUV is supposed to be cosseting at most maybe 4 people in comfort. 

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    30 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Exactly. An open bench for 5 humans is the opposite of luxurious. Buy a Tahoe if that's what you want. 

    I disagree, there have been captain chair bench seats that are very luxurious and gives you that option of having the mid seat. 

    For me having individual captain chairs here is fine and I would like that with a center stack between the chairs but the open space in the foot area. The two rear passengers should be able to easily get out either door and not have to step over a center wall divide.

    All you stated and the story states it will have can be done without having to have the wall there.

    This can still be very luxurious with two captain chairs and no center wall in the foot area.

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    5 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    I disagree, there have been captain chair bench seats that are very luxurious and gives you that option of having the mid seat. 

    Which ones are as luxurious as these? Or even close? 

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    The Bentyaga similarly has a bucket seat interior, though the rear console and front console aren't connected, leaving room to clamber through...

    The image 'captain's chairs' style seating conjures up for me are 80s conversion vans and RVs.

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    Some Range Rovers like the Sport seem to have a more bench seat rear seat w/ fold down armrest, while the big Range Rover (Autobiography Edition) goes for buckets w/ a dividing console..

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    5 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Which ones are as luxurious as these? Or even close? 

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    MB S-Class comes to mind!

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    Cadillac CT6 is a Perfect Example.

    To just name a few. I see no reason they could not do this kind of seating in the Rover.

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    24 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    See the source image

    MB S-Class comes to mind!

    See the source image

    Cadillac CT6 is a Perfect Example.

    To just name a few. I see no reason they could not do this kind of seating in the Rover.

    @dfelt having driven and sat in the CT6, there is no way in hell that I would have anyone sit in the middle seat. It is way too uncomfortable.

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    6 minutes ago, William Maley said:

    @dfelt having driven and sat in the CT6, there is no way in hell that I would have anyone sit in the middle seat. It is way too uncomfortable.

    I can understand that and would not expect that 99.9% of the time anyone would sit there, but it gives options and looks very nice plus the two outside seats are very comfy equal to captain chairs in my opinion.

    @ccap41 and @Cubical-aka-Moltar Yes we have the old style Captain Chairs and what MB and Cadillac has done as well as others is make a modern 21st century take on them that allows for better flexibility over the captain chairs.

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    1 hour ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    One factoid in the first paragraph may have been missed in the various seat discussions--this is a 2dr coupe, not a 4dr.  Very cool to see them doing a largish 2dr SUV.

    Yup, that did not register and now makes my argument against the stupid wood wall even more so as in a 2 door, if you cannot get out the drivers side you now have to crawl over the wall to get out the passenger side.

    Still do not like that middle wood block. A back seat setup like the CT6 or S-Class is the better way to go I think. If you do not like the middle section then yes two captain chairs with your wood section between them but the foot area is open allowing you to get out either front door.

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    It's funny, it didn't register with me either (until I read another article)...I was thinking  4dr coupe SUV like the X6 or GLE.    Getting out of a 2dr backseat is a PITA in most cars, this would make it worse..though there have been 2dr coupes w/ full length consoles...

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    13 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    I did wonder why not put the navy seats in front because those will get used more, and put the white seats in back where they will get less abuse.

    Just a guess but I think it has to do with the overall flow of the color scheme. with white seats in the middle as opposed to on an "end" of the vehicle with the dash incorporated in it seems to flow more. Otherwise it would be dark in back, white in middle, and dark up front again. that seems more awkward to me. 

    Other than that, your assessment does make more sense based on wear and where people will be most. 

    11 hours ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    It's funny, it didn't register with me either (until I read another article)...I was thinking  4dr coupe SUV like the X6 or GLE.    Getting out of a 2dr backseat is a PITA in most cars, this would make it worse..though there have been 2dr coupes w/ full length consoles...

    Hahaha I completely missed the whole two-door part, too!

    Wow, screw this vehicle. 

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      Annual commitments of circa £2.5bn will include investments in electrification technologies and the development of connected services to enhance the journey and experiences of customers, alongside data-centric technologies that will further improve their ownership ecosystem.
      Proven services like the flexible PIVOTAL subscription model (which has grown 750% during the fiscal year), born out of Jaguar Land Rover’s incubator and investor arm, InMotion, will now be rolled out to other markets following a successful launch in the UK.
      Quality and efficiency
      Reimagine will see Jaguar Land Rover establish new benchmark standards in quality and efficiency for the luxury sector by rightsizing, repurposing and reorganising.
      Central to that journey, and in order to establish different personalities for the two brands, is the new architecture strategy. 
      Land Rover will use the forthcoming flex Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). It will deliver electrified internal combustion engines (ICE) and full electric variants as the company evolves its product line-up in the future. In addition, Land Rover will also use pure electric biased Electric Modular Architecture (EMA) which will also support advanced electrified ICE.
      Future Jaguar models will be built exclusively on a pure electric architecture.
      Reimagine is designed to deliver simplification too. By consolidating the number of platforms and models being produced per plant, the company will be able to establish new benchmark standards in efficient scale and quality for the luxury sector. Such an approach will help rationalise sourcing and accelerate investments in local circular economy supply chains.
      From a core manufacturing perspective that means Jaguar Land Rover will retain its plant and assembly facilities in the home UK market and around the world. As well as being the manufacturer of the MLA architecture, Solihull, West Midlands will also be the home to the future advanced Jaguar pure electric platform. 
      Key partners including Trade Unions, retailers and those in the supply chain will continue to play a vital part of the extended new Jaguar Land Rover ecosystem and its journey towards reimagining the future of modern luxury.
      ReFocus to a more agile operation
      As evidenced with the latest financial results, Jaguar Land Rover has a strong foundation on which to build a sustainable and resilient business for its customers and their communities, partners, employees, shareholders and the environment.
      Driving this transformation is the recently launched Refocus programme, by consolidating existing initiatives like Charge+ with new cross-functional activities.
      Reimagine will see Jaguar Land Rover right-size, repurpose and reorganise into a more agile operation. The creation of a flatter structure is designed to empower employees to create and deliver at speed and with clear purpose.
      To accelerate this efficiency of focus, the company will substantially reduce and rationalise its non-manufacturing infrastructure in the UK. Gaydon will become the symbol of this effort – the ‘reactor’ of the business - with the Executive Team and other management functions moving into the one location to aid frictionless cooperation and agile decision-making.  
      Leapfrog to leadership with Tata Group
      In order to realise its vision of modern luxury mobility with confidence, the company will curate closer collaboration and knowledge-sharing with Tata Group companies to enhance sustainability and reduce emissions as well as sharing best practice in next-generation technology, data and software development leadership. Jaguar Land Rover has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, in which Tata Sons is the largest shareholder, since 2008.
      “We have so many ingredients from within. It is a unique opportunity,” said Mr Bolloré. “Others have to rely solely on external partnerships and compromise, but we have frictionless access that will allow us to lean forward with confidence and at speed.”
      Bringing all these ingredients together, Jaguar Land Rover is on a path towards double-digit EBIT margins and positive cash flow, with an ambition to achieve positive cash net-of-debt by 2025. 
      Ultimately, Jaguar Land Rover aims to be one of the most profitable luxury manufacturers in the world.
      Mr N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc commented: “The Reimagine strategy takes Jaguar Land Rover on a significant path of acceleration in harmony with the vision and sustainability priorities of the wider Tata Group. Together, we will help Jaguar realise its potential, reinforce Land Rover’s timeless appeal and collectively become a symbol of a truly responsible business for its customers, society and the planet.”
      Mr Bolloré concluded: “As a human-centred company, we can, and will, move much faster and with clear purpose of not just reimagining modern luxury but defining it for two distinct brands. Brands that present emotionally unique designs, pieces of art if you like, but all with connected technologies and responsible materials that collectively set new standards in ownership. We are reimagining a new modern luxury by design.”
    • By William Maley
      Next week would have been the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, home to debuts of lavish super and luxury cars. But organizers of the show announced yesterday that the show is canceled after the Swiss government announced that it would be banning gathering of more than 1,000 people due to Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.
      "We regret to announce the 2020 Geneva motor show will be canceled. This is force majeure," said a spokesman for the Palexpo show venue.
      "The show cannot be postponed. It's not possible. It's too big. It's not feasible."
      "We regret this situation, but the health of all participants is our and our exhibitors' top priority. This is a case of force majeure and a tremendous loss for the manufacturers who have invested massively in their presence in Geneva. However, we are convinced that they will understand this decision," said Maurice Turrettini, chairman of the Geneva Motor Show foundation board.
      The announcement comes after a week of organizers being adamant that proper care and screening before traveling to the show, the virus wouldn't be a concern. A number of automotive executives and other officials weren't fully buying this and decided to skip the show.
      What changed was the first reported cases of coronavirus in Switzerland that happened in the middle of the week. One of the confirmed cases was from someone that travelled to Italy - a place that is currently suffering one of Europe’s most extreme outbreaks of the virus. On Friday, Switzerland's Federal Council convened to decide a course of action on Coronavirus which amounted to the ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people. The ban will apply at least to March 15th.
      It is unclear whether or not automakers were notified of the decision before being announced or not. What we are expecting is most of the debuts to take place online or at other auto shows.
      If you want to know what was going to be shown at Geneva, Roadshow has put up a guide detailing the various debuts.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Geneva Motor Show


      THE GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW IS CANCELLED!
      The 90th edition of the GIMS, which was supposed to welcome the media from next Monday and the general public from 5 to 15 March 2020, will now finally not take place. This is an injonction decision of the Federal Council of 28 February 2020 that no events with more than 1,000 people are allowed to take place until 15 March 2020. The decision falls 3 days before the opening of the exhibition to the media.
      The organizers accept this decision: "We regret this situation, but the health of all participants is our and our exhibitors' top priority. This is a case of force majeure and a tremendous loss for the manufacturers who have invested massively in their presence in Geneva. However, we are convinced that they will understand this decision," said Maurice Turrettini, Chairman of the Foundation Board. We would like to warmly thank all those involved in the organisation of the 2020 edition of GIMS.
      A few days before the opening of the event, the construction of the stands was very nearly complete. A week ago, during the press conferences announcing the 2020 edition, there was nothing to suggest that such a measure was necessary. The situation changed with the appearance of the first confirmed coronavirus diseases in Switzerland and the injonction of the Federal Council on 28.02.2020. The event is cancelled due to this decision.
      In the meantime, the dismantling of the event will now have to be organised. The financial consequences for all those involved in the event are significant and will need to be assessed over the coming weeks. One thing is certain: tickets already purchased for the event will be refunded. The organisers will communicate about this as soon as possible, via their website.

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    • By William Maley
      Next week would have been the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, home to debuts of lavish super and luxury cars. But organizers of the show announced yesterday that the show is canceled after the Swiss government announced that it would be banning gathering of more than 1,000 people due to Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.
      "We regret to announce the 2020 Geneva motor show will be canceled. This is force majeure," said a spokesman for the Palexpo show venue.
      "The show cannot be postponed. It's not possible. It's too big. It's not feasible."
      "We regret this situation, but the health of all participants is our and our exhibitors' top priority. This is a case of force majeure and a tremendous loss for the manufacturers who have invested massively in their presence in Geneva. However, we are convinced that they will understand this decision," said Maurice Turrettini, chairman of the Geneva Motor Show foundation board.
      The announcement comes after a week of organizers being adamant that proper care and screening before traveling to the show, the virus wouldn't be a concern. A number of automotive executives and other officials weren't fully buying this and decided to skip the show.
      What changed was the first reported cases of coronavirus in Switzerland that happened in the middle of the week. One of the confirmed cases was from someone that travelled to Italy - a place that is currently suffering one of Europe’s most extreme outbreaks of the virus. On Friday, Switzerland's Federal Council convened to decide a course of action on Coronavirus which amounted to the ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people. The ban will apply at least to March 15th.
      It is unclear whether or not automakers were notified of the decision before being announced or not. What we are expecting is most of the debuts to take place online or at other auto shows.
      If you want to know what was going to be shown at Geneva, Roadshow has put up a guide detailing the various debuts.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Geneva Motor Show


      THE GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW IS CANCELLED!
      The 90th edition of the GIMS, which was supposed to welcome the media from next Monday and the general public from 5 to 15 March 2020, will now finally not take place. This is an injonction decision of the Federal Council of 28 February 2020 that no events with more than 1,000 people are allowed to take place until 15 March 2020. The decision falls 3 days before the opening of the exhibition to the media.
      The organizers accept this decision: "We regret this situation, but the health of all participants is our and our exhibitors' top priority. This is a case of force majeure and a tremendous loss for the manufacturers who have invested massively in their presence in Geneva. However, we are convinced that they will understand this decision," said Maurice Turrettini, Chairman of the Foundation Board. We would like to warmly thank all those involved in the organisation of the 2020 edition of GIMS.
      A few days before the opening of the event, the construction of the stands was very nearly complete. A week ago, during the press conferences announcing the 2020 edition, there was nothing to suggest that such a measure was necessary. The situation changed with the appearance of the first confirmed coronavirus diseases in Switzerland and the injonction of the Federal Council on 28.02.2020. The event is cancelled due to this decision.
      In the meantime, the dismantling of the event will now have to be organised. The financial consequences for all those involved in the event are significant and will need to be assessed over the coming weeks. One thing is certain: tickets already purchased for the event will be refunded. The organisers will communicate about this as soon as possible, via their website.
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Land Rover is rumored to be working on a new entry level model believed to be codenamed L860. This new model would draw heavily on the new Defender for design inspiration for both the interior and exterior. It would be placed on a cheaper and more modern version of the platform under the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport. Four cylinder engines are expected as well as a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbo that would be connected to a mild-hybrid system.
      Feature content for the new vehicle would be, as expected, lower than the Defender given its entry level status.  As of now, the rumor is that the new model could be named Land Rover 80 and have a starting price around $33,000. 
      On the opposite end of the pay scale, Land Rover is also looking at a Land Rover Defender Sport model that would appear at least 4 years from now. This version could get an all-electric powertrain and much more luxury.  It would be the flagship of the Defender lineup.
       

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