Jump to content
William Maley

Land Rover News: Rumorpile: Land Rover Developing the Road Rover Lineup

Recommended Posts

Autocar is reporting that Land Rover is developing a new line of vehicles that will be focused more on-road capability and use electric powertrains. The models will still feature some sort of some off-road capability.

Called Road Rover, the first model is being developed in parallel with the next-generation Jaguar XJ. Both models are expected to share the same architecture which will be made out of aluminum and have the capability of either being fitted with internal-combustion engines and electric powertrains. The model could debut as early as 2019 at the LA Auto Show.

Road Rover has some history for Land Rover. Back in 1950's, the name was used for an experimental model that bridged the gap between Rover and Land Rover.

Source: Autocar


View full article

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is exciting!, I can see the next generation of Road Warrior using a Road Rover! :P 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Funny, kind of going full circle since Land Rover originated as the 4WD sub-brand of Rover cars.

16 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I think the most significant part of this news story is that there will be a next generation XJ.

I couldn't imagine them dropping the XJ, it is the fundamental Jaguar--the only model name they have had continuously the last 50 years...

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I think the most significant part of this news story is that there will be a next generation XJ.

Right, I thought the XJ was toast.  XJ sales are terrible I don't see why they would want another product in that segment.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
38 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

Right, I thought the XJ was toast.  XJ sales are terrible I don't see why they would want another product in that segment.

I really like the XJ, but due to it's interior "coziness" it feels like it competes more with a 6-series sedan or CLS. It seems a lesser league than the 7 and S and even CT6 based on that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
22 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I really like the XJ, but due to it's interior "coziness" it feels like it competes more with a 6-series sedan or CLS. It seems a lesser league than the 7 and S and even CT6 based on that.

They kind of overdid the fastback styling on the XJ..there is a long wheelbase variant though.  I like the front, but the rear is painfully ugly, IMO..those taillights and bumper..ick. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I really like the XJ, but due to it's interior "coziness" it feels like it competes more with a 6-series sedan or CLS. It seems a lesser league than the 7 and S and even CT6 based on that.

Yeah, S-class size, E-class size interior.  Actually the E-class might have more interior room.  Which is a problem with the XF, it is a big car too at over 195 inches long and it is like a C-class on the inside.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It has nothing to do with exterior size. It has to do with what the cars are priced against. Americans value interior space. The other players in the XJ's price class are just roomier inside.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Social Stream

  • Similar Content

    • By Drew Dowdell
      The Hyundai Sonata is likely to make a big splash with its good looks when it hits dealers in a few weeks. One thing that was missing from the original release of the Sonata was an up-level engine option. To review, the Sonata can be optioned with a 191 horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or a 180 horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with a wide peak torque band and 195 lb.-ft.   Gone is the 245 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo.
      Back in April, Hyundai confirmed that it would produce an N-Line version of the car with 275 horsepower.  That car is likely to be debuting at the LA Auto Show later this month. The kicker is the N-line is not the full performance edition like a Sonata N would be. 
      Now, rumors out of Korea via Korean Car Blog say that the full N will be coming late next year. Powering the Sonata N would be a 2.5-liter turbocharge direct injected engine producing at least 300 horsepower and 311 lb.-ft of torque. Power would be fed through an 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. This powertrain has already been shown at a 2019 Hyundai Kia Motors Powertrain Conference, so we know they'll be building this engine for something.
      Of course, Hyundai has not commented on any of these rumors, so take a Sonata N with a grain of salt.  Still, a performance tuned Sonata could make an exciting addition to the otherwise stale and fading mid-size car market.
       

      View full article
    • By Drew Dowdell
      The Hyundai Sonata is likely to make a big splash with its good looks when it hits dealers in a few weeks. One thing that was missing from the original release of the Sonata was an up-level engine option. To review, the Sonata can be optioned with a 191 horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or a 180 horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with a wide peak torque band and 195 lb.-ft.   Gone is the 245 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo.
      Back in April, Hyundai confirmed that it would produce an N-Line version of the car with 275 horsepower.  That car is likely to be debuting at the LA Auto Show later this month. The kicker is the N-line is not the full performance edition like a Sonata N would be. 
      Now, rumors out of Korea via Korean Car Blog say that the full N will be coming late next year. Powering the Sonata N would be a 2.5-liter turbocharge direct injected engine producing at least 300 horsepower and 311 lb.-ft of torque. Power would be fed through an 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. This powertrain has already been shown at a 2019 Hyundai Kia Motors Powertrain Conference, so we know they'll be building this engine for something.
      Of course, Hyundai has not commented on any of these rumors, so take a Sonata N with a grain of salt.  Still, a performance tuned Sonata could make an exciting addition to the otherwise stale and fading mid-size car market.
       
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Rumor has it that the next AMG C63 will be the first of a number of models to ditch their V8 in favor of 4-cylinder hybrid power. According to Autocar, the C63 could also lose a rear-wheel drive option, going instead with standard all-wheel drive. 
      The engine would be an electrified version of the new M139 turbocharged 2.0-liter.  In it's most powerful current form, it is the most powerful 4-cylinder in production anywhere putting out 416 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, and that's without any electric boosting.  The engine was engineered to be mounted transversely or longitudinally and also with an eye on hybridization.
      For the C63, the M139 engine would adopt a 48 volt starter motor similar to the one used in the CLS 53 4Matic.  On that car, the motor provides an additional 22 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, however in the C63, it would be tuned for even more power to reach up to a total system horsepower over 500. 
      One main advantage to this setup would be a significant reduction in weight over the front axle.  Additionally, the engine/motor combination has a lower center of gravity, that would be expected to improve handling and control. 
      Moving the C63 to a hybrid powertrain is consistent with Mercedes' desire to reduce fleet CO2 emissions.

      View full article
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Rumor has it that the next AMG C63 will be the first of a number of models to ditch their V8 in favor of 4-cylinder hybrid power. According to Autocar, the C63 could also lose a rear-wheel drive option, going instead with standard all-wheel drive. 
      The engine would be an electrified version of the new M139 turbocharged 2.0-liter.  In it's most powerful current form, it is the most powerful 4-cylinder in production anywhere putting out 416 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, and that's without any electric boosting.  The engine was engineered to be mounted transversely or longitudinally and also with an eye on hybridization.
      For the C63, the M139 engine would adopt a 48 volt starter motor similar to the one used in the CLS 53 4Matic.  On that car, the motor provides an additional 22 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, however in the C63, it would be tuned for even more power to reach up to a total system horsepower over 500. 
      One main advantage to this setup would be a significant reduction in weight over the front axle.  Additionally, the engine/motor combination has a lower center of gravity, that would be expected to improve handling and control. 
      Moving the C63 to a hybrid powertrain is consistent with Mercedes' desire to reduce fleet CO2 emissions.
    • By Drew Dowdell
      (MAHWAH, NJ) – Oct. 1, 2019 – Jaguar Land Rover today reported September 2019 U.S. sales. Jaguar Land Rover total September U.S. sales reached 9,490 units, a five percent increase from September 2018, led by higher sales of all-new Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport and Jaguar F-PACE. For the calendar year, Jaguar Land Rover achieved 89,071 units, an increase of three percent vs. 86,309 in 2018.
      Brand Details
      Jaguar
      For the month of September, Jaguar sales were 2,002 units, two percent lower than a year ago. The Jaguar F-PACE continued to lead the brand’s sales performance with 1,021 units sold, up thirteen percent from September 2018. The Jaguar E-PACE and XE sold 319 and 218 units respectively.
      Land Rover
      For the month of September, the Land Rover brand sold 7,488 units, an increase of seven percent from 6,966 units in September 2018. The new Range Rover Evoque is up 69 percent with 1,069 units sold. The Range Rover Sport continues to be the brand’s sales leader with 2,288 units sold, an increase of 22 percent vs. 1,878 units in September 2018.
  • Recent Status Updates

  • Reader Rides

About us

CheersandGears.com - Founded 2001

We ♥ Cars

Get in touch

Follow us

Recent tweets

facebook

×
×
  • Create New...