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LAND ROVER ANNOUNCES DISCOVERY SPORT

Land Rover has announced that the Land Rover Discovery Sport will be the first new member of the all-new Discovery family.

Slated to go on sale in 2015, the first production model will take cues and features from the Discovery Vision Concept car unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept on display at the 2014 New York motor show [source]

The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept unveiled at the 2014 New York Motor Show (source)

(Pictures of the Land Rover Discovery Vision from Motor Trend)

Set to be the most versatile and capable SUV in its segment, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is the first expression of the Discovery Vision concept. During an interview with CarAdvice, Jaguar Land Rover global operations director Phil Popham said that the Discovery Sport would follow a slightly different path to its Range Rover Sport cousin. “It’s a different concept. It’s not going to be Sport based on more on-road performance. It’s actually going to be based on agility. But the focus is still versatility. There won’t be a compact SUV that’s more versatile than the Discovery Sport.”


The Discovery Sport goes on sale in 2015. Join in the conversation about the all-new Discovery family using #ReadytoDiscover

SOUTHERN LAND ROVER IS METROPOLITAN DEALER OF THE YEAR 2013

Every year, Land Rover measures its dealer network to ensure that Land Rover clients are experiencing a high standard of service and performance. All Land Rover dealers were measured on a combination of diverse set of criteria which include sales performance, customer satisfaction, and staff training.

To our great excitement, Southern Land Rover has claimed the top Metropolitan dealership in Australia for 2013.

“We are delighted to be recognised as the Metropolitan Dealer of the Year 2013 award which shows our team’s dedication and unwavering commitment to our valued customers” said Ben Tropiano, Dealer Principal at Southern Land Rover. “On behalf of our Southern Land Rover team, I would like to thank our customers for their support and faith in us. We will continue to focus on exceeding our customers’ expectation in order to provide them with a memorable Land Rover experience.”

For more information about the Land Rover range, or to arrange a test drive, please contact us at 1300 853 891 , email sales@southernlandrover.com.au or visit our showroom at 1286 Albany Highway, Cannington WA.

Discovery 4 - The Best 4x4x9

Discovery 4 Wins 4x4 of the Year

Freelander 2 Review - Carsguide

Discovery makes a million

Range Rover Evoque: Top Gear Car of the Year

Range Rover Evoque: Herald Sun Review


DISCOVERY 4 WINS 4x4 OF THE YEAR

Source: Jaguar Land Rover Australia

Pitted against rivals, such as the Toyota LandCruiser, Nissan Patrol and Jeep Wrangler, the Discovery 4 came out in front thanks to its superior design, technology, and class-leading diesel engine.

4X4 Australia’s editor Marcus Craft said: “The Disco 4 consistently impressed us over all kinds of terrain in all kinds of conditions during our four-day torture test. It achieved the highest total scores across five criteria – Value for Money, Doing the Job, Bushability, Breaking New Ground, and Built Tough – against five of its rivals. It’s superbly comfortable on-road and supremely capable off-road. The Discovery 4 deserves 4X4 Australia’s 4X4 of the Year title.”


Land Rover Australia Brand Manager Tim Krieger commented, "The Discovery 4 is regarded as The 'World's Most Awarded 4WD', receiving more than 62 awards across 17 countries globally, and it continues to win awards for its unrivalled versatility and breadth of capability, accommodating up to seven passengers in comfort whatever the terrain.”

"By winning this award the Discovery 4 has proved once again it is still the benchmark for 4X4s.”

The Discovery 4 continues to offer unbeatable versatility, capability and refinement. Alongside the fresh exterior design and premium interior, the outstanding 183kW 3.0-litre LR-SDV6 and entry-level 155kW 3.0-litre LR-TDV6 diesels will now power the Discovery 4 with the ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission offering improved fuel economy and less CO2 emissions.

Land Rover Freelander 2 SD4 SE: review

Land Rover Freelander

Source: Allison Garoza | Carsguide | 07 June 2012

Mud drips from the roof of our Freelander. A passerby points it out to his wife: ‘They’ve been somewhere fun.’ Indeed we have. When taking Land Rover’s new Freelander off road there is little to limit your journey (except for a stubborn horse that wouldn’t get out of our way).

TheFreelander may be a compact SUV, but it will do its best to keep up with the big boys. Dressed enough for the city streets, it truly comes alive in the bush. Through various terrain testing over the week we came to one conclusion: when you climb in a Freelander and turn off-road - adventure will follow.


Price and Equipment
Land Rover’s Freelander 2 SD4 SE, priced from $56,810 comes with 18-in alloy wheels, Intelligent Power System Management for more economic battery charging, full size spare wheel, parking aids, Bluetooth, audio input socket, rain sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, heated exterior mirrors, bright finish twin bar grille, adjustable wheel mounted audio and cruise, electronic folding side mirrors when the vehicle is parked, six-way adjustable driver seat, push button start/stop, trip computer, and perimetric security system.


Technology
With 140kW/420Nm the 2.2-litre SD4 diesel engine has plenty of oomph off-road and on. The six-speed automatic transmission is seamless, but if you think you can do better, engage CommandShift and have a go at beating Freelander’s take off of 0-100km/h in 9.5 seconds.


When you’re not tackling trails, the official fuel figure is an impressive 7.0L/100km, though our scoot off road and through the mountains found 9.5L/100km, not bad considering the terrain.


Smaller than its Land Rover brothers, this compact SUV can still push through water at depths up to 500mm, tow up to twotonnes, and clear obstacles with axel clearance up to 210mm in front and 265mm in back.
And with the assistance of Terrain Response’s four modes, and front and rear independent suspension, you’ll find a surprisingly stable ride. After dusting off on your way home, the Freelander’s smaller dimensions make it very capable in busy city driving, and hunting for the elusive parking spot, all while having enough room to accommodate five adults and gear.

Design
The exterior of the Freelander has the classic Land Rover look. True to its strong lineage, it’s stylish, but not flashy. Internally however, this 4x4 has a soft side.


The interior design is clean and gives the cabin an open feeling. Keeping with this, the back seats are 50mm higher than in front. The stadium seating lets those in back enjoy a clearer view, and the middle seat converts to an armrest with cup holders. With a choice of interior colors, wheel design, and a score of available accessories you can tailor the Freelander to match your taste.
Heated front seats, a six-way adjustable driver seat, and an adjustable steering wheel and armrest will make anyone feel at home behind the wheel. Wheel mounted cruise, audio, and Bluetooth add to the driver’s control, though the spacing of the buttons are a bit awkward.


You can plug in an iPhone or MP3 player, but without an accessory cord you can’t use the vehicle’s controls to skip tracks, and it’s a shame in this high a model that the Bluetooth connectivity only works for calls.
The back seats fold to a 60:40 split, transforming the 755L of storage into 1, 670L of room for larger items, and the 12V power socket in back can keep an esky full of food ready for a picnic.


The dash display is more uniform in design than user friendly, but once you puzzle out the numerous functions you’ll feel like a tech expert. Our test vehicle included the touchscreen satellite navigation system. At extra cost it’s a steep addition, but handy if you’re going to be driving beyond the familiar horizon.


Safety
The Freelander gets a five-star ANCAP safety rating, with seven airbags, a monocoque body, front and rear crumple zones, a large battery of braking, stability and traction aids -- HDC, ABS, EBD, CBC, EBA, ETC, RSC, DSC and so on -- plus two child seat anchor points.


Driving
To be honest there wasn’t much about this SUV we didn’t like. Descending a steep gravel road did little to disturb the twenty roos grazing at the road’s edge, as the Freelander’s hill descent control kept us from sliding.


The HDC is handy on difficult terrain and it can be engaged at speeds up to 50km/h, using the cruise + and – to set the speed, though on anything short of moderate difficulty the HDC is almost too grabby. Still, we’d rather have the HDC overprotective than too carefree on tough descents.


Terrain Response allows you to easily pick the right setting for current conditions. We played around with the grass/gravel/snow, and the mud and ruts settings and weren’t disappointed (there’s also a sand setting if you want to brave the beach in winter, or if you’re smarter this time of year and want to trek across the desert instead). The vehicle’s traction quickly adjusts to the road -- or lack thereof -- and you can drive on in confidence.


The Freelander 2 is at home on the motorway as well as off, roll stability control compensates for any smidgen of body roll, and the compact size makes parking easy. While you wouldn’t use this in any stealth operation due to the external noise from the engine, internally it’s a quiet ride.


Follow your friends on a 4x4 adventure and once you reach your destination, turn off the Freelander’s engine, step from your heated seats, pull a cool beverage from the esky in back, and try to pretend it was a rough drive in a compact SUV, so your mates aren’t disappointed.


Verdict
An impressive compact SUV, the comfortable and versatile Land Rover can handle just about anything.

4 and a half stars

Price: $56,810
Warranty: 3 years/100,000km
Safety Equipment: seven airbags, HDC, ABS, EBD, CBC, EBA, ETC, RSC, DSC
Crash rating: 5 stars
Engine: 4 Cylinder, 2.2 Litre Diesel, 140kW/420Nm
Body: 5-door SUV, seats 5
Dimensions: 4500mm (L); 2195m (W); 1740mm (H); 2660mm (WB)
Kerb Weight: 1965kg
Transmission: Sports Automatic, 4X4 Constant
Economy: 7.0 / 100Km; 185g/km CO2

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Discovery Makes A Million

Discovery makes a million

Land Rover Discovery has hit the million mark.
Production of the millionth Land Rover Discovery comes 23 years after Land Rover introduced its original model.

Since it first came to market as a third model to sit between the Range Rover and the Defender, it has carved a market segment and sold strongly.

Discovery has picked up more than 200 awards around the world and last year saw record sales of almost 45,000 units across 170 worldwide markets.

Up to 83 per cent of UK production is exported from its land Rover's West Midlands manufacturing base.

The Land Rover Discovery is one of the world's most practical vehicles it can seat seven passengers, has a load space volume of up to 2,500 litres and is packed with technology including Land Rover's award-winning Terrain Response System, which adapts the vehicle to respond to differing terrains and driving conditions including snow and sand.

The success of the Discovery alongside other Land Rover models has helped to create a positive momentum at the company's Solihull operations. The facility now employs around 6,000 people following a recruitment drive launch six month ago, boosting the workforce by 20 per cent to support its expansion plans.

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE IS BBC TOPGEAR MAGAZINE CAR OF THE YEAR

Range Rover Evoque named Top Gear Car of the Year 2011

BBC TopGear Magazine have named the new Range Rover Evoque as their 2011 Car of the Year. The Evoque came top in the SUV category of the annual awards and was also picked by TopGear TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson as his favourite new car this year.

The Evoque beat stiff competition from the BMW 1 Series M, Mclaren MP4 12c, Ferrari FF, VW Up! and Kia Picanto to scoop the coveted Car of the Year title. The awards are officially announced in the December issue of BBC TopGear Magazine, which is on sale in the UK now. With 29 international editions, BBC TopGear is read by an estimated 12 million people worldwide.

To celebrate the award, TopGear took a Range Rover Evoque on an African adventure through the souks, deserts and mountain passes of Morocco to fully experience the superb all-round capability and outstanding performance offered by this year's winning car. The full story is featured alongside the Car of the Year Awards in all 29 international editions of the magazine.

The judging panel, headed up by BBC TopGear Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Charlie Turner, comprised members of the magazine's editorial and road testing team, together with the three TopGear TV presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

Commenting on the awards, Turner said: "Judging the TopGear Magazine cars of the year takes a lot of time, coffee and shouting. But, strangely, when it came to the choosing the overall winner, the yelling softened to agreement. Universal approval from the most opinionated minds in the industry is almost unheard of. Which gives you some idea of just how good the Range Rover Evoque, TopGear’s 2011 Car of the Year, really is."

As well as triumphing in the SUV and overall Car of the Year categories, the Evoque was also chosen by presenter Jeremy Clarkson as his personal choice for Car of the Year. Summing up his decision, he says:"There have been many great cars launched over the last 12 months....But these are just one-trick ponies. The Evoque is more than that. Its a pony that is also a racehorse, a shire horse, a dray horse, a show jumper and an easy rosette-winner in the dressage competition. Its brilliant. And its the Top Gear Car of the Year."

The Top Gear Award represents the 34th international award for the Range Rover Evoque since its launch earlier this year. Land Rover Global Brand Director, John Edwards, welcomed the news saying:

"The Range Rover Evoque has generated an unprecedented response in all of our global markets and has been particularly successful in attracting new customers to the Land Rover brand. The TopGear Car of the Year award is further recognition that the Evoque offers a Page 2 of 2 unique combination of distinctive premium design and outstanding performance underpinned by Land Rover's legendary all terrain capability. The car's success is testament to the skill and commitment of the design and engineering teams in delivering a vehicle that meets the original product vision.

The TopGear Magazine Award is certainly one of the most coveted titles in the industry and we are naturally extremely pleased and excited that Evoque has been crowned overall Car of the Year 2011."

The Evoque has this month also been recognised by a number of external industry bodies in the UK including Euro NCAP, who awarded a 5* safety rating and Glass's and CAP Monitor who have predicted outstanding residual values. The Vehicle Certification Agency has also awarded the Evoque LCA certification for the comprehensive lifecycle analysis study carried out by Land Rover's environment and sustainability team.

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Evoked: past glory of Rovers

Land Rover's latest off-roader gives new meaning to the term crossover vehicle

PAUL POTTINGER Herald Sun 11/11/2011

YOU'D call it one of the cars of the year, except that it's based on an SUV and carries the name of the original luxury offroader. You hesitate to say "crossover" because that's inevitably applied to lesser devices that try to be all things and succeed in being none.

By contrast the keenly awaited Evoque (250 have been pre-sold it and it should about double sales on this venerable brand) is almost unfeasibly multi-talented. It's about as car-like as you could wish with the off-road ability to almost match the Freelander from
which it's derived. 

Already said to be responsible for one rear-ender on a public road - the driver ruefully admitted to perving on the Evoque in the next lane rather than watching the car in front - it looks and feels fairly fabulous, a car to lure both luxury SUV lovers and those of us who wouldn't otherwise want to be found decomposing in an SUV.

So, yeah, it is kind of a crossover vehicle.

Range Rover Evoque

VALUE

Are we talking inherent or perceived value here? 

From the former perspective, the signature Prestige coupe - in motor show reveal white with black sunroof - surges from its list ask of $75,895 to just shy of $100,000 with a few careless strokes of the pen on the options list. The Dynamic 5D4 five-door we later drove was a mere $94,284 with options added from a base of $73,375. So both approach double the entry level 4WD Pure manual from $53,995. A sub-$50K front-wheel drive
comes later. 

Yet when it comes to the Evoque, perception may not be all but it's of more relevance than most. At all spec levels, with three or five doors, adequate 18-inch alloys or jitteringly phat 19s, it looks - sorry - evocative.

The degree of personalisation and options is long enough to fill these columns. Two worth ticking are the contrasting colour roof ($900) which especially sets off a dark-coloured Evoque, and the Adaptive Dynamics pack ($5900) which uses MagneRide dampers to firm up the suspension to fine effect for when the bends tighten.


TECHNOLOGY

A paper-eating plethora of this too, though the engineering achievement can be measured as much by what's not there - namely the 35kg-100kg by which the Evoque is lighter on the scales than the Freelander. 

The smallest and lightest Range Rover to date (at barely 4.4m it's hardly bigger than a Mazda3-sized hatch), it sits 27mm lower than the Freelander yet has 12mm more ground clearance. Resonant Meridian audio is an option but most models come with automatic terrain settings making the crossing of creeks
and sands all but prat-proof.

Four-cylinder engines go to the heart of the Evoque's inner urban and environmental friendliness and seldom has the choice between turbo diesel or turbo petrol been more difficult. Lesser models get a hardly poor man's oiler good for 100kW/400Nm. Move up a spec level and diesels gain 40 kilowatts and 20 units of torque.

The petrol choice, though, is not only worthy of mention, it happens to be the rather talented turbo unit familiar from Volvo's S60 T5 and Ford's much under-rated Mondeo. In upgunned form it will also attempt to rejuvenate the Falcon, but to return to the feasible ...

Teamed here with a sixspeed Aisin automatic (there's a six-speed manual but, really), it makes for a pleasant headache in the decisionmaking stakes. On road it's closer than the raw figures suggest, the 95 RONdependent petrol putting out 177kW/340Nm to return 8.7L/100km in combined driving. The top-dog diesel gets 7.6L on the same cycle.


DESIGN

Gerry, McGovern's triumph over the engineering pragmatists, who would have reduced his 2008 LRX concept vision to a superannuated Toyota Rukus, is one to celebrate down the ages. One of the few indelible and likely classic designs of the century to date, its distinctive swooping roofline and rising beltline costs little in terms of practicality.

"You've got to engineer it in a way that enables us to create a new and exciting shape," McGovern insists. "This is for someone who wants the inherent qualities of an SUV but on a smaller scale."

Judge for yourself, but know that the rear passengers of the three-door have as much room as those in the five, it's simply a matter of egress. 

Oddly, though, neither will have rear seat vents. This, the plastic Jaguar paddle shifter and the Volvo Teknik-like rear panel on the Dynamic model strike the only false notes. 

Otherwise it's pure Range
Rover and that means luscious, lustrous interior panelling.

Choosing your own combination of upholstery and trim would be as pleasantly time-consuming a task as can be had with a catalogue. 

As to fit and finish over the longer term, Land Rover seems to have learned from the epidemic of issues that plagued the first-generation Freelander, which even the blindly patriotic British auto press could not fail to note. Surveys indicate improvements in all aspects.

SAFETY 

The Freelander is a five-starcrasher, as this will surely be. The formidable array of active safety measures, including permanent and constantly varying all-wheel drive, and the Drive packages above, should ensure that if the vast array of airbags is detonated, it won't be via your driving.

DRIVING

Petrol or diesel? Diesel or petrol? Tough one. The Ford-derived petrol unit is a fizzy number that somehow seems more alive here than in the Mondeo that recently occupied Carsguide's garage. Its torque is accessed at a diesel-like low 2000rpm but it will of course rev well beyond that. That flexibility is abetted by a more immediate
response there's barely a hint of the diesel's slight but discernible lag and virtually no untoward noise
at all.

And yet ... The full-grunt diesel's rolling response is enough to win it for me, a linear surge that more clinically disposes of overtaking tasks. 

And, greater fuel economy aside, there's hardly an aural indication of what's beneath the bonnet, so thorough is the noise suppression.

Resist the urge toward big wheels unless you're prepared to pay the extra six grand for the full outfit of adaptive dynamics. Activate the swirly road button our second car had it, the first one didn't and this becomes a very different dynamic proposition, more composed and faster through twisty bits, bearing comparison with some of the more capable mid-sized cars.

An entertaining turn at a civilised but not undemanding off-road course showed the Evoque to be massively more capable in this regard than any of its European rivals. All right, this might be largely superfluous for the likely owners, but it's terribly reassuring. You won't meet any conditions that are beyond you on the run between home and the long queue of upmarket SUVs that twice daily clog the streets around private schools.

Perhaps more to the point, you won't look out of place. Quite the opposite in fact.


VERDICT

So capable, so composed is the Evoque, that almost it's too easy to overlook its excellence. That rare thing, a desirable and entirely functional object that until the rest of the world catches up, has to be seen as being in a class of its own.

Get into one before it becomes the most common prestige car on the road.

AT A GLANCE:

Land Rover Evoque AWD

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Range Rover Evoque

PRICE From $53,395
WARRANTY 3 years/100,000km
RESALE No previous model
SERVICE INTERVAL12 months/15,000km
SAFETY 5 star (est), ABS, BA, hill assist
ENGINES 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 177kW/340Nm; 2.2-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 140kW/420nm
BODY 3-door or 5-door wagon
DIMENSIONS 4365mm (L) 1605mm (H) 1900mm (W)
WEIGHT from 1670kg
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic, AWD
THIRST 8.7L/100km (petrol), 7.6L (diesel), from 130g/km CO2

 

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