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Range Rover goes “galactic” with the Astronaut Edition Autobiography

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If celestial bodies & special edition luxury SUVs are your thing, the Range Rover Astronaut Edition, based on the Autobiography, is calling your name.

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Keep These Top 2017 Luxury SUVs & Crossovers on Your 2018 Shopping List

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If you’re shopping for a new luxury utility vehicle today, pass on the 2018s and check out last year’s 2017 models offering great value at better deals.

We may be just one quarter of the way into 2018, but automakers are already working hard to promote their 2019 models, particularly those in the lucrative SUV and crossover segments.

Automakers recognize that these are highly profitable vehicles, so they tend to be the first models to gain the latest in safety and high-tech equipment. While that makes it tempting to spring for one of the newest versions, don’t forget that many of the “brand-new” vehicles being advertised are updates to excellent designs that have already been around a few years.

For luxury crossover and SUV buyers looking for a deal on one of the many leftover 2017 models still on dealer lots, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite upscale utilities that are basically identical to the versions currently being touted in newspaper and television ads.

Audi Q3

2017 audi q3

It can be challenging to make a small crossover look good, but Audi managed to transpose its brand-wide design cues onto the little Q3 to create a vehicle that looks more expensive than it is.

The Q3’s understated interior also helps its case, even if a compact footprint limits rear-seat legroom. A 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 200 hp and, more importantly, cranks out 207 lb-ft of torque at 1,700 rpm, making the Q3 feel particularly strong in city driving.

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Lexus RX

2017 lexus rx

The latest generation of Lexus’s most popular crossover model may not be pretty, but it’s a well-executed vehicle that reminds us why buyers continue to flock to the brand’s showrooms.

The cabin is roomy and nicely-finished, treating occupants to one of the quietest rides you’ll find in a mid-size crossover. At the entry level, the RX 350 uses a 295-hp V6 that is smooth and refined no matter what you ask it to do, and returns good fuel economy on top of that. If you want a little more power and efficiency, the hybrid RX 450h promises both.

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Volvo XC90

2017 Volvo XC90

Introduced in its current form in 2016, the XC90 has subsequently lent its most striking styling elements to other members of the Volvo lineup. No matter where you look in the XC90 range, you get a tech-intensive interior with comfortable seating and plenty of space.

At the high end, you’ll find a plug-in hybrid trim with 400 hp; gas and hybrid variants can be optioned with true luxury touches like a shift lever topped with Swedish crystal. For 2017, all XC90 models use a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine, tuned for 250 hp (hybrid) or 316 hp (non-hybrid trims).

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Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

The GLS is hardly the only upscale SUV to offer three rows of seating, but it is notable for combining that spacious interior with one of the widest ranges of powertrains available in this class of vehicle. And if you’re a fan of diesels, 2017 was the last year you could get Mercedes‘ torquey and efficient 3.0-litre diesel V6 in the GLS.

At the other end of the range is the AMG GLS 63 model, with its 5.5-litre turbo V8 making a wicked 577 hp. The GLS’s size can make it intimidating to drive in tight parking lots, but on the road it feels solid and refined.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep built its reputation on SUVs that can tackle nearly any terrain, so it should come as no surprise that even its most luxurious model is a capable off-roader. But Jeep also aims to compete with European SUVs with the Grand Cherokee’s SRT variant, a track-oriented monster that accelerates harder and handles better than you might expect from a domestic-designed utility.

The Grand Cherokee looks its best in its well-dressed, V8-powered Overland and Summit trims, but 2017 brought a new Trailhawk trim that packed in Jeep’s most sophisticated 4WD system and a suspension that improves agility in off-road driving.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover is Land Rover’s poshest model, but we’ve singled out the smaller Range Rover Sport here for its lower price and the fact that this lighter vehicle can be optioned with the same outrageous supercharged V8 as its larger sibling.

Atop the range is the SVR model, fitted with a version of that V8 that’s good for 575 hp. In 2017, the Range Rover Sport gained Land Rover’s then-new infotainment system, built around a 10.2-inch high-def touchscreen, along with newly-available active safety features.

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Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

2017 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Any version of the Cayenne is a solid choice if you’re after a vehicle that brings sporty handling to the crossover class, but we’re calling out the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model because Porsche was ahead of the curve in offering that type of powertrain in this category.

Beyond offering Cayenne drivers an opportunity to save fuel, the E-Hybrid brings a notable power increase compared to the base model, with 416 hp and the ability to run on electricity alone even at highway speeds. Like the Range Rover Sport, the Cayenne added a modern infotainment setup in 2017, including support for the Apple CarPlay smartphone integration platform.

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China Company Sued for Range Rover Ripoff


China gets their claim to fame of being number one at something, unfortunately its bootlegging. Copyright infringement doesn’t seem to be a term that exists in the country when you can find a replicated version of essentially everything at every corner. And it certainly isn’t the first, or the last time we’ll see design infringement from the country either. However, Land Rover is taking a stance and officially fighting back against China’s deliberate design theft.

Jaguar Land Rover is suing the China company Jiangling Motors on their LandWind X7 stating that the Chinese company’s vehicle is a direct copy of Range Rover’s Evoque. And honestly, it really doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see the similarities between the two. From the grille, to the headlights, to the mirrors and the bumpers, each and every component looks like they were molded from the Land Rover plants.

Lawsuits against Chinese companies have never reach much resolution for foreign companies as the cases tend to fall on deaf ears in local courts. With that said, most manufacturers who have fallen prey to Chinese copying hasn’t bothered to pursue the issue further. So now that the Jaguar Land Rover group is putting up their dukes, it’s going to be interesting to see how the case proceeds. Lets watch out to see if a new precedence gets set.

F-Type Engine for Range Rover Sport SVR


Jaguar’s amazing 5.0L supercharged V8 from their F-Type SVR produces a whopping 575hp. Now Range Rover fans can find that same powerplant shoehorned under the hood of the Sport SVR making it one of the most powerful SUV’s on the market.

Jaguar has spent the last 20 years developing and refining this particular V8 powerplant as it debuted in 1997 to replace the English company’s famous but very dated V12. The first iteration was a 4.0L producing around 375hp when supercharged. In it’s most current form, displace is bumped to 5.0L, it’s still supercharged, and much of the internals have been massaged to pump out the 575hp now found in the F-Type SVR.

Competition in the high end high performance SUV space is getting very stiff and it takes a lot for automakers to stand out nowadays. One of those marks is top power honors. The Sport SVR should be able to edge out most of its competition, albeit a few with their V12 variants, but there is also major brand loyalty that goes for the British automaker.

Range Rover Evoque Goes Topless


A convertible crossover isn’t for everyone. Actually, based on public reception to Nissan’s Murano open top vehicle, it’s probably not to the taste of a large part of the general public. But that won’t sway the folks over at Range Rover and their plans to release an open top version of their Evoque.

Range Rover’s convertible will be based on the two door version of the Evoque which is a less practical vehicle to begin with. The Evoque does have a strong name and appeal going for it so I, like others, will have to wait to see how the public responds to Range Rover’s new addition.

Range Rover Evoque Drops Its Top in LA


I always thought the Nissan Murano convertible was a strange automotive anomaly but here I am in Los Angeles at Jaguar Land Rover’s booth wondering how in the world this abomination of an Evoque Convertible ever got green lighted by their executives. They have taken what I consider one of the better looking crossovers, the Evoque Sport, and chopped the roof of it and the result is a vehicle that looks like you could drive it into a lake and it would float (bloody shame). The Evoque caused the Macan to be redesigned before release it looked so good, why would they do this?

To house the roof, the rear cargo space is obviously sacrificed, but what JLR has done differently is that instead of providing a pull out barrier to delineate the rear compartment from the roof storage compartment allowing for more storage when the roof is up they have chosen to make the rear cargo space fixed. That is, whether the roof is up or down the same amount (not much!) of space is available. Thankfully there is a rear seat pass-through to fit larger items.

Speaking of the canvas roof, it can be retracted at speeds up to about 50kph and folds down in seconds. If there is going to be a market for this vehicle, it is definitely going to be California so I suppose this is THE show to be unveiling it. See more pictures in our gallery, let us know what you think.

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Flagship Range Rover SVAutobiography Debuts in NYC


Land Rover debuted their new range topping model, the Range Rover SVAutobiography today in New York. Replacing the Autobiography Black at the top of the Range Rover line-up, the SVAutobiography is available with the supercharged 5.0L V8 found under the hood of the Range Rover Sport SVR with a few tuning changes bumping it to 543 horsepower and 501 lb-ft torque. That’s an increase of 40 horsepower and 50 lb-ft of torque. The motor is paired with an 8-speed automatic. It is the most powerful production Range Rover in the model’s 45-year history.

Aside from the additional power, the SVAutobiography does boast a whole host of extravagant enhancements both inside and outside. Inside you’ll find an exclusive premium interior with unique aluminum trims. Much of the driver’s switchgear including the start-stop surround and rotary controls are machined from solid aluminium with beautiful knurled details, as are the foot pedals. This detailing continues to both the front and rear centre consoles, with distinctive materials for the cup holder and socket covers. New armrest adjusters not only bring a similar level of machined detail, but also make them even easier to use. For the first time, customers will be able order their vehicle with a unique duo-tone body color option. The Santorini Black upper body color can be matched with 9 color options. The grille is also finished in a two toned graphite and polished chrome finish. For those that order their Range Rover with the 543 horsepower motor, quad tailpipes will be fitted out back as a subtle reminder to those behind you of what is lurking under the hood.

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New Range Rover Sport Debuts in New York

Last night in a star studded debut, the New Range Rover Sport was unveiled on the streets of Manhattan. With the help of Daniel Craig, who played James Bond most recently in last year’s Skyfall, Jaguar Land Rover transported the Range Rover Sport from the shipping yard to the large gathering of invited press, guests and company executives. Manhattan was the perfect place to launch the new Range Rover Sport as NYC is the model’s best-selling city. You can spot a ton of them stuck in traffic with all the cabs on any given day.

Today the Range Rover Sport was unveiled at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the New York Auto Show to the media and we were there to get some shots of it. Unfortunately, I didn’t spot any secret agents in the crowd.

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Land Rover Introduces First All-Aluminum SUV, 2013 Range Rover

You would think that the SUV market would have seen some models introduced with some hefty weight reduction via new manufacturing processes by now but I was as surprised as you are that Land Rover is introducing the first all-aluminum SUV right now at the end of 2012 here at the LA Auto Show.

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Jaguar Previews XFR-S, E63/M5 Challenger Before LA Debut

Today, Jaguar Land Rover released a sneak peek at their upcoming super sedan, the XFR-S. Making it’s world debut at the LA Auto Show later this month the XFR-S will be the fastest and most powerful sedan that Jaguar has ever produced. It will also be one of the most limited Jaguar models produced with only 200 of these monster cats making its way to the U.S.

With no announcements on any new powerplants, the XFR-S will likely be powered by the same 550hp / 502 ft/lb of torque producing supercharged V8 found in the XKR-S. The XFR line is a bit porkier than the XKR line but when we’re talking about sedans with this kind of power under the hood the difference is negligible.

In addition to the XFR-S, Jaguar will be showcasing the new two-seater F-TYPE in Black Pack performance trim for the first time in North America. On the SUV front, the world’s first all-aluminum SUV will also make its North American auto show debut. The U.S. spec 2013 Range Rover with the 5.0L V8 sheds over 800 pounds compared to previous models!

I’m sure everyone is looking forward to seeing more of the XFR-S. We’ll provide some more details and pictures as soon as we get them.