Look back at the birth of the original Land Rover | How Land Rover has driven adventure and scientific exploration | GQ Editor Dylan Jones discusses inspiration with Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern | Exploring the potential impact of electrification and connected vehicles | Tackling the 999 steep steps up to Heaven’s Gate in China
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XXXXXXX LEFT 2012 | Fourth-generation Range Rover unveiled in Paris | Evoque Convertible concept shown at Geneva 2013 | Daniel Craig launches new Range Rover Sport | SDV6 Hybrid travels 9,950 miles from UK to India | Prince George makes first journey, in a Range Rover 01 01 Where design meets tech: the interior of the New Range Rover Velar features a minimalist twin touch-screen infotainment system 02 Full family line-up of the four first Range Rover incarnations 03 The new PHEV hybrid powertrains represent a step towards a greener future 04 Full circle: the New Range Rover Velar in action, some 50 years aer construction began on the very first prototypes 02 03 04 44
PEERLESS LUXURY 2014 | Range Rover Sport SVR is fastest ever Land Rover | All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) debuts 2015 | 6 millionth Land Rover is a Range Rover 2017 | World premiere of Velar at Design Museum, London | Zero-tailpipe emission PHEV versions launched The following year the fourth-generation Range Rover debuted. It was the first full-size SUV to use an all-aluminium monocoque, cutting 400kgs from its weight: the equivalent of removing all five passengers. Also in 2012, the new Evoque Convertible concept was first shown, and early in 2014 it was revealed that the Evoque would get the world’s first nine-speed automatic gearbox. Just a month later from that announcement, James Bond 007 actor Daniel Craig brought part of Manhattan to a standstill driving an All-new Range Rover Sport into its launch venue after a Bond-style chase across the city. “ Everything we’ve done has been about enhancing our flagship SUV. The fourth generation Range Rover is the finest yet, ensuring the original luxury SUV remains the choice for discerning customers the world over” GERRY MCGOVERN, CHIEF DESIGN OFFICER, LAND ROVER Spen King and his uncles would have been immensely proud of the growing size and variety of the Range Rover family. But even they couldn’t have guessed at the technology and engineering advances that would come next. In 2013 Range Rover revealed the world’s first premium diesel hybrid SUV, and sent three prototypes on an arduous 9,950-mile trek along the Silk Route to India to prove this advanced new powertrain’s endurance. The following year, the new Range Rover Sport SVR became the fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever. It even set a new lap record for a production SUV at Germany’s infamous Nürburgring circuit. Also in 2014, the semi-autonomous All- Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) system made its debut, meaning a Range Rover can now not only get you to some of the world’s most inaccessible places in luxury, it can even share some of the driving too. In 2017, Range Rover took another leap forward with the launch of the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) version capable of operating in a mode free of tailpipe emissions. Despite this rush of new models and technologies, Range Rover hasn’t forgotten its roots, as two events in 2017 proved. The first Range Rover Reborn emerged, restored meticulously by Land Rover Classic Works to its original condition, looking just as Spen would have seen it in the 1970s. And at the Design Museum in London, Gerry McGovern pulled the covers from another stunning new Range Rover design; the fourth addition to the family. Perhaps Spen might not have envisioned its radical new twin touch-screen infotainment system, but he would definitely have recognised the name: Velar. In many ways, the latest exciting chapter in the ongoing Range Rover story brings us right back to the start, and no doubt there is still much, much more to come. NEW HORIZONS The Range Rover Evoque was a radical departure for the brand when it was first revealed in 2010. As Range Rover’s first compact luxury SUV, it might seem a world away from the original Land Rover of 1948. But it shares two core qualities with that most utilitarian of vehicles. The first is its global appeal. Over 80 per cent of UKbuilt Evoques are today exported to more than 130 countries, and demand is so high that additional manufacturing centres have been established in China and Brazil. Secondly, it has real staying power. After seven years on sale the Evoque posted yet another year-on-year sales increase in 2017. The smallest Range Rover is now the biggest seller. And with over 200 international awards to its name, its trophy cabinet is as full as its order book. Pictured above: British equestrian Zara Tindall, daughter of Anne, Princess Royal, in front of her Evoque at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. 45
Land Rover Magazine showcases stories from around the world that celebrate inner strength and the drive to go Above and Beyond.
In this issue, New Defender is put through its paces by two inspirational young adventurers as they prepare for an expedition to the South Pole. We also celebrate 50 years of Range Rover by taking a journey of discovery to Dubai. As well as looking back, we look to future as a group of visionaries explain the technologies that could change the future for all of us.