Rover app spy

 

The new-generation Range Rover has been testing ever since 2011 and when the standard model arrived on the market, we knew the Sport version would be just one step behind. The standard Range Rover arrived last September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, but Land Rover chose to swap continents for the Sport version, and introduce it at the 2013 New York Auto Show .

Our spy photographers just captured a rather odd-looking SUV tracking around the Nürburgring. Turns out, this heavily camouflaged test mule is the beginnings of a SUV Coupe from Range Rover. Yep, more than eight years after BMW debuted the X6 and a year after Mercedes-Benz released the GLE Coupe, Range Rover is hopping into the ring.

Range Rover’s high-riding coupe appears to share its chassis with the Range Rover Sport. We’d expect the two SUVs to share the same wheelbase and suspensions systems, although the coupe will undoubtedly have a unique outward appearance. Inside, the new Rover coupe will carry the current JLR design language, but could depart slightly from the status quo with a sportier appearance.

Rover app spy

Land Rover’s 2017 Discovery is still so new that it’s only being shown in camouflage until the official reveal at the upcoming Paris auto show, but we know its power-folding seats can be operated by remote control. Our modern fascination with remote control hasn’t faded since the debut of Zenith’s Space Command  wireless television remote in the 1950s, which sent ultrasonic sound waves from vibrating aluminum rods to a vacuum-tube receiver, and this latest application of operation from afar looks every bit as complex, if tailored to our always connected age.

Land Rover’s InControl Remote smartphone app will be able to raise or lower the Disco’s second- and third-row seats from almost anywhere in the world. This requires untold lines of new software code to let Land Rover’s server receive commands from a cell phone, verify the user, and send the authorized signal over a second cellular network to the vehicle’s modem, at which point the vehicle’s CAN bus must interpret the command and direct it to the proper ECU which, in turn, must then activate multiple electric motors. See how easy that was?

At this point, no other automaker offers wireless seat control, least of all by way of the owner’s phone. We see huge potential in this technology as a means by which siblings can prank one another while they’re strapped in the car and, um, well, to help your spouse load a new TV into the family truckster even though you’re on a business trip five time zones away. For Land Rover owners, it’ll be another functionality for the app beyond remote start, climate control, door locking, and vehicle tracking.

The new-generation Range Rover has been testing ever since 2011 and when the standard model arrived on the market, we knew the Sport version would be just one step behind. The standard Range Rover arrived last September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, but Land Rover chose to swap continents for the Sport version, and introduce it at the 2013 New York Auto Show .

Our spy photographers just captured a rather odd-looking SUV tracking around the Nürburgring. Turns out, this heavily camouflaged test mule is the beginnings of a SUV Coupe from Range Rover. Yep, more than eight years after BMW debuted the X6 and a year after Mercedes-Benz released the GLE Coupe, Range Rover is hopping into the ring.

Range Rover’s high-riding coupe appears to share its chassis with the Range Rover Sport. We’d expect the two SUVs to share the same wheelbase and suspensions systems, although the coupe will undoubtedly have a unique outward appearance. Inside, the new Rover coupe will carry the current JLR design language, but could depart slightly from the status quo with a sportier appearance.

When we saw 2011’s DC100 concept , a first-look at an eventual Defender replacement, 2015 was the year being cited for the inevitable replacement and end of the Defender as we know it today. While 2015 will still be the year the current Defender bows out of the market (the decision is due to emissions regs), its replacement won’t quite be ready .

One of the reasons for the delay is thought to be Land Rover’s decision to adopt its PLA aluminum platform found in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. Using the platform, which will also underpin an LR4-replacing Discovery SUV , means Land Rover can build the new Defender on the same line as its other PLA-based models. The downside is that the vehicle won’t be as affordable as previously thought .

The good news is that the delay isn’t likely to be very long, as Autocar is reporting that a final design for the new Defender has been signed off and its reveal likely to take place in mid-2016. The British rag also reports that Land Rover bosses are considering revealing a new Defender concept next year. Apparently the final design is considerably different to that of the DC100 concept, which proved somewhat unpopular with fans.

The 2017 Land Rover  Discovery is one of the most anticipated new cars of the year, and Land Rover has slightly altered the recipe for the Range Rover’s more rugged sibling. With a fluid new shape and a posher cabin, it’s pitched a little further upmarket and closer to the Range Rover, though purists shouldn’t be too concerned – it’ll keep its fabled off-road capability and workhorse reputation. 

The fifth-generation Discovery was revealed last year at the Paris Motor Show , with Land Rover keen to draw attention to two big mechanical updates – the fresh Discovery sits on a new platform and gets a revised engine line-up, which Land Rover says should usher in a new level of efficiency, refinement and comfort. 

The new Discovery is on sale now and is appearing in Land Rover dealers across the UK, and we’ve also had our first taste of the new SUV off-road and on tarmac .