This time we take you for a look around the luxurious and very desirable Range Rover Sport.
Everyone’s had that moment, while looking for a new car, when they ask themselves, “What’s the least I can spend on a new Dodge Charger?” Well, you’ll find the answer is in the $30k area for your everyday Charger SE, but then you may notice that next to that SE is the $70k Charger SRT Hellcat. That’s right, you can get two basic Chargers for the price of a single Hellcat. Granted, the Hellcat engine transforms the Charger into a completely different animal, but the Charger isn’t even close to the most egregious example of price disparity within a single model’s lineup.
Losing 700 pounds is a big deal.
Thanks to an all-aluminum body and part-aluminum chassis, the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover weighs a good 700 pounds less than the outgoing 2012 model.
Can a truck with the tough, go-anywhere reputation of a Land Rover succeed wrapped in a metal that’s easy to damage and expensive to repair?
Considering how few of these barges actually make it off road, I think it’s a good move by Land Rover. The design, though, leaves something to be desired. Anyone else see too much Ford Flex in there?
Regardless of how it looks, this newly unveiled Rover should be one impressive machine.
Land Rover has had a troubled history as a company. The original 1948 firm got sold to British Leyland in the ‘60s (maybe the worst British car group ever), then British Aerospace, then BMW, then Ford, now Tata Motors.
None of these corporate shifts appear to have done it any good. Tata merged Land Rover with Jaguar (JLR), and the company has dropped 30 percent in market value over the last six months.
The Economic Times (of India) says the company needs to develop synergies between its two brands or, perhaps, split them apart. JLR says it plans to double its sales in India this year. Who are you going to believe here?
What JLR really needs is to determine, finally, its identity in today’s marketplace. Is it going to make fashion-statement cars, like the Evoque or the DC100 Concept Sport (above, shown in Frankfurt)? Or will it return to its roots as the world’s best off-road vehicle?
The new Land Rover Range Rover (why do they name their cars like this?) Evoque (pronounced “evok” or “evoke”?) was launched at the Tate Gallery in Liverpool, an ugly building in itself. The Brits are going mad with the Evoque’s incipient success.
Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover PLC execs must also be dancing in whatever streets they dance in.
Apparently, LR has received over 20,000 pre-orders for the car, 6,000 from the U.S. Price will be $43,995 MSRP for the 5-door; add $1,000 for the coupe; three trim levels take you higher, to over $50K. The only engine for the U.S. is a Ford-sourced 2-liter EcoTec turbo with 240 hp. No diesel, no V6, big mistake.
I’ve written about the ugliness of this car before, but our CG readers disagreed: This piece drew lots of comments, almost all of which were in high favor of the car’s looks. The Evoque is going to be popular, not because it’s a great car, but because its looks are hot with a large segment of the public.