•The Range Rover Sport is a luxury performance SÚV with dynamic on-road character
•All-terrain capability embodies the Land Rover brand's drive to go Above & Beyond
•The brand's first Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV), badged P400e, offering an electric-only range of 31 miles (51km)1
•New Wade Sensing system provides real-time wading depth information in relation to the vehicle's max wading depth2
•New Driver Assist Pack includes Adaptive Cruise Control w/ Steering Assist(MAHWAH, NJ) – August 7, 2018 –
Today, Land Rover announced 2019 Model Year updates to the Range Rover Sport model line-up. Úpdates include a new Wade Sensing feature, new Advanced Driver Assistance System functionality and the introduction of an all-new Plug-In Hybrid Electric (PHEV) powertrain option.DESIGN
'The Range Rover Sport is a unique statement of performance with an assertive and powerful design,' said Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer at Land Rover. 'Its refined appearance speaks to the modernity of the Range Rover family, while a series of unique aesthetic touches mark out its sporting nature. This is an SÚV that demands your attention.'
The exterior design of the Range Rover Sport underlines its dynamic character with purposeful visual cues. The lights and slimline grille blend into a clean, single surface, while the front bumper design creates a planted, ground-hugging aesthetic that assists in optimizing airflow for enhanced cooling. Assertive fender vents catch the eye while the iconic floating roof helps to create a long and lean profile.
At the rear of the vehicle, an aggressive slotted spoiler profile complements the vehicle's clean design.
A suite of alloy wheel options underline the purposeful attitude of the Range Rover Sport and accentuate its athletic stance. Where equipped, the 21 and 22-inch designs are available with a silver, diamond-turned or black finish.
Customers looking for an even greater design aesthetic can opt for the Black Exterior Pack for the Supercharged Dynamic model. This adds Gloss Black exterior accents, including the grille mesh and surround, to give the Range Rover Sport a stealth-like appearance.
In addition, the Carbon Fiber Exterior Pack, available on HSE Dynamic, Supercharged Dynamic and Autobiography models, adds a high-performance edge with Gloss Black and Carbon Fiber additions to the main grille, fender vent and hood vent surrounds, as well as the door mirror covers and tailgate finisher. Customers can also choose a number of metallic paints finishes including Loire Blue which is available from 2019 model year in place of Kaikoura Stone.
As standard, all models feature Premium LED Automatic Headlights with LED Signature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and optional Auto High Beam Assist. Each headlight package features 24 LEDs per vehicle offering superior illumination of the road ahead.
On the interior of the vehicle, grained leather upholstery is available with 14-way adjustable front seats. Optional perforated Windsor leather comes with 16-way memory front seats with the option of winged headrests; while a luxurious Semi-Aniline Leather -- standard on 380hp HSE Dynamic and Autobiography models -- offers outstanding quality and a stain-resistant finish.
Interior ambient lighting highlights key design cues throughout the cabin with as many as 10 different color options available. The atmospheric set-up bathes the footwells, sections of the doors and other parts of the interior in light, creating a cosseting and relaxing cabin.
Passengers also benefit from a series of flexible storage solutions, such as cup holders that can be repositioned to reveal a deep 3.2-liter storage area in the center console with a dedicated ÚSB charging port.
In addition, the 7.8-liter armrest compartment (up from 5.8 liters) features a double-level hinged tray when open, perfect for keeping wallets and mobile phones secure and out of sight or customers can specify an optional cooler compartment capable of holding four 16.9oz (500ml) bottles and chilling to 41 deg F (5C).
An optional cabin air ionization system, called Nanoe™, assists in improving air quality inside the vehicle. The system uses nano-sized charged water particles which ionize particles in the air, making them attract to surfaces and thus help to cleanse the air.
The powered roof sunblind can be opened and closed using an advanced gesture control system capable of sensing the movement of a hand. All it takes to open the sunblind is a rearward swipe in front of the rear-view mirror, while a simple forward motion will prompt the blind to close. Comfortable and convenient, the intuitive system also reduces potential distraction to the driver.
In addition, the blind can be closed automatically when the vehicle is locked helping to keep the interior cool in warm weather. When the driver opens the door, the sunblind will automatically return to its previous position. The sunblind can also be operated with conventional buttons, if preferred.
PLÚG-IN HYBRID VEHICLE (PHEV) TECHNOLOGY
The Range Rover Sport is the first Jaguar Land Rover product to feature a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powertrain. The P400e is capable of driving up to 31 miles (51km) with zero tailpipe emissions when driven in all-electric mode1.
The P400e combines an advanced 296hp (221kW) four-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine with a 141hp (105kW) electric motor. This transformational technology is powered by an advanced 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery giving a total available power output of 398hp (297kW) from the permanent four-wheel drive (4WD) system5.
Together they drive the Range Rover Sport P400e from 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds (0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds) and to a top speed of 137mph6. With an impressive 472 lb-ft of torque, the PHEV powertrain mixes dynamic and sustainable performance with traditional Range Rover capability, comfort and refinement.
The combination of Ingenium gasoline and electric power can be used in two driving modes: Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) and EV (Electric Vehicle) mode.
In Parallel Hybrid mode the PHEV model can intelligently and seamlessly combine the two power sources to deliver efficient progress. By using its electrical energy reserves intelligently, the P400e is able to provide the power and capability customers demand from a Range Rover Sport.
On longer journeys, customers can use the 'SAVE' function to deploy the EV-only range for a specific part of their journey.
The access point for the 7kW on-board charging socket is located behind the Land Rover badge on right of the grille, at the front of the vehicle, while the 13.1kWh prism-shaped lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the trunk floor – a full charge can be achieved in approximately 2 hours and 45 mins using a 220V/32A dedicated charger7.
The PHEV model is supplied with a home charging lead, which connects to domestic power supplies, as standard.
Timed charging is also available via the vehicle's infotainment system, which allows owners to choose the most appropriate time to begin charging.
Owners can monitor the charging status via two illuminated strips that sit on either side of the charging socket. A white light signifies the vehicle is connected and charging has not started, while a blue light shows that timed charging is set but not underway. A flashing green signal shows the car is charging, while a solid green light indicates the battery is full.
Customers can use the Land Rover InControl® Remote™ app to monitor the charge status wherever they are, receiving alerts if there is an error, or the cable has been removed.
The gasoline engine and electric motor of the P400e have been calibrated to work in perfect harmony, with two charge management functions available when in Parallel Hybrid mode:
•Predictive Energy Optimization (PEO) helps to make the most of both power sources and is activated when the driver enters a destination into the navigation system. By analyzing the traffic, gradient of the route and whether it is an urban or rural environment, the PHEV system is designed to seamlessly combine electric and gasoline engine power to optimize efficiency. This is not available when the vehicle is in Sport mode.
•The driver-selectable SAVE mode is accessed through the vehicle's touchscreen and maintains battery charge at the point of activation. At this point, the vehicle will only use the electric motor once it has replenished enough energy via regenerative braking or charging, allowing customers to conserve electric power to be used on a specific part of their journey.
The operation of the PHEV powertrain is supported by an advanced eight-speed automatic transmission, which features lightweight construction and delivers the supreme refinement and assured responses expected from the Range Rover Sport.GASOLINE AND DIESEL POWERTRAINS
For the 2019MY, a line-up of V6 and V8 powertrains will continue to be offered for the Range Rover Sport alongside the PHEV.
A 3.0L Turbocharged V6 diesel is available exclusively in SE and HSE derivatives offering 254hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, while two 3.0L Supercharged V6 gasoline engines offer outputs of 340 and 380hp and a top speed of 130mph.
A next-generation 5.0L Supercharged V8 gasoline engine is also available on Supercharged Dynamic and Autobiography models offering 518hp, 461 lb-ft of torque and a 0-60mph time of 5 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds)6.TECHNOLOGY
The Range Rover Sport features the latest available technology, including the Land Rover InControl® Touch Pro Duo™ infotainment system, voice recognition and a suite of connectivity features.InControl Touch Pro Duo™
Two 10-inch touchscreens form the centerpiece of the minimalist cabin of the Range Rover Sport within the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. Fast and intuitive, it combines finely engineered physical controls and a beautiful digital interface to deliver a truly connected driving experience8.
The system looks simultaneously futuristic and elegant thanks to the interlinked touchscreens that provide clear graphics and ease of operation with familiar tap, swipe and pinch-to-zoom control gestures on the upper screen8. The customizable home screen also allows customers to create shortcuts to preferred features.
The Touch Pro Duo system allows drivers to keep mapping information displayed on the upper touchscreen, while providing easy access to further features on the secondary lower display. By dividing information and controls logically between the two, the Range Rover Sport achieves a more intuitive user experience.
The upper screen on the central console can be angled to counter glare and assist with visibility while the fixed lower display operates as the control panel and manages more functional tasks such as climate control, seat and vehicle settings.
Positioned on either side of the lower screen are two rotary dials, which can be used to control the cabin temperature, fan speed, seat climate and massage functions. These can also be used to manage media and phone functionality via specialist widgets when the upper screen is in use.
Behind the steering wheel, a 12-inch high-resolution Interactive Driver Display includes dual dial, single dial and extended mode views. Other frequently used features – including phone, navigation and media settings – can also be managed using this cluster.
In addition, an optional second-generation Head-Úp Display system puts vital information in the driver's line of sight. Úsing full-color projection, it presents essential information on the windshield, such as vehicle speed and navigation directions, as well as other updates such as adaptive cruise control settings and Advanced Driver Assistance alerts such as signals from the Traffic Sign Recognition system3.
The full-color image is generated using four super-bright LEDs and a high-resolution TFT LCD screen. The image is sharper than previous HÚDs, up to 66 percent brighter and more than twice the size of some other systems, allowing customers to adjust the layout, height and brightness of the display.
The steering wheel controls feature intuitive capacitive switches and dynamic illuminated icons assisting in making the operation of vehicle's features from behind the wheel simpler.
The user-friendly switches provide full control of the instrument cluster, with media playback, phone, cruise control and heated steering wheel settings, plus a shortcut to a feature of the driver's choosing. The capacitive 'wheel' within the controls also allows users to scroll through menus by finger or thumb.
Passengers of the Range Rover Sport also benefit from convenience technologies including an optional 10-inch rear seat touchscreen entertainment system and up to 14 connection points integrated discreetly throughout the cabin. Connections in the front row include ÚSB, HDMI and 12V ports in the front center console and a 12V socket in the glove box. In the second row, there is a 12V port, a domestic plug socket, ÚSB and HDMI ports, while the load space also provides a 12V port and a second domestic plug socket to keep laptops and other devices charged.
A Wi-Fi hotspot connection capable of supporting up to eight devices is also available, which enables connectivity on the move9.
For extra convenience, the innovative Land Rover Activity Key wristband is available, allowing customers to lock and unlock the vehicle without using the standard key fob. Perfect for runners, swimmers or cyclists who don't want to carry a traditional key while exercising, the durable Activity Key is fully waterproof to depths of 59ft (18m) and is designed to withstand temperatures ranging from -58deg F to 257 deg F (-50C to +125C).
To lock or unlock the vehicle, the Activity Key must be held within 1.2in (30mm) of the second 'R' of the Range Rover badge on the tailgate. Once activated, the main vehicle key fob is disabled and can be left safely inside the cabin.Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
The suite of driver assistance features on the Range Rover Sport includes core elements such as Lane Departure Warning and Emergency Braking10, cruise control and speed limiter, all fitted as standard3.
The optional Drive Pack adds features to inform and equip customers for any journey. Central to this are Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Speed Limiter, Driver Condition Monitor and Traffic Sign Recognition3.
The optional Drive Pro Pack features High Speed Emergency Braking10, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Speed Limiter, Driver Condition Monitor and, from 2019 model year, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go3. This system uses a forward-facing camera and improved radar system to assist the vehicle in maintaining a set gap from the vehicle ahead3. This enables the driver to follow the vehicle in front to a complete stop and pull away automatically if stationary for less than three seconds3. Beyond this, the vehicle can be prompted to resume with a tap of the accelerator or via a button on the steering wheel.
The optional Park Pack includes a 360-degree Parking Aid, Rear Traffic Monitor and Clear Exit Monitor, which alerts passengers exiting from the rear doors to potential hazards approaching from behind3. If a vehicle is detected, a light flashes on the door to notify those attempting to disembark3.
The optional Park Pro Pack includes all of the above features with the addition of Park Assist – a suite of advanced automated parking features that aid parallel and perpendicular parking3.
A new Driver Assist Pack is also available from 2019 model year and includes all of the features within the Drive Pro and Park Pro packs, with the addition of Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist. While the driver is required to keep their hands on the wheel, this systems works with the driver to assist in keeping the vehicle centered in the lane by applying moderate steering interventions at speeds up to 112mph (180km/h)3,6.
All Range Rover Sport audio systems have been designed with meticulous attention to detail and a focus on finding optimum positions for every speaker around the cabin.
Alongside the Land Rover Base 250 audio system there are three audio systems available developed with renowned British audio experts Meridian™. These include the 380W, 825W surround or 1,700W Signature systems, with 12, 18 and 22 speakers respectively and including a dual-channel subwoofer in each.
The 1,700W Signature system benefits from four speakers in the vehicle headliner to deliver true three-dimensional sound quality.ENGINEERING
Exceptional ride quality, on a variety of terrains and conditions, is a core part of the Range Rover Sport experience. With an advanced suspension system that combines poise and stability with remarkable ride isolation for flat, confident cornering, customers get a natural and intuitive feel behind the wheel3.
Comprising of a fully independent lightweight wide-spaced double wishbone front and an advanced multi-link rear design, the suspension layout perfectly complements the advanced aluminum construction of the vehicle.
In order to achieve the perfect balance of agility, composure and comfort, the Land Rover engineering team focused on optimizing chassis stiffness and fine-tuning the steering system to deliver the exhilarating driving experience demanded of the Range Rover Sport.
Recognized globally for its exceptional off-road performance, the new Range Rover Sport builds on this capability in the P400e model, as its electric motor offers greater control of torque from a standstill. This facilitates improved low-speed control and superior pull-away on low-grip surfaces3. The low range transmission can also be operated in pure EV mode for refined luxury even during all-terrain journeys. The Land Rover Terrain Response® 2 technology is also able to distribute torque from the electric motor – which has no creep speed and maximum torque from zero rpm – to all four wheels. This assists with greater control during low-speed off-road maneuvers, reaffirming the vehicle's outstanding breadth of capability3.
Handling and performance across remainder of the model range can also be managed via a series of Terrain Response 2 programs. This includes a Comfort mode which, calibrates the suspension settings to optimize ride comfort, while the Dynamic setting is designed to give the driver a more dynamic ride. These exist alongside Grass Gravel Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, Rock Crawl and Eco settings3.
In Eco mode, the driver receives instantaneous feedback and guidance on driving more efficiently, while minimizing electrical power consumption and highlighting the effects of certain features on fuel efficiency. It also softens the throttle pedal response, modifies the automatic transmission shift pattern and switches off heating for the door mirrors, steering wheel and seats to optimize fuel efficiency.
The Range Rover Sport also benefits from the brand's unique Low Traction Launch System, which helps to exploit available traction when pulling away on low-traction surfaces3. Únlike All-Terrain Progress Control, the company's all-terrain cruise control technology, Low Traction Launch initiates a unique throttle map to provide a more usable torque curve. The system is specifically designed to help drivers pull-away from a standstill on slippery surfaces such as wet grass, loose gravel and snow3.
Hill Descent Control (HDC®) is also fitted as standard, while excellent ground clearance and a smooth underfloor help the vehicle negotiate rough terrain3.
Wading capability for the P400e is also uncompromised with a maximum depth of 33.5in (850mm). For water wading, it is recommended that the Ingenium gasoline engine is running to prevent water entering the exhaust system.
For 2019MY, a Wade Sensing system will now be offered on ÚS models. The system provides real-time wading depth information relative to the max wading capability for the current location of the vehicle2. Úsing sensors on the underside of the door mirrors, the system reports this information to the driver via a dedicated display on the vehicle's touchscreen. The system also provides the driver an indication of the vehicle's position/angle, and can estimate when the vehicle is potentially going into deeper water or coming out of the water2. The driver is able to turn on the Wade Sensing feature using a soft button in the 4x4i menu.Four-wheel drive
The four-wheel-drive capability of the Range Rover Sport is managed by a transfer case design which has an actuator rather than a separate motor and ECÚ. This results in a 3.3lb (1.5kg) reduction in weight and is controlled via a multi-plate clutch. Together with the bevel gear center differential it provides a 50:50 torque split.
Úsing wheel slip information from a range of sensors, the clutch is designed to distribute torque evenly between all four wheels, while a 'shift on the move' system allows selectable high and low gears up to 37mph (60km/h)6. The Active Rear Locking Differential can also be optimized to assist in cornering stability and traction3.
A weight-optimized four-wheel drive system is available on certain models and features a single-speed transfer box and Torsen differential. This provides a 42:58 torque split and offers excellent on-road performance and agility.
All Range Rover Sport models come as standard with 4-Corner air suspension.
When cruising at a speed of 65mph or above, the suspension can lower the vehicle by 0.6in (15mm) to reduce drag6.
Access Height lowers the vehicle by as much as 2.0in (50mm) to aid ingress and egress of the vehicle. This feature can also lock the suspension at this low level, enabling the Range Rover Sport to travel at speeds of up to 25mph in locations with restricted height, such as multi-story parking structures.Conversely, the ride height can be increased to cater to demanding off-road scenarios, with two bespoke options:
•Off-Road Ride Height 1 lifts the vehicle by as much as 1.4in (35mm) at speeds of up to 50mph and is ideal for driving on less demanding off-road conditions, such as deeply rutted dirt roads
•For more extreme landscapes or wading through water, Off-Road Ride Height 2 takes the car up to 2.6in (65mm) above its usual height at speeds of up to 31mph6
Owners will also be able to control the height of the vehicle's rear to help with loading and towing. This is managed through switches in the load space and can reduce rear ride height by 2.0in (50mm). In this instance, the front will drop by just 0.8in (20mm) and result in a hitch height reduction of 2.4in (60mm).
Conversely, the rear can also be lifted by as much as 3.5in (90mm) to assist in the hitching of trailers and the adjustment of trailer inclination while stationary. The suspension can be levelled by holding the up and down buttons simultaneously until the vehicle returns to normal.
This user-friendly set-up can also be managed via the key fob, which is particularly effective when the load space is in use and the switches are inaccessible.
Advance Towing Options
The Range Rover Sport is also available with Advanced Tow Assist, which assists the driver in executing complicated reversing maneuvers by automatically steering the vehicle3.
All the driver has to do is operate the pedals and select the path of the trailer using the rotary Terrain Response controller on the center console. The path of the trailer is projected on the central touchscreen by a feed from the reverse camera and rotating the controller intuitively adjusts the guidelines ahead of the trailer.
Hitch Assist is also available to guide the vehicle and tow ball together via the same screen when attaching a trailer.Range Rover Sport SVR
The Range Rover Sport SVR puts enhanced focus on the performance of the most dynamic model in the Range Rover Sport family and was engineered to complement the core range using all the knowledge and expertise of the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division. The model features a specially tuned 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 engine – the most powerful in the brand's history – producing 575hp and generating an impressive 516 lb-ft of torque. That is enough to power the Range Rover Sport SVR from 0-60mph in just 4.3 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds)6.Source - Land Rover
Following the aftermath of World War II in 1947, the Land Rover was created by the Rover Company that (prior to the war) had produced luxury vehicles. Immediately following the war, luxury vehicles were no longer in demand, and raw materials were strictly rationed to companies building industrial equipment or construction materials, or products widely exported to earn essential foreign exchange for the country. The Series are broken down to I, II, and III to differentiate them from later models and were off-road cars influenced by the US-built Willy's Jeep.
All three models had the option of a rear power takeoff for accessories and could be started with a front hand crank. The Rover featured leaf-sprung suspension with selectable two or four-wheel drive and the Stage 1 featured permanent 4WD. The Rover company was forced to move into a large 'shadow factory' in Solihull, near Birmingham, England after their original factory in Coventry was bombed during the war. Originally built to construct aircraft, the factory was now empty but to begin car production there from scratch wouldn't be a financially viable option.
Plans were made to produce a small, economical concept called the M-Type and few prototypes were made, but it was found too expensive to produce. Land Rover's chief designer; Maurice Wilks, came up with a concept to produce a light agricultural and utility vehicle, with an emphasis on agricultural use, similar to the Willy's Jeep utilized in the war. Wilks' design added a power take-off (PTO) feature since there was an open gap between jeeps and tractors in the market. The original concept; a cross between a light truck and a tractor, was quite similar to the Unimog, which was developed in Germany at the same time.
The first Land Rover prototype was built on a Jeep chassis and used the gearbox and engine out of a Rover P3 saloon car. It had a very distinctive feature; the steering wheel was mounted into the middle of the car; so it became known as the 'centre steer'. To save on steel which was rationed at the time, the bodywork was hand-made out of an aluminum/magnesium called Birmabright. Since paint was also in short supply the first production vehicles were painted army surplus green paint. Led by engineer Arthur Goddard, the first pre-production Land Rovers were developed in late 1947.
Just like a tractor would drive farm machinery, the PTO drives from the front of the engine and from the gearbox to the center and rest of the vehicle. The vehicle was also tested plowing and performing other agricultural chores before the emphasis on tractor-like usage decreased and center steering proved impractical in use. At this point the bodywork was simplified to reduce production time and costs, the steering wheel was mounted off to the side like normal vehicles, and a larger engine was fitted, together with a specifically designed transfer gearbox to replace the jeep unit. All of these updates resulted in a vehicle that didn't utilize a single Jeep component, was shorter than its American inspiration, but heavier, wider, faster and still retained the PTO drives.
Originally the concept was designed to be in production a short 2 or 3 years to gain some export orders and cash flow for the Rover Company so it could restart up-market car production. Once production started though, it was greatly outsold by the off-road Land Rover, which developed into its own brand that today remains successful. A lot of the rugged design features that have made the Land Rover design such a success were a result of Rover's drive to simplify the tooling required for the vehicle and to use the minimum amount of rationed materials. The aluminum alloy bodywork has been retained throughout production despite it being more pricy than a conventional steel body, along with the distinctive flat body panels with only simple, constant-radius curves. Also remaining simple is the sturdy box-section ladder chassis, which on Series cars was made up from four strips of steel welded at each side to form a box, making a more conventional U or I-section frame.
Unveiled at the Amsterdam Motor Show, the Land Rover Series I began production in 1948 and continued for 10 years. Originally designed for farm and light industrial use, the Series 1 featured a steel box-section chassis and an aluminum body. Beginning as a single model offering, the Land Rover from 1948 until '51 used an 80 inch wheel base and a 1.6-liter petrol engine that produced around 50 bhp. The 4-speed gearbox from the Rover P3 was utilized with a brand new 2-speed transfer box. Much like several Rover cars of the time, the Series 1 incorporated an unusual 4-wheel drive system with a freewheel unit. Allowing a form of permanent 4WD this disengaged the front axle from the manual transmission on the overrun. The freewheel could be locked in place by a ring-pull mechanism in the driver's footwell to produce a more traditional 4WD. The Series 1 was a basic car, with tops for the doors and a roof of canvas or metal was an optional extra. The lights moved from a position behind the grill to protruding through the grille in 1950.
Since not all consumers would want a Land Rover with the most minimalistic of interiors so Land Rover launched a second body option in 1949 dubbed the 'Station Wagon'. The Wagon was fitted with a body built by Tickford; a coachbuilder known for their work with Rolls-Royce and Lagonda. With seating for up to seven people, the bodywork was wooden-framed and in comparison to standard Land Rover's, the Tickford featured leather seats, a one-piece laminated windscreen, a heater, interior trim, a tin-plate spare wheel cover and other options. Unfortunately the wooden construction made them pricy to produce and tax laws made them even worse since the Tickford was taxed as a private car and attracted high levels of Purchase Tax. Because of this, less than 700 Tickfords were sold and all but 50 were exported. Today these early Station Wagons are highly collectible.
The petrol engine in the Series 1 was replaced with a larger 2.0-liter I4 unit in 1952 with a 'Siamese bore' which meant that were no water passages between the pistons. The uncommon semi-permanent 4WD system was replaced during 1950 with a more conventional setup, with drive to the front axle being taken through a simple dog clutch. The legal status of the Land Rover was clarified around this time as well, meaning it was exempt from purchase tax.
Unfortunately this also meant that the vehicle with limited to a speed of 30 mph on British roads. Following a charge with exceeding this limit by a Land Rover owner, and an appeal to the Law Lords, the Land Rover's classification was changed to a 'multi-purpose vehicle' which was only to be classed as a commercial vehicle if used for commercial purposes. Today this classification continues to apply today with Land Rovers registered as commercial vehicles being restricted to a max speed of 60 mph (compared to the maximum 70mph for normal cars) in Britain, though this rule is rarely upheld.
Big changes came to the model in 1954 with the 80 inch wheelbase model replaced by an 86 inch wheelbase model and 107 inch 'Pick Up' version introduced. The additional wheelbase was added behind the cab area to provide extra load space.
The following year the first five-door model 'Station Wagon' was introduced on the 107 inch chassis and featured seating for up to ten people. The 86 inch model was a three-door vehicle with room for up to seven people. Very different from previous Tickford models, these new station wagons were being built with simple metal panels and bolt-together construction instead of the complicated wooded structure of the older Station Wagon. Dual purposed, the Station Wagons could be used as commercial vehicles as people-carries and also by private users. Much like the Tickford version, the wagons came with basic interior trim and equipment such as roof vents and interior lights.
The first expansion of the Land Rover range began with the Station Wagons. They were fitted with a 'Safari Roof' which consisted of a second roof skin fitted on top of the car. The roof kept the inside cool in hot temperatures and reduced condensation in cold weather. Vents fitted into the roof added ventilation to the interior. Station wagons were based on the same chassis and drive-trains as the standard vehicles, they carried different chassis numbers, unique badging and were advertised in separate brochures. Unlike the original Wagon, the new in-house versions were very popular.
To make room for the new diesel engine, the wheelbase was extended by 2 inches to 88 inches and 109 inches to accommodate the new diesel engine, which was an option the following year. With the exception of the 107 Station Wagon, which would never be fitted with a diesel, this change was made to all models and would eventually be the final series I in production.
For 1957 the 'spread bore' petrol engine was debuted, followed closely by a brand new 2.0 liter Diesel engine, that even though it had similar capacity, it wasn't related to the petrol engines used. The petrol engines at the time used the old-fashioned inlet-over-exhaust valve arrangement, while the diesel utilized the more modern overhead layout. This engine was one of the first high-speed diesels developed for road use, producing 52 hp at 4,000 rpm. The wheelbase was increased from 86 to 88 inches for the short-wheelbase models, and from 107 to 109 inches on the long-wheelbase, since the engine was slightly longer than the original chassis allowed. These extra two inches were in front of the bulkhead to accommodate the new diesel engine. For the next 25 years these dimensions were used on all Land Rovers.
In 1958 the Series II Land Rover was debuted and continued its production run until '61. It came in 88 inch and 109 inch wheelbases. The first Land Rover to receive consideration from Rover's styling department; Chief Stylist David Bache produced the well-known 'barrel side' waistline to cover the car's wider track and improved design of the truck cab variant, introducing the curved side windows and rounded roof still used today on current Land Rovers. The first car to utilize the famous 2.25-liter petrol engine, though the first 1,500 short wheelbase models kept the 52 hp 2.0 liter petrol engine from the Series 1. The larger petrol engine produced 72 hp and was closely related to the 2.0 liter diesel unit still in use today. Until the mid-1980s this engine became the standard Land Rover unit when diesel engines became more popular.
The 109-inch Series II Wagon introduced a 12-seater option on top of the standard 10-seater layout. This model was constructed basically to take advantage of UK tax laws, by which a car with 12 seats or more was classed as a bus, and was exempt from Purchase Tax and Special Vehicle Tax. This made the 12-seater Series II model less expensive than the 10-seater version, and also cheaper than the 7-seater 88 inch Station Wagon. For decades the 12-seater layout remained a popular favorite, being retained on the later Series and Defender variants until 2002, when it was dropped. The abnormal status of the 12-seater continued until the end, and these vehicles were classed as minibuses and could use bus lanes and could be exempt from the London Congestion Charge.
There was a slight bit of over-lap between Series I and Series II production. Early Series II 88 inch vehicles were fitted with the old 2-liter petrol engine to use up existing stock from production of the Series I 107-inch Station Wagon continued until late 1959. This was due to continued demand from export markets and to allow the production of Series II components to reach the highest level.
The Series IIA Land Rover was introduced in 1961 and continued in production until 1971 and was quite difficult to distinguish from the SII. Slight cosmetic changes were made from the previous series, but most of the big changes were made under the hood with the addition of the new 2.25-liter Diesel engine. The factory offered body configurations ranging from short-wheelbase soft-top to the first-class five-door station wagon. The 2.6 liter straight-six petrol engine was introduced in 1967 for use in the long-wheelbase models, the larger engine complemented by standard-fit servo-assisted brakes. 811 of these models were NADA (North American Dollar Area) truck, which were the only long-wheelbase models produced for the American and Canadian markets. From February 1969 the headlamps moved into the wings on all models and the sill panes were redesigned to be shallower a few months later.
Considered to be the most stalwart Series model ever constructed, the Series IIA is also the type of classic Land Rover that featured strongly in the general public's opinion of the Land Rover as it appeared in popular films and TV documentaries set in Africa throughout the 1960's. One of these examples was 'Born Free'.
Land Rover celebrated its 20th Birthday in February 1968, just a few months after its manufacturer had been subsumed, under government pressure, into the Leyland Motor Corporation, with total production to date just shy of 600,000, of which more than 70% had been exported. Sales of utility Land Rovers arrived at their peak in 1969-1970 during the Series IIA production run, when sales of over 60,000 Land Rovers a year were recorded. The Land Rover took over numerous world markets, as well as record sales, in Australia in the 1960's, the Land rover held 90% of the 4X4 market.
1963 brought about the Series IIA FC Land Rover, which was based on the Series IIA 2.25 liter petrol engine and 109 inch chassis, with the cab positioned over the engine to allow more load space. Export vehicles were the first Land Rovers to receive the 2.6 liter petrol engine. Most models had an ENV rear axle while a matching front axle came later. To provide additional flotation for this heavy car were large 900x16 tires on deep-dish wheel rims. Slightly underpowered for the increased load capacity, most of these vehicles had a hard-working life. Less than 2,500 models were constructed, and most had a utility body. Surviving examples often have custom bodywork, and with an upgraded power-train, they can be used as a small motor-home.
Produced from 1966 the Series IIB FC was similar to the Series IIA Forward Control but added the 2.25-liter diesel engine as an option. The standard engine for this model was the 2.6-liter engine, and the 2.25-liter engine was only available for export. Designed by ENV, heavy duty wide-track axles were fitted to improve vehicle stability, along with a front anti-roll bar and updated rear springs which were mounted above the axle instead of below it. During this process the wheelbase was increased to 110 inches. In 1974 production of the IIB FC was ended when Land-Rover reorganized its vehicle range. Many of the components from this line were also used on the '1 Ton' 109 inch vehicle.
The Land Rover Series III line was introduced in 1971 and ran until 1985 it had the same body and engine options as the previous IIA, including station wagons and the 1 Ton versions. Only minor changes were made from the IIA to the Series III. The Series III is the most common Series car, with 440,000 of the type built from 1971 to 1985. From 1968 onward, the headlights were moved to the wings on late production IIA models and remained in this position for the Series III. The traditional grille from the Series I, II and IIA was replaced with a plastic one for the Series III model.
Compressions were raised from 7:1 to 8:1 on the 2.25-liter engine, increasing the power slightly. During the production run for the III, the 1,000,000th Land Rover rolled off the production line in 1976. Numerous changes were made during the Series III production run in the later part of its life as Land Rover updated their design to meet the increasing design competition. The Series III was the initial model to feature synchromesh on all four gears though some late H-suffix SIIA models had used the all-synchro box.
The simple metal dashboard of earlier models was redesigned to accept a new molded plastic dash, in keeping with early 1970s trends in automotive interior design, both in safety and use of more state-of-the-art materials. The instrument cluster was moved from its centrally located position over to the driver's side. Long-wheelbase Series III cars had the Salisbury rear axle as standard, though some late SIIA 109-inch cars had them too.
For the 1980 model year, the 4-cylinder 2.25 liter engines were updated with five-bearing crankshafts to increase strength in heavy duty work. At the same time the axles, transmission and wheel hubs were redesigned for increased strength. This was the result of a series of updates to the transmission that had been made since the 1960's to deal with the common problem of the rear axle half-shafts breaking in heavy usage. Part of this problem was due to the design of the shafts themselves. The half shafts can be removed quickly and efficiently without even having to jack the vehicle off the ground due to the fully floating design of the rear wheel hubs. Unfortunately the tendency for commercial operators to overload their cars heightened this flaw which tainted the Series Land Rovers in numerous export markets and established a negative reputation even to today. This is despite the '82 redesign which all but solved the problem.
Numerous trim options were also introduced this year to make the interior of the car more comfortable. An all new 'County' spec Station Wagon Land Rover was introduced in both 88-inch and 109-inch types. These models featured all-new cloth seats from the Leyland T-45 Lorry, tinted glass, soundproofing kits and other 'soft' options designed to appeal to the luxury driver.
Also new this year was the High Capacity Pick -Up to the 109 inch chassis, with a load bay that offered 25% more cubic capacity than the standard pick-up style. Popular with public utility companies and building contractors, the HCPU came with heavy-duty suspension.
From 1979 until 1985 the Stage 1; which refers to the first stage of investment by the British Government in the company to improve Land Rover and Range Rover productions, was built utilizing some of the same components as the Range Rover and 101 Forward Control, such as LT95 gearbox and 3.5-liter Rover V8 petrol engine. The engine was detuned to 91 hp from the 135BHP that the Range Rover of the time featured. The Stage 1 was available in a 109-inch and 88-in wheelbase. The use of the Range Rover engine and drive train made it the only Series car that had permanent four-wheel drive.
Produced from 1968 until 1977, the 1 Ton 109 inch was basically a Series IIB Forward Control built with a standard 109 inch body, featuring a 2.6 liter petrol engine, ENV front and rear axles and a lower ratio gearbox, though some late IIAs were fitted with ENV axles in front and Salisbury on the rear. Later series IIIs had a Rover type front axle with up-rated differential. Unique to the model, the chassis frame featured drop-shackle suspension very similar to the military series Land Rovers. Standard feature was 900x16 tires and these machines were typically used by utility companies and breakdown/towing firms. Only 170 IIA and 238 Series IIIs were constructed for the home marked. Even fewer examples were on the export markets, making this model the rarest type of Land-Rover ever constructed.
The Australian market has always been a big fan for Land Rovers of all types, but especially the utility models. In the late 1940s 80-inch Series I models were sold to the Australian government for work on civil engineering projects such as road construction and dams, which brought the car back to the buying public's attention. Very large sales followed in the Australian market and in the 1950's Land Rover began to establish factories in Australia to build CKD kits shipped from the Solihull, UK factory. Through the 1960s the Land Rover continued to sell strongly in Series II guise, commanding around 90% of the off-road market. Nearly every farm had at least one Land Rover.
In the early 1970s the Series III continued successfully, but halfway through the decade the sales began to decline. Partly due to a large export deal to Japan relied on the subsequent import of Japanese vehicles and others, along with the increasingly poor quality of the components shipped from UK. Land Rover's once high dominance slipped. An Australian issue was the always-limited supply of new Land Rovers. The Leyland factory never had the capacity to meet possible demand and supply and the manufacturing process was restricted by having to import almost the entire vehicle in kit form from Britain.
This long process led to a long waiting list developing for the Leyland product while commercial operators could receive Japanese vehicles very quickly. Other Land Rover issues were the same throughout its export markets comparing it to Japanese competition; the Land Rover was under-powered, unreliable and inferior with a poor ride quality, though the off-road ability was superior. Japanese vehicles were also less likely to rust and didn't feature the low-quality steel in comparison to the Land Rover. This turned off buyers, and by 1983 with the introduction of the One Ten, the Toyota Land Cruiser became the best-selling 4X4 in Australia.
Land Rover Australia went through some updates in the early 1980s in an attempt to combat this sales decline. Land Rover fit the V8 petrol engine in the 1979 'Stage One', Australia also received the same car with the option of a 3.9-liter 89 hp 4-cylinder Isuzu diesel engine. This update made a valiant effort to slow the sales decline, but unfortunately all of the other Land Rover shortcomings overwhelmed the vehicle. The One Ten was also available with this engine along with a turbocharged version producing in excess of 100 hp powered the military 6X6.
The Series Land Rovers were used in vast number by the British Army, and today continued to use the modern Defender versions. Nearly as soon as it was launched in 1948 the British Army tested the 80-inch Series I Land Rover. At the time, the Army was more concerned with developing a specially designed military utility 4X4 (the Austin Champ). Unfortunately the Champ proved too complicated, heavy and unreliable in battlefield conditions.
So the Army looked in the Land Rover direction and in the late 1940's the Ministry of Defense was interested in the standardization of its vehicles and equipment. He wanted to fit Rolls-Royce petrol engines to all its vehicles. A variety of Series I Land Rovers were fitted with Rolls-Royce B40 4-cylinder engine, with a modified 81 inch wheelbase. Unfortunately the engine was too heavy and had little power, the slow revving stunted the performance and produced torque that the Rover gearbox could only just cope with. Rover convinced the MOD that the standard 1.6-liter engine would be enough since they were only ordering a small amount. From late 1949 the MOD began ordering Land Rovers in batches, starting at 50 vehicles, but increasing this amount to 200 each batch by the mid 1950s.
Deployed to the Korean War and the Suez Crisis, the Land Rover became standard light military vehicles throughout the Commonwealth.
Throughout the 1960s though, more and more specialized versions were developed. Along with the standard 'GS' (General Service) vehicles, a common variant was the 'FFR' (Fitted For Radio) was introduced which had 24-volt electrics and a large engine-powered generator to power on-board radios. Ambulances were also introduced on the 109-inch Series II chassis. The 'Pink Panther' was a well-known version dubbed the LRDPV (Long-Range Desert Patrol Vehicle), it was painted a distinctive light pink sand camouflage. These 109-inch Series IIs were stripped of windscreens and doors and fitted with grenade launchers, a machine gun mounting ring, and long-range fuel tanks and water tanks. These models were used by the SAS for desert patrolling and special operations.
The British Army had acquired around 9,000 Series III models by the late 1970s, which were basically a special 'Heavy Duty' version of the 109-inch Soft Top. These vehicles had improved suspension components and a different chassis cross-member design. These were produced in 12-volt 'GS' models and 24-volt 'FFR' versions. A very small number were 88-inch GS and FFR models, but mostly the Army used the Air-Portable ½ ton, 88-inch 'Lightweight' version. The Lightweight was in use by numerous armies worldwide. In Europe even the Danish Army and the Dutch Landmacht utilized the Land-Rover Lightweight. Rather than the petrol engine, the Dutch and Danish had diesel engine and rather than the canvas top the Dutch ones had PVS tops like the modern Land Rover Wolf.
In Addition, there was also 101-inch Forward Control models; 109-inch FV18067 ambulances constructed by Marshall Aerospace of Cambridge. Both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force also acquired and maintained smaller Land Rover fleets during the 1960's through 1970s. The RAFs used 88-inch models for liaison, communications, airfield tractor duties and personnel transports. The Royal Navy's fleet was small and consisted mainly of GS-spec and Station Wagon versions for cargo transport and personnel. All British military Land Rovers utilized the 2.25-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine, though various overseas customers specified the 2.25-liter diesel unit instead.
Minerva of Belgium produced a car dubbed a Standard Vanguard, which was produced in Belgium under license of the Standard Motor Company. In the spring of 1951 the head of Minerva, Monsieur van Roggen contacted the Rover Company when Belgium's army was in need of a lightweight 4X4 vehicle. In 1952 the Minerva-Land Rover was produced.
The Rover Company allowed Minerva to produce Land Rovers under license to Rober and supplied technical support for Minerva. Rover Assistant Chief Engineer and head of Land Rover development; Arthur Goddard, was in charge of approving the updates Minerva wanted to make to the Rover, in addition to setting the factory up to assemble the vehicles.
Land Rover has claimed that in 1992, nearly 70% of all the vehicles they had constructed were still in use today.By Jessica Donaldson