Land Rover in 1947

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Over the past 60 years, Land Rover has been developing and changing their great vehicles.  Let’s take a look at how new and used Range Rover models have changed over the years.

In 1947, the idea of a Land Rover vehicle was born.  It was just after the war and the technical director for Rover Vehicles, Maurice Wilkes, caught wind that people were interested in a military type 4 X 4.  So, in 1948 the very first Land Rover went on display at the Amsterdam Motor Show.  It was made of aluminum and the body paint was left over from a fighter plane factory.  It also had a lightweight chassis and four wheel drive.  In fact, a used Range Rover model from 2007 that I recently came across still had the 4 wheel drive.  I guess they got something right early on!

Ten years later in 1958, a new model came out.  It was easier to drive, but still a durable auto.  A new 2.25 L petrol engine was a part of the model.  This is the model that made Land Rover a worldwide brand.  Orders came in from all over the world for this Series II auto.  In fact, the orders were from 70 different countries.

Through the 1960’s and 1970’s the models sold were building on the last.  In 1967, the transmission was updated, as well as new carburetors installed.  In 1970, Land Rover released a great model that had off road capability, awesome towing capacity, and hydraulic disc brakes on all wheels.

In 1981, the first 4 door SUV was released and was well received.  In fact, it was so well taken by customers, that in 1984, the UK discontinued the two-door model.   Then, in 1986, the front end grille was updated and fog lights became a part of the body.

In the 1990’s some Limited Edition Models came to your local dealership.  For example, The Great Divide Edition was sold in 1990 and 1991.  Only 400 were manufactured and they were painted Alpine White, with the interior a Sorrell light brown leather.

Today, the models sold are very luxurious.  They have beautiful interiors, powerful engines, and plenty of passenger and cargo space.  Keep a Range Rover in mind if you’re looking for something new!

2010 Range Rover Will Dial Up New Luxury and Tech Features

2010 landroverLand Rover recently announced the new features that will make its luxurious Range Rover model even more luxurious-er and I have to say, I’m thoroughly impressed.  It doesn’t take much for me, but this thing blew me out of the water.  I mean, Range Rovers already own the top spot for luxury SUVs (according to me) so I guess I’m not totally surprised.  I’m sure some would argue that there are other luxury vehicle brands that have high quality SUV models, but bear in mind that Land Rover’s specialty is luxury SUVs.  It would be like if Sony put all of their time and resources into making just televisions.  We would probably have some space-age, 3D television by now, but alas we’ll have to wait a few more years.

When I wanted to find out more about the 2010 Range Rover, I checked online for the answers.  Not only did they show me a complete listing of the new features, but they actually had a newer model on the lot that I could test drive.  So I jumped into the brand new Chicago 2010 Range Rover ready to tackle all of the off-road terrain that Chicago has to offer which, coincedentally, is none.

But that didn’t discourage me from testing out the all new engine that provides more power than most could even handle.  I could handle it of course, but then again I didn’t test out the 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds acceleration (for fear of my cherised test drive being stopped short by local law enforcement.)  The super-charged engine puts out a staggering 510 horsepower with 461 pounds of torque.  That’s enough to crush pretty much anything you want to crush (in the safest manner possible of course.)

But the power isn’t the only thing that got my engine revving (get it?)  The interior also got an extreme makeover offering the sleekest interior the Range Rover has yet seen.  The first thing I noticed was the super-slick “virtual” speedometer and tachometer that provides all pertinent vehicle information to the driver/me.  Add that to the incredibly comfortable leather seats and the 12-inch high-resolution center display and it makes for an incredible driving experience. When you can afford a land rover, you can also afford to upgrade or renovate your home, make sure to higher an omaha roll off dumpster rental company to get rid of any trash from the construction.

Land Rover LR3 handles like a pro

land-roverThe first time I saw the Land Rover LR3, I remember thinking how good-looking, classic even, the car was. So when my friend purchased his LR3, I was floored when I learned how he treated it.  Off-roading and riding it around in the dirt did not seem to be the right way to drive such a pristene looking SUV. So I went to my local Chicago Land Rover dealership to check out this vehicle for myself. And once I got behind the wheel, the urge to drive trails rather than roads hit me too. I suddenly felt the need to be somewhere in the mountains driving around and seeing all this luxury 4-wheel-drive could really do.

I’m not sure if it was the Jaguar-inspired 300-horsepower engine, or Land Rover’s exclusively engineered Terrain Response system, but something about the vehicle’s spirit really made me wish I was one of those rough-and-tumble drivers out on the open land. However, once I was able to finally snap back into reality (and bring the LR3 with me), I realized that it fit in really well on the roads. It was a smooth drive, and handled more effortlessly than I assumed it would, given its size.  And its sleek look makes this the perfect ride for climbing rocks by day and dining downtown by night.

The more I drove it, the more I realized how functional for everyday use this Rover seemed to be. With optional third-row seating, there is plenty of room in back to tow friends around, and a nine speaker Harman/Kardon stereo to keep them all entertained. And, as my Chicago Land Rover dealer explained to me, this sporty auto boasts all of the safety features one would expect, whether they are driving around with their friends or if they are heading out to the wilderness for a bout of mountain camping. There was also a lake, so i check on some of the best inflatable stand up paddle board reviews, to see if it would fit in the back, or if its inflatable, will fit on the roof.

Later that week, I convinced my friend to take me off-roading in his LR3. And while this truck was everything I hoped it would be on urban pavement, it was everything I ever dreamed for and more out in nature. Like my Chicago Land Rover dealer (and my friend) had promised, it handled like a pro and really took control of the road, and the terrain where roads don’t go.

So, to all of you Land Rover LR3 owners, or would-be owners, I leave you with this thought. Take care of your cars. Be kind to them and treat them nicely. They will appreciate it. But while the LR3 is a drive worthy of pulling up to the red carpet, don’t forget that it has an adventuresome side.

Latest news on the LRX

LRXSo now that there is all of this news buzzing around about the Chicago Land Rover LRX, we thought we would try to help you keep all of the facts straight from all of the rumors.

The LRX will not be released until 2011, and by the time it hits showrooms it may not even be called the LRX anymore. This 2-door sporty crossover is based heavily off of the Land Rover LR2, so if you’re already a fan of this 4-door, the LRX could be right up your alley. It will have a sleek, stylish look with a modern twist that’s sure to turn some heads on the open road.

The new Chicago Land Rover is expected to come equipped with the same engine on the LR2-  a V6, 3.2 liter AWD with a Terrain Response System (TRS) (because no matter how pretty this one is going to be, let’s face it:  it’s still going to be as tough as all Land Rovers before it). And while this engine will come standard, there have been talks about a hybrid following the release. This would come with a diesel or electric powertrain. Though not many details have been released on the hybrid model, it would be a great addition to the lineup for those buyers looking for something a little more economical.

The inside of Chicago Land Rover LRX will be just as great as the rest of it. Equipped with features such as dual touch screen displays, removable and power adjustable speakers, and electronic instrumentation, the LRX will be sure to draw your attention from the outside, but you won’t want to leave the interior.

If you just can’t wait to get behind the wheel of one of these, they are expected to be in final production and ready for test drives by late 2010, so be prepared. Talk to your local Chicago Land Rover dealer to find out more about release dates, and we’ll continue to be here to keep you updated and sifting through the rumors that this highly anticipated LRX has already caused.…

Chicago Land Rover LR3 Review

2009_land_rover_lr3After years of model upgrades, the Chicago Land Rover LR3 appears to have struck a chord with the consumer. Readily welcoming aggressive off-road dirt onto its frame, the Chicago LR3 is just as comfortable dressing up for a night on the town. Handling much better on paved roads and in daily driving than the previous-generation, the new Chicago LR3 sacrifices nothing in off-road capability – always eager to tackle trails, mountain roads, and freeways.

The driver seat rests high above what would be found in the average car, insulating the driver from outside distractions and movement. Improvements in steering provide firm and responsive handling while gripping the off-roader’s thick steering wheel. The Chicago Land Rover LR3 can be utilized as an effective tow vehicle for a heavy boat,  full-size camper, or just about anything else that keeps the outdoors life comfortable.

It is worth noting that braking is extraordinary, both in expressions of overall feel and sheer stopping force. The pedal is innovative, with no vibration slipping in to affect the drive, and it always feels like there is more stopping power should it be required. The brakes themselves are large 13.3-inch discs in front and 13.8-inch discs at the rear, with four-channel ABS. In addition, the anti-lock brake system is designed to work off road.

Working to enhance driver control off-road in rugged terrains are two brake-based systems, all-terrain Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Hill Descent Control (HDC), used to restrict downhill speeds on steep, slippery grades, and is adjustable through the steering wheel cruise-control buttons; both working exceptionally well.

In the past, off-road driving schools have had to dedicate significant time explaining which lever to push in which direction to respond to life’s various surfaces and obstacles. The Chicago Land Rover LR3 eliminates this step with its inventive Terrain Response System. Switch the console-mounted dial to the icon for Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, or Rock/Crawl, and the vehicle automatically adjusts as appropriate. In the adjustable suspension’s Off Road mode, ground clearance raises from the normal 7.3 inches to 9.5 inches. Engineering details, such as a larger oil sump to cope with acute angles of operation, demonstrate the scope the Land Rover LR3 Chicago is prepared for the unpaved world.

Test drive one at a Land Rover dealer in Chicago, and you’ll find the LR3 offers responsive off-road capability with on-road luxury. It may be the complete vehicle for those who need a comfortable daily driver that desire to go anywhere any four-wheel vehicle might go.…

Range Rover LRX is cleared for production

LRXAutomakers that hope to continue doing business over the next few years need to be increasingly aware of their fuel consumption, emissions and environmental credibility. In respect to these realities, Auto Express in the U.K. is reporting that Land Rover is moving forward with plans to launch the new LRX compact hybrid ‘ute, with potentially a bit of help from the U.K. government.

Locally, Chicago Land Rover dealership personnel are excited about the fact that Land Rover is moving forward to make sure its future lineup is as green as the badge on their 4WDs. Last year Land Rover hinted at the Detroit Auto Show the possibility of a new small vehicle with the LRX Concept, which ended up winning the Concept Truck of the Year award and sent every auto journalist into frenzy, under what has developed as its Range Rover sub-brand.

The British government is reported to be so enamored with the idea that they’re ready to throw £27 million ($44,422,507.41 dollars) at Land Rover to develop the automobile, merely scratching the surface of the estimated £400 million ($658,111,220.80 dollars) development cost. (Hey this isnt an arlington small appliance repair)

Land Rover hopes to develop this new product soon. In what has been dubbed by Land Rover as the brand’s “smallest, lightest, and most efficient Range Rover” ever built, the LRX-themed model may potentially end up integrating a gasoline-electric hybrid power train (if not the 2.0 liter turbo diesel hybrid found in the concept).

What has been confirmed is that the LRX concept will incorporate an Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) hybrid drive train with regenerative braking capabilities; in essence a smart drive train that takes measures, by putting electric power to the front, altering left-right torque bias, and even detaching itself from the driveshaft, in an effort to maximize traction and efficiency.

Often times for Chicago Land Rover buyers, the more technology included into the automobile, the better. With this in mind, the ERAD has been mated to Land Rover’s acclaimed Terrain Response system, putting power on the ground as often as possible, offering Hill Descent Control and an integrated Eco mode for city cruising. If the entire setup, in this situation the ERAD and the rest, can be bundled in a manner so as not to obstruct storage space, it could sell well enough to assist Land Rover reach its goal cutting fuel consumption and emissions by 20%.

Besides its start/stop system, which drivers may currently find on certain Freelander/LR2s, Land Rover will borrow generously from corporate partner Jaguar’s hardware stable, which has been said to be developing their own extended-range and hybrid vehicles. In the meantime, the British-built automaker is set to debut stop/start and regenerative braking on all of its models, in hopes of improving their environmental performance. .…

Chicago Land Rover News- Fire and Ice Defender Limited Editions

fireandice1The Land Rover Defender is one of the toughest, most hardcore trucks out on the road. With only the bare essentials to make it through even the roughest terrains, it is one of the most capable off-roaders in existence. So what happens when you try to tame such a wild child and make the most rugged model out there into a luxury vehicle? The Fire and Ice Defenders are what happen, limited edition Luxury vehicles that Land Rover has announced for sale overseas.

With these two new models, regardless of the abundance of luxury, the Defender has proven that it cannot be made soft. The Fire and Ice models will keep in tact the rugged dependability of Defender models while offering a new and more upscale feel, complete with the many luxuries that we have come to expect from our 4WD Rovers. According local Chicago Land Rover dealers, the build will be based off of the 1948 model, with some modern day updates. The Fire will be released in Vesuvius Orange, the Ice in Alaska White, both with Santorini Black roofs and trim.

There will only be 850 of these bad-to-the-bone new models, and so far they will only be released in Europe, China and South Africa. However, Chicago Land Rover dealers have their fingers crossed that a few make it across the pond. With all new leather and Alcantara suede interiors, the Fire and Ice will be as classy as any Land Rover has ever been and will also boast lots of exciting new features. Recaro bucket seats, a glass sunroof, and alloy wheels will all help the Defender keep its hard-core reputation while giving it a little extra comfort and panache.

Land Rover chose to stick with a very vintage design for the Fire and Ice models, a real fun aspect to the models that combines with their rugged ability and luscious interior to make one of the most unique vehicles in the world.

Driving a Land Rover Defender out in the mountains, motoring adventurers should find the Fire and Ice Land Rovers to be the pinnacle of pampering on their scamper to the summit. With the same grit and power the Defender is known for, combined with added new luxury indicative of top-of-the-line Rovers, the Fire and Ice limited edition Defenders will wind through the wilderness like with grace and amenity. When i lived in tx my rover was damaged in server weather, i have to hire a water damage restoration company in spring tx to take care of my home that got flooded, but i couldnt however recover the rover that was flooded.…