Land Rover Discovery Sport, Defender & India Bound Jaguar XE Honoured With Scottish Car of the Year Awards
Jaguar XE, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Land Rover Defender are three best selling vehicles from British luxury auto maker Jaguar Land Rover. All these three vehicles won awards at the prestigious “Scottish Car of the Year Awards” ceremony.
The India bound luxury sedan XE from Jaguar won the “Best Executive Car” awards, while it also won the “Best Design and Innovation” awards at the same event back in 2014. Commenting about the vehicle Alisdair Suttie, the President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, has said, "With its fine lines penned by Scotsman Ian Callum, the Jaguar XE is as good looking as executive saloons come. It has abilities to match its looks, with first rate ride, refinement, driving dynamics and efficiency." The new Jaguar XE will be showcased at the upcoming 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo by the British marquee. Once launched, it will be the cheapest offering from Jaguar in India, and it will compete against the likes of Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes Benz C-Class and the Volvo S60. The Jaguar XE is built on an all new lightweight aluminium intensive monocoque body frame. Under the hood it gets a 3.0 litre 6 cylinder all aluminum Twin-Vortex supercharger engine, paired with a ZF 8HP45 8 speed automatic gearbox, capable to churn out 344 PS peak power and 450 Nm peak torque. The XE can reach 0-100 kmph in 4.9 seconds, with a top speed of 250 kmph.
Land Rover is showcasing their milestone vehicle the ’Defender 2000000’ in Dubai. It will be exclusively showcased at Dubai International Motor Show before its special auction at Bonhams on 16th December, where car collectors from across the world will get a chance to bid for the iconic car.
The 2 millionth Series Land Rover and Defender was built at Solihull, UK. It was displayed in the Al Fahidi district of the city, the historical heart of Dubai, and it was showcased alongside a Series I Land Rover to represent Land Rover’s rich history and evolution through the decades. Also there was the Defender pedal car concept, a hand-built tribute to Defender’s legacy which could be a popular collector’s piece.
The Defender 2000000 will be on display at Dubai Motor Show, where interested buyers will be able to pick up a Bonhams sale catalogue also. As Land Rover is all set to stop the production of the Defender in January, 2016; the auction at Bonhams will be one of the last opportunities to buy one of the final models to be built in Solihull. The unique Defender 2000000 was built by an all star personalities to celebrate the 67 years of iconic Land Rover production.
Three Spectre cars showcased in the event were – a Jaguar C-X75, which is the vehicle of choice for Mr. Hinx played by none other than the WWE Superstar Dave Bautista, who is the henchman of the villain in the movie, an extensively modified Land Rover Defender and a Range Rover Sport SVR. We have seen all these vehicles in the trailer teasers and the making videos of the latest Bond movie.
The Jaguar C-X75 is a sports car concept, which was first showcased at 2010 Paris Motor Show, but ultimately abandoned by Jaguar, for some unknown reason. In the movie Spectre, we have seen Mr. Hinx, played by famous actor David Bautista, chasing Bonds Aston Martin DB10 in this stunningly gorgeous and powerful car painted in Orange (Read and watch it here). In some other videos we have seen The Range Rover Sport SVR and two absolutely rugged looking Land Rover Defenders in a chasing scene, which were shot in Austrian Alps. In the previous Bond movie Skyfall, we have seen Naomie Harris aka Eve Monepenny driving a rugged looking Land Rover Defender during the initial action sequences.
Although various automobile manufacturers are grabbing attention of the automotive world in the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, but Jaguar Land Rover definitely steal away all the limelight with this showcase event at Palatial Thurn und Taxisin Frankfurt. Incidentally, this was the first time these spectacular vehicles were shown at some public event. After all, these are no ordinary cars; these are bespoke cars of the latest James Bond movie. Present in the event were David Bautista, who played a villainous role in the movie, and Naomie Harris, who is portraying the character of Eve Moneypenny.
Land Rover Defender. For generations, it’s been a name intriguing adrenaline rush. Since the birth of Land Rover 68 years ago in 1947, when Maurice Wilks first came up with the idea of making an all terrain operational car which will be the competitor against Jeep, the pride of America.
Land Rover Defender is the car which comes heavily inspired by the original Land Rover. Introduced to the automobile world in 1983, this car gained immense popularity within a few years, and recently Land Rover celebrated 2 millionth unit production of Defender. This car has been a favorite for various people. Be it military usage, be it adventure, everywhere this car has been a hot favorite, and that too for being a true blue off roader.
The 24th James Bond movie Spectre surely is building lot of expectations amongst the James Bond movie fans but not only the movie Spectre is all about James Bond and some of his hottest women but this movie will also feature some of the hottest cars too.
Recently Jaguar Land Rover announced in an official press release that the upcoming Spectre movie will feature three of the hottest cars that JLR has to offer. Now it’s official that the 24th James Bond movie will feature Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVRs and Defender Big Foot. Not only these cars will just be a showpiece in the movie but the C-X75 will also feature in a spectacular car chase sequence which will take place in the beautiful city of Rome alongside another one of the most beautiful cars the Aston Martin DB10 which was also unveiled last year December.
The reports also mention that the movie production team and the stars have already finished filming with the modified Land Rover Defenders & Range Rover Sport SVR in Austria. Now we have already showed you what the Land Rover SVR is already capable of doing, while the Land Rover defender Big Foot has been fitted with huge 37 inch diameter off road tyres and this SUV was designed entirely by Jaguar’s special operations for tackling extreme terrain. Besides just the huge off road tyres the Defender big foot also gets bespoke suspension and enhanced body protection.
Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, John Edwards, said: "This is an exciting partnership for Jaguar Land Rover and an opportunity to demonstrate the fantastic capabilities of the Special Operations team.’’
Quite honestly I can hardly wait for the movie to hit the theatres especially after hearing what this movie is bringing for us. The movie Spectre will be releasing on 6th November 2015 and if you want to see some cool action and hottest cars then mark the date.
Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft driving theLand Rover Defender in the Tomb Raider is an image permanently printed on the mind of every man. Though only 250 of the Defender Tomb Raider LE were built, the Tomb Raider did the best possible advertising for the Defender. Arguably the daddy of SUV’s, this might seem to be an agricultural SUV when compared to the more modern machines around, and the Defender while isn’t sold in India, is widely known amongst those with an inclination to drive off road rather than on road. An icon of our times, there are not many cars in the world with a reputation of the Defender. For the English the Defender is a national treasure and the SUV was initially called the Land Rover Ninety and Land Rover One Ten. Prices for the Defender in the UK start from Rs 17lakhs.
According to Autocar UK magazine the Land Rover DC100 which is expected to replace the Defender has been given the thumbs up by Land Rover. Land Rover is hopeful that the DC100 will prove to be as big a success as the Evoque has been. In a quote to Autocar UK magazine Land Rover’s design director, Gerry McGovern, said, ‘The concept got the thumbs-up. And 90 per cent of the 250,000 people we spoke to loved it.’
The Defender so far has been aimed at the off road enthusiast and while the SUV will remains true to its roots, Land Rover is also planning to now attract the image and design conscious buyer. The consumer that Land Rover is now looking is the urban youth which is different to the traditional Defender buyer. Describing their target audience McGovern said, ‘James Bond needs to be able to kick the hell out of it and it will still be able to get up for more.’
The DC100 concept was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011 and originally Land Rover had worked on the DC100 in 2005 as a possible replacement for the Defender. At Frankfurt the car that was shown has a diesel option and also a more sporty petrol option. Internationally prices for this Defender replacement are expected to be from onwards 17 lakhs.
The DC100 will be an entry level Land Rover. The styling on the production ready model would be a little toned down since some reactions haven’t been particularly positive. The off road potential though that this SUV would possess is expected to be as strong as the Defender. The DC100 would in all probability have a car-like monocoque chassis but the manufacturer is also considering a unique body-on-frame underpinnings.
The interiors on the concept DC100 are cutting edge with a touch screen in the middle, there is also a Terrain Response System and the cabin has generous use of leather. The SUV is eventually expected to make it into production in 2015 while retaining the Defender’s classic boxy shape and round headlamps.
According to Autocar UK magazine Land Rover is planning to build the all-new Land Rover Defender at Tata Motor’s manufacturing plant in Pune. Land Rover already builds the Freelander in India for sale in Asia and in an interview to the magazine, Tata chairman Ratan Tata spoke about building the Defender in Pune. According to Ratan Tata, by building the Defender in India it will allow the manufacturer to lower the manufacturing costs.