What’s Hot And What’s Not in the 2019 Land Rover Lineup
What to Buy and What to Stay Away From When it Comes to Land Rover in 2019
The British SUV automaker has had its ups and down over the years, but its image as a producer of extremely capable and reliable off-road 4-wheel-drive SUVs was never questioned. The Land Rover brand has kept its desirability on a high level over the recent decades, and even numerous ownership changes couldn’t affect this. Much like their American counterpart, Jeep, Land Rover too switched hands multiple times over the years before settling under the current Jaguar Land Rover division of India-based Tata Motors. That said, the new division is currently recording its best sales ever, with 621,109 vehicles sold worldwide during 2017. The U.S. figures are also showcasing an increase of almost 10 percent, as JLR managed to market 114,333 units here in 2017. Separated from the total, Land Rover alone has sold 74,739 vehicles in the U.S. during the same year. Now that that’s been addressed, our curiosities shift to the 2019 Land Rover lineup and what it will offer.
The projections are more than encouraging. U.S. Land Rover sales for the first six months of 2018 amount to 44,779 units, which is as much as a 25 percent increase over the same period in 2017 when the automaker had marketed 35,839 vehicles. This trend should carry over into 2019 as well, especially considering the British are ready to reintroduce their historically most iconic model, the Defender, sometime during MY 2019. Furthermore, the British luxury brand has selected MY 2019 as its inaugural electrification year. Land Rover’s very first plug-in hybrid, the P400e, will soon join its Range Rover and Range Rover Sport lineups. Meanwhile, the upper echelon of the Land Rover lineup will be bolstered by the addition of the exclusive, ultra-luxury, and very limited Range Rover SV Coupe. Here’s what the 2019 Land Rover lineup has to offer.
What’s Hot In the New 2019 Land Rover Lineup
4. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe
Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva auto show, the 999-unit limited edition Range Rover SV Coupe is now officially the most expensive Land Rover car ever produced. With a starting price of a staggering $295,000, surpasses the previous record holder by far – the Range Rover SVAutobiography. The new 2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe will, however, have even more to offer despite being two doors short. The SV Coupe packs an otherworldly level of interior refinement which stems from unique diamond quilted leather seats in either different (front and rear) or monochrome color schemes and the special Nautica wood trim made out of walnut and sycamore. This Victorian interior setup is, however, bolstered by numerous contemporary features like the 1,700-watt, 23-speaker Meridian sound system or a 10-inch touchscreen display infotainment cluster. The exterior is, naturally, less extravagant, but only slightly. Apart from standard 21-inch and optional 22 or 23-inch wheels, the limited Range Rover SV Coupe offers as many as 28 different color combinations, and all new parts apart from the hood and lower tailgate.
Built by the British automaker’s Special Vehicle Operations division, the Range Rover SV Coupe will also pack quite a punch. Powered by the 5.0L supercharged V8 mill, the ultimate Landy will deliver as much as 557 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The engine will be standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel-drive. The 0 to 60 time of 5 seconds or thereabouts doesn’t sound like much, but don’t forget that this highly luxurious and correspondingly packed SUV will likely weigh north of 6,000 pounds. Despite being imagined as an ultra-luxury road-going SUV, the Range Rover SV Coupe will retain its siblings’ off-roading capability. It will be able to rise 2.95 inches at speeds below 31 mph while dropping 0.6 inches when running faster than 65 mph. Additionally, it’s 0.31 inches lower than a typical Range Rover specimen straight from the factory. Most of us will likely never see one in person due to their exclusivity, though. Maybe they’re built for a select few and maybe they’re over exaggerated, but we can’t dispute their sheer awesomeness.
3. 2019 Land Rover Defender
The original iconic Land Rover was axed in 2016 after more than 30 years in production, and it didn’t have a foothold in the U.S. since 1997 due to its inability to meet the rigorous emissions and safety tests on this side of the Atlantic. This is all about to change during MY 2019 when the all-new Defender finally hits showrooms after a prolonged delay. The 2019 Land Rover Defender will don a contemporary styling stemming from the current Land Rover lineup and a more premium interior than ever. However, the iconic Landy will retain its predecessors’ world class off-road capabilities and continue its tradition of offering different wheelbases and body styles. For the initial release, this likely translates to a short and long wheelbase, and both soft and hard-tops. Even a Defender-based single cab pickup truck might be in the works further down the line.
The 2019 Land Rover Defender’s powertrain lineup has yet to be disclosed but pretty much any of the current engines offered within the Land Rover lineup are up for grabs. Moreover, throughout its lifespan, the Defender could have hardly been imagined without a diesel option. More the reason to hope the 245-horsepower 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 will make it to the new Defender as well. Like any other Land Rover model, the new Defender won’t come cheap. Especially after discarding its old-school agricultural roots in favor of the 21st-century plushness that contemporary Land Rover vehicles are known for. It should start from around $50,000 or thereabouts, but more info should be available as we zero in on the calendar year 2019. How it will fare against a number of diverse competitors ranging from the affordable Wrangler to the luxurious yet rugged Mercedes-Benz G-class remains to be seen.
2. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Despite being some $20,000 cheaper option to its larger Range Rover sibling, the Range Rover Sport is still one quite expensive affair. Starting from $66,750, the capable plushy SUV can quickly become exorbitantly expensive even with a few selected optional extras. However, the mid-size luxury SUV offers more than a fair share for the price. Apart from an obviously luxurious and high-tech interior, the Range Rover Sport boasts a high level of comfort and arguably the best-in-class off-road capability. Moreover, the almost 5,000-pounds-heavy SUV also offers surprisingly agile handling. Despite entering its sixth year on the market without major changes, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport still feels fresh. Especially after being mildly rejuvenated in 2018.
The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is offered with three internal combustion engines and one hybrid powertrain. The base models are fitted with a 3.0L supercharged V6 mill that delivers either 340 horsepower in entry-level or 380 ponies in the HSE Dynamic trim. On the other hand, the base SE and HSE models can also be ordered with the optional 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 that makes 254 horsepower and serves as the fuel-efficient offering of the internal combustion part of the lineup. Finally, top-of-the-line Range Rover Sports get the 5.0L supercharged V8 mill that generates 518 horsepower in its base form and as much as 575 horses in the performance-oriented Range Rover Sport SVR model. Finally, the new fuel economy champion, the P400e, pairs the JLR’s 296-hp 2.0L turbo-four engine with a 114-hp electric motor and a 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack for the combined total of 398 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. This impressive and diverse lineup of powertrains offers both the abundance of power and a solid fuel economy (at least to some extent).
1. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover
The ultra-luxurious, extremely capable, and quite spacious Range Rover is Land Rover’s linchpin model and the epitome of the British automaker, in general, these days. Starting from north of $87,000, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover is also the most expensive of all Land Rovers, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The range-topping SVAutobiography Dynamic trim creeps mightily close to the $180,000 range, whereas the long wheelbase Range Rover Autobiography costs a heartbreaking $208,000 or thereabouts. For that amount of money, you get all the room, tech, and luxury you can wish for. You also get the Range Rover’s trademark cushioned ride and exceptional handling. Finally, the Range Rover naturally throws in another trademark Land Rover feat – legendary off-road capability.
Much like its smaller Sport sibling, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover offers three distinctive internal combustion powertrains and one hybrid setup. The hybrid P400e combines the same 2.oL turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, a 114-hp electric motor, and a 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack for the net hybrid output of 398 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. It’s good enough for 31 all-electric miles and the battery will require under 3 hours of charging with a Level 2 outlet. The conventional internal combustion lineup consists of a 3.0L supercharged petrol V6, a correspondingly displaced turbo-diesel V6, and a powerful 5.0L supercharged petrol V8 mill at the top. The oil burner makes 254 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, while the petrol options both come in two sets of tunes. The smaller V6 option generates either 340 or 380 ponies, whereas the powerful V8 cranks up either 518 or 557 horses. Regardless of a chosen engine, all Range Rovers sport a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission and mandatory all-wheel-drive.
What’s Not In the New 2019 Land Rover Lineup
3. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Whether the 2019 Range Rover Evoque files under the “hot” or “not” category depends largely on the time frame of the next generation model’s release. At the moment, that appears to be early or mid-2019, which would effectively make the vanguard model of the second-gen Evoque a MY 2020 affair. In other words, it’s probably better to sit out on the 2019 Evoque and wait a few more months before the updated version arrives. Then again, the current model still looks as fresh as it did when it first came out back in 2011. The compact luxury crossover is also agile, powerful, and more than competent off-road, but it costs much more than an average vehicle from its segment does. For almost $42,000, which is the price of the entry-level Evoque SE, you can usually buy two reasonably equipped non-luxury compacts, or one very well-equipped Subaru Forester and a few bikes and kayaks to mount atop it.
The Range Rover Evoque might be nearing the end of its first generation, but its powertrain lineup was updated as recently as 2018. Base models will now come with a 2.0L turbo four making 237 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. The range-topping HSE Dynamic and Autobiography trims offer a bump in ratings for an additional $3,000. The up-tuned version of the engine will produce 286 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, but the base powertrain is still standard – even on the highest grades. Regardless of chosen tune, the Evoque’s four-banger ties to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque should expand on this by following in the Range Rover’s and Range Rover Sport’s footsteps by adding a hybrid model, but not necessarily straight from the get-go. The convertible model, on the other hand, will likely carry over unchanged for at least a year or so before either switching to the new architecture or getting the ax (or entering a hiatus before switching over later on).
2. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Despite being the newest addition to both the Land Rover and Range Rover families, the Velar somehow failed to impress. Introduced during the Summer of 2017, the Velar’s U.S. sales sit at a steady level that ranges between 1,000 and 1,500 units a month. The Velar slots between the subcompact Evoque and slightly larger mid-size Range Rover Sport, and, as expected, feels at home both on and off the roads. However, for $50,000 or thereabouts, which is the price tag of entry-level models, buyers expect perfection and the Range Rover Velar fails to deliver. Sporting an all-new touchscreen everything dashboard, the Velar fails to meet customer reliability expectations. The system is glitchy and takes some time to get used to, but a number of Velar owners will also tell you it’s prone to failure – spectacularly so, at that. Then again, the Velar also offers a quiet, comfortable ride, good fuel economy compared to its siblings, and an interior worthy of any flagship luxury car.
The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Velar draws power from three different engines. The base Velar is exclusively offered with a 247-horsepower 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder, whereas the mid-range Velar S allows a choice between the full spectrum of available powertrains. The former of the other two is an efficient 180-horsepower and 317 lb-ft 2.0L turbo-diesel inline-four while the latter 3.0L supercharged V6 petrol engine develops 380 horsepower. Regardless of the chosen engine, all Velars are fitted with a mandatory 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive. The Range Rover Velar’s engine lineup is obviously one of the compact SUV’s stronger points since it offers both efficiency and raw power to boot. However, for the hefty price tag a fully-equipped Velar commands, that’s far from enough.
1. 2019 Land Rover Discovery
As far-fetched as it may sound, the venerable Discovery and its smaller Discovery Sport sibling are actually the only two nameplates tied directly to the Land Rover badge at the moment. The rest of the lineup is actually filed under the Range Rover marque. Typically long-lived, the third-generation Discovery has only just entered its third calendar year. The best off-road Landy currently on offer sports 11 inches of max ground clearance, an optional 2-speed transfer case, and a locking rear differential, which help it traverse any reasonable terrain out there. It can also be cushioned if fitted with an optional air suspension, and its interior is as spacious as they come. However, most people will have trouble getting used to its new design language which breaks away from the Disco’s boxy roots. Moreover, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are still not supported and the infotainment system exhibits slow response times despite running on a new 10-inch touchscreen display.
The good news is; the 2019 Land Rover Discovery offers the extremely-efficient-for-its-class 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 with every trim level available. The oil burner makes 254 ponies and 443 lb-ft of torque, costs $2,000 extra, and returns 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The standard 3.0L turbocharged petrol V6, on the other hand, guzzles fuel but makes 340 hp and 322 lb-ft of torque. Both are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and, of course, mandatory 4-wheel-drive. The 2019 Land Rover Discovery is an SUV that’s hard not to love for its impeccable off-road talents, but a price tag of at least $52,000 without any advanced systems is a tough pill to swallow.