Suppose alongside the traces of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class CC. A BMW 7 Sequence Allroad. A Jaguar XJ Activ. A Lexus LS SUS.
It will likely be Land Rover’s Highway Rover, Autocar reviews. And it’s no joke. Focused at China and California particularly, Land Rover’s Highway Rover might seem on the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Present prematurely of a 2020 on-sale date. Supposed to wage struggle in opposition to the aforementioned full-size luxurious automobiles, the Highway Rover is believed to be outfitted with a measure of “all-terrain” functionality, Autocar says.
Whereas the Vary Rover Sport of 2005 was the unique transfer towards extra car-like Vary Rovers, Land Rover prolonged its attain with the Vary Rover Evoque in 2011 and this summer time’s Vary Rover Velar. Maybe we shouldn’t be stunned on the improvement of a Highway Rover.
The model’s trajectory was apparent.
It’s a considerably humorous flip of occasions, regardless. After current as a passenger automotive model for eight many years, Land Rover’s Jaguar companion model (each are owned by India’s Tata) launched its first SUV, the F-Tempo, within the spring of 2016. Jaguar’s second utility automobile, the E-Tempo, will arrive this winter.
Ceding territory to Jaguar after almost 70 years as an SUV-only collection, Land Rover has allowed the F-Tempo to develop into Jaguar Land Rover’s best-selling mannequin globally, TTAC’s Adam Tonge discovered at Jaguar’s North American E-Tempo unveiling. (The Vary Rover Sport leads the best way for JLR in North America.) The Jaguar E-Tempo, in the meantime, is predicted to develop into JLR’s international No.2. What’s a sibling rival presupposed to do? Land Rover will flip the tide, thereby claiming a portion of Jaguar’s luxurious automotive territory.
The Highway Rover can be an exceptionally high-end mannequin. Autocar says it’ll be priced from £90,000 ($121,300) – the Vary Rover begins at £76,795. The primary Highway Rover would even be meant to behave because the patriarch of a spread of road-oriented fashions, some much more car-like with others extra rugged.
The thought of a Highway Rover, identical to the concept translated into the brand new Vary Rover Velar, goes again many years. Autocar says merging a Rover with a Land Rover was a part of the plan way back to the 1950s and once more within the 1960s. The results of that plan, nevertheless, turned the Vary Rover.
However we all know that Land Rover believes no area of interest is simply too small to fill. Certainly, Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern mentioned lately that even identically sized and priced Land Rovers can coexist “if they’d two personalities then they’ve each obtained equal enchantment however to totally different clients.” But on this case, the automotive with which the Highway Rover will share essentially the most would be the next-generation Jaguar XJ, not precisely the Land Rover Defender.
[Images: Jaguar-Land Rover; Illustration: Matt Posky]
Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Fact About Vehicles and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.internet. Observe on Twitter @timcaincars and Instagram.