- Alfa Romeo
- Aston Martin
- Land Rover
The mid-size Land Rover Discovery is a bit different than most luxury SUVs. The regal utility vehicle is wholly capable off-road, while still treating passengers in utmost comfort. Currently, a choice of two turbocharged engines are available, a four-cylinder and a six-cylinder hybrid.
The Discovery Sport is Land Rover’s entry point into the lineup. Like every regular Land Rover, the Discovery Sport can be had with a third row of seats, although space back there is tight. A single drivetrain is currently offered; a turbocharged four-cylinder paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The flagship Range Rover is one of the most luxurious SUVs on sale. It treats passengers to the finest materials and technology inside, all while offering a smooth ride and fantastic isolation. A choice of engines are available, including a plug-in hybrid. For added choice, it can be had in two wheelbase lengths.
The Range Rover Velar is the second smallest SUV from the British brand, slotting in-between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport. It’s arguably the best looking vehicle within the Range Rover lineup as well. The tapered rear-end styling makes the Velar look longer than it is and offers a striking profile.
It’s quiet at the top of the rain-soaked mud-and-gravel track that’s been carved out of the Grecian hillside. The auto start/stop system outfitted to the Range Rover Evoque SUV has killed the engine, leaving my co-driver, Ken, and myself to ponder the very existence of the path forward – obscured entirely, as it is now, by some of the thickest fog the Aegean can conjure and then hurl up at the peaks that frame this sliver of the Mediterranean.
Under the hood of the Velar Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-liter supercharged V8, which is good for 542 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, this forced induction eight-cylinder will help the Velar hustle from 0-60 mph in a sports car-baiting 4.5s and reach a top speed of 170 mph. Land Rover also claims it will accelerate from 50-75 mph in just 2.6s.
We’re setting our sights on a whole new year of automotive excellence. We can’t wait to see what new cars debut in 2019, but there are a few that have already caught our eye. We can’t wait to drive these new cars or see them fully revealed. Here’s what we’re looking forward to:
The style-first Range Rover Evoque surprised when it arrived in 2011. Startlingly close to the LRX concept that preceded it, the three and five-door crossover’s sharp lines and small size helped carve a new segment into the crowded crossover class. Now it’s time for an all-new model. With more style, more tech, and more sustainable materials.