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2020 Range Rover Sport HST: New 395-HP Inline Six

2020 Range Rover Sport HST: New 395-HP Inline Six

JLR Builds New Inline Six

Jaguar Land Rover, aka JLR, recently revealed a new 395-horsepower inline six engine. Currently, the Range Rover Sport has a 3.0-liter supercharged V6. The major flaw with this engine is that it is actually a V8 block. Yes, that is correct. Basically, due to JLR being a smaller company, a cheap alternative to developing a new engine is to use one already in the shop. So, engineers put a 6-cylinder heads into a V8 block. Although the engine works, it is not efficient or optimal. But, now, that is going to change! One of the first vehicles to contain this engine will be the 2020 Range Rover Sport HST.

A Dive into the New Inline Six

2020 Range Rover Sport HST - New 3.0-Liter Supercharged Inline Six - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Range Rover Sport HST – New 3.0-Liter Supercharged Inline Six – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Now, let’s take a dive into the new inline six. The 2020 Range Rover Sport HST will use the new 3.0-liter supercharged inline six. This motor produces 395 horsepower and 405 lb.-ft. of torque. Obviously, this is with the help of the single twin-scroll supercharger. On top of that, there is actually a 48-volt electric supercharger. This helps minimize boost timing and maintain energy that is otherwise lost to the environment.

Regardless, this car can hit 60 mph in only 5.9 seconds. This is 0.9 seconds faster than the typical Sport with the V6 engine. As with JLR, superchargers are spanning the market including other manufacturers such as Audi.

Ready for the 2020 Range Rover HST?

New Range Rover Sport HST – Land Rover – YouTube

So, now that the info is out there, are you ready for the 2020 Range Rover Sport HST? As a 2020 model year, the car may arrive in late 2019 or early 2020. With a tip of the hat to the previous V6 variant, the new I6 will conquer that loss. The new motor allows JLR to compete with more sophisticated manufacturers. And, the idea behind the electric supercharger, is already in use by Mercedes-Benz models. Basically, it absorbs energy from the brakes and so forth to provide boost and power certain functions. At some point, this information will be available from JLR. In conclusion, the HST will be a game changer for the manufacturer… and is probably ready for a run at the Dragon Challenge!

2020 Range Rover Sport HST - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Range Rover Sport HST – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar: Land Rover’s Newest Entry into Market

2018 Range Rover Velar: Land Rover’s Newest Entry into Market

The All-New Range Rover Velar

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Front in Motion - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Front in Motion – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

For the 2018 model year, Land Rover is releasing the Range Rover Velar. The 2018 Range Rover Velar is the newest entry into the SUV market by Land Rover. With a base MSRP of $49,000, this vehicle has enough upgrade options to end up with a $103,265 MSRP machine. Basically, for double the base MSRP, you’d receive a fully loaded First Edition model. Otherwise, there are three body style options: First Edition, R-Dynamic, and Velar Base.

The Velar has a Ton of Engine Options

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Front Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Front Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The 2018 Range Rover Velar has multiple options for the engine depending on the body style. For the Velar base model, the vehicle sports a 247 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Simultaneously, the Velar S and SE also contain this same motor option. Furthermore, on top of this, there is a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine with only 180 horsepower for the S  version. Obviously, this version has more torque for the S version. Lastly, the Velar S and SE can also be upgraded to the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 380 horsepower. Moreover, these motors are used within the First Edition and R-Dynamic as well.

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Engine - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Engine – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The Velar R-Dynamic edition arrives in a SE or HSE version. All three motors above appear in the SE and HSE versions of the R-Dynamic. Nonetheless, it simply comes down to how power hungry the customer is as well as how wide their pocket is as well. Lastly, the First Edition version of the Velar only arrives in the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine. Subsequently, this makes the First Edition over $20,000 more in value than the base model. Basically, each body style, engine, and specification pack alter the price which will be shown below.

Pricing Options Galore for the Velar

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Front Corner by Water - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Front Corner by Water – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The 2018 Range Rover Velar arrives in 3 body styles that couple with 3 engine options. On top of this, those options couple with 1-3 specification packages each. Subsequently, this leads to an absolute ton of MSRP values depending on the initial build options. For simplicity, the MSRP values are broken down below by the body style, engine, and specification packages. Generally, this leads to a total of 12 available options for combinations. As can be seen, this creates a MSRP price jump of $40,000 between the base Velar and the First Edition.

  • 2018 Range Rover Velar Base
    • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine
      • S: $49,900
      • SE: $54,700
    • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Diesel Engine
      • S: $64,200
    • 3.0-Liter Supercharged V6 Engine
      • S: $64,200
      • SE: $67,400
  • 2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic Edition
    • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine
      • SE: $60,100
      • HSE: $67,600
    • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Diesel Engine
      • SE: $61,600
      • HSE: $69,100
    • 3.0-Liter Supercharged V6 Engine
      • SE: $69,600
      • HSE: $77,100
  • 2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition
    • 3.0-Liter Supercharged V6 Engine
      • FE: $89,300
2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Rear - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Rear – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

As shown above, the price can vary from as low as $49,900 up to $89,300. The amount of options provides flexibility to reach different markets. The cheaper versions of the Velar can provide access to these high-end cars for a reasonable price to the middle class. On the other hand, the pricier versions target an upper middle-class market. Consequently, depending on preferences and pocket depth, the Velar can meet the needs of anybody.

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition Specifications

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Side - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Side – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The most expensive version of the 2018 Range Rover Velar is the First Edition. This vehicle starts at a MSRP of $89,300 and can be fully loaded to an estimated $103,265. Henceforth, the First Edition only arrives with the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine. That motor produces 380 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. The top speed is set to only 155 mph, but the Velar FE can hit 60 mph in only 5.3 seconds. Undoubtedly, this vehicle is a gas guzzler with a combined 20 mpg for city and highway usage.

Land Rover is Stepping Up Their Game with the Velar


Overall, Land Rover is stepping up their game with the all-new Velar. The 2018 Range Rover Velar is a vehicle that targets people searching in the $40,000 range while at the same time offering a prestigious vehicle at over $100,000. Particularly, the Velar First Edition is one heck of a vehicle for anyone that can pay the hefty price. Otherwise, if not, the R-Dynamic version or even the base will do. In conclusion, the Range Rover Velar will be a popular car in today’s SUV market.

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Interior - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Interior – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Backseat - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Backseat – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Trunk - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Trunk – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition - Wheel - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition – Wheel – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

Note: Every picture in this post of the 2018 Range Rover Velar are manufacturer pictures. Land Rover Range Rover is the rightful owner of all of the above images.

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan: Calling Out The Bentley Bentayga

In late 2018, Rolls-Royce expects to introduce their first SUV model into the worldwide market, the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV

Rolls-Royce named the Cullinan after an enormous diamond of 3106.8 karats worth an estimated $400 million U.S. dollars. With this vehicle, Rolls-Royce intends to join the recently booming market of luxury SUVs. As with most Rolls-Royce vehicles, the Cullinan will have a hefty price tag of around $420,000, similar to the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The obvious target audience for a car of this stature is the rich and wealthy. In reality, only a few percent of the world population can afford such an extravagant vehicle.

The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan will be built on a new aluminum spaceframe architecture specifically designed for the vehicle. The Cullinan will sport 4×4 all-wheel drive as well as the typical Rolls-Royce V12 motor. Auto theorists suggest that the Cullinan may use the same engine as the Rolls-Royce Ghost, a 6.6-liter V12 twin-turbo with 563 horsepower and 605 lb.-ft. of torque. On top of this, the Cullinan will be offered in a Plug-In-Hybrid version to enter the electric auto market. In today’s world, providing the hybrid version makes sense as the V12 motor will obviously be a gas guzzler (although preferred).

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Competition

Competition in the luxury SUV market has been very competitive in the last few years. The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan will compete with a handful of other vehicles including the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Mercedes-AMG G65, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and Range Rover Supercharged. Out of those vehicles, the biggest competition will be with the Bentley Bentayga. The other SUVs are half the price of the Bentayga and definitely will not be comparable to the Cullinan’s price. Recently, Rolls-Royce punched hard at Bentley with a comment by its CEO.

While revealing the Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII in London, the Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös stated: “We are not using mass-manufactured body shells. That limits what you can do on the design side, and it undermines exclusivity massively. You don’t want a camouflaged Q7 in that segment. You want to have a true Rolls-Royce.”

Rolls-Royce called out Bentley over using the same mass-manufactured frame as the Audi Q7 on the Bentayga. For a better understanding, Volkswagen owns both Audi and Bentley. On top of that, Volkswagen owns Lamborghini and Porsche, two of the Cullinan’s market competition.

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is a Masterpiece

Overall, the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan will be a masterpiece of an SUV. Probably worth over $400k, this vehicle will be a rare sight for people around the world. If assumptions are correct, the Cullinan should hit the market in late 2018 with its eyes on the prize. Although the Rolls-Royce CEO attacked the Bentley Bentayga, there is sure to be competition between the two competitors. Hopefully, the public will be able to see this beautiful vehicle at the 2018 auto shows around the world.

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