RANGE ROVER EVOQUE eD4
Vehicle type: Luxury SUV. Timing: Mid-year
Range Rover will offer a two-wheel drive version of the Evoque, called the eD4, which will mean an entry-level price of $49,995. As the least expensive Range Rover ever offered, there should be plenty of interest in the model. Our only concern would be in relation to the supply numbers; will the factory be able to meet the potential demand?
RANGE ROVER VOGUE
Vehicle type: Luxury SUV. Timing: Nov/Dec
Range Rover will launch an all-new Range Rover Vogue in quarter four of 2012. Powertrains for the new Range Rover are expected to be a combination of carry over engines from the current model, as well as hybrids (including a diesel hybrid). The new platform might also be based on that of the Jaguar XJ.
Expect the new Range Rover to have been on a serious weight-loss program with the benefits of reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
DEFENDER 2.2 TDCi
Vehicle type: Medium SUV. Timing: January
Land Rover Australia will launch a 2.2-litre turbo diesel Defender that is EU5 emissions compliant. Despite the new engine’s reduced displacement, it put out the same power and torque as the outgoing 2.4L diesel engine (90kW & 360Nm). It also comes with a particulate filter (DPF) and uses less fuel than the current engine.
Top speed is also slightly improved at 145km/h and power is to all four wheels via a GFT MT six-speed transmission.
FREELANDER 2 (UPDATE)
Vehicle type: Compact SUV. Timing: TBC
Land Rover is expected to release a minor update of the Freelander2 towards the later half of 2012. There is also talk of adding a two-wheel drive variant to the range, but that is still not confirmed for Australia.
DEFENDER CONCEPT No.2 - 4X4. Timing: TBC
The DC100 (Defender Concept) is believed to have been killed off by Land Rover management for not being 'tough enough' so expect a new concept to appear in 2012.