Defender centre stage
Land Rover put the Defender, in the shape of the Adventure Edition, front and centre of its stand, a pleasantly surprising move given the model’s imminent demise. Disbelief that this will actually happen surrounds the motoring world and Land Rover has confirmed that production may continue in some form for sale outside Europe. Heritage and Autobiography Editions were also showcased.
2016 Range Rover Evoque debuts
Land Rover has updated the Evoque for the 2016 model year, which debuted at Geneva. External and internal modifications are relatively modest buy the big news is under the bonnet where the new, in-house, Ingenium engine will feature in its diesel incarnation. Two specifications are offered, a 148bhp (150PS), fitted to the 2WD and 4WD models and a 178bhp (180 PS) version fitted to the 4WD only. The 148bhp version gives 280lb ft (380Nm) of torque, with the 178bhp variant developing 317lb ft (430Nm).
Power is slightly down on the previous 2.2-litre engine bought in from PSA/Ford but torque is up. Figures show that the new engine saves weight and also gives benefits in fuel consumption, although acceleration is marginally poorer.
Startech Range Rover Evoque
Gerry McGovern’s design team has obviously been inspired by the work done by vehicle enhancers like the British company Kahn Design and the German firm Startech, who were showing a more sculpted design of front bumper on its stand. We don't mind the Startech rendition, although Land Rover’s new LED lights look great.
Startech 'Series 3.1' Defender
Startech once again showed its Defender tribute in the shape of the imaginatively named ‘Series 3.1’. The front end treatment is rather brutal (actually, ugly would be a better word) but the smooth front bumper seems to suit the vehicle. The interior showed just how far luxury can be taken in this once utility vehicle.
Hamann Range Rover Sport
Startech wasn’t the only German company tinkering with Land Rover designs, with Hamann showing this butch rendition of the Range Rover Sport.
Kahn Huntsman 6x6
Matt black was very much an ‘in’ colour at Geneva, but no-one can accuse Bradford-based Kahn Design of being short of ideas. The 6x6 Huntsman Concept features the ‘long nose’ also shown on other Defender-based models, is wider than normal, and has a through-axle driveline by Penman Engineering. Powered by a 430bhp 6.2-litre engine from GM driving through a six-speed automatic gearbox, it should be capable of keeping up with its rival G-Wagen from Mercedes.