Government talks, a Hard Top Defender and more – your JLR digest

Welcome to our regular news round-up relating to all things Jaguar Land Rover.

We look at some of the stories from around the world about Britain’s biggest car maker, which has its global headquarters in Coventry.

It continues to be an extremely challenging time for the car maker as the automotive industry struggles due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As always CoventryLive has been writing about the Whitley-based company, and much of our latest round-up covers stories we have published.

New reports have emerged that Jaguar Land Rover is in talks with the UK Government to secure a massive cash injection because of the coronavirus crisis.

The story was originally reported by the Financial Times.

Jaguar Land Rover revealed the Defender family is to be expanded with commercial versions that represents a nod to the past.

The new commercial Defender 90 and 110 models being launched this year will restore the Hard Top name to the Defender family.

The Hard Top name dates back to 1950, when the introduction of demountable ‘hard tops’ gave early Series Land Rovers added security and protection from the elements.

Just a day later the covers came off a vehicle dubbed the Land Rover Defender rival.

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While it’s not strictly Jaguar Land Rover news you can be sure the bosses at the car maker will be following the Ineos Grenadier’s progress very closely indeed.

The rugged 4×4 is aiming to be the spiritual successor of the old Land Rover Defender.

Jaguar Land Rover launched a new subscription scheme which enables people to get behind the wheel of its cars without paying out thousands of pounds.

Called Pivotal, it is a premium car subscription service designed to cash-in on the growing trend for monthly payments over one-off bills.

Elsewhere a number of outlets reported on an exciting electric taxi pilot taking place in Oslo, which Jaguar Land Rover has signed-up to.

The ElectriCity scheme is seeing the installation of charging infrastructure which allows electric taxis to be charged while in the queue at a taxi rank.

Jaguar Land Rover has supplied 25 Jaguar I-Pace vehicles to the project.

And finally the refreshed Jaguar F-Pace SVR has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring in Germany.

New reports Jaguar Land Rover is in government talks to secure funding



Jaguar Land Rover in Lode Lane

Reports have again emerged that Jaguar Land Rover is in talks with the UK Government to secure a massive cash injection because of the coronavirus crisis.

A report in the Financial Times has claimed the Coventry car maker is one of six large companies in advanced talks with the government over bailout cash.

The report says Britain’s biggest car maker is one of six ‘strategically important’ businesses in talks over emergency funding under a new scheme dubbed ‘Project Birch’.

The discussions are reported to be taking place because Jaguar Land Rover and the other companies involved were not eligible to borrow cash under the existing rescue loan programmes.

According to the FT some of the loans could see the Government take an equity stake in the businesses, which also include steel makers.

A Jaguar Land Rover spokesman told the FT that they are in ‘regular discussion’ with the Government.

You can read the full CoventryLive story here.

Land Rover Defender Hard Top to go on sale



The Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top

The new Land Rover Defender line-up is being expanded with commercial version that represents a nod to the past.

Land Rover has confirmed the new commercial Defender 90 and 110 models being launched this year will restore the Hard Top name to the Defender family.

And the commercial Defender derivatives are to be made on the edge of Coventry, being produced at Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) centre in Ryton.

Land Rover says the commercial Defenders will combine “unstoppable all-terrain capability with 21st-century connectivity” and deliver a combination of cargo space, practicality and premium comfort.

The Hard Top name dates back to 1950, when the introduction of demountable ‘hard tops’ gave early Series Land Rovers added security and protection from the elements.

The new Hard Top models are expected to start from £35,000 – not including VAT.

You can read the full CoventryLive report here.

Ineos Grenadier revealed: Wraps come off the Land Rover Defender rival



The Ineos Grenadier

The covers have finally come off the Ineos Grenadier – one of the most eagerly awaited automotive debuts of the decade.

Ineos Automotive has given the world its first look at a vehicle which is aiming to be the spiritual successor of the old Land Rover Defender.

The company said revealing the exterior design of its “no-nonsense 4×4 vehicle” was another step on the road towards start of production.

Footage of the Ineos Grenadier

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Created from the ground up on an all-new platform Ineos Automotive said it had been designed to be “a rugged, capable and comfortable go-anywhere working vehicle”.

You can read the full CoventryLive story and see pictures and video footage of the Grenadier here.

New subscription service means you can get Jaguar or Land Rover without huge deposit



Range Rover Sport PHEV

Jaguar Land Rover has launched a scheme which enables people to get behind the wheel of its cars without paying out thousands of pounds.

Called Pivotal, it is a premium car subscription service designed to cash-in on the growing trend for monthly payments over one-off bills.

The scheme will allow people to drive some of Jaguar Land Rover’s most sought-after vehicles – including the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace and Range Rover Sport.

People who sign-up can even swap between models when it suits them, with a fresh vehicle every six months.

The new service offers an alternative to traditional vehicle ownership and leasing plans.

A single monthly payment covers the rental cost, insurance, tax, servicing and repairs – leaving just fuel to pay for.

There are multiple membership tiers available and members can put their subscription on hold from month to month.

You can read the full CoventryLive report here.

Jaguar Land Rover, partners to launch wireless charging taxi project in Oslo



The refreshed Jaguar I-Pace

Creamer Media’s Engineering News reported on an exciting electric taxi project in the Norwegian capital Oslo, which Jaguar Land Rover has signed up to.

It said: “In a programme known as ‘ElectriCity’, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will join Nordic taxi operator Cabonline (NorgesTaxi), the region’s largest charge point operator Fortum Recharge, US technology developer Momentum Dynamics and the City of Oslo to build wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure for taxis in the Norwegian capital.

“The project will be the first wireless high-powered charging system for electric taxis in the world.

“It is hoped that the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) globally will by hurried along by providing a charging infrastructure model that can be implemented almost anywhere.

More efficient charging needed

“Fortum Recharge, which will support the installation and electrification of the project, identified the need for a more efficient charging experience for taxi drivers in Oslo. The company enlisted the support of Momentum Dynamics in integrating the wireless charging infrastructure.

“JLR will provide 25 Jaguar I-Pace models to Cabonline, the largest taxi network in the Nordics, to operate using the charging system.

“The I-Pace EV has been designed to enable Momentum Dynamic’s wireless charging technology.

“The plan is to install a type of charging system that does not take taxi drivers off-route during working hours.

“This means that multiple charging plates, rated at between 50 kW and 75 kW each, are installed in the ground, in series, at popular pick-up and drop-off points.

“This allows each equipped taxi to charge while queuing for the next fare.”

You can read the full Creamer Media’s Engineering News report here.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR caught stretching its legs at Nurburgring



Jaguar unveils the F-Pace SVR at its new US headquarters

Motor1.com had the following report – including pictures and video footage – on the refreshed Jaguar F-Pace SVR being tested at the Nurburgring.

It said: “All cars that are currently under development seem to be safe and that’s good news, especially for those considering a new performance SUV.

“The British manufacturer is currently putting the finishing touches on the refreshed F-Pace SVR.

“There’s a new spy video courtesy of the cvdzijden – Supercar Videos channel on YouTube and it shows the mighty F-Pace lapping the Nurburgring at high speeds.

“The prototype is still hidden under camouflage foil but we have at least a basic idea of what the visual changes might be.”

You can read the full Motor1.com report here.