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2014-03-08 10:49

FASTEST-SELLING RANGE ROVER: Butterflies swarm the new Evoque in the Chobe National Park, Botswana. The revised compact 4x4 has a new transmission and an entry-level spec making it that much more attainable. Image: Sergio Davids


Land Rover launched its revised SA-bound Discovery and Evoque in a jouney that celebrates its “go-anywhere” ethos – an epic African safari. Wheels24’s SERGIO DAVIDS travelled through the African wilderness behind the wheel of Landy’s facelifted models!

What better way to experience the facelited Discovery and Evoque than with a trek from Botswana’s wilderness, across the Zambezi and into Zambia.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Land Rover Discovery
IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Range Rover Evoque

Botswana proved particularly challenging as the country is experiencing its highest rainfall in decades. This resulted in severely challenging driving conditions. Where there were well worn paths were now river spillways with some roads having city-car swallowing mud holes.

We also have news regarding a limited edition Discovery headed for SA and a rather sad announcement about the legendary Defender. More on that further down...


Land Rover’s popular Discovery 4 receives a facelift in 2014 complete with a new engine, exterior tweaks and technologies. Interestingly, the automaker has opted to remove the traditional “4” moniker at the rear and replace its Land Rover badge on the bonnet...

Is this mildly-modified Disco’s subtle of tweaks enough to keep it fresh alongside newer rivals? We find out!


With sales of nearly 7000 units since 2011, the Range Rover Evoque is the automaker’s fastest selling vehicle yet. In 2014, the current champion of Range Rover sales has been given a major mechanical upgrade with the addition of a new nine-speed auto, along with minor cosmetic and technical enhancements.


With the launch of its new ZF 9HP transmission in its facelifted Evoque, the automaker becomes the first to debut a nine-speed auto in SA, beating German rivals to market.
Why a nine-speed? According to the automaker, “It improves economy and reduces emissions. It’s more responsive, lighter and provides smoother shifts.”


To commemorate 25 years of its Discovery, Land Rover SA will launch a limited edition “XXV”, the Roman numeral for 25, model in September 2014 sporting cosmetic add-ons and luxury trim.

Due to government and safety regulations, the venerable Defender line will sadly come to an end. Land Rover announced it will end production of its iconic 4x4 in 2015.

The automaker claims a 69% growth in SA with “1 in 3 SUVs over R500 000 sold” bearing the Land Rover badge. To further boost its growth the automaker has invested R1-billion in sub-Saharan markets.

Land Rover will invest R35m in Corporate Social Responsibility projects in sub-Saharan Africa such as such as Born Free, Endangered Wildlife Trust and the Red Cross. The automaker spent R15-million over three years supporting the Kingsley Holgate Foundation. In 2014, the automaker has delivered 15 000 mosquito nets, 7000 Rite to Sight spectacles and 3000 LifeStraws.

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