Land Rover is a British automaker best known in the United States for producing luxurious sport utility vehicles. Land Rover has built its image around models with extreme off-road capabilities, though some of the brand's more recent offerings have put an increased emphasis on style and on-road performance.
Despite starting out by making bare bones, utilitarian trucks similar to the decades-old Defender model sold in Europe, today Land Rover is...
perhaps most associated with its Range Rover model, a high-end, full-size SUV with a coddling interior worthy of a Bentley.
In recent years the brand has cashed in on the cache of the Range Rover name with a several new, less-expensive variants. These include the more performance oriented-Range Rover Sport and the smaller Range Rover Evoque, which signals a newfound focus on fuel efficiency and high style. In contrast with other Range Rover models, the Evoque relies mostly on complex electronics for off-roading endeavors.
The rugged yet luxurious LR4 and the entry-level LR2 anchor the bottom-end of Land Rover's lineup.
Land Rover originated as a simple yet sturdy and capable vehicle produced by British automaker Rover before becoming a brand in its own right in 1978. Over the years it has passed through the hands of numerous automakers, most recently BMW and Ford, before finally being purchased by Indian company Tata Motors in 2008.
Land Rover is currently paired with British luxury automaker Jaguar, with which it shares engines and other mechanical components. Because of its recent ownership by Ford, the brand also utilizes motors sourced from the American company.