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I was driving round the quiet forest roads in central Brussels last Friday night and came across a test car that was heavily masked. It was driving at different speeds, speeding up/slowing down... at first I thought it was a drunk driver in a funny looking car but then realised that it was masking to hide the model... the only identifiable part was the classic Range Rover tail lights which were visible through a cut away section... note to car makers, don't use your signature lights on a demo car if you don't want it to be spotted...

Luckily my dash-cam was on so I'm now searching through the films to find the images, as soon as I have them I'll post them... was about the right size for a new version of the GLA competitor...:nerd:
 

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I just hope it wasn't a Kia trying it's best to look British... you know how the Korean car makers are ;)
 

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IF you look at pictures of the new explorer, you'll see that some design cues are similar, looks as if the Explorer is the poor man's RR.
 

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IF you look at pictures of the new explorer, you'll see that some design cues are similar, looks as if the Explorer is the poor man's RR.
Whats funny though is that the Explore debuted the design first, the RR only just copied it for this year (or was it last) regsardless the explor had it beat by at least 2 years...
 

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Tata Motors (JLR) still sources parts and chassis' through Ford, correct. Even the coveted 5.0L V8's in the XK, F-Type and XJ are derived from the Ford Mustang 5.0, but some components are replaced with forged parts and some ECU tuning from Coventry/Tata motorsports division for the R and R-S models.

Even the new supercharged-6 in the new Jags come from Ford, the exhaust note is almost identical in the V6 mustang with the signature 'burning-off excess fuel crackles' between shifts if you add an open exhaust to a V6 Mustang. It sounds just like the F-Type V6 S.

Oh and these are not just fancy explorers, the rigorous off-road standards they run the Land Rover/Range Rovers through are amongst the most arduous, and their entire line of vehicles can handle it. Suspension components in LR/RR vehicles are rated for these vehicles specifically, and not for Fords.
 
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