CES 2020

2020 Land Rover Defender has world's first dual-modem, dual eSIM design

The two modems will allow users to simultaneously use the navigaton system while updating their system over the air.

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The 2020 Land Rover Defender will include the world's first dual-modem, dual eSIM design, which will allow owners to simultaneously download system updates over the air while streaming music or using apps. Most vehicle systems currently disable streaming functionality while the Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) updates are happening, often disabling functionality for an extended period of time.

Land Rover's new Pivi Pro infotainment system shares electronic hardware with the latest smartphones. Using its two embedded LTE modems, the Defender can update 16 modules remotely using cloud-based technology from CloudCar in the background without effecting day-to-day connectivity for the user.

Pivi Pro infotainment system Land Rover Defender 2020 Over 45 modules will be SOTA capable in the new Defender by the end of 2021.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

"With one LTE modem and eSIM dedicated to the Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) technology and the same set-up looking after music streaming and apps, New Defender has the digital capacity to keep customers connected, updated and entertained at all times anywhere in the world," said Peter Virk, Director of Connected Car and Future Technology, Jaguar Land Rover. "You could liken the design to a brain, with each half enjoying its own connection for unrivalled and uninterrupted service. Like the brain, one side of the system looks after logical functions, like SOTA, while the other takes care of more creative tasks."

The SUV's infotainment system is equipped with its own battery allowing it to be "always on" and able to respond immediately upon vehicle startup. This functionality allows the navigation system to be ready to accept a new destination immediately upon the driver entering the vehicle. Because of the dual-modem set-up, even the navigation system can be accessed during updates.

The Defender's 10-inch high-resolution infotainment touchscreen can also connect to two mobile devices at once via Bluetooth.

Land Rover initially announced that the Defender would have 14 modules that were SOTA capable. This new announcement of 16 is another step toward the more than 45 the company projects will be available by the end of 2021, eliminating the need for customers to visit their dealership to receive any software updates.

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Heritage Customs offers a bespoke take on the vintage Land Rover Defender.

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The Land Rover Defender's body style is iconic. The most desirable boxy, utilitarian Defenders are two generations old, right before the Defender mutated into a model that looked like an old version bred with a London's black cab. It's these models that create the basis for the new Heritage Customs handcrafted luxury take on the Defender, called the Vintage.

Heritage Customs was co-founded by car designer Niels van Roij, who recently described the customization process:

"This likeable Dutch Vintage commission features a rich, soft green metallic paint. It feels right at home next to the Heather flowers in the forest as well as on the pebble stones next to the patron's striking monumental villa. For this Heritage Customs Vintage we selected our bespoke milled aluminium side- and bonnet vents whilst non-automotive tan Nubuck leather was applied to trim the seats, dashboard as well as rear benches."

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Each auto has a teak wooden cargo floor with white rubber inlays, There's a Marshall speaker integrated into the cubby box. A hand-stitched tan canvas hood complements the interior color scheme while a wooden steering wheel replaces the traditional standard plastic unit. The SUV's center stack has been color-coded to the body and has metal switchgear on its fascia.

Distinctive aluminum details and color-coded extra wide steel wheels create a hardier looking luxury SUV in the example shown. A section of Heritage Customs-specific wheels are available.

Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior

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Customers are also able to select the bumper design of their choosing, whether it's a simple, clean unit or one of the custom made bumpers and side steps that Heritage Customs Vintage offers.

LED lights on all four corners complete the package.

The price of a Heritage Customs Vintage SUV start at €40,000, excluding taxes, depending on the preferred base vehicle and individual customer requirements. All Heritage Customs projects are 100-percent tailor-made and start out with sketches, based on conversations with the future owners.

The design and construction process takes about 1.5 months. Watch the video below to see how the undertaking occurs.

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The Lexus ES has been refreshed for the 2022 model year.

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The Lexus ES is the middle ground of the company's sedan lineup, offering luxe appointments, high-tech features, and predictable drivability. For 2022, much of that is unchanged. For this mid-cycle refresh, Lexus has given the model more of what customers like most without compromising the nature of the car.

Designers have given the new car a fresh exterior. All trim levels except the ES F Sport get a new grille. The fresh mesh pattern features a series of concentric "L" shapes and is finished in Graphite-colored paint. The bi-LED headlamps have been redesigned and are standard with dynamic auto-leveling functionality.

2022 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

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New standard 17-inch wheels feature thicker spoke ends and are layered in "V" formations. Base and Luxury trims are available with 18-inch wheels that features a split-10-spoke design with a two-tone black and machined finish. Buyers also have the option of getting 18-inch five-spoke alloy noise reduction wheels on their Luxury and Ultra Luxury models. ES F Sport cars get exclusive 19-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels finished in black paint.

Lexus has made a number of driving and handling changes to the ES, including a new rear suspension member brace that is designed to improve torsional rigidity, stability, and comfort. The car has an enlarged brake pedal on all trim levels. On gasoline-powered ES models, the brake system has been recalibrated for better feeling and response. Regenerative brakes on the ES hybrid have also been re-optimized.

The 2022 Lexus ES will be offered in a new ES 300h F SPORT trim level in select regions. This model will give buyers the combination of efficiency and dynamic performance. It will be sold alongside the existing ES 250 AWD and ES 350 F Sport models.

2022 Lexus ES 250

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The new version of the car will feature F Sport badging, mesh grille with dark surround, trunk lid spoiler, unique 19-inch wheels with new Black finish, steering wheel, front seats, pedals, shift lever and knob, and gauges with a removable display ring.

Buyers who opt for the ES 350 F Sport can get their model with the new Dynamic Handling Package, which includes Sport+ and Custom drive modes, park assist, and an adaptive variable suspension.

Lexus will offer the car in 11 paint colors for the new year including Eminent White Pearl, Obsidian, Caviar, Matador Red Mica, Moonbeam Beige Metallic, Sunlit Green, Nightfall Mica, Ultra White (F Sport only), Ultrasonic Blue 2.0 (F Sport only), Iridium, and Cloudburst Gray.

Base ES models come equipped with a NuLuxe-trimmed cabin in the buyer's choice of Black, Acorn, or Palomino paired with black striated wood trim accents. ES Luxury and Ultra Luxury models get semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats in Black, Acorn, or Rich Cream, paired with black open pore wood trim. The Palomino interior will be paired with matte walnut open pore wood trim accents. F SPORT ES models come with Black, Circuit Red, or White NuLuxe-trimmed upholstery that is paired with Hadori Aluminum accents.

2022 Lexus ES 300h F Sport

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The car's cabin now features a standard 8.0-inch or an available 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen. The screens sit 4.3 inches closer to center of the car allowing for easier touch functionality. The car also gets a more streamlined instrument panel.

The automaker will make Lexus Safety System 2.5+ (LSS 2.5+) standard on all ES models for the 2022 model year. The safety system includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and bicyclist detection. Intersection turning assist is new works to minimize forward collisions in intersections. Emergency steering assist is also new and is designed to keep a vehicle stable during an emergency evasive steering maneuver.

Adaptive cruise control can be activated at over 30 mph. LSS 2.5+ introduces curve speed reduction technology, which can automatically reduce vehicle speed, if needed, on certain types of curves.

2022 Lexus ES details

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Lane departure alert, automatic high beams, road sign assist, and lane tracing assist technology also come with the system.

Information regarding the car's MSRP, options, and exterior, and interior color choices will be made closer to the car's arrival at dealerships this autumn.

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