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Bowler Motors gets permission to use original Land Rover Defender shape for CSP 575 project

Bowler Motors will create a road-going Defender-like vehicle next year.

Photo courtesy of Land Rover
Land Rover has granted permission to Bowler Motors to use its classic Defender shape to make new, high-performance vehicles. Bowler Motors is part of the Land RoverSpecial Vehicle Operations division. It was acquired by Jaguar Land Rover in late 2019.

With the permission in hand, Bowler intends to develop a new family of high-performance models, beginning with a project codenamed CSP 575. The road-going vehicle will ride on a proven chassis made of high-strength steel. It will feature aluminum alloy Defender 110 Station Wagon body panels, a roll cage, air conditioning, and Land Rover's 567-horsepower, supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. Like the classic Defender, the new model will accommodate four passengers.

Bowler Motors CSP 575 Land Rover DefenderThe model features the body of the vintage Defender.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

"The Bowler name has stood for innovation for 35 years. The licence agreement to produce vehicles with the classic Defender shape gives us a unique opportunity," said Calum McKechnie, General Manager, Bowler Motors. "We're excited to combine our motorsport experience with the expertise available from Special Vehicle Operations to produce a thrilling competition-inspired Defender 110 Station Wagon for the road."

Bowler is promising it will be a "competition-inspired off-roader" that combines "potent performance and motorsport-honed durability".

Land Rover sees the decision to issue a license to Bowler to build the vehicles as a "natural progression" of their relationship. "We're excited to announce the first major project since our acquisition of Bowler," said Michael van der Sande, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations. "The 'CSP 575' will combine Supercharged V8 performance and four-seat practicality with Bowler's rally raid-proven CSP platform, broadening the appeal of the brand. This high-performance road-going model will sit alongside Bowler's evolving range of rally raid models, which continue to enjoy success in the world's toughest motorsport events."

Bowler Motors CSP 575 Land Rover DefenderThe Bowler vehicle will be a limited edition model.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

The vehicle will be the first new Bowler since 2016. It will be produced in small quantities at Bowler's headquarters in Derbyshire, UK, by the same engineers and technicians producing its competition 4x4s. Pricing for the limited edition model is set to be around £200,000 in the UK.

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Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

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With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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The Everglades adds off-road upgrades to the already rugged Bronco.

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The Ford Bronco remains one of the most difficult to find vehicles around, months after its release. Though it doesn't need any help generating demand for the rugged SUV, Ford just released an Everglades Special Edition model with unique features and improved off-road capability.

The Special Edition 2022 Ford Bronco® Everglades™ | Fordwww.youtube.com

The Everglades is available as a four-door model, and comes with everything in the Sasquatch package plus a snorkel, winch, and more. Ford says the snorkel runs on the passenger-side A-pillar, and features an adjustable inlet to change the direction based on conditions. The intake also allows the Bronco to ford deeper water without fear of drowning the engine. Further bolstering the SUV's aquatic abilities, both axles, the transfer case, and transmission all feature modified vents to increase fording depth. Together, the Bronco Everglades' upgrades give it a water fording depth of 36.4 inches.

Using the Bronco's modular design, the Everglades features a Ford Performance bumper with a Warn winch and modified fenders with squared wheel arches. The winch offers a 10,000-pound capacity and a 100-foot line to pull the SUV out of hairy situations, while the wheel arches are squared instead of rounded, and feature Everglades graphics.

Ford Bronco EvergladesA 12-inch touchscreen is standard.Ford

The Bronco Everglades gets a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine making 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, and a 67.1:1 crawl ratio. Ford says it will offer the Everglades in five colors: Model-exclusive Desert Sand, Eruption Green, Area 51, Shadow Black, and Cactus Gray.

Orders for the new Bronco Everglades open in March, but is reserved exclusively for existing reservation holders. Pricing starts at $54,495, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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