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A+E Networks, Land Rover team up for 'All You Need To Know: Overlanding' special

The Land Rover Defender is showcased in a new documentary that features a five-day overloading expedition.

Photo courtesy of Land Rover North America

A new 60-minute documentary will explore the ins and outs of overlanding. "All You Need to Know: Overlanding" is a joint effort from A+E Networks and Land Rover North America and will be presented on FYI on Sunday, April 18.

The special dives into the trend of overlanding, a type of outdoor adventuring that is rooted in off-the-grid travel and exploration sans hotel, motel, or Holiday Inn.

Created in partnership with the Land Rover brand's media agency of record, Dentsu X, the documentary explores how the newest generation Land Rover Defender can take three adventurers to their limit as they travel through Arizona and Utah.

For 2021, the Land Rover Defender has gotten a new mid-grade X-Dynamic model. Photo courtesy of Land Rover

2021 Land Rover Defender

"Popular interest in overlanding is exploding worldwide and set to become the next really big thing in the outdoor and SUV space," said Christian Murphy, head of Enthusiast brands, A+E Networks. "Through this unique partnership with Land Rover, the Defender becomes a character in the adventure - not only enabling the journey but capturing the spirit of outdoor exploration. We've created content that inserts unique expertise into this huge trend, features American landmarks and hopefully spurs audiences to explore the great outdoors."

The show is hosted by Murphy, a native Australian, outdoor enthusiast, and professional presenter who has been storytelling via video for over 20 years.

Murphy is joined by overland expert Scott Brady, an overloading pro, for a five-day off-the-grid overloading adventure. The duo explore North America's landscape taking in iconic and beautiful scenery.

"Overlanding brings a unique joy and nuance to travel, providing access to all of the experiences, culture, and natural beauty between points A and Z," said Brady, CEO of Overland International, Inc. "Using an overland vehicle like the Defender allows us to get off the beaten path, to venture further into the unknown, and the connect with adventure in entirely different ways. As travelers, we need experiences like that more than ever."

The program is aimed at educating and equipping outdoor enthusiast viewers with practical aspects of overlanding - background and history, planning, driving techniques, expert advice, products, tools and resources.

The Defender, a legendary off-roader, was remade for the 2020 model year. It comes in both Defender 90 and Defender 110 versions. The 90s are three-door models while the 110s have five-doors. The 2021 version of the Defender is now on sale in the U.S.

"AYNTK: Overlanding" premieres in the Outdoor block Sunday, April 18th at 10 p.m. ET on FYI followed by an encore on The HISTORY Channel Saturday, April 24th at 9 a.m. ET.

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All-new 2022 Lexus LX 600 will be here soon

The new LX will go on sale in early 2022.

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The Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX are among the most revered off-road vehicles of all time. Even so, Toyota is cutting the Land Cruiser in the U.S. after the 2021 model year due to slow sales. We will see its twin, however, as the 2022 Lexus LX was just announced. The full-size SUV will go on sale in the first quarter of 2022 and will bring all two new trims, more intuitive tech, and updated but familiar exterior styling.

2022 Lexus LX The new LX gets a twin-turbo V6 instead of a big V8, and its new platform shaves weight while improving rigidity.Lexus

The 2022 Lexus LX 600 comes in five trims: Standard, Premium, Luxury, F Sport, and Ultra Luxury. The new Ultra Luxury trim cuts the number of seats to four by replacing the rear bench with a pair of plush reclining captain's chairs. A rear entertainment system and large rear center console complete the top-level trim. Also new for 2022 is the LX F Sport, which brings Lexus' sharp appearance package to the LX for the first time. The F Sport gets exclusive 22-inch wheels, aggressive exterior styling, and sport seats with unique color schemes.

The LX is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that produces 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. The body-on-frame SUV rides on an all-new GA-F platform that Lexus says is 20 percent more rigid than that of the previous model. Lexus also carved 441 pounds out of the previous LX's platform weight.

2022 Lexus LX The LX is available in five trims, including a new top Premium Luxury model. Lexus

A new Active Height Control (AHC) system and adaptive suspension provide stability and a comfortable ride while retaining the LX's off-road capabilities. AHC allows the driver to select from three ride heights depending on the situation, and a low setting is available for entering and exiting the vehicle. Three wheel sizes are available, and the F Sport trim comes with a Torsen limited-slip differential.

Lexus updated the LX's cabin for 2022 with new infotainment system and a cleaner, more upscale design. A new dual-screen infotainment system is standard. The top 12.3-inch touchscreen handles audio and infotainment duties, while the lower 7.0-inch touchscreen is used for climate controls and related settings. The LX also gets Lexus' new infotainment software, which promises to be more intuitive and simpler than previous systems. Over-the-air updates will bring new features and update existing functionality, while voice controls can command audio, navigation, phone, and other vehicle settings.

2022 Lexus LX Ultra Luxury trim reduces seating capacity to four but makes the LX's cabin seriously plush.Lexus

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Larger tires headline the upgrades.

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The off-road wars are heating up. This year alone, we've seen the new Ford Bronco, Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck, new off-road models of the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Silverado, and more rugged versions of the Subaru Outback and Forester. Jeep, already deep in the game, doesn't need to do much to bolster its off-road offering, but the brand is doing just that for 2022. The automaker is offering a new Xtreme Recon Package for the Wrangler Willys SUV, which brings more capability and style to the boxy off-roader.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package The package can be ordered for Wrangler Willys models later this year. Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package

Beyond beefy 35-inch tires tires, the Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gets a 1.5-inch factory lift, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, 17-inch wheels and swing gate reinforcement. Jeep says those improvements give the Willys best-in-class approach and departure angles, ground clearance, and water fording capability. Approach angle improves to 47.4 degrees, breakover angle improves to 26.7 degrees, and departure angle jumps to 40.4 degrees. The extra ride height also pushes ground clearance to 12.9 inches and the water fording depth to 33.6 inches.

The package's 35-inch tires make the Willys Jeep's third Wrangler model with hardcore rolling stock. It joins the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the 35-inch club, all of which can be equipped with the tires directly from the factory.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package A factory lift helps improve ground clearance and capability.Jeep

The Xtreme Recon Package can be ordered starting in October and will be available for the Jeep Wrangler Willys with 3.6-liter eTorque engine. The package adds $3,995 to the Wrangler Willys' price tag, which brings the total starting price to $40,930, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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