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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.

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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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Musical artist H.E.R. has worked with Honda designers to customize a Civic Type R.

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H.E.R. graced the stage at the 2021 Honda Civic Tour but before that happens, the R&B singer-songwriter has put her stamp on a custom-designed Honda Civic Type R. This one-off is part of a longstanding tradition of Civic Tour headliners designing a custom Civic.

The unique-looking model is a reflection of H.E.R.'s personal values. Nuance, subtlety, and "sharing your heart" are held high. This all starts with the car's exterior where a deep black matte finish washes over the model while chameleon-tinted headlamps and windows, purple brake calipers and nebula painted trim are presented as intriguing highlights.

Designers worked to customize the cabin as well, adding nebula painted accents and special LED interior lighting that changes colors based on music and sound inside the vehicle by featuring custom colors, moods, brightness levels and rotating color patterns, adjustable by a smartphone.

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"One of the things that drew me toward the Honda Civic Tour was knowing that I'd be able to design my own vehicle, and out of all Civics, I picked the pinnacle Civic Type R," said H.E.R. "Infusing my personality into all aspects of my performances, and also expressing it through my favorite products, is something that I am passionate about. So being able to create and share my custom Honda Civic Type R with my fans is just so special to me."

H.E.R.'s custom Civic Type R joins Honda vehicles designed by past Civic Tour headliners, including Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Demi Lovato, blink-182, Black Eyed Peas, One Direction, Charlie Puth and more.

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The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is expected to hit the market later this year.

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The next-gen Infiniti QX60 is almost here. The long-awaited successor to the top-selling Infiniti model has been in the works for a while but the first official glimpse at the SUV happens today with the release of a teaser photo and video of the interior.

Billed as being "serene" and "spacious", the family-friendly crossover will retain its three rows of seating when it arrives stateside. It will also have premium leather appointments, intuitive technology, and ambient lighting, according to a release sent by the company.

The model was first teased in a private video shown to journalists in the autumn of 2019. Since there, a number of changes have been made. The fresh images show off a wide but not tall infotainment screen, similar to what you'd find on a Lexus or Hyundai. There's what appears to be a fully digital radio/climate controls screen on the center stack with physical dials for adjusting certain functionalities.

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There's a quilted leather dashboard and long horizontal design feature that seamlessly covers the dashboard vents under one housing. Though not shown, the QX60 is expected to have a fully digital instrument cluster.

Infiniti has already divulged a few key details about the revised QX60. It will be powered by a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine that is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. That's the same power plant that is in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. The SUV will be available with all-wheel drive. It's likely that the QX60 will have drive modes similar to those in the Pathfinder.

The model will have a 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity. A 3,500-pound maximum is standard.

Infiniti is promising a Sports drive mode where the movement, power, and control of the car are said to be similar to those in a sports car. Gears are held longer and engine braking helps along the way.

The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is expected to arrive in North American showrooms in the fall of 2021, followed by other markets worldwide. It will debut June 23.

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